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  Senior Vice President
Barbara Ardell | Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Consulting Services | Paladin Associates Inc.


Change Management
Influencing Change
Strategic Sourcing
Spend Analytics
Project Management
Six Sigma Quality
Business Development


Miami University of Ohio
University of Cincinnati
The Union Institute
GE Six Sigma Quality

Barbara M. Ardell

Senior Vice President and Influencing Change Practice Leader. A proven executive with over 30 years of professional experience integrating sourcing strategy, e-tools, change management, quality and training to deliver outstanding results.


Selected by Supply & Demand Chain Executive* as a 2016 “Pro to Know” which recognizes Supply Chain executives leading initiatives to help prepare companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate.
As a Sr. Vice President of Paladin Associates, leads Influencing Change practice. Was previously responsible for Sourcing technology programs including Spend Analytics, e-Sourcing and Optimization. Managed client Sourcing initiatives and provided commodity leadership in packaging related cost reduction projects.
Skilled trainer across a broad range of sourcing-related and leadership development topics.
Touted by Jason Busch, editor of the distinguished industry blog Spend Matters, as being “perhaps the most experienced, no-nonsense e-sourcing practitioner-turned-consultant in the market”.
Managed Procter & Gamble’s Beauty Care sourcing organization responsible for packaging and ingredients.
Sourced  P&G diaper raw materials worth over $250 MM annually.
As VP of Sourcing Solutions at Procuri, worked with customers to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations through e-Sourcing. Savings across all customers averaged 20%, with up to a 75% reduction in sourcing cycle time.
Selected as contract trainer for large international human resource firm with certification to teach over 60 leadership development courses
Selected by General Electric to be a Certified Six Sigma Quality trainer
  Senior Vice President
Peter Key - Paladin Associates Inc.


Fleet Expert
Supply Chain
Six Sigma Quality
Business Development
Acquisition Integration


BA, Eastern Kentucky University
GE Financial Management
Six Sigma Quality Black Belt

Peter G. Key

Senior Vice President of Paladin Associates and seasoned senior executive with over 28 years of multi-functional leadership in manufacturing, construction, security, sales and distribution, financial services and information technology services.


North American CPO for global meter manufacturing company
VP of Sourcing and Crisis Management for GE Information Technology Solutions
At GE Appliance Distribution Services, created and directed transportation negotiation strategy, delivering over $200 million in operating savings
Recently negotiated fleet contract reducing costs by 14%
Implemented sourcing processes aligning suppliers with strategic company goals
Introduced Six Sigma sourcing processes for all indirect purchases
Implemented ‘Bullet Train’ teams to reduce waste and supplier bill rates
In less than 2 years, reduced direct material costs by 24%, while developing new supply chains and overseeing the relocation of operations to Mexico
Led several successful Purchasing Card implementations
Implemented digitized ERP and purchasing processes including e-sourcing, EDI, EFT, P-card and e P-card

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