John Collington joins AMS as Chief Operating Officer

July 3, 2012 – London – Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS), the global leader in resourcing and talent management, is delighted to announce that John Collington will join the company in August 2012 as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Executive Board.

He will report directly to Rosaleen Blair, founder and chief executive of AMS and will be responsible for further development of the business’s infrastructure and operations, enabling the company to expand its services in the US and Asia at a pace that complements high customer demand. Since its foundation in 1996, AMS has grown to over 1,500 staff and operates in 60 countries worldwide.

Collington has been Director General and Chief Procurement Officer for Government based within the Cabinet Office since 2010. Responsible for the development and implementation of reform of the Government’s multi-billion pound procurement spend, Collington has worked closely with Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and other members of the senior civil service across a number of ministerial departments. In 24 months, Collington and his team working with Commercial Directors across Government have overseen a considerable reduction in procurement spend, while increasing Government expenditure with small and medium-sized businesses around the UK.

John Collington - COO


John Collington – AMS’ Chief Operating Officer

Commenting on the appointment, Rosaleen Blair said: “There are few professionals operating in UK business today with as expert an understanding of procurement and operational management as John. I am delighted that John will join AMS this summer and am confident that the skills he brings will be instrumental to enabling us to achieve the ambitious international growth targets we pursue relentlessly.”

John Collington, COO-designate of AMS, added: “Rosaleen has built an exceptional team of professionals to drive the business she founded and I am looking forward to sharing the lessons I have learnt both in the private sector and at the heart of Government operations to AMS at an important time in the company’s corporate development.”

From 2006-2010, Collington was Group Commercial Director at the Home Office with responsibility for transforming the department’s annual procurement spend and delivering the Home Office’s shared services strategy across HR, finance and procurement divisions.

Before joining the senior civil service, Collington spent 25 years in a number of operational and client leadership roles in the private sector. From 1996 to 2006, he was a senior executive at Accenture advising clients in many industries on their global procurement, supply chain and shared services assignments. Previously, Collington spent 14 years in operational management and business development positions with American Express, Thomas Cook and the Thomson Travel Group, specialising in corporate business travel.

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