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Former MasterCard CPO and ASU Supply Chain Professor join forces to transform CAPS Research

July 8, 2014

TEMPE, Arizona –  Arizona State University and the Institute for Supply Management® announced that Deborah Stanton and Professor Thomas Choi will assume joint leadership of CAPS Research, the leader in global supply management research.

Ms. Stanton will become the Managing Director on August 1, 2014 and brings 27 years of procurement leadership experience from MasterCard, Whirlpool, Temple-Inland, and Honeywell.  She recently resigned her position as Chief Procurement Officer and Group Executive at MasterCard to assume the new role.

Ms. Stanton succeeds Professor Phillip L. Carter, D.B.A., the current Executive Director and the Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.  Dr. Carter will retire on August 1 after leading the organization for 19 years.

“CAPS Research is fortunate to have Deb join us as Managing Director,” said Professor Carter.

“She has been involved with CAPS Research for many years as a member of our Executive Advisory Board and as an industry participant in several of our research studies.  She is well acquainted with CAPS Research and our mission to bring the very best research results to our member companies and to support the development of the purchasing profession.”

Ms. Stanton joined MasterCard in April 2009, where she led the Global Supply Chain and Corporate Services organization, which is comprised of several groups including Sourcing and Supplier Management, Global Real Estate and Facilities Management, Corporate Travel Services, Corporate Security, Meeting Services and Global Business Process Excellence (six sigma).

“Building on the strength of CAPS Research and the strong organization it has become over its 28 year history, I look forward to bringing my expertise as a CPO and practitioner,” said Ms. Stanton.

“As the supply organization continues to transform, it’s critical that CAPS Research is on the leading edge of research and thought-leadership.  Supply professionals are under tremendous pressure to deliver value to their corporations, and I want CAPS Research to be the premier resource and network for CPOs and their organizations.  It is a rewarding experience to be leading an organization that has created such a strong network of thought leaders.”

Also new to the CAPS Research leadership team is Professor Thomas Choi, who will assume the role of Research Director, as well as the Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing at ASU.

Professor Choi brings many years of acclaimed research experience on such topics as supply networks, service outsourcing, buyer-supplier relationships, and supply base management.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and his recent industry experience includes work with LG Electronics, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, the US Department of Energy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Professor Choi is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management, the Director for the Center for Supply Networks (CaSN) at Arizona State University, and former Vice President at Large/Member of the Board of Directors for the Decision Sciences Institute.

Professor Choi will continue in his current role as a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


About CAPS Research (www.capsresearch.org)

Since 1986, CAPS Research has been providing thorough, practical research for our strategic-minded corporate members, and forward looking insights for the academic community as the leading non-profit supply chain research organization.  Our careful and credible research methods, our reputation for unrelenting accuracy, and our mission to deliver research without bias are what set us apart from other supply management research organizations.    CAPS Research is jointly sponsored by the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and by the Institute for Supply Management®.

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