Sharpen your competitive edge: Trust, Transparency and Profitability

10 September 2019 - 11 September 2019
08:30 - 17:30
Ritz Carlton, Chicago
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Sharpen your competitive edge:
Trust, Transparency and Profitability

The Agility & Transformation Forum is dedicated to helping you and your team deliver hyper-performance and competitive advantage to your wider business, through increased Trust, Transparency & Profitability.

Join 150+ peers for a unique networking and learning opportunity and ensure you aren’t left behind by on-going digitalisation, business model disruption, changing supply-market dynamics and macro & geo-political disruption.

Take a look at the highlights from last year for an idea of what to expect.

Move to the next stage of your transformation journey

In 2019 the Agility & Transformation Forum looks at the next phase of transformation for procurement organizations, specifically the vital facets required to sharpen competitive edge and increase business value:


How to change the perception of procurement from a policy enforcer and road blocker to a respected business partner


Increase visibility with internal business partners and external suppliers, to develop stakeholder trust & clear business partnerships


Ensuring the procurement function continues to expand its scope to include further revenue enhancing activities

Be inspired by the best

Experts sharing their knowledge and insights in Chicago include:
  • Amanda Davies, VP Commercial Global Strategic Sourcing, Mars
  • Alexandra Lopez, CPO, Cisco
  • Joseph Martinez, CPO, BNY Mellon
  • Jeff Amsel, Here Technologies
  • Jay Sklar, CPO, HUB International
  • Cheryl Harris, SVP Procurement, AllState Insurance

Features tailored to you

CPO Challenger Series

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

Promoting partnerships with suppliers for a sustainable planet and business growth
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PLx Speakers

Gain perspectives on leadersip, performance and more from out of industry experts
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It’s much more than just an agenda

Your time at the Forum won’t just be spent listening to presentations. There are more than six hours of dedicated networking time build into the agenda.

The 2018 Forum attracted senior attendees from some of the world’s leading brands, with 2019 set to be even bigger and better.

Join us in Chicago in September to tap into this fantastic network, and for the perfect opportunity to benchmark your activities and plans for 2020 against the very best.

You’ll be in great company - 2018 attendees included

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Don’t just take our word for it - feedback from past Procurement Leaders events

Royal Philips logo
"The key differentiator with PL conferences is the level of competency. There is a division in the seniority of attendees compared to other events, with some focused discussion sessions specifically for senior leaders, allowing for a different kind of dynamic which I think is very useful."
Head of Procurement
Estee Lauder logo
"Great insight into a full 360 of digital enablement"
Director of Indirect Procurement
Nokia logo
"The CPO’s here are really focused on how are we transforming procurement towards the next step in adding value."
Head of Procurement Digitalization
Specsavers logo
"Great event, well organised and with thought provoking content to help us on our transformation journey. Also plenty of opportunity for networking conversations with delegates in order to learn lessons and avoid pitfalls along the way."
Head of Procurement Services
General Mills logo
"Content was very rich, yet easy to digest. Presentations were well crafted."
Director - Global Sourcing - Marketing and Corporate Services
Intel logo
"A great event gathering all industry leaders under one roof, to discuss and share learnings about the latest trends, potential needs and how industries should be proactively looking at."
Lay Ean Oon, Sourcing Manager
Danone logo
"Each interaction was full of insights and created interesting and valuable connections."
VP Procurement Operations

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We can’t wait to welcome you in Chicago

Ritz Carlton, Chicago

Your two-days of inspiration and learning will take place at The Ritz Carlton in downtown Chicago.
The venue provides the perfect setting to help you maximise the value available through the agenda sessions and networking opportunities, providing you with a new sense of energy and motivation to make more business impact on your return to the office.

The Ritz Carlton
160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place
Chicago, IL 60611


Your agenda journey

To develop, influence and execute strategies based on Forum insights, you’ll be taken on a journey from vision to reality as you learn techniques to supercharge your value to the business. View the latest agenda.

Day 1 opens with quickfire presentations showcasing functions that have achieved maximum business impact through collaboration as equals, building trust through transparency and being agile and responsive to support business growth.

Break-out sessions will then explore the more tactical facets required to deliver and achieve these objectives of increased trust, transparency and profitability.

Day 2 will then move onto explore how these elements can be optimised to increase procurement competitiveness and agility, to help accelerate the delivery of solutions to solve business challenges faster.


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Speaker Line-up

Speaker Line-up

The Agility and Transformation Forum agenda features the knowledge and insights of carefully chosen experts from a range of industries, including:

Amanda Davies, VP Commercial – Global Strategic Sourcing, Mars

Amanda Davies

Global Vice President, MGS, Indirect Chief Procurement Officer


Alexandra Lopez, Chief Procurement Officer and VP Global Procurement Services, Cisco

Alexandra Lopez

Chief Procurement Officer and VP Global Procurement Services


Joseph Martinez, Chief Procurement Officer, BNY Mellon

Joseph Martinez

Chief Procurement Officer

BNY Mellon

Jeff Amsel, Vice President of Global Sourcing & Real Estate/Corporate Facilities, HERE Technologies

Jeff Amsel

Vice President - Global Sourcing and Real Estate

HERE Technologies

Jay Sklar, Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer, HUB International

Jay Sklar

Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer

HUB International

Frank McKay, SVP & Chief Procurement Officer, Jabil

Frank McKay

SVP & Chief Procurement Officer


Trevor Lunga, Chief Procurement Officer, bcIMC

Trevor Lunga

Manager, Procurement Services Legal Affairs


Cheryl Harris, SVP, Procurement, AllState

Cheryl Harris

Senior Vice President

AllState Insurance

Ahmet Hepdogan, Vice President Procurement, Ferrara Candy Company

Ahmet Hepdogan

Vice President Procurement

Ferrara Candy Company

Gareth Thomas, Vice President of Procurement, Rentokil

Gareth Thomas

Vice President of Procurement


Emma Peacock, Senior Director, Global Procurement Transformation & Excellence, Mars

Emma Peacock

Senior Director, Global Procurement Transformation & Excellence


Bo Dungal, Disruptional Evangelist - Group Procurement & Market Data, Danske Bank

Bo Dungal

Disruptional Evangelist - Group Procurement & Market Data

Danske Bank

Binh Tran, North America Sourcing & Procurement Leader, Cargill

Binh Tran

North America Sourcing & Procurement Leader


Laura Donally, Manager of Sustainable Supply Chains, BSR

Laura Donelly

Manager of Sustainable Supply Chains


Our Partners

Agility & Transformation Forum 2019 partners

Headline Partner


Proxima is the world’s leading independent provider of procurement solutions, with a single focus on partnering with organizations to achieve high performing, agile procurement functions. We provide a full range of services and solutions that support the change orientated CPO, including consulting, managed services, on-demand and supplier technology solutions. Through our consulting services, we help our clients design and deliver next generation procurement solutions, whether that is reducing costs, building or evolving your team, supporting your existing capability, or helping to transform your business. We run and support Procurement functions in some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations; our success hinges on hitting ambitious targets year after year. Procurement is our business.

Insight Plus Partner

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, technology, organization, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and helps companies reinvent their operations to uncover a new competitive edge. Bain develops practical insights that clients act on and transfers skills that make change stick. We align our incentives with our clients’ by linking our fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain today has 55 offices in 36 countries, and our deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.


Insight Partner

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.

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 CPUC-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.


Engagement Partners


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


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.

Networking Lounge Partners


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 For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit


Markit is a leading online IT purchasing system working in 34 countries globally. Markit integrates more than 200 leading IT distributors in the world into simple and transparent online platform and provides efficient tools for companies to manage, centralize and streamline their IT purchasing.

Markit is saving time and money for companies with simplicity and transparency - we provide the best total cost of IT purchasing for companies large or small. Working in Europe and USA with estimated 110 million EUR turnover in 2018 Markit is looking to open Asia as the next region in a bid to best service global companies. More than 15% of Fortune Global 2000 companies are already using Markit as part of their IT purchasing.


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.


scoutbee is an AI-driven global sourcing platform. Founded in 2015, we solve the most significant pains of global sourcing – lack of transparency, overwhelming complexity and cost. With a highly advanced data pool and our artificial intelligence ARTIMIS, we enable you to facilitate your procurement process and master your daily challenges with ease. From fast supplier scouting to crucial cost savings, scoutbee is your companion for all global sourcing tasks.


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Procurement Practitioner Package


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    2 day Forum pass (September 10-11, 2019)

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    2 nights accommodation at Ritz Carlton, Chicago

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Service Provider Networking Package


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    2 day Congress pass (September 10-11, 2019)

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Alternatively please contact for assistance securing your delegate pass, or for help arranging a service provider networking package.

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You will be eligible for a preferential rate to attend the Congress. Contact us at or +44 (0)20 7501 0547 for assistance arranging your attendance in accordance with your membership level.

All bookings will be qualified by Procurement Leaders, please make sure you have selected the correct delegate pass type before proceeding. You will be asked to pay the difference if the incorrect option is selected. By proceeding you agree to the terms and conditions of this booking.