Procurement never makes the news, but when we do, we don’t hold anything back. Case in point: a viral video featuring (former) Apple Vice President of Procurement Tony Blevins. He recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The question is whether he was truly fired for what he said in that viral TikTok or whether it was an opportunity for the company to distance themselves for his ‘old school’ approach to procurement, carried out in grand style over the last 22 years.
In this week’s Dial P audio podcast, Kelly Barner preserves the professional story of Tony Blevins before it is all pulled down off the Internet and considers
- What we know about his role at Apple over the last two decades
- The real rationale behind his sudden and dramatic departure
- What this story tells us about Apple and their procurement function: past, present, and future…