I had the pleasure to work directly with Karen from 2010 – 2012 and indirectly from 2005 – 2016. Karen did a great job in her role as the Executive Assistant for the Global Supply Chain Team. Her attention to detail was second to none. I had the opportunity to watch Karen grow into her Indirect Purchasing role. Karen has developed strong negotiating and contracting skills. She does a great job with project management and making sure that she has buy-in from all of her cross-functional stakeholders. Karen is well versed on the purchasing policies and procedures including ITAR and DFAR.
Scott H.
V.P., Global Supply Chain

…Goes Above and Beyond

Volunteers are an integral part of the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) and Karen Kannegiesser has been one of those. 

With Karen’s administrative skills, she has supported IVAA’s Marketing department assisting with various public relations opportunities, writing newsletter articles and blog posts to help educate our website visitor on what it means to work with a Virtual Assistant, and she has also assisted the Member Benefits department in updating and organizing forms that our members use. 

Karen goes above and beyond to make sure everything is taken care of.

Patty, Past President, IVAA


I worked with Karen for close to ten years. When I first met Karen, she was the assistant to our Vice President of Supply Chain, where she did a great job organizing and communicating activities for a very large department. For several years Karen worked for me providing valuable support to my activities in direct procurement (raw materials and tolling), while also performing excellent service to the indirect procurement team and supply chain department. Karen was later recruited by the indirect procurement team and promoted to buyer for multiple locations. In working with Karen I was always amazed at how quickly she could complete tasks and organize complex arrangements such as meetings, travel, etc. Karen was a joy to work with but is a tough negotiator. From my observations, Karen is responsive to her internal customers and consistently promotes and enforces corporate procurement policies and is aggressive in going after cost savings and favorable payment terms
Roy R.
Procurement Manager, Retired…


I had the pleasure of having Karen on my team for almost 7 years. Karen is a pleasure to work with and is always ready to help. Karen is results oriented and her can do attitude positively impacted the entire team. Karen successfully partnered with several functions/sites driving solid cost savings and process improvements in her role as Buyer Indirect. I do highly recommend Karen.
Anton D.
Director, Global Procurement



Effective, competent, and detail oriented are skills Karen demonstrates. I worked with Karen on several projects over a three year period where she directly supported several initiatives the Safety, Health, and Environmental group were wishing to implement, one of which was global in nature. She was always well prepared, learned about the goods or services we needed and was a skilled negotiator. In short, we provided a scope of service needed, along with desired budget and Karen took it from there. She was extremely professional and a genuinely nice person
Tony H.
Director, Global HSE