As the founder and CEO of Zycus, Aatish defines the vision and roadmap of all technology and innovation at Zycus. Aatish Dedhia started Zycus in 1998 with a vision to leverage technology to solve business problems.
He harnessed the power of Artificial Intelligence technology for practical business purposes to create a powerful suite of solutions for the fields of procurement and finance. Under his dynamic leadership, Zycus has emerged as the industry leader in its business space. He has been responsible for the company's success in the fiercely competitive international market.
His astuteness and strategy has been the pillar of Zycus' success. Prior to Zycus, Aatish enjoyed a flourishing career at Intel Corporation in the United States and was part of the core design team on the Pentium-II processor.
At Intel, Aatish also introduced Internet and Intranet technologies within the Pentium-II group for improving group work and knowledge management. Aatish is a widely known professional in the IT industry and has been invited as a speaker at several international forums.
He has a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India and a Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, U.S.
Chris Sawchuk Principal & Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader, The Hackett Group
Mr. Sawchuk is a Principal, Global Practice Leader and advisory leadership team member with The Hackett Group, an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy to global companies.
He has over 20 years of experience successfully advising hundreds of Fortune 500 as well as midsized companies across all industries globally. Mr. Sawchuk has provided operational and transformational guidance in strategy and organizational change as well as process design and digital technology enablement to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these companies.
He is globally recognized (and won several awards) in his specialty of supply management including strategic sourcing and risk management. He is cited regularly in business publications, a frequent presenter at industry and academic events, author of numerous research papers and books, and a current and past member of the advisory boards of several developing companies as well as the supply chain degree program at the University of South Florida.
Mr. Sawchuk’s background includes engineering, operations and sales roles with both United Technologies and IBM. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College and a Masters in Business Administration from Binghamton University (State University of New York). He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
Duncan Jones Vice President & Principal Analyst Forrester Research
Duncan contributes to Forrester's offerings for Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals and for Application Development and Delivery Professionals. He is a leading expert on business application strategies and how to get the most from strategic software partners, including packaged applications, SaaS, and custom development. By researching enterprises' experiences in dealing with key software providers, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP, Duncan helps clients create sound sourcing strategies, nurture better supplier relationships, and get better outcomes from their strategic software investments. He also advises software providers on pricing strategies and commercial trends.
Duncan is also a leading expert on ePurchasing applications, such as eProcurement and supplier risk and performance management (SRPM), with a particular focus on the increasing overlaps and conflicts between ePurchasing and sell-side B2B eCommerce. He advises clients on their application strategy in these areas, how to make good choices between alternative solution providers, and how to get the best results from implementation.
Previous Work Experience
Prior to joining Forrester in 2006, Duncan worked for seven years for QAD, an international provider of enterprise solutions for manufacturing companies, in various product management and product marketing roles. Most recently, he had global responsibility for radical changes to QAD's pricing and licensing strategy.
Duncan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and then joined Courtaulds, a diverse multinational manufacturing company. In 10 years with Courtaulds, he held various line finance and IT roles before becoming project manager in a corporate team, managing systems-enabled business improvement projects around the world.
Opi Gahunia Director, Indirect Procurement Belden
A CPA, CMA with 15+ years of progressive experience in all areas of accounting within the manufacturing industry. Has been consistently recognized as a high performer with a strong work ethic, advanced analytical skills and the capability to thrive in a dynamic environment.
Through years of experience in various positions; developed strong business acumen, superior organizational skills, strong communication skills, and proven record of dedication to teamwork. Worked in partnership with various functional team leaders to resolve variances, refine forecasts, develop budgets, and identify opportunities for improvement.
Ralph Pennisi Head of Property and Procurement Insignia Financial
An experienced professional with expertise and hands on experience in property management, procurement, trustee services, strategy development & implementation, sales, marketing, product management, risk management, channel development, process re-engineering, project management, financial reporting and business services.
Richard Waugh Vice President, Corporate Development, Zycus
As Vice President for Corporate Development at Zycus Inc., Richard Waugh leads strategic initiatives in the areas of new product introduction, market development, thought leadership, analyst relations, and strategic partner development programs.
Richard has an extensive background in B2B E-Commerce. He helped launch GE's Trading Process Network (TPN), the first on-line Marketplace for Sourcing and Procurement. He was also Co-Founder of B2eMarkets, one of the first SaaS (Software as a Service) Sourcing Suite providers and later covered the Supply Management market as an Industry Analyst for the Aberdeen Group.
Scott Thein Deputy General Counsel StoneX Group Inc.
Scott Thein is Deputy General Counsel with StoneX Group Inc., a financial services organization listed on NASDAQ: SNEX. His role is focused on transactional and regulatory legal support for the global StoneX organization with specialization in US FCM and Swap Dealer operations. Prior to his current role with StoneX, Scott was an associate in the Capital Markets Department of the US-based law firm, Polsinelli, focusing on Commercial Mortgage Backed Securitizations (CMBS), Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs), and general lending work. He began his career as in-house counsel to two regional natural gas and electric power companies in the Mid-West of the United States.
Steve Hughes Ex-Chief Procurement Officer College Board
Over a career spanning more than 40 years, Steve has held senior procurement and operations positions with large and small, public and private, and for-profit as well as non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and served five years on active duty as an officer with the 82nd Airborne Division where he completed 40 military parachute jumps. Steve started his civilian career at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO, and it was while working for Hallmark that he was introduced to procurement and found his professional calling. During that time, he also earned an MBA from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Most recently, Steve was the Chief Procurement Officer at the College Board for five years, after previously serving as Vice President of Global Sourcing at the National Geographic Society. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Vertis Communications, a national printer of advertising circulars and direct mail promotions. In between his procurement assignments he also held senior operations positions as a Plant Manager and Vice President of Operations for different manufacturing firms. He retired in 2021 to spend more time with his wife of 47 years and six married children and 20 grandchildren.
Tony Filippone Chief Procurement Officer AXIS Capital
With over 20+ years of history in leadership and success in sourcing and procurement, with extensive experience building strategy, lowering costs, and overseeing the performance of vendors. Has Built a formal sourcing and procurement function from the ground up, overseeing $300MM in annual spend for a $5B specialty property and casualty insurance firm. Is a Procurement Executive possessing a winning blend of subject matter expertise, skill in vendor management, and practical experience leveraging analytics and data.
Ruth Bromley Director – Procurement Enablement, HEINEKEN
A supply chain professional, Ruth has worked at Philips and Mars before joining Heineken. A qualified Master Brewer, who switched into the Procurement arena a decade ago, Ruth is now the Director of Global Procurement Enablement based in the Netherlands. Responsible for all elements of procurement enablement, Ruth has guided the team on a transformational journey from being a process focused organisation to one which is now recognised as leaders who use technology to enable the business to drive decision making.
Passionate about team development, and finding different ways to work with suppliers, has allowed the organisation to deliver projects in a way which should be possible.
Hervé Le Faou Chief Procurement Officer Heineken
Hervé Le Faou serves as the Chief Procurement Officer at HEINEKEN, the world’s most international brewer. HEINEKEN operates in over 70 countries globally and is committed to surprising and exciting consumers everywhere. Since joining HEINEKEN in 2016, Hervé has been leading a transformational programme within the Global Procurement function, with the intention of creating a world-class strategic sourcing community that operates as a true business partner.
His Procurement community currently manages €14 billion of spend and consists out of 900 professionals based around the globe. Creating sustainable business value for both internal and external stakeholders is the key focus of the second chapter of the transformation programme. Together with his team, Hervé strives to make a positive impact that lasts and touches areas beyond the cost and cash agenda.
Having spent over half of his professional career abroad, Hervé brings a strong international leadership to his team. This, coupled with his strong passion for people, innovation and brands, has proven to be a great recipe for success when leading transformations in the food and beverage industry.
Worked in Unilever, Danone, Cadbury, Kraft-Heinz prior to joining HEINEKEN
Undertaken a variety of roles in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Procurement and General Management
Graduated from Arts et Metiers “Grande École” in Mechanical Engineering.
Daniel Braune Head of Strategic Procurement Hapag-Lloyd AG
Daniel Braune is the Head of Strategic Procurement at Hapag-Lloyd AG. During his professional tenure of more than 15 years, Daniel has performed increasingly senior roles in procurement and logistics functions viz. strategic buying, category management, supply chain management to leading global procurement.
His work experience spans mulitple business environments and industries from automation to communication to Power Transmission/Distribution. Daniel has undertaken his education in Germany and US.
Cheryl M. Katz Strategic Sourcing Director Synovus
Cheryl M. Katz is a highly respected Strategic Sourcing Director at Synovus Financial Corp. where she acts as a trusted advisor to Stakeholders; sharing business and contract knowledge and expertise, leading collaborative, cross functional teams and helping internal customers remove risk and deliver transformational results and big wins to stakeholders and leadership, across a wide variety of financial services, manufacturing and service businesses and organizations.
Neil Schloss Sourcing Manager for Indirect Procurement Perdue Farms
Neil Schloss is the Sourcing Manager for Indirect Procurement at Perdue Farms Inc. supporting IT and Marketing sourcing requirements. He holds a BSIE from University of Buffalo and MBA from New York Institute of Technology. He has held leadership roles for Direct and Indirect procurement areas for more than 40 years in a variety of verticals. They would include heavy industrial organizations like Carrier Air Conditioning, Black & Decker – Kwikset Div., Financial, Insurance and most recently CPG - Meat Processing. He has extensive experience with e-Procurement deployment and effective Procurement engagement within early project creation. He enjoys golf, racquetball and family while living in Scottsdale, AZ.
Canda Rozier President Collabra Consulting
Canda Rozier is the Founder and President of Collabra Consulting, focused on procurement transformation, sourcing excellence, and cost improvement.
She was most recently SVP (CPO) Global Procurement & Real Estate, at NTT Security, with responsibility for strategic sourcing, category management, procurement, cost reduction & spend management projects, and vendor contract negotiations, as well as all global real estate and facilities.
With over 30 years industry experience, Canda was previously Chief Procurement Officer and SVP Global Real Estate at First Data Corporation, where she led the centralization and globalization of strategic sourcing/procurement and the operational transformation of real estate/facilities management worldwide, and had a senior role in the $29B private buyout of FDC.
Previous roles have included senior positions at Unisys/Burroughs and American Express. Canda has served on the Advisory Board for the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), and is based in Colorado with a BA from Davidson College. She is a Certified Intelligent Automation Professional (CIAP). She‘s a frequent contributor to sourcing industry publications, and speaks at industry conferences and events globally, and is a 2019 Sourcing Star Award Winner of the SIG Future of Sourcing Award.
Jon W Hansen Editor and Lead Writer Procurement Insights
As the Founder and Chief Editor of the Procurement Insights blog, Jon Hansen has gained an international reputation for delivering unique and meaningful insights into the procurement world and business in general through a variety of mediums including radio and television.
A sought after speaker, writer, and moderator; he is a two-time Ottawa Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for having built and ultimately selling his software company for $12 million.
With 40 years of high-tech industry experience and almost as long in procurement, Jon’s recognition as one of the Top 50 Procurement Influencers globally reflects the value that he brings to our industry.
Dr. Thierry Fausten Country Partner CIPS Switzerland
Thierry Fausten is the founder of Informed Decisions GmbH, and the exclusive Country Partner for CIPS business services in Switzerland.
He has over 25 years of experience in automotive, pharmaceuticals and consulting industries. His interventions focus on procurement and supply management excellence and collaborative innovation, enabling organizations to identify, create and capture additional value.
Prior to this, he was entrusted with global leadership roles in global 250 firms, to transform organizations, processes and systems to enhance business agility, flexibility and attract best talents and suppliers.
Thierry Fausten completed his doctorate at Cranfield University School of Management and holds an Executive MBA in Multicultural Management from ESCP Europe. He is also MCIPS certified.
Tim Cummins President World Commerce & Contracting
Tim Cummins is President of World Commerce & Contracting and a Professor in the School of Law at the University of Leeds. For 25 years, Tim has led the world in developing research and standards for the Commercial and Contract Management discipline, an achievement that was recognised by the Financial Times ‘Market Shaper of the Year’ award in 2019.
Over that time, he developed the world’s only non-profit association dedicated to Commercial and Contract Management, working with its 80,000 members in both public and private sector to improve the quality and integrity of trading relationships. Tim’s inspiration came from a career in Finance and Commercial Management, spanning multiple industries and countries and providing insight to the critical role that commercial innovation plays in delivering business and social value.
Lisa Leemans Third Party Risk Management Leader, Procurement Westfield
Lisa Leemans currently leads the Third Party Risk Management function for Westfield Insurance. Joining Westfield in 2015, Lisa was asked to design, build and mature the third party management capabilities as part of a foundational center-led Procurement function.
Lisa came to Westfield with over 20 years of broad-based global supply chain management experience in both manufacturing and financial services. Prior to joining Westfield, Lisa spent over 5 years as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Procurement at KeyBank with responsibilities in both category management and third party risk management.
Lisa earned her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska and her Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.
Lisa is active in Westfield Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, leading the Abilities Advocates Network, a Westfield Employee Resource Group. Lisa is a member of the Sourcing Industry Group, a former board member of Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council and actively involved at her church and in several regional charities.
Westfield Insurance is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 900 independent insurance agencies. Westfield provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states.
Adrian Oyekanmi Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing Radisson Hotel Group
Adrian Oyekanmi serves as Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing for Radisson Hotel Group. He is responsible for developing and enhancing its market leading procurement platform that serves and protects the needs of the Radisson Hotel Group. His charge includes creating opportunities to leverage the vast global spend of RHG with best-in-class vendors while enabling the hotels access this value through market leading technology. Oyekanmi is based in Brussels and reports to Iñigo Capell, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Resources Officer.
Oyekanmi is an industry veteran who joined Radisson Hotel Group in April 2017, initially based out of the Minneapolis office. Since then, he has worked to develop and implement a comprehensive sourcing strategy built to improve the value proposition for the entire hotel portfolio and its owners, focusing on cost reductions and service delivery while promoting the company’s responsible business practices.
Prior to joining Radisson Hotel Group, Oyekanmi spent 17 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently he served as Vice President of Supply Chain, where he led finance and business analytics, contract management, the implementation of an award-winning procure-to-pay platform, and Six Sigma process improvement. His other assignments at Starwood include Controller, Director of Finance, and Regional Director of Finance.
He received an International Baccalaureate diploma from the United World College of the Atlantic in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Science degree in building and construction management from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. Oyekanmi is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA, CGMA).
Kim Castellucci Associate Director, Corporate Procurement Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Kim is responsible for developing the strategy of and leading Procurement Operations at Daiichi Sankyo Inc. She provides procurement leadership, business impactful reporting and develops best practices for purchasing policies, technologies, operating procedures. She also collaborates with stakeholders and business owners on process design for the Source to Pay process, as well as technology transformations and process re-engineering efforts that have an enterprise-wide efficiency impact. Her dept manages compliance activities relating to procurement processes while creating and executing training programs to liaise with the business, legal, audit, IT, sourcing and finance. Procurement Operations is also responsible for managing the Small Business Administration program, supplier risk mitigation and monitoring, and supplier onboarding.
Cory Thwaites Executive Director Procurement TECOM Group /DHAM
Sophie Macquet Group Chief Procurement Officer SPIE
Experienced as VP Purchasing in the automotive sector, production, non-production and after-sales. Both Corporate and field experiences in international environments. Cross cultural mindset as manager of people and projects • Skilled in Change management.
Erik Heinnickel Director, Analytics and Insights Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Erik brings the knowledge and experience of nearly 20 years of strategic sourcing in indirect and direct categories across various industries including pharma, education, retail and manufacturing. He’s held various leadership and strategic project lead roles across sourcing, supply chain, data and analytics.
As Director, Analytics and Insights at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Erik leads advanced analytics and insights to enable fact-driven decision making and advancing the capabilities of the Strategic Sourcing and Corporate Services team. The role has a combination of strategic and hands-on responsibilities to deliver advanced analytics and insights, drive continuous improvement and support departmental goals and objectives.
Prior to joining Vertex, Erik served as Director of Sourcing Enablement at Viatris, an organization formed through the merger of Mylan and Pfizer’s entity, Upjohn. In this role, Erik was responsible for leading a global team focused on process, governance, analytics and technology to enable strategic sourcing. Throughout his career, he has led global teams, implemented sourcing technologies and built collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders, external partners and suppliers. He has led global category sourcing, integrated company procurement and sourcing operations, implemented procurement technology, provided API risk mitigation programs, and built API market intelligence tools.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and resides with his family in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
John Fox SS&P Center of Excellence Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
John has over 20 years’ experience leading and executing cross-functional business process and technology transformation projects including ERP consolidations, Source to Pay implementations, and managing service transitions. He currently leads the Procurement Technology team at Regeneron’s Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Center of Excellence where his focus is on organizational improvements leveraging technology solutions.
Prior to Regeneron, he managed service transitions for the procurement solution services provider, Chain IQ which included delivery of Sourcing, Operational Procurement, Category Management and technology solutions for their clients. He believes successful transformations require a compelling vision, reduction of waste, simplification, and dedicated people.
Stefanie Givens-Wilson Director of Indirect Categories La-Z-Boy Incorporated
Stefanie Givens-Wilson leads La-Z-Boy Incorporated's Indirect Procurement department as well as the newly established Supplier Diversity & Inclusion program. In addition, Stefanie holds the role of Co-Chair of La-Z-Boy's Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council. She was responsible for designing and executing La-Z-Boy's annual Supplier Summit as well as La-Z-Boy's Supply Chain University.
Stefanie started of her career in the automotive industry. She was chosen to be a part of Chrysler's Management Trainee Program, a rotational program allowing her to gain experience in manufacturing, logistics, operations, and procurement. She moved on to senior procurement roles with both domestic and Japanese Tier I automotive suppliers.
Stefanie is known for thinking strategically, driving operational excellence, delivering financial performance, and making a positive impact.
Stefanie holds a Master's degree in Quality Management from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor's in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. She resides in Southeast Michigan with her husband and three boys.
Neil Sigamoney Director, Engineering and Corporate Services Monash Health Victoria
Neil is an accomplished commercially focused CPO with diverse experience in both the private and public sector across Automotive, FMCG & Higher Education.
He is interested in leading innovative and collaborative challenges that drive sustainable commercial and business outcomes as procurement partners with the business and its external partners. He chaired the Program Committee for the University Procurement Hub and is current Chair of the Finance Committee for a large NFP and sits on the Procurement Committee for HPV.
Neil is passionate about progressing the procurement profession in innovative spaces including technology, smart automation and sector collaboration.
Thomas Bioud Regional Vice President Sales Zycus
An experienced professional with more than 20 years in the software industry in sales management positions. Thomas is associated with Zycus since 4 years and heads sales in EMEA region.
He strives to help customers drive business value from their digital transformation journey.
Anil Wadhwa Director - Technology Consulting Ernst & Young
Anil Wadhwa, the Director - Technology Consulting at EY has rich and diverse experience spanning 18 years, having worked in Consulting firms for the last 11 years and before with that with leading technology companies.
He has led and transformed organisations and business by successful and continuous IT innovations to deliver strategic business outcomes leveraging latest cutting-edge technology.
Whit Andrews Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Gartner
Whit Andrews is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner Research. Mr. Andrews addresses, in particular, organizational impacts, use cases and business opportunities for AI. He discusses the impacts of blockchain on business strategy and the evolution of blockchain adoption and application. He works in the Applications and Software Engineering Group. He is a host of the Gartner Techwave podcast for clients.
Prior to joining Gartner in 2000, Mr. Andrews was a senior editor at Internet World magazine for four years, where he covered electronic commerce and the major web portals. Previous to that, he worked as a newspaper reporter.
Rohan Ranadive Head, Third Party Risk Management Truist
Rohan Ranadive is a global business leader with over 22 years of leadership success in Banking, Financial Services and Technology. He has consistently inspired and led large and diverse global teams to achieve business resiliency and operational excellence while effectively balancing risk management and regulatory compliance.
In his current role at Truist, Rohan is responsible for leading Third Party Risk Management program and Enterprise Offshoring services across 5,000+ third parties driving operational resilience and business excellence. Prior to Truist, Rohan was Head of Intelligent Automation at BB&T and was responsible to lead & drive enterprise adoption of emerging technologies such as RPA, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
Rohan holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and is a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking and the Wharton Leadership program.
Rajeev Karmacharya Head, Strategic Sourcing & Category Management Fannie Mae
Rajeev Karmacharya is Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management group in Fannie Mae. Rajeev leads a team of category management, sourcing / contracting and supplier enablement professionals managing $4.5+ billion in external spend.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Rajeev was a Principal at global management consulting firm Kearney, where he was one of the leaders in their Strategic IT and Operations Practice. Rajeev holds a Master of Industrial Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Brian J. Roche Chief Procurement Officer Westfield Insurance
Brian Roche is responsible for Westfield’s enterprise procurement function and the development and execution of source-to-pay capabilities including category management, third party risk management, operational procurement and process automation.
Brian joined Westfield in April 2015 from Citizens Bank, where he served in various leadership positions managing vendor risk, strategic sourcing events and technology, and training programs. Before that, he was Vice President, Senior Sourcing Strategist for Key Bank National Association. In all, he brings 20 years of procurement, financial and leadership experience to his position with Westfield.
Brian earned his graduate degree in Information Systems Management from Case Western Reserve University, and his undergraduate degree in Finance from Ohio University.
He is a former member of BITS, the technology policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable, an industry group with expertise on managing supply chain risk, and served as a charter Steering Committee member on Risk Management Association’s Vendor Management Roundtable. He is also a current member of Sourcing Industry Group and provides thought leadership in other industry forums on evolving areas of supply chain management.
Ari Kaplan Legal Industry Analyst Ari Kaplan Advisors
After practicing law for nearly nine years with large law firms in Manhattan, Ari is now a leading speaker, ghostwriter and industry analyst. He focuses on legal technology, law-related issues, electronic discovery, and professional services to empower individuals and organizations with creative ideas for standing out and leveraging technology to raise their profiles.
Ari has had the honor of keynoting events in the U.S., including the 2010 ABA Techshow, the U.K. and Australia. He has also appeared at over 50 law schools in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Maurus is visionary leader who devoted his entire professional journey to legal innovation and operations. He is driven by the deep belief that legal activities can be embedded better and more simply with other players, functions and companies.
As an active member of the ASSOCIATION OF CORPORTE COUNSEL, and a regional CORPORATE LEGAL OPERATIONS CONSORTIUM (CLOC.ORG) leader, Maurus works to establish transparency around activities and cost in the legal function and has helped legal teams to develop process innovation and leverage technology to simplify, expedite and improve quality legal activities.
He is passionate about the NOVARTIS purpose to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives and focuses her own efforts as well as those of her teams on ensuring that Novartis delivers for patients.
Tejit Mithal Associate Director - Product Management Zycus
Micky Keck Director Analyst Gartner
Micky Keck is part of the team that advises application leaders on procurement and strategic sourcing applications. This includes helping define and identify technologies across the source-to-pay landscape and creating procurement technology strategy.
Mr. Keck helps clients understand the market landscape, prioritize investments, evaluate vendors and determine best-fit, negotiate contracts, and deploy best practices across a variety of market segments including Source-to-Contract (S2C) (spend analysis, supplier management, e-sourcing, and contract life cycle management) and Procure-to-Pay technologies. He also assesses and advises clients on the use of emerging technologies, such as AI, RPA, and advanced analytics, across sourcing and procurement.
Additionally, Mr. Keck has a special focus on AP Invoice Automation and Supplier Information Management.
Kurt Albertson Principal, Procurement Advisory North American Practice Lead The Hackett Group
Kurt Albertson is the North American Practice Lead for The Hackett Group's Procurement Advisory Program, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Working with procurement and finance executives, Kurt supports their ongoing transformation agendas leveraging his experience, best practice-based research and cutting-edge frameworks.
Mr. Albertson also conducts research into topical issues, and leads client conferences, webcasts and other related events. He has 25+ years of experience in assessing procurement and finance capabilities concentrating on category management, strategic sourcing, risk and supplier management, purchasing and accounts payable, and travel expense management. Mr. Albertson offers a blend of consulting and industry experience, having served a wide variety of clients as a management consultant and managing manufacturing operations in an automotive plant.
He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan. He also is a featured presenter at industry conferences and has been published in leading periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal.
Zachary Engels is the Leader, Operational Procurement for Westfield Insurance. Among his key responsibilities at Westfield is to develop and maintain the buying channel strategy and process guidelines while managing the day-to-day actions of the Procurement Operations team.
He is responsible for the implementation, administration, and oversight of all procurement technology at Westfield. Specifically those applications in the Source to Pay life-cycle and their integration with other Westfield systems including ERP. He works in close collaboration with executives in Finance, Human Resources, Information technology and other internal business units to optimize the end-to-end sourcing life-cycle. Oversees staff responsibilities for monitoring contract to invoice compliance and other key KPI’s for the department.
Additional responsibilities include the design and foundational implementation of Westfield's supplier diversity program.
Erik van Dulmen Vice President, Not for Resale Sourcing Ahold Delhaize
Erik van Dulmen is Vice President Not for Resale Sourcing for Ahold Delhaize, leading indirect procurement in Europe. Together with the local brands in Europe his team is delivering the best sourcing solution for Ahold Delhaize’s businesses.
He is what we call a veteran within Ahold Delhaize, working for almost 35 years in different business areas. Erik started his career at James Telesuper, the home delivery business of former Ahold in the mid 1980’s as full time IT programmer. Before leading indirect procurement for Ahold Delhaize, Erik worked within the Finance department ( regional controller and head of Commercial and Logistics Control at Albert Heijn ), the operational department ( operational manager North Holland at Albert Heijn ), logistics department ( warehouse manager at Albert Heijn Zaandam ) and the commercial department ( Director Sourcing and Merchandise Dry Groceries Albert Heijn ).
Erik is born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and graduated with a bachelors degree in Economics in Rotterdam.
Nikhil Kotru Head of Global Supply Chain Spirent
Nikhil Kotru is the Head of Global Supply Chain for Spirent. Offering thorough leadership, strategic, operational, and P&L experience of over 2 decades with well-known global players. Experience in P&L leadership, Organizational development, Business strategy and Thought leadership, he has a Masters in Industrial Engineering – specialization Supply Chain and Operations Research.
Paul Rakovich Head of Procurement Treasury Wine Estates
Paul is a seasoned leader with extensive experience across 4 of the world's most renowned multinationals (Bosch, GM, BHP, BP). He holds strong expertise in Strategic Procurement Leadership, Transformation and Digitisation, Strategic Category Management & Continuous Improvement fuelling business value through thoughtful partnership & 3rd party supplier engagement.
His passion for growth has led to significant career progression not only on an individual level but also within team development, culture building, and ongoing professional advancement opportunities for those around him. In addition, he has demonstrated remarkable leadership in creating a seamless information environment that enables value-driving interactions while managing corporate risk.
Amy Vernon Director of Sustainability, ESC & Global Product Compliance La-Z-Boy Incorporated
Amy Vernon is the Director of ESG, Sustainability & Global Product Compliance for La-Z-Boy is an experienced product compliance expert with a demonstrated history of working in the furniture industry.
She is skilled in the areas of U.S. federal, state, international and industry safety and compliance related to commercial and residential furniture. She is a strong leadership professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Educational/Instructional Technology from Bowling Green State University and has an Associates in Technical Engineering, along with certifications in Strategy and Sustainability as well as Corporate Sustainability.
Gabriel Kiewek Director of Productivity and Procurement Nippon Gases
Gabriel started his career in the Power Transmission Industry in Mexico and the United States working in different areas of the business including plant operations, International sales, and finally as the President and General Manager of the business in Mexico.
In 2007 Gabriel joined the Industrial Gas business with Praxair as Director of Finance and Procurement and moved to China in 2011 as VP of Finance for Asia, a year later he was promoted as the CPO of the company leading the global procurement organization for the next six years; three in Shanghai and three in Buffalo NY.
In 2017 Gabriel joined Chemours a Chemical company manufacturing TiO2 and Flourochemicals products as CPO and VP of Enterprise Capital, leading the global procurement team as well as being responsible of leading a multifunctional, multinational engineering project team to execute the construction and startup of new plants and facilities in the company.
In 2021 Gabriel joined Nippon Gases Euroholdings as Director of Productivity and Procurement leading a team of highly motivated and skilled professionals with the goal of improving the day to day business process of the company based on a solid understanding of our plants and our customers, supported by a rigorous and disciplined approach to deep data analytics and an unrelenting innovation mindset, he is based in Madrid and has a bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Suzanne Greene Global Purchasing Environmental Sustainability Director Dow Chemical
Suzanne Greene is the Global Purchasing Director for Environmental Sustainability at Dow and serves as Dow’s internal subject matter expert on scope 3 carbon emissions. In previous roles, Suzanne advanced research on low-carbon, circular supply chains as co-founder and manager of the Sustainable Supply Chains Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation & Logistics and the Mining and the Environment program at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative.
She is part of the Technical Advisory Group of the Science Based Target Initiative, DHL Sustainability Advisory Council, and the Advisory Council of the Smart Freight Centre, with whom she co-authored the Global Logistics Emissions Council Framework, an industry standard for carbon accounting.
Jaswinder Saini Head Procurement Tata Play Ltd
Jaswinder Saini is a Supply Chain Management professional with 23 years of rich experience. Worked in spectrum of industries including Automobile, White Goods Manufacturing, Telecom, Media & DTH. Expertise in complex negotiations, procurement planning, warehousing, logistics and demand planning. Skilled in managing vast portfolios and brought efficiencies and transparency in operations. Exposure to delivering solutions in conjunction with business requirements.
John O’Connell EVP, Global Account Management and Supply Chain Sirva
John possesses more than 20 years of experience in a business to business environment. He began his career with a research and consulting firm, where he led an operational team, led business development activities in Asia and Latin America, and sourced and managed a variety of suppliers throughout the world. John later worked for two outsourcing organizations in the Employee Mobility industry. While working for these companies, he served in a variety of globally-focused roles encompassing Operations, Account Management, and Supply Chain.
John joined SIRVA in 2011 as Vice-President of Global Operations. In the following years, he served as Vice-President of Account Management and Senior Vice-President of Global Operations. In 2016, John assumed his current role. Initially, John focused on leading a worldwide Supply Chain team responsible for the selection and oversight of direct spend suppliers who deliver more than $700 million in services annually. In 2019, the scope of John’s role expanded to include responsibility for SIRVA’s indirect spend. He is currently the EVP, Global Account Management and Supply Chain at Sirva.
John has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from DePauw University and a Master of Business Administration in International Management from The Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is fluent in Spanish and possesses basic knowledge of French.
Kishore Pejavara Director, Supply Chain Center of Excellence Delta Air Lines
Kishore Pejavara heads the Supply Chain Center of Excellence at Delta Air Lines. He leads a team focused on building a world-class supply chain organization to drive customer experience, operational excellence, and innovation.
A seasoned executive, he is passionate about building highly effective organizations by empowering people with the right data, processes, and technology to accelerate value creation. As the Director of SCM CoE he leads the Supply Chain Portfolio Strategy, Advanced Analytics, Third-Party Risk Management, and Technology functions across the enterprise.
Kishore holds an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School and a Bachelors of Engineering from Pune University.
Amanda Branley Chief Procurement Officer Public Transport Authority of Western Australia
Amanda is an adaptive leader with a strategic and corporate business focus and has experience across various government agencies and in diverse functions. She brings a high level of curiosity and critical thinking to her roles which has led to the development of customer-focused solutions that deliver good outcomes within sound corporate governance frameworks.
She has taken on roles and projects focusing on strategic leadership and change management through reform of key business support functions for the organisation.
Amanda is also a strong advocate for a better place for all West Australians and is an active in community organisations supporting the environment and community engagement.
She holds post nominals of MLM, GAICD, FLWA and MIPAA.
Chris Donofrio Senior Procurement Manager Spirent Communications
Chris Donofrio is a creative, result oriented procurement professional with diverse background and experience in conducting spend, risk, market and supplier analysis, purchasing, contract and project management, and demand supply and forecast planning.
Proven skilled negotiator who consistently guides down costs, exceeding expectations. Excellent interpersonal skills that build mutually beneficial relationships with clients, suppliers and business partners. Specialty is problem resolution excels during change and enjoys a challenge.
Khairul Azman Head of Group Procurement DRB-HICOM Berhad
Adjunct Professor Khairul Azman is a certified procurement and supply chain professional with demonstrated success in leadership, strategic sourcing, negotiation, category management and all other areas of supply chain. With a proven ability to partner with stakeholders, foster relationship and drive changes, Khairul motivate his team to excel and achieve maximum value for stakeholders while minimizing risk and streamlining process.
Khairul have over 28 years working experiences in Purchasing and Supply chain with an impressive career growth in an establishing local and multinational company in various industries including 18 years experiences and exposure of a global and regional role. Prior to DRB-HICOM, Khairul had served well known local and multination companies namely PROTON, Modenas, TRW Automotive, Continental, Johnson Control Automotive, Baker Hughes, Prysmian, and Cement Industries Malaysia. His objective is to add value and produce positive impact on overall organization performance by being the “Game Changer” to the organization and industry.
Niteen Suresh Managing Director - Supply Chain Management Delta Air Lines
Niteen Suresh takes a vison and makes it realty through fact-based strategy development and execution. He is a highly motivated, result-oriented professional with a passion for driving top line growth and achieving bottom line results. He has proficient experience in driving process improvement and business strategies in Global Supply Chain Operations through a strong data driven and metrics-oriented approach.
Niteen began his career with Delta in 2017 and currently serves as Managing Director, Supply Chain Management. In this role, he oversees the SCM Center of Excellence including Portfolio Strategy, Procurement Operations, Analytics, Third Party Risk Management, and Airline Alliances. He also leads the Health & Wellness Category.
Niteen holds an Executive MBA in Strategy & Operations from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering from the University of Madras. He is APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) certified and a CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) professional. He has also received a Strategy & Execution Certification from Harvard Business School’s Leadership Development Program.
He is a believer in giving back to his local community. In his spare time, he is involved in local community events as well as volunteers in the education system with his wife. He loves traveling with his family and playing sports with his two sons.
Marjorie Jorgensen Program Manager, Center of Excellence - CLM, Compliance Cushman & Wakefield
Accomplished senior paralegal and legal & compliance manager. Valued by legal and business colleagues as a proactive, reliable, and thoughtful partner, who brings personal warmth and enthusiasm, a strong IT and Procurement background, and good commercial sense to the team.
Marjorie has spent more than 20 years working in law firms and corporate legal departments before joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2013 as the Global Legal Manager. In 2016, she transitioned into the Global Program Manager responsible for implementing, maintaining and training users on the company’s contract management and sourcing platforms.
Glenn Frank Senior Manager Purchasing & Accounts Payable Brother
Glenn is a strategic global sourcing leader with a financial background, strong technical knowledge, and the proven ability to negotiate win-win agreements with suppliers in a broad range of indirect categories. He delivers value throughout the procurement process as an analytical and pragmatic expert at aligning stakeholder and enterprise goals with cost-effective, quality solutions.
As a visionary leader, he motivates teams to identify and execute on new and appropriate purchasing opportunities, as well as to maintain valued supplier relationships. He is an "out of the box" thinker for creative problem solving and a trusted mentor who motivates teams to collaboratively achieve success.
Glenn has driven significant cost reductions through the implementation of evaluation tools, buying channel strategies, hedging arrangements, competitive bidding, payment terms optimization, expense/budget/inventory control management, and risk mitigation plans.
Walter Lee Associate Partner & Digital Procurement Leader EY
Aligning client value, business priorities and the power of technology can transform supply chains in every possible way. Walter brings over 20 years of supply chain experience to his role as EY Canada’s Digital Procurement Leader. He works with clients to develop fit-for-purpose supply chain strategies along with pragmatic operating models and adoption of enabling technology.
Recently, Walter has been driving several large-scale digital procurement transformations in the public sector space. He enables all levels of government to modernize procurement with innovative cloud technology, re-imagine business engagement processes and upskill procurement professionals.
Walter holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in molecular genetics and microbiology from the University of Toronto; a Master’s of Business Administration in strategy and operations management from York University’s Schulich School of Business; a graduate certificate in supply chain management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a graduate certificate in strategy and transformation from University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School.
Managing Director, Strategy & Consulting – Supply Chain & Operations, Sourcing and Procurement Lead for Growth Markets Accenture
Supply chain professional with 20+ years of experience leading procurement transformation and bottom line improvement engagements. Specializes in Sourcing and Procurement to identify and implement sustainable cost optimization initiatives that reduce COGS / SG&A expenses and help fuel profitable growth for clients. Also partnered with clients to design and implement agile and flexible procurement organizations enabled with the right processes and technologies. Mansi has extensively worked with global organizations across India, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, US and The Netherlands and delivered significant business outcomes while working in a cross cultural environment with senior client executives. In her current role in Accenture, Mansi leads the Sourcing & Procurement practice for the Growth Markets, which includes Sustainable Value Chain as well.
Managing Director, Strategy & Consulting –Sustainable Value Chain Lead for UKI and Global lead for Responsible Sourcing Accenture
Ben is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Strategy practice based in the UK. Ben is Accenture's global lead for Responsible Sourcing as well as leading Accenture UKI's Sustainable Value Chain Practice. He has a focus on responsible supply chains, business transformation and growth strategy. He previously led the Supply Chain & Operations Practice for Accenture in the Middle East and Turkey.
CEO and President Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)
Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Future of Sourcing digital publication, has more than 26 years of leadership experience, with the past 22 years focused on the sourcing and outsourcing industry. In 2007, Dawn joined SIG as CEO, but has been active in SIG as a speaker and trusted advisor since 1999, bringing the latest developments in sourcing and outsourcing to SIG members. Prior to joining SIG, Dawn held leadership positions as CEO of Denali Group and before that as a partner in a CPA firm.
Dawn is actively involved on a number of boards promoting civic, health and children's issues in the Asheville, North Carolina area. Dawn is a licensed CPA and has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University. Dawn brings to SIG a culture of brainstorming and internal innovation.
Strategy Senior Manager – Supply Chain & Operations, Lead for S2P Technology Transformation practice Accenture
Supply chain professional with 11+ years of experience leading procurement transformation and digital procurement initiatives. Specializes in Digital Sourcing and Procurement to identify and implement the most suitable platform for the client based on their requirements. He has led 10+ successful S2P Business Solution Deployments including Europe & Asia and has been an integral part of the Zycus Alliance from Accenture’s side – recording 2 wins the recent year.