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UC welcomes Paul Williams as associate vice president and chief procurement officer

Paul Williams has joined UC Procurement as associate vice president and chief procurement officer.

Paul Williams, incoming Associate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, UC Procurement

In this role, he will provide vision, leadership and direction to support UC’s supply chain mission and strategic objectives, which include a focus on all aspects of sustainability and diversity.

Paul brings more than 25 years of sourcing and procurement expertise. Most recently, he has been the director of Global Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity for Mondelēz International — one of the world’s largest snack companies, which includes such brands as Oreo, Toblerone and Trident gum. There, one of his key initiatives was leading the design and implementation of supply chain diversity programs that will raise support of businesses owned by women, minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, differently abled people and U.S. veterans from $200 million to $1 billion. Paul has also served in procurement leadership for other large global corporations, including Kraft Foods Global, Inc., The Clorox Company and The Procter & Gamble Company.

He succeeds Bill Cooper, who retired on June 30 after almost 50 years.

“I am pleased to welcome Paul to UCOP and the UC Procurement team,” says Nathan Brostrom, UC executive vice president and chief financial officer. “His proven experience in all aspects of procurement, along with his demonstrated focus on elevating diverse and sustainable suppliers, positions him to be an outstanding leader in this area for our UCOP and campus colleagues. Please join me in welcoming Paul to UC.”

Paul says, “I am very excited to join the UCOP and the UC Procurement Team. It is an honor to join such a mission-driven organization that positively impacts the lives of so many people. I look very forward to working with the team and colleagues across the entire network to deliver our commitments to the university and the broader community.”

Paul will begin in late July. In the interim, Laurie Wolkow will handle procurement operations, including human resources, policy, budget, commercial card, training and Procurement Leadership Council meeting management. During this time, Justin Sullivan will manage procurement-related decisions and will have delegated contractual signature authority.

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