Rick Hughes

Advisory Leader
Rick Hughes

Rick Hughes works with GEP to advise Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients worldwide on procurement transformation, organizational development, supply innovation, global risk management and other strategic issues related to procurement and supply chain management.

Prior to joining GEP, Rick served as CPO at Proctor & Gamble from May 2005 until February 2014. He started at P&G in 1982, as a purchasing manager for the company’s baby care and feminine care businesses.  He then served in a variety of leadership roles in purchasing and customer business development for more than 31 years with P&G. 

With Rick’s leadership, the P&G purchasing team earned many honors and awards for professional excellence, leadership and innovation, including the Franz Edelman Finalist Award in 2005; the Purchasing Magazine Medal of Excellence in 2008; the Procurement Excellence Award from the Procurement Leaders Network in 2009; PLN’s Best Procurement Team Award in 2013.

In 2014, Rick received the Clarion Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the President’s Leadership Award from the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council. He was active with the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS),  The Purchasing & Supply Council (The Conference Board), and the Purchasing Roundtable.

Rick began his career in the US Army, attending Airborne School and Ranger School, and serving in the U.S. and abroad. He was also certified as a federal procurement officer and attended the Officer’s Advanced Course in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. After six years of active duty, Rick remained with the U.S. Army Reserves until 1991, attaining the rank of Major.

Rick is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and also holds an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Rick served on the board of directors for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (vice chair), Procurement Leaders Network Advisory Board, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council,  the board of directors for the Dan Beard Council (vice chair), Boy Scouts of America,  and on the board of directors for the Greater Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.

He is also the chairman of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization of 20 Fortune 100 companies who annually spend more than $1 billion on supplier diversity.