From the latest on blockchain, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and more. Rich Karlgaard is one of the most influential and respected figures in the technology, economic and business worlds, and advises audiences on how to harness an organization’s disruptive spirits to maximize business opportunities in the global marketplace.
Andrew Bartels primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for the CIO. As an analyst, he is a leading expert on tech market trends and sizing, cloud and smart computing technologies, tech budget benchmarks and processes, and tech's impact on business operations. He also researches the growing customization of tech systems for industry-specific solutions for utilities, energy, government, education, and professional services sectors. He is a thought leader in buy-side technologies and business networks. Andy has been with Forrester for 15 years, starting with Giga Information Group which Forrester acquired in 2003.
Andy has extensive experience in the technology market and in strategic planning, both as an analyst and a practitioner in the business world. Prior to joining Giga, Andy held a variety of vice president positions at American Express in the chairman's office, technologies, strategic planning, and re-engineering. Before joining American Express, Andy worked as an economist, writer, and editor for various organizations, including Shearson Lehman Brothers; the US House of Representatives' Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs; and the Council on Wage and Price Stability in the Executive Office of the President.
Andrew Bartolini is a globally recognized expert in sourcing, procurement, accounts payable, and supply management. At Ardent Partners, Andrew focuses his research and efforts on helping enterprises develop and execute strategies to achieve operational excellence within their procurement and finance departments. Andrew is also the publisher of CPO Rising, the leading site for Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives and Payables Place, a research-driven site that focuses on the ePayables or Accounts Payable automation market.
Advisor to CPOs and leading solutions companies alike, Andrew is a sought-after presenter, having lectured and presented more than 200 times in seven different countries. Over the past decade, Andrew has benchmarked thousands of enterprises across all facets of their supply management operations and his research is currently part of the Supply Chain/Management curriculum at several US universities. He actively covers the technology marketplace and has been published or quoted in leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, and Fortune, as well as the major trade publications focused on supply management.
Chris held senior finance and controller positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard which allowed her to develop and implement standards of internal control and leading practices for all aspects of financial operations. She was recruited to lead WorldCom (MCI) in the implementation of internal controls, policies, and corporate governance processes.
She holds a bachelor's degree in English, a bachelor's in accounting, a master's in business administration, and has a graduate certificate in project management. She is a Certified Accounts Payable Professional (CAPP) and holds a Certification in Controls Self-Assessment (CCSA). Chis is also a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA), and a Certified Professional Controller (CPC).
Chris is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Institute for Internal Controls (The IIC), and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). She is also a member of the advisory board for The IIC and The Exchange Summit.
Chris a sought after speaker at global conferences and presents several webinars each year. As a published author, she writes numerous blogs and whitepapers .
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Mr. Sawchuk leads Hackett’s global procurement advisory practice. He has over 20 years of experience in supply management, working directly with the Global 2000 and and midsized companies around the globe and in a variety of industries to improve all aspects of supply management, including process redesign, technology enablement, operations strategy planning, organizational change and strategic sourcing. Mr. Sawchuk specializes in working directly with CPOs to help define a long-term strategy. He is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events and author of numerous research papers and books. Mr. Sawchuk’s background includes engineering, operations and sales roles with both United Technologies and IBM.
Crystal Khalil serves as Director of the Procurement division of Porsche Cars North America. With over 25 years of Procurement experience, she oversees all indirect purchasing activity for Porsche’s North American subsidiaries and affiliates, while leading strategic growth, purposeful change, and innovative thinking within the organization. She serves with integrity, purpose, and respect.
During her career, she has devoted her passion for learning and continuous improvement to the industry of procurement for numerous global, highly recognized organizations. She began her Porsche career as an Inventory Planner in 2001 and a Senior Buyer in 2007. Shortly after that, she joined Coca-Cola Enterprise as a Senior Procurement Specialist, Professional Services, and Manager, Procurement – Travel, further deepening her industry knowledge for procurement. In 2011, she returned to Porsche as Manager of Procurement, and organically propelled her career on the foundations of leadership, while remaining consistent in providing exceptional performance as a business professional.
Crystal received a Master of Science, Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University.
Debbie is the Procurement Operations Manager at AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies which is a national leader in health care solutions for low-income and chronically-ill people and serve over 5.3 million members across 15 different states in USA.
With over 23 years of experience, Deb has had exposure to manage AP and Procurement Units across multiple organisations that she has worked with. At AmeriHealth Caritas Deb has developed and executed various strategies and tactics to achieve cost reduction/containment and operational efficiency objectives within the procurement environment. She also leads the quantitative aspects of sourcing projects including data collection, benchmarking and pricing analysis.
Jason Busch is the founder of Azul Partners and co-founder of Spend Matters. He spends most of his time contributing to building Spend Matters SolutionMap. Prior to Azul Partners, Jason got his on-the-job education in procurement technology working at FreeMarkets. Before that, he started his career in consulting and merchant banking. Jason holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
With interest in data science and visualization, process improvement, lean manufacturing, and continuous improvement, Jordan currently leads procurement analytics and visualization to support data driven decision making. Prior to joining Brookdale Senior Living, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University and has experience working with organizations in a variety of fields including academia, manufacturing, and craft brewing.
He previously co-founded Consolidated Data Solutions (CDS) LLC as a spin-off of related work in academia where they provided data consulting services (analytics, lean six sigma) and development of custom software systems to provide insightful data to drive improvement.
Jon Hansen is the editor for the Procurement Insights blog and is a recognized industry thought-leader regarding digital transformation and its impact on supply chain practice and the global economy. A two-time Ottawa Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, he is also a regular contributor to the GoDaddy blog providing expert advice on business transformation including emerging social media practices. In 2014 an American Flag was flown over the Virginia State Capital in Richmond in recognition of his contribution to the Public Procurement Forum for his workshop on “Bridging the Disconnect between Finance and Purchasing.
Kim is the Associate Director of Procurement at Daichii Sankyo Inc., a member of the Daiichi Sankyo Group. With over 1,400 employees in the U.S alone, Daichii Sankyo Inc. is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products to address diversified, unmet medical needs. With extensive knowledge of the entire Source-to-Pay cycle, Kim’s passion for ‘Procurement’ is what drives her to excellence.
Matt currently heads the corporate procurement function at Immunomedics – a biopharmaceutical company developing products for the targeted treatment of cancer and other serious diseases. With an extensive experience in sourcing/ commodity management and supply chain, Matt has lead several high performing teams in the sourcing of suppliers against business requirements for complex, high risk, and enterprise critical engagements.
Has implemented leading practices related to Strategic Sourcing in the Source to Pay lifecycle including spend analytics, supplier on-boarding, market intelligence and vendor risk and performance management, to bring together key internal stakeholders and critical suppliers to collaborate on improving productivity, innovation, and increasing value.
Morgan is the VP - Global Indirect Procurement at Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets.
With 15+ years of industry experience, Morgan currently leads the global digital transformation of Indirect Procurement. Alongside, he is also responsible for driving business process improvements and indirect savings across multiple brands on a global-basis at Belden Inc.
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 30 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.
Omid Ghamami spent 18 years at Intel Corp as a procurement executive with a $16B scope. He is a globally recognized procurement and negotiations consultant, trainer, professor, author, and speaker. He works with Fortune 500 CPOs to transform their procurement organizations into Value Added Centers of Profit through training and consulting initiatives.
Over a career spanning more than 30 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 joined the College Board in 2016 after serving as Vice President of Global Sourcing at National Geographic Society, and prior to that, as Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Vertis Communications, a national printer of advertising circulars and direct mail promotions. He has also held positions at Comcast as Sr. Director of Resource Management, and Becker Group as Vice President of Operations. Hughes started his purchasing career at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City following five years of military service as a US Army officer at Fort Bragg, NC with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he completed 40 military parachute jumps..
Zach leads the procurement operations at Westfield Insurance which is a part of Westfield Group. Westfield is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies.
At Westfield, Zach is responsible for the implementation, administration, and oversight of all procurement technology and its integration with other Westfield systems including the ERP. Zach works in close collaboration with the senior management in Finance, Human Resources, Information technology and other internal business units to optimize the end-to-end sourcing life-cycle.
Brittany is the Senior Director of Procurement Operations for Brookdale Senior Living which is located in Brentwood, TN, where she oversees the policies, procedures, systems, people, and operations that support vendor management and procurement activities. Prior to joining Brookdale Senior Living, Brittany held various Procurement and Supply Chain roles at Mars, Inc. and Bridgestone Americas. Brittany earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a Tennessee native, Brittany enjoys Big Orange football and volunteering at local organizations. She has been happily married to her husband Drew for 10 years. They have three young sons, Lucas (8), Landon (6) and Lawson (2).
George comes with a rich experience in empowering business to accelerate IT transformation to unleash a host of benefits. Currently George is responsible for the procurement of all major purchases at the Bank Of Cyprus (BOC) Group. He also plays a key role in negotiating enterprise agreements with multinational companies for the bank and all subsidiaries in the 7 countries where it operates. At present, George also spearheads an effort for reducing OpEx by re-negotiating and/or re-structuring all maintenance and other service agreements with vendors, and adopting other cost saving solutions.
Jane manages the broad line distribution-product selection and compliance for over 800 senior living communities out of 52 distribution centres of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. based on price, availability, and match to specifications, and quality to find best product value.
Jane is experienced in meeting and exceeding budgetary goals. She has a solid history in leading start-up teams, implementing product launches and appointment to special projects. Valuable combination of corporate and field experience, understanding operational needs of complex systems. She is also a distinguished leader, and works collaboratively with vendors, suppliers and contractors to achieve the common goal of delivering superior customer experiences.
Jane’s background includes a management degree in Hospitality from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She enjoys volunteering for many non-for profit organizations like Alzheimers Associations and local school and faith events. She enjoys sports and preforming arts as part of her family life includes three boys that played football, hockey, and lacrosse. Jane and her husband, Terry reside in suburbs of the Chicago, IL.
Jimmy directs the execution of procurement sourcing initiatives for indirect and capital spend in goods and services for various sourcing categories in Ercot. He developed and oversees a Vendor Management Office program and continually strives for a best- in-class operation in every aspect of the business.
With rock-solid achievements in procurement, contract management, and vendor management, Jimmy is an expert in Information Systems purchasing and intellectual property; specifically, software licensing, custom application development, and Software as a Service (SaaS). He is known to go beyond processes and regulations; solutions and stay customer focused.
Mike has worked with Global Fortune 500 companies and has a rich experience in regions like America, EMEA and APAC. Under his global leadership for procurement and supply chain function at CDK, he has implemented new operating model that aligns business and procurement strategy with a focus on strategic sourcing, category management, vendor management and supply chain operations as noted in Supply Chain World Magazine. He is also the executive sponsor for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) program optimizing work across finance, implementation, sales and technology functions.
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. In this position, he leads a worldwide Supply Chain team responsible for the selection and oversight of suppliers who deliver more than $700 million in services annually.
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.
David Little is a career spanning procurement professional having worked within the manufacturing, petroleum, retail and software industries for more than 35 years. David’s experience includes work in Canada, USA and Africa. David is currently Senior Director of Global Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management for CDK Global in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing & Materials Management, an MBA in Finance and is a Certified Professional in Supply Management.
Gerard Smith is the President of GRMS | Global Risk Management Solutions, the recognized leader in global supplier risk assessment programs. GRMS leverages an advanced technology platform to provide a risk assessment service that provides customizable programs globally. GRMS offers companies the ability to proactively manage and continuously monitor suppliers. (To learn more about the GRMS difference please visit GlobalRMS.com/difference.)
Available in over 120 countries the GRMS Supplier Risk Assessment Programs can be delivered via a SaaS model or seamlessly integrated with leading Supplier Management Platforms such as SAP Ariba, Zycus, and GEP. For more information, please visit GlobalRMS.com.
Jerry VanScoter is Director of Strategic Sourcing for CBRE, where he is responsible for the sourcing platforms for Global Corporate Services (GCS). He has more than 25 years of supply chain experience and more than 15 years of supply chain management experience.
Jerry is responsible for the global electronic sourcing platform - SourcingInsight, which includes the contract management, sourcing, supplier performance, and procure-to-pay modules to drive efficiency, share best practices and address unique client requirements. Jerry also oversees training for power users and sourcing leaders on new accounts who use the e-procurement platform, supplier management process, and contract management system. He also supports pursuit teams in structuring new sourcing deployments for client proposals and manages engaged external consultant teams to drive e-procurement platform deployment.
Prior to CBRE, Jerry was a consultant with USinternetworking, Inc., now part of AT&T, where he provided e-procurement and functional purchasing expertise for clients. He has also served as Manager of GP&S Purchasing for Cingular Wireless, now AT&T Wireless, and as Manager of Procurement Systems North America at Johnson Controls World Services, where he oversaw all procurement systems and services for the company’s Integrated Facility Management Division in the U.S. and Canada.
Jerry has extensive experience in Ariba Spend Management, Oracle A/P, Inventory and Purchasing, PeopleSoft, e-Procurement, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), and Just-In-Time (JIT) Systems.
Mark currently manages Procurement Development at HEINEKEN Global Procurement, and is responsible for driving procurement transformation and digital procurement agenda at Heineken.
Covering global scope, his team provides business value driven processes/technology to empower and enable Global Procurement Organization to do business and efficiently partner with their stakeholders.
With significant experience driving procurement transformation, Mark is recognized driving business value through people and business transformation; known for his ability to connect, deliver and develop. He has successfully driven change across many industries including Food & Beverage, Chemical, Media, Finance and Manufacturing.
For nearly 20 years Maulik has dedicated his career to the procurement industry with a passion for helping companies save money and developing effective supplier relationships. Maulik has a strong passion for building value and improving business processes for all of Velocity’s clients, wherein he focuses his efforts on ensuring our client programs are built using best-practices and delivered with precision.
Rick Buckler is a Director of Enterprise Strategic Sourcing for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. He led the implementation of Lowe’s multi-year procurement transformation from a reactive purchasing organization to a proactive full-service strategic procurement function. This transformation reshaped Lowe’s procurement strategy, capabilities and organization design, while delivering significant savings and risk mitigation to Lowe’s. Most recently, Rick led the implementation of Lowe’s eSourcing technology platform to drive further efficiencies within the processes and establish consistently executed best practices.
Robert has spent over 20 years leading supply chain teams in manufacturing and service businesses, focusing on building new organizations and capabilities, continuously improving processes, and driving business intelligence and compliance programs. His prior roles have included leading service parts logistics, customer service, manufacturing materials management, finished goods distribution, Oracle supply chain implementation, and shared services. Since Vertiv’s 2016 divestiture from Emerson, he has focused on building the global compliance, shared services, and business intelligence functions for Vertiv Global Procurement, supporting $2.7B of spend with 5,000 suppliers of goods and services across 13 transactional systems. He engaged Zycus initially for spend analysis and later for sourcing and financial savings management. Outside the office, Robert enjoys traveling, SCUBA, gardening, Columbus Blue Jackets hockey, and time with friends and family. He holds a BA from Wittenberg University and an MBA from The Ohio State University.
Sarah has over 10 years’ experience built upon deep seeded roots of customer service and program management. As a Senior Consultant with Velocity Procurement, she is a pragmatic and solution driven leader, where she leads clients through the change management efforts of procurement transformation. With a career beginning in college athletics and sports medicine, she brings clients a multifaceted definition of teamwork. In 2009 Sarah traded in her khaki pants and fanny pack for an air-conditioned office with weekends off. Now you’ll find her sprinting through the airport en route to any one of the many procurement transformations she is leading. Sarah is passionate about delivering procurement solutions that drive true organizational success.
Dawn is passionate about raising the executive presence of sourcing, procurement, third-party risk and outsourcing professionals. She does this by staying educated on the latest trends in the industry, working with some of the most innovative companies in the world and surrounding herself with the best team on earth. From her early days as a CPA, to consulting across industries, Dawn brings the knowledge necessary to heighten the awareness of the sourcing profession. Dawn's expertise goes beyond consulting…she has hands-on experience leading hearings, testifying on behalf of client initiatives and serving as an expert witness about sourcing outcomes. Dawn ghost wrote one of the first published books on strategic sourcing, which has been translated into multiple languages. She is a frequently-requested, high-energy speaker at dozens of industry events every year.
Since 2007, Dawn has revolutionized SIG as a membership organization of Fortune and Global 1,000 companies and the companies that serve them. SIG provides executive networking, education and thought leadership through two annual Global Summits and six "mini-Summit" Symposiums in cities around the world. Dawn leads weekly webinars and open-mic teleconferences with buy-side members, and has a popular podcast. Dawn also leads the continuing evolution of SIG University, bringing modern day sourcing certification to people around the world.
Sarah Scudder is President of Real Sourcing Network (RSN), a print e-sourcing tool software company. Sarah Scudder has grit. Sarah Scudder has spunk. Sarah Scudder is a go-getter who has gone out and got. Proof? Sarah is the youngest executive to ever serve on the board for the Print Services and Distribution Association (PSDA). Sarah writes a monthly column on print and marketing services procurement for the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)’s Future of Sourcing publication and Institute of Supply Management (ISM)’s Inside Supply Management newsletter. Sarah hosts thought leadership ProcuremenTalk events around the country and coordinates events for the Global Council for the Advancement of Women in Procurement (GCAWP). Sarah speaks at several annual sourcing industry events and hosts webinars. Awards? Sarah is a winner of North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award. Sarah won the Print+Promo’s Trailblazer Under 40 award. Sarah won the Print Services & Distribution Association (PSDA)’s Member of the Year award. But none of the above matters. What matters is that Sarah Scudder treats everyone with respect, and it is her desire to make the world a better place. She is well on her way.