Board Of Advisors

The Board of Advisors (BoA) is an external organization providing advice and support to ensure the continued strength and integrity of the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA™). The BoA is comprised of procurement professionals that draw on their experience and education and give their time and expertise for the benefit of the greater purchasing community. The BoA assists in framing the basic direction of NLPA and monitors the implementation of strategic plans. It also acts as an advocate for NLPA in the procurement industry, the business community, and the wider public.

Rama Krishna

Rama Krishna is an accomplished professional with 19 years of progressive experience with proven credentials in Indirect procurement, International logistics, SEZ compliance, 100% EOU (STPI, EHTP & CSEZ) Commercial operations, Facilities and Administration

Experienced in setting up new SEZ, CSEZ, EHTP & STPI Units and securing benefits from DGFT, customs, excise and insurance authorities. Demonstrated exposure in export/import operations, consignment finalization, pre & post shipment documentation, billing, bank liaison, customs clearance and domestic logistics. Knowledge in developing plans for merger & acquisition (M&A) opportunities, gathering & analysing business requirements, conducting due diligence, developing financial models, forecasting effect of transactions and facilitating senior management in effective decision making.

Skilled in drafting RFPs & RFQs based on product and marketing specifications, negotiating & closing contracts with vendors and ensuring reduction in OPEX & CAPEX through indirect purchases. Adept in developing and executing business & risk mitigation strategies and implementing ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 quality systems. Strategic thinker and problem solver with strong relationship management, team management and leadership capabilities.


Managing Director of Procurement Services GmbH (Erste Group Procurement or EGP)

Robert SEMETHY joined Erste Group Bank AG as CPO and Managing Director of Procurement Services GmbH (Erste Group Procurement or EGP) in 2008. EGP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Erste Group Bank AG, a leading financial institution in Central and Eastern Europe. EGP provides best-in-class supply management with under 110 employees to 80 entities across 10 countries. EGP manages the external spend of over EUR 1 billion through the use of sophisticated business intelligence; proactive category management; strong supplier management; and a highly skilled, motivated, and service oriented workforce.

In his twenty-year career prior to EGP, Mr. Semethy served in various roles of increasing responsibility in operations and supply chain management in a variety of industries (mining, heavy industry, EMS, and semi-conductor capital equipment) while living in Austria, Hungary, Romania, Mexico, and the USA. Mr. Semethy is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in 1989 while winning four Varsity Letters in Men’s Swimming and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business in 1991. Mr. Semethy holds US Patent (5,401,120) for a Pumbable Mine Seal along with a number of professional certifications in engineering, supply management, supply chain management, and leadership.
Mr. Semethy currently lives in Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary with his wife, Xenia, and his daughter, Yvonne.

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