National Minority Supplier Development Council Honors
The Procter & Gamble Executive, Richard A. Hughes, For Leadership In Supplier Diversity

NEW YORK, NY, May 23, 2014

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) honored Richard A. Hughes, Chief Purchasing Officer for The Procter & Gamble Company, on May 21 for his outstanding commitment to supplier diversity and minority supplier development. Along with seven others, Hughes was recognized at a leadership gala at the Hilton New York Midtown.

More than 1,200 guests attended the black-tie event, including CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 corporations and minority business owners from across the country. Jay Williams, recently sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, provided keynote remarks. Karen Finney, host of MSNBC’s “Disrupt with Karen Finney,” was the emcee.

Hughes won the Clarion Award, which honors a corporate leader who has trumpeted the value of minority supplier development for more than 20 years. Hughes’ words, action and leadership issue a strong, clear and distinct call for full support of minority supplier development as an absolute business imperative for establishing and maintaining success in the global supply chain.

“Since Hughes became the Chief Purchasing Officer ten years ago, The Procter & Gamble has spent over twenty billion dollars with minority-owned suppliers,” said NMSDC president, Joset Wright-Lacy. “His leadership is a testament to the level of a supplier diversity process can achieve with unwavering commitment.”

You can find a bio for Richard A. Hughes here.

About NMSDC

The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.  One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 24 regional councils across the country. There are 1,750 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 12,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their products, services and solutions.

For more information about NMSDC, call (212) 944-2430 or visit the Web site at http://www.NMSDC.org.