This year, we have a gripping agenda which will equip you with insights into the latest procurement and technology trends as well as give you a peek into the best practices employed by best-in-class organizations.

With a unique blend of main stage and breakout sessions delivered by leading analysts, industry experts, and experienced procurement practitioners, the conference is sure to leave you empowered with knowledge and practical takeaways that you can apply to enhance your organization’s procurement performance.

Broad Topics of Discussion

Powerful sourcing strategies for sustainable supplier relationships
Effective strategies to manage supplier risks
Ways to drive procurement savings to the bottom line
Techniques for safeguarding value through contract management
Best practices to manage indirect spend
Means to drive technology adoption and process compliance

Agenda

SUNDAY 10/08

  • 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm »   Conference Registration (Roosevelt Ballroom Pre-Function Area)
  • 6:30 pm onwards »   Welcome Reception followed by Dinner (Blue Room)

MONDAY 10/09

  • 6:30 am – 8:00 am »   BREAKFAST [Waldorf Astoria Ballroom]
  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am »   REGISTRATION [Roosevelt Ballroom Pre-Function Area]
    MAINSTAGE SESSIONS [Roosevelt Ballroom]
  • 8:00 am - 8:10 am »   Welcome Address
  • 8:10 am - 9:00 am »   Keynote Address: Lessons from the Miracle on the Hudson
    Speaker: Jeff Skiles
  • 9:00 am - 9:45 am »   Zycus’ Vision
    Speaker: Aatish Dedhia, CEO, Zycus Inc.
  • 9:45 am - 10:30 am »   Will AI and RPA Change Procurement? -
    Leadership's View Point and A Panel Discussion

    Panelists:
    Anders Lillevik, Global Head of Procurement Support Services, QBE Insurance
    Marc Gerdy, Head of Corporate Procurement, Discount Tire
    Alex Brown, ex-CPO, AMD and GlobalFoundries
    Chris Sawchuk, Principal and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader, The Hackett Group


    Moderator:
    Richard Waugh, VP Corporate Development, Zycus Inc
  • 10:30 am - 10:45 am »   REFRESHMENT BREAK
  • 10:45 am – 11:15 am »   The Gartner Hype Cycle:
    Transformational Technologies in Procurement

    Speaker:
    Magnus Bergfors, Research Director - Procurement Technology, Gartner Inc.
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm »   Procurement Automation in Postmodern ERP Age - A Panel Discussion

    Panelists:
    Ada Ortega, Vice President - Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management Office, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
    Dr. Theofanis Zoumis, Head of Procurement - Data, Systems and Processes, Global Process Owner Procurement, Linde AG
    Phil McDonald, Director - Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
    Darin Harvey, VP – Global Supply Chain, Forum Energy Technologies

    Moderator:
    Jon Hansen, Writer and Speaker, Procurement Insights
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm »   NETWORKING LUNCH (Waldorf Astoria Ballroom)
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm »   BREAKOUT SESSIONS
    PROCURE-TO-PAY TRACK (Pontalba Room)
    Smart Purchasing 4.0 - The Age of the Customer & How Can Procurement Respond

    Speaker:
    Duncan Jones, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

    SOURCING SUITE TRACK (Conti Room)
    Collaboration between Business and Procurement - Unlocking the Value

    Panelists:
    Justin Purss, Procurement Systems and Compliance Manager, Crown Resorts
    Mathieu Bradier, Associate Vice President of Global Procurement Strategy, Aramark
    Angela Zou, Sr. Director, Global Indirect Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Operations, IGT


    Moderator:
    Richard Waugh, VP Corporate Development, Zycus Inc.

    INNOVATION TRACK (Lafitte Room)
    Future Proofing your Business through Zycus Product Innovations

    Panelists:
    Bikash Mohanty, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.
    Kanishka Ghosh, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.


    Moderator:
    Zachary Bolt, VP Sales Operations, Zycus Inc.

    ALLIANCE TRACK (Napolean Room)
    Blockchain For Supply Chain?

    Speaker:
    Ryan Walicki, Partner, Nitor Partners
  • 1:55 pm – 2:40 pm »   BREAKOUT SESSIONS
    PROCURE-TO-PAY TRACK (Pontalba Room)
    Trends in Procure-to-Pay

    Speaker:
    Jason Busch, Managing Director, Spend Matters Group LLC

    SOURCING SUITE TRACK (Conti Room)
    Contract Management and Sourcing - Can They Live Together?

    Panelists:
    Garry Christie, Senior Director, Procurement, Advanced Micro Devices
    Bobby Daenen, Sr. Director - Strategic Sourcing, Contracting, Analytics, Windstream
    Jimmy Ramirez, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Management, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
    Rhona Hoffman, Senior Manager, Global Business Process Management - Source to Pay, Mondelēz International


    Moderator:
    Bill Michels, CEO, Aripart Consulting

    INNOVATION TRACK (Lafitte Room)
    Lessons for Private Enterprises in Procurement from the Public Sector

    Speaker:
    Dan Bae, Director of Procurement, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

    ALLIANCE TRACK (Napolean Room)
    The Building Blocks of a Successful Procurement Technology Transformation

    Speaker:
    T. Grant Dearborn, Managing Partner, Velocity Sourcing Group LLC (VSG)
  • 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm »   BREAKOUT SESSIONS
    PROCURE-TO-PAY TRACK (Pontalba Room)
    eProcurement in the Digital Age - A Panel Discussion

    Panelists:
    Jennifer Paulsen, eProcurment Manager, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
    Rob Walker, Manager, Business Systems, Source-to-Pay Global Services, Qualcomm Inc.


    Moderator:
    Richard Waugh, VP Corporate Development, Zycus Inc.

    SOURCING SUITE TRACK (Conti Room)
    The State of Procurement 2017 - Survey Findings

    Speaker:
    Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners

    INNOVATION TRACK (Lafitte Room)
    The Evolution of Supplier Risk Assessment and Mitigation - A Panel Discussion

    Panelists:
    Ada Ortega, Vice President - Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management Office, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
    Abdullatif Albastaki, Senior Vice President (Head - Retail Infrastructure and Automated Banking Services Retail Banking & Wealth Management) , Emirates NBD
    Gerard Smith, President, Global Risk Management Solutions (GRMS)


    Moderator:
    Jon Hansen, Writer and Speaker, Procurement Insights

    ALLIANCE TRACK (Napolean Room)
    The Perceived Value of Procurement

    Speaker:
    Kyle Appell, Director, Protiviti
  • 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm »   FOCUSED NETWORKING SESSIONS (Crescent City Ballroom)
    One-on-One Meetings
    Personalized Product Demos

TUESDAY 10/10

  • 6:30 am – 8:15 am »    BREAKFAST (Waldorf Astoria Ballroom)
  • 8.30 am – 8:35 am »   MAINSTAGE SESSIONS (Roosevelt Ballroom)
    Note by Emcee
  • 8:35 am – 9:15 am »   Role of Mobility, User Experience & Analytics in Procurement -
    A Panel Discussion with Key Industry Analyst’s

    Panelists:
    Duncan Jones, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
    Jason Busch, Managing Director, Spend Matters Group LLC
    Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners


    Moderator:
    Richard Waugh, VP Corporate Development, Zycus Inc.
  • 9:15 am – 10:00 am »   Making Procurement A Profit Center

    Panelists:
    Ryan Walicki, Partner, Nitor Partners
    Marc Sprecher, SVP Sales, Zycus Inc.
    Zachary Bolt, VP Sales Operations, Zycus Inc.
  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am »   Partnering for Change - Discussion on Successful P2P Implementation

    Speakers:
    Paul Stasko, Sr. Director, Supply Chain, Curtiss-Wright Corporation
    Richard Waugh, VP Corporate Development, Zycus Inc.
  • 10:45 am – 11:00 am »   Closing Remarks And Vote Of Thanks
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm »   FOCUSED NETWORKING SESSIONS (Crescent City Ballroom)
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm »   LUNCH (Waldorf Astoria Ballroom)
  • 11:00 am onwards »   SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR AIRPORT

PRODUCT TRAINING TRACKS - FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY

  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm »   PROCURE-TO-PAY PRODUCT MASTERCLASS (Pontalba Room)
    A Deep Dive into Zycus' eProcurement Module and Upcoming Innovations

    Speaker:
    Bikash Mohanty, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm »   SOURCING SUITE PRODUCT MASTERCLASS (Conti Room)
    Zycus Source-to-Contract Suite: Now, Tomorrow and Beyond

    Speaker:
    Kanishka Ghosh, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.
  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm »   PROCURE-TO-PAY PRODUCT MASTERCLASS (Pontalba Room)
    Global Invoicing and Beyond - eInvoicing Module Deep Dive

    Speaker:
    Bikash Mohanty, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.
  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm »   SOURCING SUITE PRODUCT MASTERCLASS (Conti Room)
    Maximizing ROI from your Upstream Suite – A Panel Discussion

    Panelists:
    Rob Walker, Manager, Business Systems, Source-to-Pay Global Services, Qualcomm Inc.
    Marc Gerdy, Head of Corporate Procurement, Discount Tire


    Moderator:
    Kanishka Ghosh, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm »   PROCURE-TO-PAY PRODUCT MASTERCLASS (Pontalba Room)
    Supplier Management Masterclass

    Speaker:
    Bikash Mohanty, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm »   SOURCING SUITE PRODUCT MASTERCLASS (Conti Room)
    Innovation and Customer Driven Development

    Speaker:
    Kanishka Ghosh, Director Product Management, Zycus Inc.
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm »   CUSTOMER MEETINGS (Crescent City Ballroom)

 
 

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