Mark Hooper joins Sedex as Commercial Director
Sedex is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hooper to the Sedex Executive Team as Commercial Director. With his extensive knowledge of supply chain management built from a range of senior retail roles, Mark will set commercial direction and business strategy to drive international growth across Sedex.
Mark believes that the biggest challenges facing supply chains today are transparency and resilience. “Modern supply chains are complex, stretching as they do across several countries and suppliers. Many buying companies, including some of the most sophisticated, only have a strong relationship with their top-tier suppliers – this doesn’t really give them true visibility of their full supply chain and could expose them to potential risk. Wherever suppliers are located I do think that companies will want to improve visibility throughout the whole value chain” says Mark.
Prior to joining Sedex Mark was the Buying, Merchandising & Operations Director for Heal’s, the UK’s oldest furniture retailer, with responsibility for the full end-to-end supply chain. Between 2003 and 2016 he ran his own successful retail consultancy, Numensa, supporting retailers of all sizes in the UK, Europe, USA and South Africa to improve and develop. Other past positions include non-Executive Director at People Tree, Director of Supply Chain for the Fashion Retail division of Coats Viyella, and buying roles with Arcadia Group (Burton) and Marks & Spencer.
Mark is passionate about supporting supply chains to be strong, sustainable and resilient. He believes that, “Resilience is a word we will hear a lot more after the impact of COVID-19, and responsible sourcing is a key element for building that resilience. If you put improving the lives of workers at the heart of your supply chain strategy, it will make it inherently more resilient. Ensuring workers have a safe and healthy place to work, are treated fairly and with respect, and are paid a fair wage is incredibly important both on a human and commercial level.
“Supply chains will evolve rather than change overnight, and companies will face ever-increasing pressure from legislation, customers and stakeholders to demonstrate that their approach is responsible and sustainable. Through close collaboration with supplier companies can drive continuous improvement and mitigate risks to resilience.”
Mark comes to Sedex with the awareness of technology’s growing role in responsible sourcing and is determined that Sedex should be at the forefront of this, with an improved offering to new and existing members as the business develops across sectors and territories.
Sedex is delighted to welcome Mark and his expertise to the Executive Team.