South Africa


  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Type: Video
  • Date: 2014/04/01
  • Length: 3:;58 Minutes

Market Forces: New Challenges, New Changes [video] 

The ever changing market is developing new challenges and changes that procurement organisations are required to answer. Detlef Schultz, CEO of Vodafone Procurement Co., discusses how his procurement organisation is continually adapting and morphing to the present changes they see. Schultz discusses the significance of successful teams in place which embody entrepreneurial spirits and an understanding that change presents not only challenges to their company, but opportunities as well.

Detlef Schultz, Vodafone


Detlef joined Vodafone in March 2003 to lead the Global Supply Chain team. His responsibilities include strategic and operational leadership of Vodafone’s Supply Chain Management across the globe in the areas of Technology and commercial Services. Detlef also leads the Luxembourg-based Vodafone Procurement Company, which is the strategic purchasing centre for the Group and now serves third parties.

Prior to Vodafone, Detlef spent more than 6 years in California with the world’s largest semi-conductor equipment manufacturer, Applied Materials where he held various Supply Chain, Planning and Operations Management responsibilities. Before moving to the US, Detlef was a Member of the Board of Management for Babcock-BSH AG in Germany where he led the area of Supply Chain Management and financial controlling. Detlef also worked for Siemens for ten years, more latterly as Purchasing Director based in Bocholt and Kamp-Lintfort, Germany.

He started his Supply Chain career with Siemens in 1985 in the area of Materials Management in Germany, Korea and Singapore.


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