Tom Connors, who earned a bachelor of science degree from California's San Jose State University, has worked for a total of 25 years in industrial procurement.
He spent 15 years in the defense industry with Westinghouse Electric, and the past four years with Hewlett-Packard Co. in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is procurement manager for worldwide plastic resins. In that post, Connors is responsible for managing global resin contracts with the stated objective of "delivering a sustained competitive advantage for HP."
Hewlett-Packard is one of the world's largest computer companies as well as a leading producer of test and measurement equipment. The firm employs some 29,000, has annual sales of about $43 billion and is one of the top 10 U.S. exporters.
Connors says he and his team: negotiate and issue contracts with global resin manufacturers; ensure that the plastic resin supply chain is prepared to meet HP's changing requirements in all operational regions of the globe; provide the long-term outlook for HP in terms of the resin industry; and implement environmental initiatives related to plastic resins.