Al Williams, Chief Procurement Officer, Barclays

As Chief Procurement Officer, Al Williams is responsible for Barclays’s overall procurement strategy focusing on maximizing the value of all goods and services purchased.

Al is also responsible for overall performance across the Procurement Function, including Sourcing and Category Management, Purchase to Pay processes, Third Party Risk Management, Procurement Sustainability, Supplier Inclusion, Travel and Expense Management and Market Data Management ensuring alignment with the company’s business strategy. Al drives key procurement-led initiatives and represents Barclays in the marketplace in areas related to supply chain and purchasing. 

Prior to joining Barclays, Al held the position of Chief Procurement Officer and also had oversight for People Mobility for Accenture, as well as several other positions including Senior Director of Global Subcontractor Procurement, Senior Director of United States Procurement and as a Director in Accenture’s Finance organization. 

Prior to Accenture, Al worked for Prudential in Chicago for two years and Dean Witter (now Morgan Stanley) in Chicago and Tennessee for over eight years.

Al holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing & Communications from East Tennessee State University. To advance inclusive supply chains, Al has been a member of the Board of Directors for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC), and has also been active in several other board positions and volunteer roles.

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