Lifetime Achievement Award: Rhonda England

Rhonda England
Deloitte’s Global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), a driver of meaningful impact when it comes to the global world climate strategy, as well as diversity

The role of a CPO has never been more important. Procurement and supply chains sit at the heart of response and must remain resilient against the threat of global events and day-to-day challenges.

As the current Global CPO for one of the top four consulting firms (Deloitte), Rhonda England has been spearheading the field of procurement for more than 30 years, championing its value. 

In her role, England leads a talented team of procurement, supplier sustainability, and diversity experts to work alongside strategic suppliers to deliver superior cost savings and return on investment (ROI). 

Passionate about the strategic value of procurement, England and her team proactively engages with business partners through intelligent analytics to drive enhanced value, as well as drive meaningful impact to Deloitte’s global WorldClimate strategy and commitment to developing a diverse, inclusive supplier base.

Mindful of the opportunities and development she herself has received to advance her career, England is committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion across her organisation, with a particular interest in empowering and developing future women leaders.

England is spoken highly of among her peers, described as intelligent, inspiring and thoughtful with Danny Lysenko, Senior Vice President at PetIQ commenting: “Rhonda is an incredibly talented individual. She has a tremendous knowledge of the retail industry and demonstrates a deep level of commitment to any task she takes. In addition, she is a wonderful leader, teacher, and team player. I would recommend Rhonda with no hesitations.”

Prior to joining Deloitte in January 2020, England spent the rest of her procurement career in the retail industry working for May Merchandising Company, Abercrombie & Fitch and JCPenney. 

England spent her longest time at JCPenney, starting as a senior buyer and climbing through the ranks to Vice President of Procurement. 

England holds two degrees, a BS in Retailing and Retail Operations from Indiana University Bloomington and a Graduate Certificate in Finance from Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business.

She also featured at number three in Procurement Magazine’s 2023 Top 100 Women in Procurement. 

“It is an honour to be recognised along with this cohort of amazing leaders. I am mindful that this accolade has been made possible by the efforts of the outstanding team I lead, as well as the mentors and sponsors who have supported me throughout my career,” said England.

“I am committed to paying it forward by developing and empowering the next generation of women leaders. Thank you for this recognition – I am truly humbled.”

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