ATLANTA, /PRNewswire/ — Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRDA; CRDB), the world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions, has named procurement executive Vanessa Elkins-Rogers to serve as vice president of vendor management for the corporation.
In her new role, Elkins-Rogers is responsible for directing multiple corporate support functions, including purchasing and vendor, real estate and fleet management. Based in Atlanta, she reports to Allen Nelson, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief administrative officer.
Elkins-Rogers comes to Crawford with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and procurement management and proven success in developing centralized supply strategies that have delivered millions of dollars in cost savings. Most recently, she served as director of sourcing and supply chain operations for retail and financial markets at Johnson Controls, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis.
“In the current economic environment, strategic purchasing decisions are more important than ever to our success as a business,” Nelson said. “Vanessa has the background and experience necessary to cultivate productive vendor relationships and maximize our purchasing dollars and processes. I am looking forward to working with her, and our strong existing team, to continue to improve our procurement and property management functions.”
Elkins-Rogers has worked for a number of Atlanta organizations, beginning her career with MCI/Voicecom Systems, where she last served as accounting and telecom manager, before moving to Bellsouth.net as senior manager of procurement and materials management. She also worked in key procurement roles for United Water, Home Depot and the Coca-Cola Company.
A graduate of Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga., Elkins-Rogers earned both a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from the school. She has been active in a number of community organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.