Tom Derry

Tom Derry

Formal First Name
Thomas (Tom)

Tom Derry is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Supply Management®, the first and largest professional supply management organization in the world. As CEO of ISM, Tom has a unique vantage point to observe major macroeconomic trends and the development of global supply chains. He has over 30 years of experience in leadership and general management roles for public and private companies, and in the not-for-profit sector. He has executed turn-arounds at the corporate and business-unit level through a variety of means, including acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, strategic restructuring, and business process re-engineering for strategic alliances. Prior to joining ISM in 2012, Tom spent nine years as Vice President and COO of the Association for Financial Professionals, where he oversaw strategy development and execution. Before that, he was General Manager of the LexisNexis business intelligence group in NJ.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • As CEO of ISM, he meets with Fortune 500 chief procurement officers and chief supply chain officers.

  • He meets with government agencies and NGOs in the United States and abroad, and with leading academics.

  • He has overseen an increase in revenues, a reduction in costs, the introduction of new revenue streams, and the launch of new product lines.



  • At AFP, he completed 2 cross-border acquisitions, which became for-profit subsidiaries of AFP.

  • While at AFP, he also oversaw all AFP's staff in London, UK and Bethesda, MD.

  • He was responsible for strategic planning and strategic development, including U.S. and Canadian professional membership organizations.

  • As General Manager at LexisNexis, he implemented new technologies, including web-crawling bots, to re-engineer data collection and quality processes.

  • He also oversaw the implementation of restructured operations, and handled related acquisition integrations and strategic business unit divestitures.