Paula Varner

Senior Director, Global Strategic Sourcing

For over twenty years, Paula Varner, C.P.M., has been a noteworthy leader in strategic sourcing in highly regulated industries.  Currently a Senior Director of Global Strategic Sourcing for PPD Development, a contract research organization providing integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services.  Since joining PPD in February 2015 Paula has been credited with building strong stakeholder partnerships, creating a collaborative strategic sourcing team and exceeded industry ROI benchmarks.  While at PPD she has had oversight of numerous categories including technology, corporate services, laboratories, logistics, and clinical services.

Prior to PPD, Paula served in various strategic sourcing and vendor management related positions at the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and New York.  During her six plus years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond she was a founding member of the then newly formed National Procurement Office.  In 2010 she moved to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to head up the Technology Services Group, Vendor Management Office.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Paula worked as a technology buyer with Media General.  She came to Media General from Virginia Commonwealth University where, after graduation, she worked in a number of department and budget management roles.

Paula received a B.S. Business from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and has obtained her lifetime C.P.M. certification.