Power your digital future: Talent, Technology & Innovation

14 March 2019 - 15 March 2019
08:30 - 17:30

March 14-15, 2019

Eden Roc, Miami, USA

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Power your digital future: Talent, Technology & Innovation


The Americas Procurement Congress is the best opportunity for senior procurement professionals in the region to come together and learn fresh approaches, drive inspiration and validate strategies.

With attendees sharing a common strategic priority of digitalization, the agenda sessions and networking facilitation at the 2019 Congress provided attendees with immediate workflow modifications to drive talent, technology and innovation - take a look at some of the highlights for a taste of what to expect.

An agenda designed to accelerate your digital transformation
- hot topics in 2019 included:

Technology implementation

Ways to integrate emerging technologies into the function including examples of proof of concept, implementation & the scaling process

Data management

How to ensure you have the right data and analytics in place and accessible to your team as a foundation for your digitalization efforts

Digital Talent Capabilities

Ways to evolve your team’s skills, roles and responsibilities for the modern data and tech heavy world

Workflow efficiencies

How to set up your team for digital success through centers of excellence and agile teams

Regional trends

Ways to approach regional issues such as fluctuating tariffs in a proactive yet reactive manner

Operational excellence

How to ensure your function is driving value creation and your business partner agenda forward while your digital momentum builds

Join us as we celebrate Procurement Greatness in the Americas


Following the conclusion of the congress agenda, the winners of the annual Americas Procurement Awards are announced at a celebratory ceremony.

Judged by an indpendent panel of industry leaders, the awards celebrate the very best in procurement practice in the region - make sure you join us to celebrate and network with with the winners!

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Featuring streams tailored to you

CPO Challenger Series

Explore the strategic priorities that matter to you most with other CPOs
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Women Procurement Leaders

Ways to advance more women into procurement leadership
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PLx Speakers

Gain perspectives on leadersip, performance and more from out of industry experts
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Hear from America’s best

The Congress agenda features an all-star speaker line up. Industry leaders sharing their knowledge and insights in 2019 included:

  • Cindy Elliott, The Clorox Company
  • Al Williams, Barclays
  • Frank McKay, Jabil

Networking is at the core of the Congress


Your next great idea is likely to be inspired by someone outside of your immediate network, so you’ll have over 8 hours to converse and connect with your peers. You’ll also appreciate that several networking activities are hosted outdoors, enabling the fresh Miami air to facilitate fresh thinking:

Americas Procurement Congress Welcome Drinks with Bain and Company

Welcome Drinks Reception - in Partnership with Bain & Company
Start your Congress experience by connecting with your procurement peers at the relaxed 2-hour poolside drinks reception
Marketplace Live

Speakers Corner
Connect with the speakers from previous sessions in a dedicated networking space to pose your questions and find out further details about their project and function
Procurement Leaders EventHub

The EventHub & Match & Meet
Providing access to the agenda, venue information, speaker’s biographical details, live Q&A, the online attendee list, plus facilitated networking through Match & Meet, connects you with event attendees with similar interests
Evening reception

Outdoor evening ’Procuretopia’ reception, in Partnership with Basware
A highlight every year – you’ll enjoy spending some informal time with your new connections with dinner, music and fun outdoors with sea views. This year we will introduce a ’Procuretopia’ theme with our partner; Basware.
Partners

Partners
Take some time to speak with our carefully selected event partners, chosen to help simulate conversations around building your digital and talent strategies and implementing solutions

You’ll be in great company

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Partnership opportunities at Americas Congress


Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Americas Procurement Congress 2020.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 190+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact partnerships@procurementleaders.com or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.



Agenda

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Speakers

Speaker line-up

The Americas Procurement Congress agenda features the knowledge and insights of a range of leading experts from the region, including CPO’s and procurement leaders from global brands, including:

Cindy Elliott, Vice President - Global Strategic Sourcing, The Clorox Company

Cindy Elliott

Vice President - Global Strategic Sourcing

The Clorox Company

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Cindy leads the global sourcing organisation serving the diverse functions and businesses including Clorox®/Pinesol®/Liquid-Plumr®/409® laundry and home care cleaning products, Brita® water filtration, Glad® bags & wraps, Kingsford® charcoal, Burt’s Bees® natural personal care, Fresh Step® cat litter, Hidden Valley Ranch® dressings, Renew Life® digestive health products and Nutranext vitamins and supplements. With a critical eye on supply assurance of the wide variety of raw and packaging materials, the GSS transformation has also advanced work on sourcing strategies, risk mitigation, responsible sourcing and sustainability, supplier diversity, SRM and sourcing innovation.

Al Williams, Managing Director and CPO, Barclays

Al Williams

Managing Director and Chief Procurement Officer

Barclays

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As Chief Procurement Officer, Al Williams is responsible for Barclays’s overall procurement strategy focusing on maximizing the value of all goods and services purchased. Al is also responsible for overall performance across the Procurement Function, including Sourcing and Category Management,Purchase to Pay processes, Third Party Risk Management, Procurement Sustainability, Supplier Inclusion, Travel and Expense Management and Market Data Management ensuring alignment with the company’s business strategy. Al drives key procurement-led initiatives and represents Barclays in the marketplace in areas related to supply chain and purchasing.

Prior to joining Barclays, Al held the position of Chief Procurement Officer and also had oversight for People Mobility for Accenture, as well as several other positions including Senior Director of Global Subcontractor Procurement, Senior Director of United States Procurement and as a Director in Accenture’s Finance organization.

Prior to Accenture, Al worked for Prudential in Chicago for two years and Dean Witter (now Morgan Stanley) in Chicago and Tennessee for over eight years.

Al holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing & Communications from East Tennessee State University. To advance inclusive supply chains, Al has been a member of the Board of Directors for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC), and has also been active in several volunteer roles.

Frank McKay, CPO, Jabil

Frank McKay

SVP & CPO

Jabil

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Frank Mckay is the Sr. Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer for Jabil, Inc., a global manufacturing solutions company with revenue over $22B. In this role, he leads an organization of approximately 550 employees located in the Americas, Europe, and Asia that are responsible for the company’s procurement and supply chain activities. Frank’s global team leads the development and implementation of Intelligent Digital Supply Chain strategies focused on delivering an optimized end-to-end supply chain that delivers value to customers and enables growth. Frank has more than 20 years of procurement experience in the manufacturing industry. Prior to his current role, he was the Vice President of Global Procurement, where he led a global team focused on delivering year over year material cost objectives, robust commodity strategies and process efficiency. Frank has lived and held leadership roles in Europe, Asia and the USA over the course of his career.

Nancy McGuire, Vice President, Americas Services & General Procurement, IBM

Nancy McGuire

Vice President, Americas Services & General Procurement

IBM

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Nancy McGuire is responsible for sourcing and execution for IBM’s indirect spend in support of North America and Latin America. Nancy and her team are responsible for executing to IBM’s category strategies delivering on cost savings, supplier diversity targets, procurement transformation, as well as acquisition and divestiture support. Nancy leads a team of over 500 Procurement professionals, supporting $9.5B annual spend.

Prior to this role, Nancy was Director for Policy, Practices and Operations. Earlier assignments include executive and management roles in direct procurement, supply-demand planning and inventory management, supply assurance, and customer fulfilment. Nancy has held various sourcing, and supply chain roles throughout her 20+ years with IBM, including an assignment in Procurement in the Dublin, Ireland facility.

Nancy joined IBM in the RTP location before moving to Rochester, Minnesota where she worked for 5 years. She returned to RTP, and outside of the assignment to Ireland, she has continued to live and work in the RTP area. Nancy holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Stewart Clarke, Senior Vice President, Regions Procurement, Siemens Healthineers

Stewart Clarke

Senior Vice President, Regions Procurement

Siemens Healthineers

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After obtaining Masters Degree from Thunderbird in International Management, joined Siemens in August 1997 as an international procurement trainee. He has worked at Healthineers since July 1999 (Ultrasound, Sales Region USA, Shared Services, Global Regions Procurement, Healthineers Corporate Procurement, Head of Procurement, Siemens Healthineers China).

Carol Danoff, Chief Procurement Officer, Discovery Communications

Carol Danoff

SVP & CPO

Discovery Communications

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Nancy McGuire is responsible for sourcing and execution for IBM’s indirect spend in support of North America and Latin America. Nancy and her team are responsible for executing to IBM’s category strategies delivering on cost savings, supplier diversity targets, procurement transformation, as well as acquisition and divestiture support. Nancy leads a team of over 500 Procurement professionals, supporting $9.5B annual spend.

Prior to this role, Nancy was Director for Policy, Practices and Operations. Earlier assignments include executive and management roles in direct procurement, supply-demand planning and inventory management, supply assurance, and customer fulfilment. Nancy has held various sourcing, and supply chain roles throughout her 20+ years with IBM, including an assignment in Procurement in the Dublin, Ireland facility.

Nancy joined IBM in the RTP location before moving to Rochester, Minnesota where she worked for 5 years. She returned to RTP, and outside of the assignment to Ireland, she has continued to live and work in the RTP area. Nancy holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Nolan Smith, Director, Global Supply Management, Corning Incorporated

Nolan Smith

Director, Global Supply Management

Corning Incorporated

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Nolan leads Global Supply Management (GSM) operations for Corning’s Optical Communication, Life Science, Pharmaceutical Packaging, Environmental Technologies, Automotive Glass, Advanced Optics, Science and Technology, and Emerging Innovations businesses. The function’s mission is to assure supply and create a competitive, sustainable advantage for every Corning business. GSM delivers supply assurance through supply chain visibility and risk management assuring a socially responsible, robust, and agile supply base. Through its supply management service offices worldwide, GSM provides enhanced category management and service lines focused on creating value for business partners.

Alesandro Marangon, Head of Procurement Americas, Novartis

Alesandro Marangon

Head of Procurement Americas

Novartis

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Alesandro Marangon is currently Head TechOps Procurement Americas at Novartis. Prior to this role, he was in several leadership positions in R&D, Project Management, Manufacturing, External Supply Operations, and Quality Assurance in Latin America, Europe and USA. Alesandro graduated in Pharmacy from the Minas Gerais University in Brazil, received his Ph.D. from the University of Tuebingen in Germany and his Double-Degree MBA in International Management from the Berlin School of Economics in Germany and Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge in England.

Jack Lange, Senior Vice President, Procurement Executive, Bank of America

Jack Lange

Senior Vice President, Procurement Executive

Bank of America

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Adam Karasick, Data Analytics and Business Intelligence, EisnerAmper

Adam Karasick

Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

EisnerAmper

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CPA and data analyst with experience in data modeling, data warehousing, ETL, business intelligence, dashboards and visualization. I perform most of my work using Power BI and SQL. The vast majority of my recent data projects have been designed and conducted as part of complex fraud and forensic, financial investigations. I am currently helping implement artificial intelligence into the audit process using IBM’s Watson.

John Sitilides, Geopolitical Strategist & Diplomacy Consultant to the U.S. Department of State, Trilogy Advisors LLC

John Sitilides

Geopolitical Strategist & Diplomacy Consultant to the U.S. Department of State

Trilogy Advisors LLC

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John Sitilides is Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC, specializing in government affairs, political communications and geopolitical risk management.

His client portfolio includes industry leaders in real estate development, home construction and agribusiness, and emerging technology companies. Working with former Members of Congress, Executive Branch officials, senior Congressional staff and retired ambassadors and military officers, he specializes in federal environmental permitting & regulatory reform, private property rights, water infrastructure, energy technology and natural resource conservation issues.

Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of 3doo Inc., an advanced media technology company, and of Biovest International, developing personalized cancer immunotherapies. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global film industry’s arts and technologies.

He has testified before Congress and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNN International, One America News and BBC News, and been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Institutional Investor, and scores of leading broadcast, print and digital media.

Under a U.S. government contract, Sitilides manages the State Department’s professional development program for senior U.S. diplomats in Greece and Cyprus, in coordination with the Turkey program. He is a professional speaker on geopolitical risk management and the business impact of global affairs and American politics at investor and business conferences, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences.

He was Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project through 2011, following seven years as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute specializing in NATO/EU interests throughout southeastern Europe, until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Previously, he served as federal affairs strategist to AKT Development Corporation, a major California land development corporation, where he managed Congressional & Executive branch agency lobbying & communications strategies on federal wetlands, endangered species, and property rights issues. He launched his career as a communications and legislative aide to Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY), including on his successful 1986 and 1992 re-election campaigns.

Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization, and the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Greek Orthodox foundation. He is a member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, the New York State Society of Washington D.C., the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C., the Association of Former Senate Aides, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

Jayme Bombo, Head of Sourcing Excellence, Global Procurement, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Jayme Bombo

Head of Sourcing Excellence, Global Procurement

Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Jayme Bombo is the Head of Bristol-Myers Squibb Sourcing Excellence organization. He leads a global team responsible for sourcing, negotiating, contracting and developing supplier relationship management activities across the company. His team also manages a strategic external partner, which is responsible for Category Management for all mature categories (Tier 3).

Jayme is a collaborative change leader who uses enterprise lens to shape the vision and develop organization and solutions that deliver strategic results. He has a rich cross-cultural experience and has passionately led a D&I Mentoring initiative in the last years, reaching over 3000 people.

Before joining BMS, Jayme developed a successful management consulting career, acting as one of the Operations Practice leaders within A.T. Kearney in Latin America.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and a MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil, having participated in an exchange program with MIT - Sloan School of Management MBA in Boston, MA.

Bob Amareld, Associate Director Strategic Operations Technology Global Procurement, Biogen

Bob Amareld

Associate Director Strategic Operations Technology Global Procurement

Biogen

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Bob Amareld leads the Strategic Operations and Technology function for Global Procurement at Biogen. In this role, he has led the digital transformation of procurement by bringing in technology such as automated spend analytics, E-sourcing, advanced data analysis, market intelligence, Contract Lifecycle Management along with easily searchable catalogs and spot buy services. He has also created 3 distinct Centers of Excellence supporting Biogen globally, which include our BPO Buying Desk COE, our CLM COE along with our Advanced E-sourcing COE. These digital transformation activities and strategic off-shoring initiatives have supported and enabled Biogen’s procurement team to achieve savings totaling over $500MM in just 3 years. Additionally, Bob has diverse experience in Procurement, Sourcing, Biomedical and Process Engineering, Intellectual Property Law, Technology Transfer and R&D. He has Masters degrees in Business and Biomedical Engineering from UNC and Johns Hopkins respectively.

Damon Ascolani, Vice President, Head of Global Procurement, TransUnion

Damon Ascolani

Vice President, Head of Global Procurement

TransUnion

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Damon Ascolani is the Global Head of Procurement for TransUnion, a global risk information provider and credit reporting agency. He is a highly accomplished, legally trained senior procurement leader with global experience managing purchasing departments, M&As, cost savings initiatives, third party risk management, supplier performance management, contracts management, and regulatory oversight.

His team at TransUnion has supported multiple acquisitions over the past several years and is currently integrating 7 acquisitions announced in 2018. During his time at HSBC, he managed contracts and policy globally and was responsible for multiple large-scale divestitures involving the separation of thousands of vendor contracts and the setup and administration of multiple Transition Services Agreements (TSAs).

Damon has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He also holds an elected office serving as President of his local school board.

David Kern, Head of Global Procurement, TripAdvisor Media Group

David Kern

Head of Global Procurement

TripAdvisor Media Group

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David Cho, Director, Global Sourcing, BlackRock

David Cho

Director

BlackRock

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David Cho, Director, is the Global Head of the Sourcing and Vendor Management (SVM) team within BlackRock’s Finance Organization. He leads global sourcing initiatives and partnership management across BlackRock’s Vendor Portfolio worldwide which includes key spend categories across Technology, Enterprise Services, Marketing, HR, Legal and Professional Services. Those spend categories are facilitated by a partner portfolio of over 6,000+ global service providers.

David joined BlackRock in 2013. His previous professional experience includes roles at IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Deloitte Consulting, Hawaiian Telcom, Archstone Consulting and KPMG. Over his 20 years of strategy and operations experience, he steered a broad array of consulting engagements that included global strategic sourcing, restructuring and operations initiatives for dozens of enterprise clients both in the US and Asia. As an interim COO, David also led the investment technology rollouts for two emerging market asset management firms.

David earned his BA at Boston College in 1996 and completed the Executive Management Program in Technology, Operations and Value Management at MIT Sloan in 2015.

Howard Richman, Head of WorldWide Indirect Procurement, Citrix Systems

Howard Richman

Head of WorldWide Indirect Procurement

Citrix Systems

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For the past 20+ years, Howard has helped lead or advise on Global Procurement transformations at six different multi-national corporations, helping them become high performing functions integrated with the strategy of their business. Currently, Howard serves as Head of Global Indirect Procurement for Citrix Systems, Inc. where the Procurement transformation has been integral to the business strategy of streamlining processes, improving operating margins and innovation through strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management, and containing costs while it makes its pivot to the cloud and migrates to a SaaS subscription service operating model.

Howard’s responsibilities have been wide ranging, including Finance, Procurement Change Management, Supply Chain Business Development, Raw Material Commodities Hedging and Trading, and leading Global IT Procurement and Indirect Procurement functions. While leading Indirect Procurement at Merck, Howard served on the boards of Telerx, a call center business, and the US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce, which promotes use of firms owned by Asian-Americans. Later as a consultant, Howard helped establish and run a GPO for the hospitality industry before taking the role at Citrix.

His experiences with Risk Management are wide ranging as well, from dealing with Failure Mode & Effect Analysis for turboshaft helicopter engines to managing the risks of supply and price volatility of agricultural commodities due to floods, drought and political upheaval impacting the supply chain.

Howard and his wife like to spend their time playing with their 5 grandchildren, but in between, he sneaks in time for his other passion - a round of golf. He has BA and MA degrees in Economic Geography as well as his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, where he lectures annually to a Marketing class on how to work with Procurement. Howard’s Citrix Procurement Team was also awarded the 2017 Procurement Leaders Award for Cross-Functional Transformation.

Laks Natarajan, Head Global Business Services, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Laks Natarajan

Head Global Business Services

Marsh & McLennan Companies

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Laks joined Marsh & McLennan in 2010 as the Chief Procurement Officer. His role was expanded in 2012 to head Global Business Services which includes the Sourcing/Procurement and Real Estate/Facilities organizations. Laks’ previous jobs were with TD Ameritrade where he was the Chief Procurement Officer and TD Bank where he led the US Sourcing Organization.

Laks holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.

Vitold Horodecki, Americas Chief Procurement Officer, Capgemini

Vitold Horodecki

Americas Chief Procurement Officer

Capgemini

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Vitold is the Capgemini Americas Chief Procurement Officer, responsible for all categories: IT and Telco, External Resources, Training, Professional services, Travel and meetings.

Previously, Vitold was the Capgemini Travel Director hosted within the Global Procurement organization. Before, amongst other roles at HP, he has managed the worldwide hotel and card programs. In 1999, he joined HP in Belgium, working for the Finance department after his national service at the French Embassy in Rome.

Vitold has a true passion for innovation and for the sustainable growth topics.

Vitold holds a master’s degree in applied economics, with a major in Banking and Finance, and a master’s degree in economics modeling. He is based in Montreal.

Jason Juliano, CEO / Managing Partner, Aponia Data Solutions

Jason Juliano

CEO / Managing Partner

Aponia Data Solutions

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Jason Juliano is a results-driven technologist and leader in inventing “think big” strategies that shape the market. Jason has over 20 years of experience as a Technology & Risk Management Executive with many Fortune 100 firms within Investment Banking, Financial Services and Insurance. He has implemented and led many business solutions that are used today in the Big Data, Cloud and Cognitive Business areas.

 

Jason has been a member of US Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS/ISAC) and a member of the Wall Street Technology Association. He has also had the pleasure to conduct speaking engagements at IBM, Bloomberg. Network World, New York University Stern School of Business & AI Forum.

 

Jason now leads Aponia, bringing their clients smarter business decisions through their Cognitive Integrated Risk Management Solution.

Tom Donatelli, Senior Vice President, Indirect Procurement & Corporate Real Estate, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Tom Donatelli

Senior Vice President, Indirect Procurement & Corporate Real Estate

Teva Pharmaceuticals

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A transformational business leader with an exceptional track record delivering significant value during periods of large-scale change, Tom currently leads indirect procurement globally at Teva, in addition to leading Teva’s global corporate real estate function.

While he and his procurement team work closely with all of Teva’s business units and functions to deliver sourcing strategies that translate to bottom-line results globally, his real estate team is tasked with optimizing the global real estate portfolio.

Tom’s background includes senior leadership roles in finance, procurement and real estate at several high-performance organizations including Pfizer, Accenture and IBM. He also led Pfizer’s International Treasury Center in Dublin, Ireland. Throughout his career Tom has distinguished himself as a change leader who intuitively understands how to bring out the very best in people and teams.

His career started at ITT’s Avionics Division, where he worked as a manufacturing engineer soon after earning his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. Tom also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Adnan Rizvi, CPO, Akamai Technologies

Adnan Rizvi

CPO

Akamai Technologies

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Adnan is a global business leader with 17 years of Procurement & Supply Management experience. Currently, he is the Vice President and Head of Procurement for realtor.com, a News Corp Company. Prior to his current role, Adnan led various procurement leadership roles at Cisco and Flextronics, most recently as Sr. Director of Procurement Service Delivery at Cisco. His current role is based in San Francisco Bay Area but he also spends significant amount of time in Miami to be close to his children.

Erik Didriksen, Program Director - Offering Management, Watson Compare & Comply

Erik Didriksen

Program Director - Offering Management

Watson Compare & Comply

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Leader of Product, Design and Development teams for Watson Compare & Comply, an enterprise contract risk management and compliance offering.

Jared Justus, Director, Global Procurement, Adobe Systems

Jared Justus

Director, Global Procurement

Adobe Systems

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Jared has been with Adobe for 6 years, and now leads the procurement function globally. Prior to his current role, Jared was a Sr. Manager in procurement supporting Adobe’s global technology sourcing requirements. Prior to Adobe, Jared spent 8 years at Intel and then 7 years at Dell Technologies – Jared has worked in a variety of procurement and finance roles during his career, such as technology sourcing, procurement manager, financial analyst, competitive analysis and costing lead, finance manager, enterprise product line strategy, and tech sourcing. Jared completed his undergrad in Business Management – Finance at Brigham Young University and completed his MBA at Arizona State University.

Rajeev Karmacharya, Managing Director, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management, Fannie Mae

Rajeev Karmacharya

Managing Director, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management

Fannie Mae

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Rajeev Karmacharya is Managing Director of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management group in Fannie Mae. Rajeev leads a team of category management, sourcing / contracting and supplier operations professionals managing $4+ billion in external spend. Rajeev and team are committed to delivering tangible value to their business stakeholders by bringing supply market expertise and helping them achieve their business objectives at market competitive rates.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Rajeev was a Principal at global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, where he was one of the leaders in their Strategic IT and Operations Practice. He worked with senior executives of a number of Fortune 500 companies, facilitating and enabling their business transformation efforts.

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.

Matthew Deem, Procurement Digital Transformation Global Lead, Mondelēz International

Matthew Deem

Procurement Digital Transformation Global Lead

Mondelēz International

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Matt is the Global Digital Procurement Lead at Mondelez International responsible for defining the future vision and strategy that will take Mondelez Procurement from quartile one to number one. Matt comes from a varied background with experience having spent a number of years at Microsoft and Boeing in both direct and indirect procurement.

Molly Nystuen, Director of Indirect Sourcing for North America, General Mills

Molly Nystuen

Director of Indirect Sourcing for North America

General Mills

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Molly has worked in Indirect Sourcing for multiple Fortune 500 companies across varying industries. She has led teams in strategic sourcing, category management, and sourcing operations. Molly has played key leadership roles in multiple sourcing transformations, most recently creating and executing strategy at General Mills focused on global expansion, including development and deployment of global Source to Pay processes, Purchase to Pay tools, and Working Capital Improvement initiatives. Over the last year Molly has led the Marketing and Corporate teams and stakeholders in North America through the global transformation.

Molly lives in Plymouth, MN with her husband, Trygve, and two children, Anja and Greta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University.

Nameet Rai, Global Head of Procurement, Bloomberg

Nameet Rai

Global Head of Procurement

Bloomberg

Richard Crane, CPO, Head of Commodity Management, Royal Philips

Richard Crane

CPO, Head of Commodity Management

Royal Philips

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Richard Crane is currently the CPO and Head of Commodity Management where he is responsible for category strategy, sourcing, and supplier management for direct and indirect spend across all business groups of Royal Philips. Since joining Philips in 2014, he held positions managing BoM spend for Health Systems and Personal Health and was the Head of Procurement for the North American market.

Prior to Philips, Richard was Vice President of Procurement, Mobility, and Logistics at Siemens Corporation where was responsible for driving productivity and cost savings across all Siemens businesses within North America. He began his career with Siemens in 1992 where he has held several procurement, supply chain, service, and project management roles across the company.

Richard Crane holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MBA in Transnational Management from Fordham University.

Fernando Machado, CMO, Burger King

Fernando Machado

CMO

Burger King

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Fernando is a global marketer with a passion for growing brands and businesses. With more than 120 Lions in Cannes (5 GPs), 16 D&AD Yellow Pencils, 1 Grandy (McWhopper), and 2 Grand Effies in North America, Fernando is known for pushing the creative boundaries to drive business growth.

Currently as Global CMO at Burger King, Fernando’s focus is infusing the brand with purpose, modernizing the design, and inspiring the organization around brand development. Under Fernando’s leadership, Burger King became Client of the Year at the D&AD in 2016, Creative Marketer of the Year in Cannes 2017, Client of the Year at the One Show 2018 and Advertiser of the Year at the Clio Awards 2018. Fernando led campaigns such as “Proud Whopper”, “McWhopper”, “Google Home of the Whopper”, “Burning Stores”, “Bullying Jr”, “Whopper Neutrality”, and “Scary Clown Night”.

Prior to joining BK, Fernando worked for 18 years at Unilever. Starting as an intern, he moved up the ranks working different product categories and brands, including Dove where he led the groundbreaking "Beauty Sketches" (Titanium GP in 2013).

Fernando was recognized by Adweek as Grand Brand Genius (2013 and 2018 - only person to ever win twice), by the AD Club of NY as Marketer of the Year (2017), by Business Insider as top 10 most innovative CMOs (2017 and 2018), by AdAge as top 50 most creative people in the business (2017), and by Forbes as Top 100 Most Creative Minds in Business.

Our Partners

Partners of the Americas Procurement Congress 2019

 

Having relationships with the right solution providers is critical to the impact your function makes on the business.

The Americas Procurement Congress will have carefully selected procurement solution providers onsite as Congress partners. These partners are there for you to brainstorm with to help you find solutions to your challenges, while also discussing how their product aligns to your functional objectives. 

Please see the partners already confirmed to contributing to the event:

Headline Partner

GEP

GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 14 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, GEP – based in Clark, NJ - helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn about our comprehensive range of strategic and managed services, please visit www.gep.com. For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit www.smartbygep.com

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Bain & Company

Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on strategy, operations, information technology, organization, private equity, digital transformation and strategy, and mergers and acquisition, developing practical insights that clients act on and transferring skills that make change stick.

The firm aligns its incentives with clients by linking its fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain has 55 offices in 36 countries, and its deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector. www.bain.com

Globality

Globality is revolutionizing how companies buy and sell services.

Using innovative AI technology built upon a constantly-expanding knowledge foundation with millions of data points, the Globality Platform creates a level playing field fostering economic inclusion. Companies get the best service provider at the right price for every project. And suppliers win projects based on the merits of proven performance, expertise, and passion. Through safe and secure technology, Globality brings digital transformation to services procurement and unlocks unprecedented access to top-level firms around the world.

With the help of Smart Sourcing technologies, Globality clients can capture billions of dollars in bottom-line impact. Dozens of Fortune 500 companies are leveraging the Platform’s strategic AI sourcing partner, Glo, to improve the quality and decrease the cost of services, all while driving greater transparency, accountability, and fairness.

www.globality.com

 

Knowledge Partners

Workforce Logiq

Workforce Logiq — the global leader in workforce management intelligence, technology and expertise — enables organizations to win the talent they need to grow. With customers in 50 countries, Workforce Logiq provides expert guidance, real-time analytics and patented and patent-pending, award-winning technologies, including Managed Service Provider (MSP), Vendor Management System (VMS) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) solutions. The company helps clients attain greater management, performance and financial control over their talent supply chains.

Powered by more than 1,000 workforce management experts, the company currently manages 15,000 global supplier relationships and USD $3 billion in spend globally. Workforce Logiq is headquartered in Orlando, Florida; its European headquarters is in Stockholm, Sweden. Formerly operating as ZeroChaos, the company rebranded to Workforce Logiq in January 2019.

www.workforcelogiq.com

Jaggaer

JAGGAER has developed a highly engineered, comprehensive suite of spend management solutions because industries and organizations have unique challenges that cannot be met by a one size-fits-all approach. Powered by advanced analytics and the world’s most engaged supplier network, JAGGAER is the partner of choice for the world’s leading companies and institutions, from manufacturers to the public sector, and universities. JAGGAER is the world’s only company delivering best-of-breed solutions to manage the entire procurement spectrum, from indirect to direct spend.

Powered by a unique supplier-centered approach, JAGGAER provides the visibility, insight, transparency, and technology to rev up your procurement initiatives and decisions. Let a JAGGAER representative demonstrate exactly how our industry leading solutions can change your business.

www.jaggaer.com

Ivalua

Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 250 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Follow us at @Ivalua.

www.ivalua.com

Tradeshift

Tradeshift drives supply chain innovation for the digitally connected economy. As the leader in supply chain payments and marketplaces, the company helps buyers and suppliers digitize all their trade transactions, collaborate on every process, and connect with any supply chain app. More than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries trust Tradeshift to process over half a trillion USD in transaction value, making it the largest global business network for buying and selling. Discover commerce for all at www.tradeshift.com

Taulia

Taulia delivers working capital solutions that make it easy for businesses to free up cash, accelerate payments, and improve supply chain health. Since founding in 2009, we’ve envisioned a world where every business thrives by liberating cash. Today, our game-changing technology powers a network connecting 1.6 million businesses across 168 countries and has accelerated more than $91 billion in early payments. Using our AI-powered platform, businesses now have the option to choose when and how to pay and get paid. It sounds simple, but our painless process provides both buyers and suppliers the chance to rocket their cash - cash to fuel economic growth all over the world. It’s win-win for everybody.

www.taulia.com

Coupa

Coupa Software (NASDAQ:COUP) is the cloud platform for business spend. We deliver “Value as a Service” by helping our customers maximize their spend under management, achieve significant cost savings and drive profitability. Coupa provides a unified, cloud-based spend management platform that connects hundreds of organizations representing the Americas, EMEA, and APAC with millions of suppliers globally. The Coupa platform provides greater visibility into and control over how companies spend money. Customers – small, medium and large – have used the Coupa platform to bring billions of dollars in cumulative spend under management.

www.coupa.com

 

Suplari

Suplari is the pioneering Spend Optimization & Financial Performance System, indispensable for enterprise procurement and finance to optimize the cost-risk-compliance trifecta. CFOs, COOs, CPOs and business leaders alike rely on Suplari to gain better spend visibility and operational agility in order to optimize costs, assure compliance and reduce both risk and fraud. People using Suplari are delighted with their modern and fluid user experience, advanced analytics, and AI-persistent insights algorithms to consolidate vendors, aggregate demand, negotiate contracts and manage supplier performance. Customers from large Fortune 500 to mid-size enterprises have worked with our dedicated success team to get up and running quickly – from rehabilitating their fragmented data to capturing cost savings. With Suplari, category managers, buyers, auditors, financial analysts and anyone with budget responsibility become catalysts of value creation in the spend-accountable enterprise.

www.suplari.com

 

Insight Partners

SynerTrade

Create real business impact for your organization by using C2FO to improve margins and strengthen your supply chain. As the world’s leading dynamic discounting solution, C2FO enables early invoice payments for discounts to your suppliers, creating additional income for your organization without impeding existing contracts. Learn how Global Fortune 500 companies are driving strategic innovation with C2FO: www.c2fo.com

 

AlixPartners

AlixPartners is a results-driven global consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses respond quickly and decisively to their most critical challenges – from urgent performance improvement to complex restructuring, from risk mitigation to accelerated transformation. These are the moments when everything is on the line – a sudden shift in the market, an unexpected performance decline, a time-sensitive deal, a fork-in-the-road decision. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients until the job is done, and only measure our success in terms of the results we deliver. We partner with you to make the right decisions and take the right actions. And we are right by your side. When it really matters.

www.alixpartners.com

Accenture

Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology. We bring together our capabilities in business, technology, operations and function strategy to help our clients envision and execute industry-specific strategies that support enterprise wide transformation. Our focus on issues related to digital disruption, competitiveness, global operating models, talent and leadership help drive both efficiencies and growth. www.accenture.com/strategy

IBM Watson

Watson is the AI platform for business, powered by data. Watson Compare & Comply can turn unstructured business data - like contracts - into actionable insights that empower professionals. It understands contexts, learns at scale, and reasons with purpose.

www.ibm.com/watson/contract-governance/

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ConnXus

ConnXus supplier management software solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a CPUC-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.

www.connxus.com

 

Engagement Partners

Basware

Basware is the global leader in providing networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services. Basware’s commerce and financing network connects businesses in over 100 countries and territories around the globe. As the largest open business network in the world, Basware provides scale and reach for organizations of all sizes, enabling them to grow their business and unlock value across their operations by simplifying and streamlining financial processes. Small and large companies around the world achieve significant cost savings, more flexible payment terms, greater efficiencies and closer relationships with their suppliers. Find out more at www.basware.com

 

Booking.com Business

Booking.com for business (www.booking.com/business) is a tailored offering specifically focused on business bookers and travellers to allow seamless booking and managing of business travel in the simplest, smartest and most rewarding way. More than one in five bookings made on Booking.com are made for business. Enhanced features for business travel on Booking.com highlight those places which are frequently used for business, tapping into its extensive review data to make easy work of finding those that are business traveller tested and approved. Booking.com for Business also provides a free tool for travel managers and assistants that allows booking on behalf of others. Booking.com for Business is a platform with enhanced functionality and reporting designed to meet the specific needs of corporate travel, while delivering the same ease as Booking.com enabling every business traveller to book with confidence, wherever their business takes them.

www.booking.com/business

 

Insight Sourcing Group

Insight Sourcing Group is the leading boutique consulting firm in North America focused exclusively on Strategic Sourcing and procurement-related services. The firm has developed a reputation for the collegiality and high calibre of our team, our tremendous focus on client results, our entrepreneurial and innovative approach to the space, and for our ability to consistently deliver strong outcomes.
Founded in 2002, the firm works with senior executives and procurement leaders to accelerate Strategic Sourcing savings, increase Spend Visibility, provide category intelligence, and implement procurement best practices. Insight Sourcing Group has worked with hundreds of corporate clients of all sizes and over 50 Private Equity firms.
Typical client results include 20% average savings per indirect spend category, 5 – 15% for direct spend categories, 400 – 600% first-year return on investment, and project payback periods measured in months.

www.insightsourcing.com

Hays

Hays Talent Solutions takes an innovative approach to your talent management needs. Through our industry leading global capabilities and expertise in local delivery, we offer you a fresh, unique approach to ensuring your workforce needs drive your business goals. We provide bespoke services including Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Managed Service Provider (MSP) services, Vendor Management Solutions (VMS), Payrolling and modular services as well as can help you in your talent attraction strategies. Our aim is to ensure our clients always have access to the talent they need. Building solutions that deliver to their needs both now and in the future.

www.haystalentsolutions.com

 

Scout RFP

Scout RFP makes strategic sourcing simpler, smarter, and more streamlined than ever before. Its intuitive, cloud-based platform – encompassing everything from project intake through sourcing pipeline to contract and supplier management to RFx and reverse auction tools– closes the loop on sourcing and, in the process, empowers collaboration, centralizes data, makes processes more transparent, and, ultimately, drives better business outcomes.

www.scoutrfp.com

Networking Lounge Partners

The Smart Cube

The Smart Cube is a global provider of research and analytics solutions, primarily serving the CPG, financial services, retail, life sciences, energy and industrials sectors.

Addressing the needs of businesses in the intelligence age, our customised solutions provide a truly connected approach, delivered by talented minds and strengthened by Amplifi, our organisational intelligence platform, rich with knowledge, cutting edge tools and advanced analytics.

We work with a third of companies in the Fortune 100, helping them make smarter decisions, accelerate value and gain a competitive edge.

Headquartered in the UK with additional offices in the USA, Switzerland, Romania and India.

 

www.thesmartcube.com

 

BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion.

 

www.bcdtravel.com

Amazon Business

Amazon Business combines the selection, convenience and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with new features and unique benefits tailored to the needs of businesses. Amazon Business provides easy access to hundreds of millions of products and a variety of benefits, including Business Prime. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/business

Rapid Ratings

RapidRatings International provides a supplier risk management solution that enables companies to most effectively assess the financial health of their suppliers and vendors. We offer Financial Health Ratings (FHR®) on thousands of public and private companies in over 100 countries using a unique proprietary methodology that is proven to outperform traditional risk measures. We save clients money, improve their efficiency and enrich their supplier relationships, giving them the insight they need to proactively manage their suppliers and best protect their businesses.

 

www.rapidratings.com

Sievo

Sievo is a leading procurement analytics company providing Spend Analysis, Savings Lifecycle Management, Spend Forecasting and Contract Management solutions, also featured as value leader in Spend Matters’ SolutionMap for Procurement and Spend Analysis. We help our clients identify opportunities, translate them into manageable savings projects, embed created value into budgets and ensure that the savings truly hit the bottom line.
At Sievo, we don’t stop at backward-looking analytics but deliver more by creating forward-looking forecasts and comprehensive analytics. By combining internal information with external data sources our machine learning technologies help revealing hidden value from the complex system landscapes with poor data quality.

 

www.sievo.com

Bureau van Dijk

Bureau van Dijk is now a Moody’s Analytics company. We capture and treat private company information for better decision making and increased efficiency. With information on 275 million companies we are the resource for company data. A key benefit of our information is how simple we make it to compare companies internationally. Our information includes: - What companies do, how they’re performing and the people that run them - Financial data, legal entity details, MandA activity and news - Corporate structures and ownership Access our information via a range of interfaces that are designed to help different business challenges and streamline workflows. Many of our customers blend our information with their own internal data for superior insight. Welcome to the business of certainty.

 

www.bvdinfo.com

PRO Unlimited

PRO Unlimited, through its purely vendor-neutral Managed Services Program (MSP) and Vendor Management Software (VMS) solutions, helps organizations around the world address the costs, risks, and quality issues associated with managing a contingent workforce. A pioneer and innovator in the VMS and MSP space, PRO offers solutions for e-procurement and management of contingent labor, 1099/co-employment risk management, and third-party payroll for client-sourced contract talent.

 

www.prounlimited.com

Xeeva

Founded in 2014, Xeeva is leading the next generation of procurement and sourcing software. Its full suite source-to-pay solution does more than just improve processes, it transforms your business – allowing you to truly see more, do more, and save more. Uniquely built with patented AI at its core, the power of its advanced technology is integrated throughout the entire suite to drive actual results across your organization. Xeeva reveals insights no other solution can see, eliminates tactical and tedious procurement tasks, and generates immediate bottom-line value in places you didn’t even know to look.

 

www.xeeva.com

Assent

Assent Compliance is the global leader in supply chain data management. Combining leading-edge technologies with extensive supply chain expertise, Assent provides SaaS solutions that manage third-party data to protect corporate brands, increase market accessibility, and reduce operational and financial risk.

 

www.assentcompliance.com

SCANMARKET

SCANMARKET is a Danish company founded in early 1999. In the beginning the company concept was an open Marketplace, where buyers and sellers could meet, interact, find potential partners and discuss prices.
The idea of an open Marketplace proved however to be problematic and in November 2001 the company concept was changed and went from an open Marketplace to a closed sourcing software with a much stronger focus on the buyer than initially. The change proved successful and SCANMARKET rapidly established itself on the Danish eSourcing market.

Today SCANMARKET is a global leading provider of a user friendly cloud-based hosting system for closed internet-based (reverse) eAuctions, eRFx, Contract Management, Project Management, Supply Base Management and Spend Analysis for professional buyers in large companies. SCANMARKET’s eSourcing solution is being used by 300+ clients in more than 80 countries, of which many are international leaders within their industry. The strong organic growth that Scanmarket has experienced is generated from a strong corporate focus on: Product Development and innovative ideas · Client Development and Customer Service and Strategic partnerships in new markets Today SCANMARKET has offices in the US, UK, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany with the headquarters being located in Solbjerg (near Aarhus), Denmark.

 

www.scanmarket.com

Grubhub

Grubhub is an online food ordering service that makes it easy to feed the office. We help companies simplify the process of ordering meals and paying for those purchases. As a result we save our clients up to 30 percent on food-related costs, while making everyone happier and more productive. Perfect for employee meal perk programs, group orders, and office celebrations, we feed thousands of hungry teams across the US and London.

 

www.grubhub.com

Axbility Consulting

Axbility Consulting is a leading management consulting firm with 220 consultants for a turnover of $32 million. We offer our clients consulting services with high added value:
• Digital Strategy & Transformation,
• Operational Excellence & Optimization of processes,
• Software selection and implementation.
The procurement practice of Axbility Consulting is one of the leading teams of the market with 50 high-level experts dedicated to creating value through procurement transformation:
• Develop the agility of procurement organizations,
• Improve the operational efficiency of processes by focusing on collaborative approaches,
Align IT with Procurement Strategy by exploiting the opportunities offered by new technologies and digital transformation.

www.axbility-consulting.com/

Media Partners

Solution Map

Buying a procurement solution? Quickly gauge the market with SolutionMap by Spend Matters. It’s free, fast and easy to use:

1. Select a procurement solution category
2. Indicate your ‘buying persona’
3. Submit your email address to access the ranking

Based on 1,000+ functional requirements across the source-to-pay, contingent workforce and services procurement technology spectrum, SolutionMap reliably benchmarks leading solution providers using equal parts analyst- and customer-based scoring inputs.

SolutionMap helps procurement professionals keep track of technology market developments, assess provider capabilities based on organizational needs and identify best-fit vendor shortlists for solution selection.

Visit SpendMatters.com/SolutionMap to get started

CPOstrategy

CPOstrategy is the go-to source for Chief Procurement Officers and Supply Chain Leaders, discussing the latest transformation stories and the exponential improvements to supply chain performances, through converging efforts between people, partners, technology and process/strategy.

CPOstrategy runs a Supply Chain and Procurement showcase series utilising unique, executive personal narrative, to give light to core topics such as Procurement transformation, supply chain digitisation, contract management, supplier relationship management/ vendor management strategies, change management approaches and beyond.

www.cpostrategy.com

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