Former President and CEO of Creative Procurement Strategies, Joseph Sandor was appointed the Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor of Practice in Supply Management at The Eli Broad College of Business of Michigan State University in 2006. The endowment was initiated by Broad School alumnus Richard J. Metzler, managing director of Trove Partners LLC, to honor his former teacher, Professor Emeritus John H. Hoagland. Chair activities focus on outreach, brand building, exemplar profiling, teaching in both degreed and non-degreed programs and research.
During his time with Creative Procurement Strategies (CPS) Sandor advised clients such as Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Electrolux, Rolls-Royce, Whirlpool, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, ConAgra, Delphi, Sandia, Schlumberger and the USAF. Prior to forming CPS, Sandor was CPO and director of Corporate Purchasing and Logistics for the Sara Lee Corporation for 15 years, responsible for nearly $12 billion in annual purchases. He had earlier held supply management positions at Beatrice, Schlumberger and General Motors.
Sandor has over forty years proactive supply management experience with progressively increasing responsibilities emphasizing cost prevention/reduction, team building, strategic supplier alliance formation, systems development, logistics optimization, shared services, inventory control and cost modeling. His work on supply management has appeared in articles in CPO Agenda, International Journal of Production Research, Institute for Supply Management, Journal of Operations Management, North American Research and Teaching Symposium, Supply Chain Management Review and Sloan Management Review.
He earned a BA from the University of Miami and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credentials, and was an adjunct professor at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. At MSU, he co-directs the annual Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar and the Supplier Relationships Program, the ISM/MSU Leadership Awards, the Federal Government Supply Management Interface, the Executive Advisory Board, the MSU Executive Speaker’s Series and the Broad Executive Summit.