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Brian Tippens


Brian Tippens

Global Supplier Diversity, Development & Sustainability
Hewlett-Packard Company

Brian Tippens leads HP’s Global Supplier Diversity, Development, & Sustainability Organization.   In this role, Brian manages and sets the strategic direction for a global program which works to ensure that minority-owned and other under-represented businesses have an opportunity to become HP suppliers or service providers.  He also oversees strategic supplier development and sustainability across HP’s $20B + global indirect and professional services supply chain. In the area of sustainability, Brian is responsible for driving implementation of Social & Environmental Responsibility and green procurement policies into HP procurement. The team works by collaborating closely with all HP businesses, regions and corporate functions, providing strategic program leadership, common processes and other deliverables, informal benchmarking, information management solutions, and monitoring and reporting.

Brian has over 20 years of IT industry experience, having served in technology licensing, strategic procurement, and regulatory compliance roles positions at HP, Intel Corporation and SureWest Communications Company. 

A long-time educator, Brian serves as an adjunct professor of Legal Studies at Kaplan University, and is a former University of San Francisco faculty member.  He currently serves as a board member or advisor to the Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC); Texas Business Alliance (TBA); and the International Program Committee of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Francisco, and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.


Q1: When did HP start transforming supplier diversity from a U.S. program into a global strategy? Why go global?  

HP identified teams and expanded infrastructure to support international supplier diversity initiatives in 2004. HP’s Supplier Diversity Program began with a U.S. based Small Business Program in 1958, with significant expansion of predominantly U.S. focused programs supporting small businesses, and minority and women owned suppliers, occurring over the course of the next 50 years. During the past decade, HP’s Global Supplier Diversity Program has expanded to include Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, South Africa, and Australia.

HP is an American multinational company, doing business in 170 countries; making HP a truly global company. One of HP’s Shared Corporate Values includes Global Citizenship: “We fulfill our responsibility to society by being an economic, intellectual and social asset to each country and community where we do business.” HP’s Global Supplier Diversity’s mission is to enable access to Public Sector and Enterprise revenue by ensuring a globally inclusive supply chain. The HP global footprint warrants global consideration of a diverse and inclusive supply chain.

Q2: What value do you expect minority supplier development program in China bring to HP?

Through our relationship with MSD China, HP expects to extend opportunities to regional minority suppliers to compete, while expanding HP’s knowledge about China’s business environment. Exploring opportunities for China’s 55 ethnic minority groups provide connections to innovation in products, services and an overall competitive advantage for HP, enhancing customer and shareholder value. Additionally, supporting opportunities for minority suppliers in China strengthens HP’s Global Citizenship objectives.