High velocity procurement: The competitive advantage

13 May 2020 - 14 May 2020
08:30 - 17:30
InterContinental London - The O2
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Making business growth a procurement reality

800 procurement thought leaders came together across three days in London for the inaugural World Procurement Week, and at the heart of this was World Procurement Congress.

Co-chaired by Jet Antonio and Joe Agresta, who encouraged delegates to “Be bold in your vision. Be fearless in all you do”, the event broke down barriers and channelled high velocity procurement across highly immersive and thought-provoking sessions.

Take a look the highlights below

Two-days dedicated to the BIG picture

Team and Culture Development

Exploring the balance of skills and personalities required to meet the needs of modern-day procurement

Elevated Operating Models

Building an organisational structure that is flexible enough to continually deliver during disruption

Emerging Technology

Learning ways to capitalise on the success cases of early adopters to lower the risk of implementation

Optimising Business Alignment

Creating synergy with wider business goals to increase procurement’s value creation visibility with the C-suite

Risk Management

Establishing a proactive risk mitigation strategy and ensuring that your stakeholders are aligned with it

Advanced SRM

Exploring the step-change from SRM to SEI or advancing to supply ecosystems and innovation platform

An event you simply can’t afford to miss!



Profile-building – The congress attracts the “Who’s Who” of procurement. With the biggest thought leaders and global organisations in attendance, this is a community you want to be a part of.


Benchmarking – Reflect on your strategy in the context of other companies through the roadmaps and case studies being shared in presentations.


Networking – It’s the single largest gathering of senior, global procurement professionals and hands-down the most effective and efficient opportunity for networking in terms of quality and quantity.</span >


Inspiration – With the entire event focused on big picture procurement strategy, presenters challenge the status-quo, leaving you with “aha moments” and a fresh perspective.


Problem-solving – With 700+ attendees, many are experiencing or have already overcome your function’s current challenges, providing a perfect platform to crowd-source new solutions.

The power within the room is unparalleled








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Networking is at the core of the Congress

Your time at the Congress won’t just be spent listening to presentations. We’ve built more than seven hours of dedicated networking time into the agenda, and created several event experiences to help you get the most out of your time:

Match and Meet

Match & Meet
Your networking will be taken to the next level through our web app. We’ll match you with other delegates based on your shared challenges and topics of interest. All you’ll need to do is plan to meet during a mutually agreed time or during one of our facilitated networking breaks.
Speakers Corner

Speakers Corner
Looking to dive deeper into certain presentation topics? 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.
Marketplace Live

Marketplace Live!
With 25+ solution providers represented at the Congress, you’ll be able to benchmark your own suppliers, undertake SRM activities and find your next great solution by engaging with the handpicked partners onsite.
Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions
Within the agenda, you have two opportunities to join roundtable discussions help you learn first-hand how to overcome hurdles and capitalise on opportunities from practitioners who are a step ahead.
Members Lounge

Members Lounge
The networking experience for Procurement Leaders members will be complimented by comfy furniture, premium coffee and unique snacks in the dedicated lounge. The Procurement Leaders team will also be on hand to make introductions for facilitated networking.
World Procurement Week lates

Added bonus – World Procurement Week Lates!
By attending World Procurement Congress, you are automatically a part of the wider World Procurement Week community that connects over 1000 procurement professionals! You’ll be able to carry on making new connections and developing business relationships with this wider community into the evenings through organised networking activities.
World Procurement Week

Be part of the world’s biggest procurement networking event

By attending the World Procurement Congress, you are automatically a part of the World Procurement Week community, connecting over 1,000 procurement professionals!

Make sure you benefit from this opportunity to be part of the largest annual gathering of procurement professionals from across the world, maximising the value you gain beyond the Congress agenda.

Learn more about World Procurement Week

InterContinental London - The O2

Your two-days of learning will take place at InterContinental London - The O2. Boasting fantastic views of London’s financial centre, this location is sure to provide you with great inspiration during your time at the World Procurement Congress:

InterContinental London - The O2
1 Waterview Dr
London SE10 0TW

Maximise your function’s ability to drive business growth


Two days dedicated to the BIG Picture

The carefully-curated agenda allows attendees to focus on their function’s long-term strategic goals while also capitalising on quick, short-term wins.

Day 1 of the Congress will begin with a look at the global macro trends impacting businesses as we set the scene with a view from the Foreign Editor of The Economist, Robert Guest. Robert will provide the context for the current global outlook before 3 leading Global CPO’s from 3 industry verticals; FMCG, Pharmaceuticals & Petro-chemicals provide their unique viewpoints on how they have navigated uncharted waters to deliver business value and competitive advantage through procurement excellence.

The day 1 agenda also provides:

  • Breakouts focusing on how CPO’s are more specifically creating competitive advantage for their business through procurement excellence
  • An in-depth look the transformation journey being undertaken at Heineken and the impact on the vast global footprint the organisation is undertaking
  • A 30-minute panel discussion with a mix of cross-industry global CPO’s as to how such issues apply directly to procurement and supply chain
  • A look at leadership in a fast paced, results driven environment as Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing F1 Team discusses the need for agility, speed and real time information for decision making

As day 1 has a very grounded look at the tangible and practical requirements for CPO’s and their teams in creating competitive advantage, day 2 will have a forward-looking focus with a look to procurement Moonshots.

Day 2 highlights include:

  • Keynote from Dr. Anita Sengupta, SVP Engineering Systems at Hyperloop One, diving into the world of future transportation and what this may mean for our global supply chain and logistics infrastructures
  • Breakouts looking at identifying and leveraging new avenues for business growth as we embark on the road to becoming a digital, network-driven, platform-based business
  • Sessions exploring new avenues for business growth through topics such as supplier diversity and inclusion, sustainable procurement, ethical supply chains, supplier enabled innovation and digitalisation

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Speaker line-up

The World Procurement Congress features the knowledge and insights of leading procurement, business and leadership experts from around the globe, including:

Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing

Christian Horner OBE

Team Principal

Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team

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Christian Horner is the Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. He has led the team from its early days and turned them into champions in arguably the most competitive sport in the world.

Starting out as a driver himself, Christian rose through the racing ranks from karting to Formula 2, the level below Formula 1. Faced with trying to find a team, he started his own and won two championships. Feeling he was better suited to the commercial and strategic parts of the sport, he focused on leading a team. When the drinks giant Red Bull bought the Jaguar F1 team they approached Christian to run it.

Now faced with bigger budgets, more pressure, but also with leading the new players in the sport, Christian set about creating a team. As the newcomers, and with fewer resources than the more established likes of McLaren and Ferrari, he established a culture of focusing on innovation, people and collective achievement. He lured the man rated are arguably the best car designer ever in the sport, Adrian Newey, acquired international sponsors, and signed exciting young drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Within just five years Red Bull had won their first constructors championship and followed that up by winning in each of the next three seasons. Those four seasons also saw Vettel win the drivers’ title. After their unprecedented success, and under pressure from the bigger teams, rules were changed and Red Bull struggled in subsequent seasons.

Red Bull have competed in one of the most technical, competitive sports in the world, proving that their involvement was more than a branding exercise. Christian considers the vast array of business lessons he’s learned in his career. How he’s built a team of the best engineers, designers, mechanics, businesspeople and drivers in the world. The commercial and cultural challenges of an organisation of almost 1,000 employees, based around the world, working week-to-week in search of millisecond advantages. Competing in a world where the pace of change on and off the track requires collaboration, leadership and robust testing.

Taking in everything from the cutting-edge technology and vast amounts of data now vital to the sport to the logistics of moving a 100 people and tonnes of equipment around the world, Christian reveals the demands of modern Formula 1. With insights like how they use data transmitted from tracks the other side of the world to the UK and back again to make split-second decisions. How Red Bull find and retain the best talent in the face of the greater money and resources of rivals. And, whilst the cars may represent the peak of engineering, the teams are human and the most important rule is to understand individuals and their goals.

Dr. Anita Sengupta, SVP Engineering, Hyperloop One

Dr. Anita Sengupta

Chief Product Officer / Co Founder

Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX)

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Dr. Anita Sengupta is a rocket scientist and aerospace engineer who for the past 20 years has been developing spacecraft technologies that have enabled the exploration of Mars, Asteroids, and deep space. She started her career working on the launch vehicles and communications satellites. Her doctoral research focused the developing the ion engines that powered the Dawn spacecraft to reach Vesta and Ceres in the main asteroid belt. She was then responsible for the supersonic parachute system that was integral to the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars. She most recently led the development of the Cold Atom Laboratory, a laser-cooling quantum physics facility launched in 2018 to the International Space Station to create the coldest spot in the known universe. She is now leading the development of the next generation of transportation technologies to bring space age technology down to Earth for a greener tomorrow. Her research includes the plasma propulsion, the hyperloop, autonomous air taxis, and supersonic flight. Dr. Sengupta shares her expertise and unique perspectives as a public speaker at venues around the world.

Dr. Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. In her spare time she is an avid pilot, motorcyclist, scuba diver, mountain bike, public speaker, scifi fan, and STEM advocate.

Robert Guest, Foreign Editor, The Economist

Robert Guest

Foreign Editor

The Economist

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Robert Guest is The Economist’s Foreign Editor and has reported from more than 70 countries and lived in six. He was previously the US Editor, leading the magazine’s American coverage, and the Business Editor. He has also served as its Washington correspondent, "Lexington" columnist and Africa Editor.

A winner of numerous international awards, Robert constantly interviews political and business leaders and follows key developments in Washington, on Wall Street and on Main Street. He also draws on the expertise of The Economist’s global network of correspondents to keep abreast of international political, economic and social issues from major market shifts and general elections to uprisings and house prices.

In speeches, Robert discusses his thoughts on US business and politics, illustrated with real-world examples, from the oil-town man-camps of North Dakota to the warehouses of Silicon Valley where start-ups thrive. Globally he also includes his first hand experiences such as hitchhiking on a beer truck in Cameroon and being stopped 47 times at police road blocks. He may also explain why Chinese food companies advertise products they don’t sell in the UK on London buses, and how Louisiana uses drone technology to cull wild pigs.

Before joining The Economist, Robert was the Tokyo correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and prior to that he was based in South Korea. He is the author of The Shackled Continent, a book that tries to explain how Africa could become richer; and Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism, which describes how migration makes the world brainier.

Daniel Hulme, CEO, Satalia

Daniel Hulme



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Daniel Hulme is the CEO of AI solutions company Satalia, and Director of University College London’s Business Analytics Masters degree. He looks at how AI can solve the most challenging problems and deals with its business, ethical and social implications, as well as wider technological and economic developments.

Passionate about creating a positive technological future, Daniel sees his mission as making AI accessible and understandable whilst also providing a framework for avoiding the potential pitfalls. He works at the intersection of technology, innovation, organisation and ethics.

After studying computer and cognitive science, as well as management and computational complexity, Daniel has since balanced work in both academia, public and private sectors. He worked as a consultant for a range of technology companies in the UK and US. He’s worked on and founded advisory bodies and steering groups largely focused on the economic, employment and ethical implications of technology, data and AI. He’s also advised the UK Government on data use and worked with groups to foster entrepreneurship, learning and innovation in the private sector.

Daniel also founded and now leads Satalia. Seen by many as a peer of Google’s DeepMind, they apply AI to solving difficult business and social problems. They seek out practical applications of AI, often in unexpected ways, dealing with areas beyond customer and market data or automation.

Daniel reveals a future that holds radical changes to how companies operate and how global economies work. AI has the potential to affect everything from training to marketing, salary negotiations to customer service – anything that requires a decision to be made. Central banks and stock exchanges will have to deal with companies issuing their own currencies rather than shares. Personal and company reputations will be irrevocably recorded on the blockchain. These development all have the potential to completely alter things we take for granted. We need to be prepared and to steer them appropriately.

Exploring what AI is, and importantly what it is not, Daniel considers how true artificial intelligence won’t mirror the human brain, and won’t just be case of something that learns and calculates faster than we can. He dispels the myths whilst also alerting audiences to the potential problems. He suggest strategies to combat the demands for organisational change and the necessity for a new type of company and workplace that is not just open, ‘flatter’ and collaborative, but also inclusive. He looks at how these organisations can thrive, how they will innovate faster and more naturally, but also how the ethics and values of consumers and employees have to be incorporated. He also challenges people to reflect on how they use technology, and to understand why they may feel addicted to the sites such as Facebook and a world of likes and follows.

Simon Usherwood, Reader in Politics, National Teaching Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Surrey

Simon Usherwood

Reader in Politics

University of Surrey

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Simon Usherwood is Deputy Director of the “UK in a Changing Europe” programme, an independent group of academics providing impartial and evidence-led contributions to the public debate on the UK’s relationship with the EU. He is also Reader in Politics at the University of Surrey, where he researches and publishes on euroscepticism, negotiation theory, and UK-EU relations. You can find out more at www.simonusherwood.com

Henrik Larsen, CPO, AP Moller Maersk

Henrik Larsen


AP Moller Maersk

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A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 79,900 people.

Henrik has been with A.P. Moller – Maersk for more than 35 years starting in 1981 as a trainee. During the years he has worked and lived in the USA, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Germany.

In 2003 Henrik started in Maersk Procurement, and today he is the Chief Procurement Officer managing a global workforce of procurement professionals. Henrik is physically located at the Maersk Procurement head office in Copenhagen.

Henrik has completed a number of internal courses plus an extensive Leadership Course from London Business School.

Len DeCandia, CPO, Johnson & Johnson

Len DeCandia


Johnson & Johnson

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Leonardo (Len) DeCandia has over 30 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical/Health Care/Consumer Products Industries with expertise in engineering, manufacturing, procurement and end to end supply chain management. Len is currently the Chief Procurement Officer for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In this role, he is leading a significant global organizational transformation for the Procurement function at J&J, moving from a tradition of decentralization to a global, fully connected and agile operating model utilizing cloud based technology. This initiative was recognized with the 2017 SAP Quality Award for Business Transformation and the J&J Procurement Team is embracing a future ready approach to a shifting market environment in partnering with the business to advance global health care.

Len’s commitment to organizational growth and development is exemplified by J&J’s Procurement Leadership Development Program, which was recognized in 2017 by MBA-Exchange.com as the world’s 2nd best MBA Development Program in Operations and J&J’s Procurement internship program was ranked #10 in Top Overall World-Wide Internship Programs. Len is also the Global Chair of the J&J “Alliance for Diverse Abilities” (ADA) employee resource group, whose mission is to create an enabling culture for people with diverse abilities, their care givers and their advocates.

Len has previously held supply chain leadership roles at Roche Pharmaceuticals and the Estée Lauder Companies. Len has spent the majority of his career leading the deployment of advanced practices in supply chain and organizational transformations. He is a founder and has served as Chair of the Rutgers Business School Supply Chain Management Center for many years and is currently a member of the Rutgers Business School Advisory Board, where Len is also an adjunct professor and teaches a graduate course in Innovation Management. Len resides with his family in Princeton, N.J.

Samsudin Miskon, VP, Group Procurement, PETRONAS

Samsudin Miskon

VP, Group Procurement


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Samsudin bin Miskon is currently the Vice President, Group Procurement, Project Delivery & Technology Division of PETRONAS. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Science in Project Management . Samsudin has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Samsudin began his career with PETRONAS in 1983 as a process engineer and was involved in the operations, design and project implementation of Gas Processing and Petrochemical facilities in PETRONAS.

He had held several positions in the PETRONAS Group including serving as the Senior General Manager of Malaysia LNG and as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PETRONAS Gas Bhd.

Jennifer Moceri, CPO, Diageo

Jennifer Moceri



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Jennifer is a proven global executive and change agent with experience in the consumer, automotive, and food ingredients industries. She is recognized as a highly accountable and resilient leader, achieving results by building collaborative relationships with a relentless focus on continuous improvement to drive step changes in productivity.

Her passion is around organisational transformation and building talent and capabilities to enable growth, improve profitability, and increase value to customers. Jennifer has been the Chief Procurement Officer of Diageo, based in London, since 2017 and is currently leading the procurement function on their journey to drive value that fuels growth both for Diageo and their supplier partners.

Jennifer joined Diageo from Tate & Lyle where she held the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer. She was successful in delivering a global transformation of procurement where she developed a new operating model, built global capabilities, and introduced a new level of transparency which was critical to gaining trust, enabling significant cost savings, and raising the profile of procurement as a valued partner in the long term business strategy.

Prior to Tate & Lyle, Jennifer spent the first half of her career in the automotive industry, much of it with Lear Corporation, where she quickly advanced through the procurement and supply chain function holding various global leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Through this time, she built her solid foundation of advanced procurement practices, innovative supplier partnerships, “lean” mentality, and Global perspective.

Kristian Saksida, CPO, Solvay

Kristian Saksida



Lloyd Switzer, CPO, TELUS

Lloyd Switzer



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As Chief Procurement Officer, Lloyd leverages partner ecosystems to drive short and long-term value for TELUS to enable its continued success. The goal is to create processes and infrastructure that are cost-effective and competitive, enabling TELUS to constantly meet the evolving needs of its 13 million subscriber connections and future growth demands. Lloyd and his team are responsible for the procurement and sourcing strategy, capital management and investment returns, supply operations, and transforming the underlying processes and systems that support them. Lloyd is also responsible for fleet management within TELUS and works closely with fleet users to ensure the lowest total cost of ownership and safe and effective operations.

Lloyd is passionate about sustainability and over the last five years, he has directed TELUS’ long-term energy reduction program, as well as the data center and central office convergence strategy. His contributions to a greener industry have been recognized outside of TELUS and in 2014 Lloyd was named a Clean 16 member for his outstanding contributions to sustainability in Canada.

A seasoned telecommunications executive, Lloyd has over 30 years of experience across the industry with equipment manufacturers, service providers and strategy consulting companies, including Nortel Networks, Deloitte, Strategos and two technology start-ups. Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and resides in Toronto, where he puts his passion for his city into action as a member of the Board of Directors for the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Lorenzo Moretta, Group CPO, Assicurazioni Generali

Lorenzo Moretta


Assicurazioni Generali

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Lorenzo Morretta is Head of Group Procurement for Assicurazioni Generali, which he joined in 2014, initially leading the Strategic Sourcing activities for Information Systems, before moving to the overall CPO position in 2016.

Before joining Generali, Lorenzo worked extensively for Telecom Italia where he held various leadership positions in Mobile Digital Content Marketing, IT Procurement and International Operations. He also has previous experience with Olivetti and Andersen Consulting (Accenture).

He graduated from Politecnico de Milano in 1993 with a BSc in Electronic Engineering - Information Systems.

Emmanuel Erba, Group CPO, Capgemini

Emmanuel Erba

Group CPO


Imran Rasul, CPO & Group Procurement Director, BAE Systems

Imran Rasul

CPO & Group Procurement Director

BAE Systems

Chalam Kalahasti, Senior Director Global Supplier Management, Cisco Systems

Chalam Kalahasti

Senior Director Global Supplier Management

Cisco Systems

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Chalam Kalahasti is the Senior Director in Global Supplier Management (GSM) at Cisco responsible for strategic sourcing and supplier management of silicon, memory and optics commodities.

He has over 19 years of experience in supply chain management at Cisco, and was engaged in building new capabilities and transforming business processes across various functions within supply chain. Prior to the leadership role in GSM, Chalam focused on the supply chain planning, materials and inventory management operations functions. During this time, Chalam was engaged in transforming end-to-end supply planning processes with a primary focus on collaborative supply chain planning and the rollout of the Supply Collaboration Platform. He also has wide range of practical experience in lean demand-pull, inventory optimization and manufacturing planning processes. Prior to joining Cisco, Chalam worked in the automotive industry in the product development area.

Chalam holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Graham Wright, Vice President Global Procurement Transformation Operations Global Business Services, IBM

Graham Wright

Vice President Global Procurement Transformation Operations Global Business Services


Nina Guezennec, CPO, Vandemoortele

Nina Guezennec



David Wylie, CPO, TfL

David Wylie


Transport for London

Hari Sundaresan, CPO, BT

Hari Sundaresan



Gianluca Colombo, CPO, Coty

Gianluca Colombo



Ali Turk, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Turkcell

Ali Türk

Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Management


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Ali Türk joined Turkcell as the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management in May 2016. He was appointed as the Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Management in March 2017. Ali Türk graduated from the Industrial Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University in 1999 and completed Istanbul Technical University Executive MBA program in 2001. Mr. Türk started his career at Başak Hayat Sigorta in 1999. Between 2002 and 2007, he held various management positions responsible for logistics planning, warehouse and supply chain management processes at Ülker Group Companies. Between 2007 and 2011, he worked at Ceva Lojistik as Warehouse and Value Added Operations group manager. Joining Turkish Airlines in 2011 as Cargo Operations Vice President, Mr. Türk has served as Turkish Airlines Cargo Operations President since 2012.

Salvatore Bernabei, CPO, Enel

Salvatore Bernabei



Al Williams, Managing Director and CPO, Barclays

Al Williams

Managing Director and CPO


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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.

Carina Curtis, Senior Vice President, Head of Sourcing and Procurement Operations, Citi

Carina Curtis

Senior Vice President, Head of Sourcing and Procurement Operations


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25+ years of international business experience across diverse industries, including Consultancy, Retail and Financial Services. Carina is a functional expert in Sourcing and Procurement through senior leadership positions in Financial Services and Procurement Consultancy and at firms including Diageo, Barclays and Citi.

Carina currently leads Citi’s Sourcing and Procurement Operations team for the EMEA region from Budapest. Carina and her leadership team have established a world-class regional Sourcing and Procurement Operations team, comprised of local and international talent, which service Citi’s regional Source to Buy activities.

Carina has the experience in delivering on vendor risk programmes and savings targets as well as driving digital transformation and diversity.

Carina is a member of the Citi Service Centre Management Committee and Global Source to Pay Management teams, which focus on the strategy and development of the function and Service Centre.

Carina is a Board Member of the Hungarian Outsourcing Association, which builds service centre community and shares best practices across the industry in Hungary.

Internationally mobile and interested in digitalisation, diversity and building teams for the future.

Specific Experience:
- Financial Services – Nine years
- International Procurement Consultancy – Six years

Herve Le Faou, CPO, Heineken

Hervé Le Faou



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Hervé Le Faou currently 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 who are able to operate as a true business partner.

Having spent over half of his professional career abroad, Hervé brings a strong international leadership to his team, which manages €13 billion of spend through a team of 900 people based around the globe. This, coupled with his strong passion for both people and brands, has proven to be a great recipe for success when leading transformations in the food and beverage industry.

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.

Johannes Gilath, Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Procurement and CPO, Nokia

Johannes Giloth

Senior Vice President Global Operations and CPO


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Johannes Giloth is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Procurement and Chief Procurement Officer at Nokia, based in Munich, Germany.

Johannes is a senior executive, with broad international and cross-cultural experience in the telecommunications industry in both general management and consulting positions. Results-oriented, Johannes has a track record of successfully running large operations in global companies, leading strategic transformation programs and big international teams in a complex and fast-changing environment. With a proven ability to develop strategies and organizations, Johannes has a strong focus on implementation and the delivery of measurable value.

In his current position, Johannes designs the future end-to-end value chain of digital operations, supply chain and procurement by applying a bimodal approach: driving continuous improvement while investing in disruptive innovations. Generating customer value, being recognized by customers as best-in-industry in operations, defining the future ecosystems as enablers of Nokia’s strategy, and contributing to Nokia’s growth are Johannes’ key aspirations for Global Operations.

Prior to his current role, Johannes was Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics, successfully driving Nokia towards best-in-class manufacturing and supply chain operations, improving operational efficiency and supporting increased value generation for Nokia’s customers.

Throughout his career, Johannes has acquired in-depth senior management experience in supply chain, procurement, organizational and business development, business transformation, change management, outsourcing, mergers & acquisitions, post-merger integration, and management consulting.

Johannes holds a degree from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (1997) in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering and a degree from the University of Greenwich, London (1995) in International Business.

Christian Holzer, CPO, thyssenkrupp-AG

Christian Holzer


thyssenkrupp AG

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After graduating from TU Dortmund University with a degree in electrical engineering, Christian Holzer started his career at the Siemens Group in 1994.

As project manager, he gathered comprehensive experience in the field of energy plant engineering, with managerial responsibilities and posts held in Germany, USA (1998/99) and Singapore (2000).

In 2001, he joined the procurement function of the Siemens “Energy” sector, division Power Transmission & Distribution. Being entrusted with a succession of procurement leadership roles at different levels of the organization, he has broad knowledge of all aspects of strategic, tactical and operational procurement.

From 2009 to 2012, Christian was Corporate Vice President Pooled Direct Materials in the Corporate Supply Chain Management function at Siemens AG where he was responsible for a total annual purchasing volume of about € 10 bn.

In May 2012, Christian took over the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at thyssenkrupp AG. In charge of leading the Corporate Function Procurement & Supply Management, Christian is responsible for the Groupwide global procurement of direct and indirect materials and services, covering a total annual purchasing volume of about € 27 bn.

Since 2012, Christian and his global leadership team have been driving a comprehensive transformation program to build agile global network structures and drive procurement excellence and innovation to manage the Groups’ spend. The team’s mission is to turn spend into value, delivering bottom-line and top-line effects to the thyssenkrupp businesses.

Christian’s personal credo is “Ohne Daten keine Taten”, which means that all action must be based on a good understanding of facts and figures, i.e. data.

Dr. Klaus Staubitzer, CPO, Siemens

Dr. Klaus Staubitzer



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Dr. Staubitzer started his career 1996 within Siemens in different responsibilities in the areas of Procurement, Process Consulting and Strategic Marketing.

He was responsible for different Business Segments and Business Units within Siemens as a CFO and CEO.

From July, 2008, until Sept, 2014, he took over the responsibility as CPO Industry Sector and Head of Supply Chain Management in addition CPO Siemens since May, 2013.

Since Oct 1st, 2014, he took over the responsibilty as Head of SCM and CPO Siemens.

Sebastian Bals, CPO, UCB

Sebastian Bals



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Sébastien Bals is the CPO of UCB Pharma, a global mid-size biopharma company headquartered in Belgium with key products in the area of immunology and neurology. Together with his team, he creates value for UCB’s patients by connecting UCB challenges with innovative solutions coming from the supply base. He’s passionate about the future of procurement in a digital and an experience-based world and is developing high-performing, agile, complimentary teams to build strong partnerships both internally as well as externally to deliver sustained value beyond savings.

Markus Mirgeler, CPO, Clariant

Markus Mirgeler



Ulrike Salb, CPO, OSRAM Licht

Ulrike Salb



Nikolaus Kirner, CPO, Thomas Cook

Nikolaus Kirner


Thomas Cook

Joe Agresta, Former Vice President, Johnson & Johnson

Joe Agresta

Former Vice President

Johnson & Johnson

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Joe Agresta is a high energy thought leader who is an accomplished Sr. Executive in a broad array of functional disciplines in Product Management, Operations, Supply Chain and Procurement .Impact and Servant Leadership have been synonymous in everything he leads, whether it be designing and implementing Procurement Operating Models at both Allied Signal and Johnson and Johnson, transforming Supply Chain processes or leading Integrated Product Teams in major product turnarounds. He continues to share is passion for the space as a college professor, international speaker and mentor of Veterans in the American Corporate Partners Mentoring Program.

Joe is based in New Jersey, USA He has been responsible for global teams in Europe, Asia,South Africa, Australia ,Brazil, Puerto Rico and North America over the last 20 years.Through his teams international business and process development have been at the forefront of their work. While leading the Supply Chain at. Johnson and Johnson’s Ortho Clinical Diagnostics he was responsible for the distribution operations in Strasbourg France. Recently Joe has been focusing on Procurement Education in China.

Jet Antonio, Former Senior Director Procurement, Mondelez International

Jet Antonio

Former Senior Director Procurement

Mondelēz International

Tony Roberts, CPO, URENCO

Tony Roberts



Volker Purschke, CPO, Siemens Healthineers

Volker Purschke


Siemens Healthineers

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Since October 2013, Mr. Purschke serves as the Chief Procurement Officer of Siemens Healthineers. In this function he is globally responsible for 6 Billion € procurement volume of Siemens Healthineers and reports to the CFO of Siemens Healthineers.

Before this from October 2009 to October 2013 he served as the Head of Procurement of the Imaging and Therapy Division within Siemens Healthineers and also led the Commodity Management and – Cost Value Engineering department. Prior to this between 2000 to 2009 Mr. Purschke held various functional responsibilities such as:
- CFO for Siemens VDO Powertrain, later Continental AG, BU Fuel Supply Systems, Dortmund, Germany
- CFO for Volkswagen Mechatronic GmbH & Co. KG, in Saxony, Germany
- Financial Business Segment Head for Powertrain Diesel Systems Fuel Delivery

Having joined Siemens in December 1991 after completing his Masters in economics and business administration at Ruhr-University, Bochum, Mr. Purschke started working in the Siemens Division Information and Communication Mobile where he fulfilled several tasks, as Head Commodity Management direct material, Team Lead for the Procurement Marketing department, Procurement Engineer and Commodity Manager.

Jean-Christophe Deville, Purchasing Director, Toyota

Jean-Christophe Deville

Purchasing Director


Ruben Orquin, Executive Supply Chain & Operation Director, COFARES

Ruben Orquin

Executive Supply Chain & Operation Director


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As Executive Supply Chain & Operation Director at COFARES, Ruben leads operations for the Spanish Pharma Leader Distributor. COFARES is the Spanish leader Company managing the supply chain for more than 14.000 pharmacies through more than 35 distributions centers and 35.000 SKU with revenues above 3,1MM Euros. Leader in logistic technology and service, managing the supplier panel in categories like warehousing technology, maintenance & infrastructure, transportation or staff services is critical to comply the challenge service required by the Spanish Health System supported by pharmacies.

Before COFARES, Ruben has been working in one of the World Energetic Materials leaders (Maxam) as Corporate Purchasing, Supply Chain & Logistic Director managing a wide range of suppliers and categories like raw materials (chemicals, plastics, metals…), logistics (road, sea and air service providers) and indirect spend.

He has also developed Purchasing function in Service Companies like Citigroup as EMEA Category Manager or Country Purchasing Director or developing procurement processes in NH Hotels or purchasing consultancy in PwC.

A proven track record of success on different industries has showed Ruben how critical is the role of supplierS in the success of any Supply Chain. Supplier Sustainability is one the key elements to keep a leader position and ensure innovation brought from an “extended supply chain concept”

Rob Tuckwell, Director of Partnerships & B2B, Barclaycard

Rob Tuckwell

Director of Partnerships & B2B


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Rob Tuckwell has been with Barclaycard Commercial Payments for over 13 years working in a variety of client facing and leadership roles. Today he is the Director of Partnerships and B2B.

The B2B payments proposition comprises a new specialist payments team that supports large and international clients to develop their business-to-business (B2B) payment strategy and infrastructure. The team works in consultation with finance, treasury and procurement stakeholders to optimise value from B2B payments. The team covers consultancy, programme analysis, receivables & payables solutions, partnerships and supplier recruitment.

Barclaycard Commercial celebrated its 50th birthday this year and to mark the milestone they’ve launched a solution to pay suppliers that don’t currently accept payment by Visa/MasterCard

Milan Prilepok, Senior Expert & B2B, Barclaycard

Milan Prilepok

Senior Expert

McKinsey & Company

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Milan Prilepok is a Senior Expert with McKinsey & Company based in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience in procurement and other operational roles.

As an Americas leader in McKinsey’s Product Development and Procurement Practice, Milan’s work with clients includes assessing the initial procurement maturity of an organization, architecting performance and health transformations, and working in collaboration with clients on delivering sustainable impact. Given the expanded expectations of the procurement function, emerging technologies, and the new skills and expertise required, Milan counsels clients on operating model design choices and implementation. He often works with clients in advanced industries and financial services, though is work often spans sectors.

Additionally, Milan focuses heavily on the topic of negotiations, and he has worked with more than 200 organizations across sectors in more than 35 countries globally. Working with clients in this area, he helps to develop comprehensive fact-bases and scenario analysis, create negotiation strategies, design situation-specific negotiation game-plans and war-gaming.

Milan also teaches an MBA course on negotiation at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hendrik G. Seliger, Director, AlixPartners

Hendrik G. Seliger



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Hendrik has more than 25 years of global business experience supporting companies in procurement performance improvement, large transformations, and restructuring and turnaround situations. While he’s worked in a range of industries, his expertise is strongly anchored in sectors that produce technologically intensive products, such as aerospace and high technology. He was formerly vice president of supply chain management at Carl Zeiss, held a senior management position with Philips Semiconductors, and was a member of the German management team at A.T. Kearney.

Hendrik has an Engineering Doctorate in measurement and control sciences from Universität GH Essen in Germany.

Borja Tramazaygues, Partner, Bain & Company

Borja Tramazaygues


Bain & Company

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Borja Tramazaygues is a partner based in Bain & Company’s Madrid office. He has more than 22 years of management consulting experience, advising clients on their greatest opportunities and challenges.

He is a leader in Bain’s Performance Improvement practice and heads our Procurement efforts across EMEA. In his role at Bain, Borja has honed deep expertise in sustained cost transformation, direct and indirect procurement, supplier management, and change management. His client portfolio spans a range of industries, including consumer products, advanced manufacturing & services, financial services, and energy & natural resources.

Borja has experience in both direct and indirect led a number of scale Procurement and cost transformation programs including:

- Procurement Accelerated transformation with a major Middle-East airline
- Three-year procurement transformation and capability building program with a global Specialty Chemicals Company Procurement strategy for a Spanish utility focused
- Procurement and cost transformation for a Spanish Insurance player
- Procurement and cost transformation for Spanish Bank

Simon Geale, VP Client Solutions, Proxima

Simon Geale

VP Client Solutions


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As the VP of Client Solutions at Proxima, Simon Geale’s position encompasses offerings, marketing and solutions. His role enables him to spend time with analysts, procurement and business leaders all over Europe and the US while learning about their successes and challenges. In prior roles in Proxima he has run client engagements, build products and designed numerous sourcing and transformation programmes which have been deployed in some of the world’s leading businesses.

Simon started his career in Bordeaux, France and after completing a Masters in Procurement and Supply Chain, moved to the Netherlands to start work for Philips Electronics. His role there culminated in being the lead technical buyer for the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. It was here that he developed his passion for procurement, customer engagement and innovation. Following this role, Simon moved to Accenture to work as a Solution Architect in Procurement BPO working on major sourcing deals and then onto the NHS where he ran the largest tender of its type for agency labour.

Claire Thompson, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard

Claire Thompson

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships


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Claire Thompson is Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships at Mastercard. In this role, she is responsible for B2B Trade, which includes Mastercard Track, a global Trade platform designed to simplify how companies around the world do business with one another.

Mrs. Thompson has 20 years of financial services experience working within Transaction Banking across Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Mastercard, she was a Managing Director and Global CFO for Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered Bank, leading global teams across Implementation, Service and Account Management. She has also worked at RBS and at ABN AMRO, as Head of GTS EMEA Network Sales, Business Development and Strategy.

Mrs. Thompson is passionate about building diverse and inclusive teams and believes that this is one of the key ingredients to achieving business success. She is a qualified accountant and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies.

James Dening, RPA Evangelist, Automation Anywhere

James Dening

RPA Evangelist

Automation Anywhere

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James Dening is instrumental in bringing the Automation Anywhere’s vision of making work ‘human’ to life in Europe by inspiring passion about business processes automation. James was a member of the leadership team at XLN Telecom and a board member leading all commercial activities at Red Gate. Prior to that, James held a variety of sales and leadership roles in the software and telecoms industries before serving as Head of Sales for Amazon UK, leading their B2B sales activities.

Arnaud Malarde, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Ivalua

Arnaud Malarde

Senior Product Marketing Manager


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Arnaud has over 10 years’ experience in procurement across both sourcing and procure-to-pay. His experience comes from working with major international technology and media groups, where he was responsible for overseeing solution deployments as well as ensuring business value is achieved through technologies. Arnaud has a Masters in Finance from ESCP Europe – a top Business School in France and a European MSc in Management from London City University.

Matt McQuillan, Managing Director, UK, C2FO

Matt McQuillan

Managing Director, UK


Arnaud Malarde, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Ivalua

Charlotte Nellist

VP, Global Contract Strategy & Execution

American Express

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Charlotte is Vice President, Global Contract Strategy & Execution at American Express. In this role, she is responsible for streamlining and simplifying all the End to End Source to Contract activities for American Express Third Party Suppliers across the globe. With over 15 years’ experience in procurement for financial services , leading global teams across source to contract to pay transformations and platform implementations. Charlotte has a passion about building collaborative, inclusive and diverse teams across the globe with a focus on simplicity and continuous improvement. Charlotte has a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies and Law.

David Ingram, CPO, Unilever

David Ingram



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Dave was appointed Chief Procurement Officer in April 2019, based in Singapore.

In this 30-year career with Unilever, having joined the business in 1989, Dave has worked in the UK, Mexico, Shanghai, Singapore and The Netherlands. He has extensive experience in supply chain operations spanning procurement, manufacturing, logistics and planning.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Procurement Officer, Dave was a member of the Unilever European Executive and the Global Supply Chain leadership teams responsible for the European Supply Chain. Additionally Dave was responsible for the Global Planing organisation and in developing the strategy for the Digital Re-Wire of the Supply Chain Function.

Before this, Dave led the Supply Chain for China and North Asia, supporting the doubling of the business and ultimately the Head of Supply Chain Asia laying the foundations for e-commerce.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK and is a native of Scotland.

Dave has two children and enjoys golf and global adventure motorbiking.

Our Partners

World Procurement Congress 2019 partners

Headline Partner


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

Broadcast Partner


Barclaycard, part of Barclays Bank PLC, is a leading global payment business that helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and take payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit and point-of-sale finance. In 2018 we processed nearly £268bn in transactions globally. Barclaycard is a pioneer of new forms of payment and is at the forefront of developing viable contactless and mobile payment schemes for today and cutting-edge forms of payment for the future. We also partner with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit.


Insight Plus Partners

Amazon Business

Amazon Business is a marketplace that combines the selection, convenience and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with a range of unique features and benefits tailored to businesses of every size. Amazon Business provides easy access to millions of business products at competitive, low prices – everything from IT, office and lab equipment to education and food-service supplies. Amazon Business customers enjoy Free One-Day delivery on qualified orders, VAT-exclusive pricing and invoicing, multi-user business accounts, approval workflows, purchase system integration, dedicated customer support and much more. To register for a free Amazon Business account, visit www.amazon.co.uk/business


IntegrityNext – the Supplier Compliance Platform automatically obtains the required self-assessments and certificates from the suppliers and monitors social media scanning over 100 million messages per day for possible compliance violations and reputational risk. Green, yellow and red lights indicate which suppliers are compliant and which need attention.

• Ensure a compliant and sustainable supply base
• Gain competitive advantage by fulfilling your Duty of Care
• Mitigate brand damage and reputational risk
• Avoid regulatory risk and penalties

Among others, IntegrityNext covers Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption, Environmental Protection, Human Rights & Labor, Health & Safety, Diversity, Supply Chain Security, Data Protection, Cyber Security, Sanction List-Checks, Business Continuity, as well as Quality Compliance. 10K+ companies in over 120 countries use IntegrityNext – become a part of the network and achieve compliance quickly!


Knowledge Partners

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 private equity, mergers and acquisitions, operations excellence, consumer products and retail, marketing, digital transformation and strategy, technology, and advanced analytics, 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 57 offices in 36 countries, and its deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.




Creactives provides AI solutions combined with Knowledge Engineering for purchasing and supply chain digitization. 15 out of the Top 100 European companies, among other Clients, have implemented in their ERP/SRM platforms our Virtual Assistants to prevent errors in purchasing processes. Our Virtual Assistants are able to understand the Requisitioner’s natural language in more than 25 languages including Chinese, Japanese and Korean. A unique combination of: Machine Learning, to learn from historical data; semantic rules, to encode business knowledge not inferable from the data; contributions from users, who with their choices keep the system precise and robust, automatically. The Virtual Assistant are customized on company categorization system, and/or on standard taxonomies like UNSPSC or eCl@ss.



IBM Watson

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




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.



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.



At Proxima, we help our clients to optimize their external costs, ensuring that each $, €, or £= is productive and enabling business performance. As a knowledge aggregator with a specialist delivery engine, we support either by delivering entire procurement programs or by working with the in house team in a best of breed hybrid. We partner with finance to ensure savings delivered are real, measurable, sustainable, and signed off by finance and the business stakeholders. Today we have 250 procurement specialists operating worldwide helping some of the world’s most recognizable businesses to become better, by delivering or transforming procurement.

We influence billions on their behalf annually across a broad range of expenditure categories, commercial disciplines and business programs. Our clients may be novices or experts, but always find that procurement can bring transformational value to top and bottom line. All this makes us one of the largest and most innovative procurement functions anywhere in the world today. As practitioners, we measure ourselves on our results, and the outcomes are truly spectacular. At Proxima, your procurement is our business.



WNS Denali

WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS) is a global Business Process Management (BPM) leader. We offer business value to 300+ clients around the world by combining operational excellence with deep domain expertise in key industry verticals, including banking and financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media and entertainment, consulting and professional services, retail and consumer packaged goods, telecom, shipping and logistics, travel and leisure, and utilities. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM services in customer interaction services, finance and accounting, human resource, research and analytics, technology solutions and industry-specific processes. More than 35,000 employees serve across 53 delivery centers located in China, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK and US.



From data to insight - unlock the power of procurement. Jaggaer (previously BravoSolution) cloud-based spend management solutions are used to gain a 360 view of supply chain – in order to realise cost-savings and manage risk. Recognised as a Leader by Gartner in both Strategic Source and Procure-To-Pay, our direct and indirect eProcurement solutions help over 1850 customers, connecting to a network of 3.7 million suppliers in 70 countries. We have pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continue to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and analysing the market.



Coupa Software is the leading provider of BSM solutions. We offer a comprehensive, cloud-based BSM platform that has connected hundreds of organizations with more than four million suppliers globally. Our platform provides greater visibility into and control over how companies spend money. Using our platform, businesses are able to achieve real, measurable value and savings that drive their profitability. Learn more at www.coupa.com. Read more on the Coupa Blog or follow @Coupa on Twitter.


Insight Partners

American Express

Through our Global Commercial Services division, American Express offers powerful backing and support that helps companies of all sizes gain financial savings, control and efficiency. We provide a suite of payment and lending products, solutions for travel and everyday business spending, cross border payments, global currency solutions, and business financing. To learn more about Global Commercial Services visit business.americanexpress.com/uk


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.



Create real business impact for your organisation by using C2FO to improve margins and strengthen your supply chain. Our simple, yet powerful technology provides an early payment platform where your suppliers benefit from a unique name-your-own-rate pricing model that garners higher adoption than other discount programmes while also reducing risk in your supply chain. Businesses of all sizes turn to C2FO to source affordable capital without the pain of contracts and fees. Learn why the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies are using C2FO to improve their bottom line:



Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services.

Citi Commercial Cards, with proprietary issuance capabilities in 100 countries, including local-currency programs in 64 countries, has long been considered a leading commercial card provider to large and multinational organisations globally. Citi Commercial Cards’ products form the core of the expense management strategies for nearly 500 multinational corporations, making Citi a premier card issuer in terms of technology, innovation and volume.



Mastercard is the global technology company behind the world’s fastest payments processing network. We are a vehicle for commerce, a connection to financial systems for the previously excluded, a technology innovation lab, and the home of priceless possibilities. Everyone wants easier ways to pay; we invent them. Corporate purchasing is complicated; we make it simple. Small businesses are virtual; we give them access to a world of buyers.


McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. We help organizations across the private, public, and social sectors create the change that matters. From the C-suite to the front line, we partner with our clients to transform their organizations in the ways that matter most to them. With exceptional people in 65 countries, we combine global expertise and local insight to help you create the change that truly matters.

McKinsey’s Procurement service line helps unlock the full potential of clients’ portfolios. Our pioneering and digitally enabled approaches to optimize spend categories, drive productivity and innovation with suppliers, and maximize procurement impact through an agile digital operating model typically result in ~20% improved margins and 20x return on investment. Core to our approach are industry-leading digital and analytics solutions that help clients transform and lead the procurement function of the future. Our uncompromising commitment to invest heavily and work with clients to enhance institutional and individual capabilities ensures that impact is sustainable over the long-term.


CPO Challenger Series Partner


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.



Exclusive Diversity & Inclusion Partner


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 SBE certified business with local, regional and international capabilities.



Engagement Partners


AppZen delivers the world’s leading AI platform for modern finance teams. Starting with business spend, we automate manual process, uncover problems, and optimize decision making for enterprises around the globe, including one-fourth of the Fortune 500. Our platform combines patented deep learning, computer vision, and semantic analysis with intelligence from thousands of online data sources to understand financial transactions in business context and make decisions before those transactions happen. AppZen is a must-have for CFOs and their teams to reduce spend, comply with policy, and streamline process.




HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world, with operations in 66 countries and territories. We aim to be where the growth is, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions. Our geographic footprint, in-depth product offerings, strong global network of experts and large customer base means we can serve corporates of all sizes in every continent and their entire supply chain ecosystem. We are well placed to work together with you to achieve your objectives, whether that is working capital optimisation, de-risking, supplier relationship management or corporate sustainability. To learn more or contact us, please visit:



Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere is the leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA). It provides a platform on which organizations build world-class Intelligent Digital Workforces. Automation Anywhere’s enterprise-grade platform uses software bots that work side by side with people to do much of the repetitive work in many industries. It combines sophisticated RPA, cognitive and embedded analytic technologies. Over 1,400 organizations use this AI-enabled solution to manage and scale business processes faster, with near-zero error rates, while dramatically reducing operational costs. Automation Anywhere provides automation technology to leading financial services, insurance, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, telecom and logistics companies globally. For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.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.


Positive Purchasing

Positive Purchasing are industry leaders in driving procurement transformation across the globe. Combining expert training and tools with effective programs and methods, all supported by our proven digital platform, we help organizations deliver a dramatic improvement in their strategic procurement and negotiation outcomes. The result is lower costs, reduced risk, and ultimately, a performance boost and increased business profitability.

Each of our Category Management, Supplier Relationship Management or Buyer’s Toolkit - and specialist Negotiation - programs is built on a unique best practice methodology supported by high-impact learning and development. Available individually or as part of a complete Procurement Transformation incorporating competency assessment, functional diagnostic, strategic roadmap and governance, our programs have been implemented successfully in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies spanning multiple industry sectors worldwide.



Sievo is the global leader in procurement analytics. Our award-winning software, services and content help organizations identify opportunities, translate them into manageable savings projects, embed created value into budgets and ensure that the savings truly hit the bottom line.

Come talk to us about

  • Spend Analysis
  • Savings Lifecycle Management
  • Spend Forecasting
  • Contract Management
  • Procurement Benchmarking

At Sievo, we don’t just stop at backward-looking analytics but deliver more value by creating forward-looking forecasts and comprehensive analytics . By combining internal information with external data sources, our machine learning technologies help to reveal hidden value from the complex system landscapes with poor data quality.



Capita Procurement Solutions are trusted by UK and global organisations to support and transform their procurement functions. They design and deliver innovative, flexible procurement solutions that help clients manage and improve their supply chain. As the procurement business in Capita, they transform procurement, drive efficiencies and realise cashable savings from third party spend through a range of flexible procurement solutions, from strategy formation through to transactional activities. They are unique in the market place, supported by an infrastructure that has extensive subject matter and procurement experts, with insight and intelligence from all of the Capita businesses.


Liquidity Services

Liquidity Services has the expertise and partnership capabilities to rapidly and consistently transform your surplus assets into a value-add for your business. Whether you need a one-off service, an enterprise-wide programmatic solution, or support for plant closures, project cancellations, or full-scale liquidation events, our comprehensive capital assets services have you covered.



Mintec has been providing market leading raw material price data and business intelligence tools to leading global procurement teams for more than 30 years. The original founders saw an opportunity to bring the data and tools to market to allow others to leverage the available information in ways that had never been done before.

Three decades on, Mintec remains at the forefront. We provide market intelligence to the largest manufacturers and retailers around the world. Using advanced technology, we can do far more with our data than was even imagined a few years ago.



riskmethods empowers leading enterprises with an award-winning Supply Chain Risk Management solution that supports the complete process of identifying risk, assessing impact and mitigating risk. Our approach combines innovative Big Data and Artificial intelligence capabilities with insightful risk intelligence to ensure that the right people have the right information at the right time. Armed with a digitized representation of their supply network’s risk profile, our customers are able to make better decisions and achieve first-mover advantage in the face of threats.


DHL Resilience360

Resilience360 is an innovative platform that helps companies visualize, track and protect their business operations. The solution enables early risk assessment for supplier qualification processes and monitors suppliers for immediate supply chain threats as well as early warning signs of internal distress that may develop over time. Resilience360 seamlessly integrates with business systems to track companies’ risk in combination with their business performance indicators. By digitalizing supplier risk management, Resilience360 empowers better decision making and more sustainable sourcing by procurement leaders and positions enterprises to turn potential disruptions into a competitive advantage.



Ayming is an international consultancy firm with a strong focus in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, which combines specialised knowledge – across a range of fields – with hands-on collaboration, to enable our clients achieve their objectives. We are 1,300 employees operating in 15 countries across Europe, North America and Asia, and have a proven track record of providing leadership and sharing insight that stretches back over 30 years.

Our philosophy is based on a Procurement and Supply Management function, building strong foundations in cost efficiency, strategy & processes to allow proactive transformation toward greater value enhancement. This is achieved by activating key enablers such as people & capability development and digitalisation, always tailored to fit our clients’ requirements.

We are procurement specialists, we are doers.



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.


Determine, a Corcentric company

Determine, a Corcentric company is a leading global provider of SaaS Source-to-Pay and Enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management (ECLM) solutions. The Determine Cloud Platform provides procurement, legal and finance professionals analytics of their supplier, contract and financial performance. Our technologies empower customers to drive new revenue, identify savings, improve compliance and mitigate risk.

The Determine Cloud Platform seamlessly integrates with major ERP or third-party systems such as SAP, Oracle, Sage, QAD and Microsoft. Modular solutions can be configured to add more as needed to provide additional value beyond spend management. Our unified master database and business process approach empower users at every level to make more informed and smarter decisions.



With 55 years’ experience and 1.8 million vehicles under management in over 30 countries, LeasePlan are one of the world’s vehicle largest leasing companies. Our uniquely joined-up approach across countries ensures consistency of service, whilst allowing regional flexibility to meet the requirements of your local operations – ensuring that global needs can be met at a local level.

As an international company looking to drive efficiencies you may have considered centralising aspects of your business, but have you considered moving to a centralised international fleet programme?

Here are just some of the benefits:

• Moving from multiple suppliers to a single international solution
• Cost control and efficiencies with harmonised pricing and economies of scale
• Centralised reporting with one source of management information
• Global Fleet Consultancy Services Expertise
• Account Management and an out-sourced Fleet Management solution

Discover more:
Read our series of International Fleet Procurement whitepapers or sign up to our upcoming International webinars at


Get in touch:
For expert support and advice about your company’s international fleet arrangements, please speak to a member of our team on 01753 802448 or email newbusiness@leaseplan.co.uk

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