Emirates executive gets procurement award

Saeed Mohammed becomes the first Arab to receive a fellowship from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  May 10, 2005

Saeed Mohammed, Emirates' top purchasing executive, has become the first Arab to receive a fellowship from the UK's Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS). The airline’s senior vice president for procurement & logistics will now be able to add the letters FCIPS after his name. The fellowship is only granted to procurement professionals who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the profession and achieved a recognised senior status within it. Only around 100 of CIPS’s 36,000 members around the world have achieved this level of distinction. Mohammed began his career in purchasing with Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL), where he obtained professional procurement qualifications from the UK, and went on to become a MCIPS (member of CIPS). He joined Emirates three years ago, and he has introduced the CIPS certification programme in purchasing and supply management for the carrier’s UAE national management employees. “Training in effective purchasing and supply is critical nowadays for any company's management to reduce costs and curb overheads and, as a UAE National, I have been working hard to promote these qualifications within the business community,” said Mohammed. Emirates' Chairman, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, congratulated Mohammed on his achievement, saying: "Procurement plays an important role in the financial health of a company and I commend Saeed Mohammed for his dedication in promoting the best practices of this discipline, both within the Emirates Group and the UAE in general.”

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