Paul D. Ashley is a seasoned procurement executive with over 20 years of industry experience. Paul is currently Senior Director, Strategic Engagement and Inclusion, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement | Global Business Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb. In his role, Paul is responsible for strategic advising on global category strategies, technology roadmaps, as well as performance management.
Diversity and Inclusion has been a passion of Paul throughout his career. At BMS he is on the Leadership Team of BOLD (Black Organization for Leadership Development) the People and Business Resource Group (PBRG) where he helped to develop their strategic business plan as well as leads BOLD’s Patient Advocacy Initiative. He is also active in the LGBTA People and Business Resource Group. Paul serves as co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Global Business Operations function at BMS.
Prior to joining BMS, Paul has held various roles in Procurement and Supply Chain management with IBM and Pfizer. Paul also served as the Chief Procurement officer at Howard University, where he led several transformation initiatives that increased organizational performance and compliance.
Giving back to the community has always been important to Paul. In 2015 he started and facilitated sponsorship of community outreach events as part of BMS engagement at supplier diversity conferences. The objective is to connect with diverse patient communities and/or top diverse talent representing the next generation of corporate professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as providing an additional opportunity to engage and highlight diverse suppliers. For this work, Paul was named a 2017 Corporate Buyer of the Year and was a finalist for Corporate Initiative of the Year from the National Business Inclusion Consortium at the 2017 Best of the Best Awards.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, and well as a Master of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from The University of Michigan. Paul is also recognized by the Institute of Supply Management as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).
Paul resides in Hightstown, New Jersey where he is involved in the Trenton Alumni chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County and the Union Baptist Church.