Director – Pricing and Purchasing, IHS Markit
Ms. Laura Hodges serves as a director of the Pricing and Purchasing
Service at IHS Markit and focuses on global labor cost analysis.
She is responsible for the management and operations of the Pricing
Research team. Ms. Hodges has managed several projects on global
cost analysis, including projects in Asia and South America, where
the objective was to recommend the most cost-effective and
efficient action in the procurement of key materials and services.
She has spoken extensively on the topic of procurement pricing
strategies and the global cost environment, including a
presentation at the Institute of Supply Management titled, "Has
China Lost Its Low-Cost Edge?" She has made presentations on the
"Economic Risks to Consider Before Bidding Your Next Contract," and
"Understanding and Estimating the Skilled Labor Shortage," at a
conference of the Association for the Advancement of Cost
Engineering. Ms. Laura Hodges holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics
from the George Washington University, U.S., and a Master of Arts
in Health and Labor Economics from Duke University, U.S. She also
earned an MBA from Rutgers University, Beijing, China.