Ovation 2017

Coworth Park

Ascot, England
July 13-14, 2017

Digitisation Innovation Disruption Technology

Ovation is the pinnacle of the Procurement Leaders member experience. The two-day Global CPO retreat is a time to discuss strategy, technology and leadership and understand new ways of implementing complex change, whilst reflecting on the transformative power the function has to meet the needs of the future.

See what delegates can experience through Ovation.


Ovation will focus on what the future holds for business and the wider society and how these trends will drive what we do in procurement. With over 50 group-level CPOs from the world’s leading companies selected for the exclusive invitation, the two-day gathering will involve intense discussion, debate and business-changing questions, complemented with a world-class setting at Coworth Park

Juliet Sotnick

“A wonderful opportunity to meet other CPO's, share knowledge and approaches and challenge current thinking. A great programme.”
Juliet Sotnick, CPO, Babcock International

The essentials

  • Group-Level CPOs: Allowing for big picture discussions on what role procurement should play to shape the commercial environment in the face of change
  • Cross industry: A balanced representation of multi-national companies across varying sectors to trigger divergent thinking and ideas
  • Give and get community: An environment where active sharing is encouraged to develop new ideas and fresh approaches to forward-looking challenges
  • Unrivalled networking: Meaningful interactions with an extraordinary group of pioneering leaders
  • Cutting-edge: Interactive discussions, presentations and scenario workshops on what the future holds for business and how these trends will alter the procurement landscape
  • Chatham House Rules: Relaxed and unrestricted discussion on how to embrace new technologies and techniques 
  • No selling: Ideas and inspiration to uncover future opportunities, but no sales pitches
Thomas Udesen

“I left Ovation with a head full of ideas and practical tips on how to implement them fast.”
Thomas Udesen, CPO, Bayer


Ovation is an invitation-only event reserved for Group CPOs with a focus on disruption and ideation.


  • “This is the leading event in my calendar for engaging with the procurement community with thought-provoking content.”
    David Wylie, Head of Group Procurement, Centrica

  • “It encourages and forces me to take stock of strategy.”
    Tony Roberts, Group Head of Procurement, Urenco

  • “It presents the ability to step back and have time to reflect on the broad business challenges and developments and how they impact not only my team but my business.”
    Christina Vasili, Head of Procurement, UK, KPMG

  • “A great opportunity to meet colleagues and get inspired about new ideas and future trends.”
    Steve Listzwan, CPO, Shire

  • “Provides inspiration outside of procurement.”
    Eric Duarte, Head of Group Supply Management, Belron
    “It goes beyond procurement topics to better equip us to think about and engage more broadly in our business challenges.”
    Roger Gonourie, CPO, Swiss Re

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