2021 Procurement Technology Summit - Digital Event





May 04, 2021 - May 06, 2021

Eastern Time (UTC-5)

CPO and Executive Roundtable with Coupa

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 11:00

 

Interactive Workshop: Building a Resilient and Responsible Supply Chain of the Future

The ever-increasing pace and intensity of disruptions has placed Supply Chain Resilience at the forefront of the C-Suite agenda. With supply chain vulnerabilities exposed, the opportunity is greater than ever before for CPOs and CSCOs to come together to build long-term supply chain resilience through the lens of responsibility, and reposition their organizations for growth.  Building a supply chain characterized by both resilience and responsibility does not come without incremental costs. Governments are taking active interest in securing their nations’ supply chains to ensure resiliency, which will have implications on regulation, incentives, and domestic composition requirements. Company shareholders and consumers are putting pressure on organizations to make spend decisions beyond cost criteria, prioritizing sustainability and ethical procurement practices. In this highly interactive workshop, we will learn from each other on how Procurement and Supply Chain can come together to:

  • Shift from a cost minimization to a value maximization mindset
  • Take the opportunity to drive ESG and Diversity objectives
  • Organizational structures and collaboration models
  • Metrics for Impact
  • Role of technology & AI in achieving resilience

 

This event is by invitation only.

 

Keynote Session: Digitizing Your Processes in a Post-COVID World and Accelerating Greater Value Realization with Ivalua

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 14:00

All delegates welcome. Join us to kick off the SIG Procurement Technology Summit and a Keynote Session with our thought leader partner Ivalua. 

Mario Goethals

VP Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics
Millicom

Mario is an international professional currently working for Millicom as Group VP Procurement and Supply Chain Management.  Based out of Miami,  Mario leads the company's category management, sourcing, supplier management and transactional procurement processes.  He is also in charge of logistics strategy, inbound network design and supply chain planning. Mario previously worked as consultant for Kearney, based out of Brussels, Belgium.  As a consultant, he supported clients in various industries with their business transformations in Procurement, Supply Chain management, Manufacturing or Customer Operations. Mario studied business economics and holds an MBA from Cornell University.

Navin Vardya

VP, Global Head of Customer Success
Ivalua

Navin brings deep industry experience in bringing measurable value to customers and scaling post sales functions to ensure customer success at Ariba and Coupa Software, where he helped grow and define new processes as the two companies went through public offerings. Navin was most recently at Coupa Software where he led Services and Success for North America for the most strategic clients and was able to grow and scale the business to account for a high YoY revenue growth in new customer acquisitions and a growing install base. At Coupa Software, Navin was able to create a customer experience that spanned from the onboarding process to implementation to long term success. He was able to create a client framework that focused on value and customer KPIs that drove client actions.

Speed Networking - All Delegates Welcome - Sponsored by JAGGAER

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 15:10

Join us for this highly interactve, super fun session to get to know your fellow practitioners and thought leaders in sourcing and procurement. Stay tuned for more details, including prizes and giveaways! 

Keynote Session with GEP

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 11:00

All delegates welcome. Join us to kick off the SIG Procurement Technology Summit today and a Keynote Session with our thought leader partner GEP. 

 

Breakout 01 - Critical Success Factors for a Resilient Future

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:20

With 2020 firmly in the rear-view, and a constant state of "never normal" becoming, well, normal, what are some of the critical success factors for a resilient future for procurement? In this session, GEP will discuss a host of factors including supplier risk, data, analytics, budget, new technology and more, all things that procurement will need to consider to ensure resiliency not just now, but for the future. 

You will learn:

  • Key trends that will determine the development of procurement
  • The role of data and data management in the creation of a resilient business
  • How new concepts are connecting procurement, finance and operations more closely than ever

 

Paul Blake

Director, Product Marketing
GEP

Paul Blake leads technology product marketing at GEP and is responsible for the promotion of the GEP Software platform. He has worked in technology for over 35 years and has been involved in the development of business software solutions since before the advent of the internet. Paul ran the development team that delivered Europe’s first B2B trading platform in the 1990s and has implemented eCommerce networks on three continents in the early 2000s, and having spent the last decade at GEP he has long-term experience of the trends and developments in B2B software that affect industry.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_01

Breakout 02 - Why a Traditional VMS Just Wasn't Enough

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:20

As a growing organization with an increasing number of very high skilled consultant workers, Sage Therapeutics requires innovative technology that not only seamlessly integrates with their HCM (Workday) but gives them much more. With a vision where Talent Acquisition owns both the employee and non-employee processes, Sage needed a partner to help them realize a total talent reality. In this session, we will discuss why the existing system landscape of VMS solutions was not a perfect fit and how Sage is helping define what an Extended Workforce System is for the future of work.

You will learn:

  • Key reasons for selecting a modern alternative to a VMS
  • How to extend your Workday investment to cover the total workforce
  • Considerations when going on a journey with a new technology provider

 

Jessica Wall

Associate Director, Talent Acquisition
Sage Therapeutics

Jess has spent the last 15 years managing consultant workforce programs at companies such as Sage Therapeutics, CVS Health, Genzyme, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme and Bose.  She has experience which spans across a number of areas: Corporate Recruiting, Total Workforce Solutions, VMS Oversight, MSP Oversight and Recruitment Process Outsourcing Management. This experience lends itself to a well-rounded understanding of the industry. 

Erika Novak

Head of Client Services
Utmost

Erika Novak is a seasoned Contingent Workforce thought leader and practitioner with 14 years of experience. She has built and evolved Enterprise Contingent Workforce programs during her time at eBay and LinkedIn, consulted Fortune 500 companies while at Brightfield, and has now moved into building products with Utmost as their Head of Client Services.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_02

Breakout 03 - Rethink, Rebuild: Leveraging Sustainable Procurement to Reinvent Your Supply Chain

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:20

From Covid, to climate and social justice outcry, a year as disruptive as 2020 demands a deep strategic rethink of how we approach, value, build and optimize our value chains, with an ESG / Sustainability lens. Pressures around sustainability and transparency are growing - the supply chain is the largest risk but also the largest lever of opportunity for becoming a more sustainable and resilient business. Join this session to learn about four key factors to rethink your supply chain and steps practitioners are taking to accelerate a sustainable procurement program and take action to thrive in the new normal.

You will learn:

  • Four ways we must rethink supply chain now - touching strategy, workforce, finance and tools
  • Steps you can take to build the business case and recruit internal champions and to gain support
  • About recent innovations in Carbon and Finance to engage suppliers, and support corporate strategies and commitments

 

Emily Rakowski

Chief Marketing Officer
EcoVadis

Emily is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted business sustainability ratings company.  She brings over 25 years’ experience in sourcing and procurement solutions to the role, having previously spent many years in global marketing and demand management with both SAP and Ariba. Emily has also worked in leadership roles at Ellucian, A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions, Creative Good, and A.T. Kearney Consulting managing marketing functions and consulting engagements for clients in the high technology, banking and energy industries.  Emily holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_03

Breakout 04 - Case Study Presentation, Industry Update or Solution Demonstration To Be Announced

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:20

Session details and speakers coming soon! 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_04

Breakout 05 - Demonstrate The Most User-Friendly Procurement Platform in the World

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:00

In this solution demo, you will learn about the BuyerQuest Experience, an enterprise ready procure-to-pay platform that emphasizes a superior user experience to drive user adoption to increase and capture on-contract spend. With BuyerQuest, organizations can capture all of their goods and services spend in one solution. Collaborate with suppliers in different ways including allowing them to create quotes. See how BuyerQuest can automate your AP process to significantly reduce requisition to payment time and hours spend reconciling and approving invoices. Finally, we will review our Business Intelligence tool to showcase the powerful reporting metrics available within BuyerQuest.

You will learn:

  • The ease of transacting in BuyerQuest
  • How Intelligent Searching speeds the selection process
  • BuyerQuest's AP Automation capabilities
  • Broad reporting and analysis in BuyerQuest

 

Josh Volchko

Senior Solution Consultant
BuyerQuest

Josh has been a part of the BuyerQuest team for the last 7+ years now and brings a wealth of procurement knowledge in the areas of implementation, support, and sales. Most recently, Josh has settled into the role of Senior Solution Consultant where he spends most of his time demonstrating the power of BuyerQuest to procurement leaders across the globe. 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_05

Breakout 06 - Stepping Up Your Vendor Contracting Process Strategy

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:00

When your procurement team is being tested on agility and efficiency, and does not have an early enough time to respond to supply chain disruption or strategic events, then you know it is time to step up your vendor contracting process strategy. This breakout session will tackle outdated workflows and dive into the metrics that procurement teams in 2021 are focusing on to measure their teams' success. Join DocuSign's resident expert Stuart Brock, who will cover the top do's and don'ts of vendor contracting and what a connected vendor contract workflow looks like.

You will learn:

  • The top action procurement teams took in response to COVID-19 disruption
  • The #1 barrier to taking full advantage of your current technology
  • Top procurement team success metrics in 2021

 

Stuart Brock

Senior Agreement Cloud Strategy Director
DocuSign

Stuart Brock is a Director at DoucSign where he helps lead DoucSign's financial services programs. He is a licensed attorney who practiced law at a top national firm for some 10 years before moving in-house at Bank of America. During his tenure with Bank of America. During his tenure with Bank of America, Stuart held various roles within the Legal, Compliance and Procurement organizations.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_06

Breakout 07 - Direct Sourcing: Win-Win for Staffing Agencies and their Clients

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:00

nextSource breaks the myth that Direct Sourcing gains translate into staffing agency losses. Through direct research and case examples we will demonstrate ways to create highly effective talent pools and Direct Sourcing programs that save money without reducing opportunities for the staffing agencies that support them. This session is intended for companies seeking to expand their sources of talent, finding the best available contingent workers with the greatest return on investment.

You will learn:

  • About talent pool design strategies that don't take business from your suppliers
  • Strategies for multi-channel talent sourcing
  • Anticipated levels of financial savings
  • How to use technology to ensure fairness

 

Catherine Candland

Chief Executive Officer
nextSource

Catherine is a recognized industry leader and visionary, having previously founded the pioneering Advantage Human Resourcing and served as CEO of leading contingent workforce management firms. Under Catherine’s leadership, nextSource has been transformed into a leading provider of workforce solutions to mid-market companies.  She is a passionate advocate for innovation in workforce management, having served on numerous boards and government committees to help organizations, universities and policy makers advance the strategic value of the U.S. workforce.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_07

Breakout 08 - How Panasonic is Eliminating Everything Manual and Bringing Control to Supplier Management

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:00

Nick has a lot of supplier onboarding and update requests. Some of them have all the info he needs. Most of them require an email back requesting more info. And too many require a third, fourth or fifth email back to the requestor or supplier. Everyone on the Panasonic procure-to-pay team (not just Nick) knew this wasn't the most efficient system. It made sense at one point, but now there are much more efficient solutions that can eliminate inefficient manual processes. During this session, Nick Ponzo, Head of Procurement Operations at Panasonic, is going to walk through the changes they made and provide recommendations on how companies in a similar situation can begin eliminating manual processes in their operations.

You will learn:

  • Email-based manual supplier management is, by nature, not secure
  • How to bring control to ad hoc supplier decision making
  • What apexportal could do that 20 other vendors couldn't
  • RFP recommendations for a supplier management solution

Nicholas Ponzo

Head of Procurement Operations
Panasonic North America

Nicholas Ponzo is head of procurement operations for Panasonic North America leading the global procurement strategy for business and consumer electronics. His diverse experience managing both upstream and downstream operations supports his constant focus on optimizing global processes for the evolving supply chain. Previously a global procurement analyst and supply chain specialist for International Flavors & Fragrances, he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from The College of New Jersey. 

Danny Thompson

Senior Vice President, Market and Product Strategy
apexanalytix

Danny Thompson is Senior Vice President of Market and Product Strategy at apexanalytix and is responsible for defining, communicating and leading our company’s software product strategy and roadmap. He works closely with our customers to ensure that each solution helps them meet their business objectives. Danny has a proven track record in the procure-to-pay arena, with a strong background in ERP implementation, process automation and financial shared services. He previously was VP of Product Management at Tungsten Network, a global business-to-business e-invoicing firm. He also is a former global process driver for Invoice-to-Pay at Pfizer.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_08

Breakout 09 - PCI Pharma Services Achieves Massive Savings

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:40

An expanding global presence led to an internal battle for PCI Pharma Services as it worked to manage procurement costs. As PCI grew, they struggled to accurately track competitive bids and account for bandwidth challenges of the teams. Despite seeing growth across the company, PCI continued to seek ways to achieve bottom-line savings, meet preset goals, and relieve the workload buyers faced with manual bidding policies. The key for PCI was found in automating the process with an intelligent, automated procurement platform. By implementing a digitized solution, PCI's suppliers achieved seamless connection with buyers which drove down costs and saved the company millions in sourcing events.

You will learn:

  • How to balance global expansion with effective management of procurement costs
  • About the role of automation in helping companies receive competitive bids for MRO purchases
  • How digital transformation is aiding and empowering procurement teams
  • How innovative supply chain solutions empower and encourage human connection and team efficiencies

Al Moss

Global Vice President of Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing
PCI Pharma Services

Al Moss, Jr. is a Senior Executive with over 20 years’ leadership experience, with particular expertise in supply chain management across a wide variety of industries. 

Al’s early career at Procter & Gamble and General Mills provided a foundation of production, operations, and change management. From there, he moved to MillerCoors, where he made progressive, record-breaking efficiency improvements, delivering on all Safety, People, Quality, Service, and Cost metrics. At BP and Coty, his continuous improvement skills saved millions of dollars by decreasing defects, operational inefficiencies, and inefficient logistics resource utilization. 

Al has diverse experience in both publicly traded corporations and private companies, and what really sets him apart from other industry leaders is his strong educational background. With two master’s degrees and an ImpactEd/DiverseForce certification under his belt, Al is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Supply Chain Management while working full time as the Global Vice President of Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing for PCI Pharma Services. 

Since joining PCI Pharma Services, Al has been responsible for over 900 employees, overseeing supply chain functions in 25 GMP manufacturing sites across 6 continents. He led the implementation of a supply chain practice, encompassing global alignment of planning, procurement, and sourcing process across all production facilities, delivering over $25M in EBITDA enhancements in three years while developing a digitally integrated supply chain. 

Al has many other career accomplishments. Some of those specific achievements include the following:

  • Reduced YOY TIR from 1.16 to 0.5 through improved employee engagement and implementation of behavioral observed safety (BOS) program.
  • Achieved 60% YOY reduction in PPM defects using 6 sigma, lean, 5-Y, and other CI methodologies.
  • Delivered 15% productivity increase ($2M cost savings) by developing and implementing planning and scheduling strategy, maximizing operational resources while minimizing format change losses.
  • Saved nearly $90M in costs by working with offshore assets to create a performance review process for logistics resource use. 
  • Effectively manages 18K pallet positions and inventory valued at $5B. 

Al’s splits his time between Florida and Pennsylvania. He is married with three kids, has a brown belt in Jiu jitsu, and enjoys lifting weights. He is also an active community member. 

 

Tarek Alaruri

COO & Co-Founder
FairMarkIT

Tarek Alaruri is the COO and co-founder of Fairmarkit, where his expertise in logistics has helped the company revolutionize how enterprises manage “tail spend” purchases. Tarek was honored as one of Forbes 30 under 30 in enterprise technology in 2020. In addition to sitting on Fairmarkit’s board of directors, he is a member of the advisory board for The Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Prior to founding Fairmarkit, Tarek was the Director of Sales Development at Turbonomic and managed contract negotiations with the Fortune 500 at Total Quality Logistics. Tarek holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Indiana University, where he was also a Varsity Division I wrestler.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_09

Breakout 10 - Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Strategic Supplier Relationships?

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:40

The most successful procurement organizations focus on value optimization - particularly with their most strategic suppliers - maximizing their performance, anticipating and addressing supply base risks, and jointly driving innovative strategies. In this session we share the results of our Pinnacle Model® study. This study examines how organizations measure, communicate, and improve strategic supplier performance, the roles procurement and VMOs (vendor management organizations) play, and the capabilities in place to partner and maximize business value.

You will learn:

  • Best practices in supplier relationship management and governance for strategic partners
  • How VMOs interact with sourcing teams and their typical roles and responsibilities
  • The areas procurement organizations are using technology to manage suppliers

Michel Janssen

Chief Research Guru
Everest Group

As co-founder of Everest Group’s research practice – and with a broad and varied career in the global services industry – Michel offers profound insights and analysis to enterprises and service providers alike. Leveraging his extensive experience identifying and understanding emerging trends, Michel helps organizations to maximize their global services efforts. Michel is particularly noted for his ability to posit challenging ideas based on his fact-based insights from across business and IT processes, sourcing models, and industries. In his current role, at Everest Group, Michel is responsible for guiding the practice’s research agenda and architecture, and aligning its capabilities with the market’s disruptive changes and next-generation demands. Prior to re-joining Everest Group in 2017, Michel enjoyed a successful decade serving as Chief Research Officer at The Hackett Group and Market Track.

David Rickard

Vice President
Everest Group

David Rickard, Vice President at Everest Group, advises senior executives of global services on their strategic mandates and initiatives. David’s responsibilities include leading Everest Group’s sourcing and vendor management and customer experience management services offerings for EMEA clients as well as select global accounts.

Prior to joining Everest Group, David held outsourcing and customer experience leadership roles. Most recently, he led the outsourcing practice for a CX consultancy, and before that, he was a Senior Procurement Director for Microsoft, where he was responsible for contact center outsourcing on a global basis. During his seventeen year-long career at Microsoft, David became a key member of the leadership team that successfully delivered one of the largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) RFP’s in recent history and exceeded its business goals of savings and supplier reductions. Then in 2015, David won the prestigious IAOP Global Excellence in Outsourcing Best Practice Award.

Additionally, David enjoys spending time as a volunteer mentor with EBP South, an organization that inspires and prepares local young people for the world of work, and he also volunteers with the Brain Tumour Research organization, assisting in collections and fundraising activities.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_10

Breakout 11 - The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Shared Utility Model for Third Party Risk Assessments and Ratings

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:40

Enterprises increasingly depend on third-party vendors resulting in increased risk exposures. Both enterprises and their vendors spend great time, effort & cost in governance and risk assessments resulting in delayed vendor on-boarding leading to business impact, increased spend, inefficient and ineffective risk assessments and vendor fatigue. If you are involved in procurement, third-party governance, relationship and risk management, you will benefit this session. You will learn about the need to adopt a shared utility subscription model for risk assessments and how it will drastically cut vendor onboarding time and improve efficiency and effectiveness.

You will learn:

  • The challenges and opportunities in adopting a shared utility model for third party risk assessments
  • ENGAIZ's Open Third Party Risk Exchange Framework (OPEN3PRX)

 

Jai Chinnakonda

Founder & CEO
ENGAIZ

Jai Chinnakonda is the Founder and CEO of ENGAIZ, a technology company focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence to help enterprises mitigate Third-Party Risks such as Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Regulatory, Financial, Performance, Resiliency, Infrastructure, Legal, Country risks through Effective Governance and Engagement. 

Through his decades of experience in managing large technology outsourcing deals, Jai brings a unique perspective and advises organizations on third party governance and risk management. He firmly believes in the Art and Science of Engagement to help build lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with third-party vendors. 

He is a Certified Third-Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) and a Certified Supplier Management Professional (CSMP). Jai is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. He was also a contributing member to the first draft of The Standard for Program Management released by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

Keith Bowie

Chief Technology Officer
ENGAIZ

Keith is an information technology leader with extensive experience in financial services and commodity trading.  

Keith was the first US CIO for Scotiabank, building a high functioning technology organization from the ground up, and introducing an IT Risk culture and Cybersecurity framework, to meet state and federal regulatory legislation. Over the past 20+ years, Keith has had a variety of global technology leadership roles for leading financial services institutions.

Keith is a research scholar within the Digital Financial Services Observatory at Columbia University, where he’s developing a process-based Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework for Digital Financial Services in the developing world. Keith is member of the Board of Directors for the New York Metropolitan Chapter of ISACA, and is co-chair of the Education committee. 

Keith has a BSC (Hons) degree from the University of Strathclyde, and lives in Connecticut. He is married with three children spread across, UK, USA and Canada, and is an avid sports participant and fan. 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_11

Breakout 12 - Key Data Trends in Procurement

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:40

As the remote workforce has grown in the last year, so has the need to ensure market-competitive pricing is applied consistently across every hire, while saving money wherever possible. In this session, you'll learn about the key data trends currently impacting the procurement landscape and how you can leverage critical data points and business intelligence to optimize workforce management. Check out the session and discover how you can leverage data to drive increased cost savings, improve talent quality and achieve organizational diversity objectives.

You will learn:

  • How to understand how labor costs vary in different global markets
  • How to access accurate, real-time market rate data to ensure market-competitive pricingHow to identify opportunities for cost savings
  • How to use data to align procurement strategy with broader organizational objectives

 

Dustin Burgess

SVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics
PRO Unlimited

As SVP of Strategy, Analytics and Metrics, Dustin Burgess oversees marketplace BI, strategic management reporting, and business consulting solutions with a focus on comprehensive talent engagement strategies. Dustin joined PRO Unlimited in 2007 and has previous experience in public accounting and consulting services at “Big Four” firms and Fortune 500 organizations. 

Scott Fraleigh

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
PRO Unlimited

Scott Fraleigh is a savvy and innovative business development expert with 20-plus years’ experience in the contingent workforce field. Prior to PRO Unlimited, he worked as President of Managed Services Provider programs and Payroll Solutions at Randstad Sourceright, where he led a team of 140-plus and facilitated the transformation of Randstad from a small regional Managed Services Provider to a global industry leader and consistently delivered double-digit revenue growth. As Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at PRO Unlimited, he provides visionary thinking and strategic solutions to accelerate business development, account management and facilitate global expansion. 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_12

Breakout 13 - PayPal Achieves Total Workforce Visibility with SAP Fieldglass Solutions

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 14:20

PayPal embarked on a journey with SAP to change how it managed thousands of external workers globally. The outcome? Total workforce visibility, compliance, automation, and the ability to save both time and money while delivering a positive end-user experience. Hear from PayPal Senior Sourcing Manager John Gallagher on how PayPal transformed its contingent workflow to become a best-in-class external workforce management program. John will be joined by Amanda Slevar, Director Solution Advisory, Services Procurement & External Workforce from SAP who will share insights on how the right technology and processes can help your company remain scalable and competitive in a dynamic marketplace.

You will learn:

  • From a best practices guide on services procurement and external workforce strategy
  • Tips on change management and scaling adoption
  • The critical importance of data insights to measure success 

John Gallagher

Senior Sourcing Manager
PayPal

John Gallagher is a Sr. Sourcing Manager in PayPal's Global Sourcing organization where he leads the Labor procurement team.  After close to a decade in procurement and rebuilding PayPal's contingent workforce program from the ground up, he is aware of the unique challenges to managing and controlling contingent workforce spend and how to overcome them.  The program that John has built at PayPal relies on data, transparency, and controls to identify targeted savings opportunities while minimizing leakage.  John is passionate about leveraging cost models to drive negotiations and identifying creative solutions to procurement challenges.  He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and daughter and he holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA and M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University.

Amanda Slevar

Director, Solution Advisory, Services Procurement & External Workforce
SAP Procurement Solutions

Amanda Slevar is a Director,  Solution Advisory, Services Procurement & External Workforce for SAP Fieldglass. She brings over 15 years of contingent labor management and services procurement expertise to prospective customers to designs solutions to fit their current needs, and build toward an innovative future program. She also has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. Amanda holds an MBA from Canisius College, and spends her free time chasing her three year old son! 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_13

Breakout 14 - From CPO to CEO: How the CPO is Driving BT's Digital Transformation

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 14:20

In this session, you will learn about an innovative approach to structuring a Sourcing organization and the benefits of doing so. Our presenters will describe how the CPO of BT created a new, separate company within BT called BT Sourced as standalone procurement company within the BT Group to drive BT's digital transformation in Dublin, Ireland. This new company is implementing the best and most innovative data and technology using partnership-based approaches with suppliers and start-ups. This next practice CPO is leveraging data and automation to increase productivity, uncover new efficiencies, and drive collaboration across a complex global footprint. You will learn how to take a data-first and strategic approach to digital transformation. You will also learn how the CPO and any procurement professional can drive true strategic impact at a Global 2000 company.

You will learn:

  • How and why the CPO advocated to set up a separate company within the BT Group to drive the strategic transformation
  • How BT Sourced is using data to drive collaboration with business units and executives
  • How BT is using AI to drive greater productivity, capture efficiencies, and reduce spend on a global basis

 

Cyril Pourrat

CPO, BT Group
BT

In October 2019 I joined BT Group Procurement and a team of highly talented, passionate and successful people with a strong record of delivery. BT is an amazing company and it's a hugely exciting time to be part of its transformation, in which digitization is a driving force to deliver long term growth value and outstanding customer experiences. Prior to joining BT, I was Chief Procurement Officer respectively at Sprint (US) and Saudi Telecom (STC). Before joining STC, I garnered 15 years' experience in Europe's telecom industry, last serving as Senior Vice President of Procurement Excellence at Buyin, (the procurement joint-venture of Deutsche Telekom and Orange). I also held senior leadership positions with Orange in France and the UK.

Nikesh Parekh

CEO
Suplari

Nikesh (Niki) Parekh is the co-founder and CEO of Suplari, an enterprise software company focused on leveraging advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to help enterprises make better purchasing and financial decisions.  Niki was most recently an executive at Internet real estate company Zillow and has also worked in the venture capital, private equity and investment banking industries.  Nikesh earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_14

Breakout 15 - 2020 Sourcing Trends that will Maximize Value in 2021

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 14:20

The past year shifted focus from hard savings to soft value drivers in awarding sourcing events. Bottlenecks in the supply chain, transportation disruption and capacity constraints dominated the year, highlighting risk areas and shifting priorities sometimes permanently. In this session, procurement and supply chain leaders will gain insights from sourcing experts on trends experienced across industries and categories. Learn new techniques for evaluating events and how innovations using artificial intelligence can address core initiatives to optimize value in your sourcing strategies.

You will learn:

  • How diversifying supply lines mitigates risk
  • How to evaluate capacity, logistics, supplier strategy and more
  • How artificial intelligence uncovers opportunities
  • How these sourcing solutions create value and optimize costs

 

Nila LaVanaway Charles

Chief Executive Officer
Pierpont Holdings

Nila LaVanaway Charles is the Chief Executive Officer at Pierpont Holdings, LLC.  Nila has worked in supply chain, procurement and supply chain technology since 2004 across a wide range of industries from consumer electronics to medical devices.  She spent several years as a subject matter expert and consultant on technology adoption related to supply chain and procurement functions. In 2019 she became CEO of Pierpont Holdings which provides consulting and services related for source-to-contract optimization through process efficiencies and technology.  

Greg Holt

Product Marketing Director
JAGGAER

Greg Holt is Director of Product Marketing at JAGGAER. For more than fifteen years, he has been listening to and speaking with users of sourcing and procurement technologies, uncovering business challenges, identifying desired outcomes, and communicating solutions that deliver digital procurement transformation for organizations large and small. 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_15

Breakout 16 - Leveraging the Power of Global Supplier Collaboration at Navistar

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 14:20

Learn how to bring your supply chain into the digital era using a robust, cloud-based, global platform that will drive value out of your supplier relationships while keeping complex business operations running smoothly. In this session, we'll dive into Navistar's world and how they modernized their procurement operations all within 20 weeks, completely remotely. With more than 100 years in manufacturing, we will explore how Navistar worked with OPTIS Consulting to implement Ivalua's Manufacturing S2P (Source to Pay) Suite and unlocked millions in savings by enabling effective collaboration with their suppliers.

You will learn:

  • How to select a versatile solution that accommodates complex requirements
  • How to modernize your supply chain within weeks, rather than months or years
  • How to enable effective supplier collaboration
  • How to quickly realize savings and achieve a short payback period

 

Erin McGraw

Procurement CoE Manager, Digital Innovation
Navistar

George Nico

Manager, Consulting
OPTIS Consulting
Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_16

Keynote Session: Smarter Sourcing: Deepening Supplier Relationships with Data and Insight with Workday

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 15:00

Supplier engagement is critically important for procurement leaders looking to improve business agility and stay ahead of the competition. Procurement teams that have holistic visibility into supplier relationships and actively cultivate strong, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships will be better positioned to ensure operational resilience.

Key questions:

  • How do you optimize supplier engagement for innovation, finding new opportunities that benefit both the organization and the vendor?
  • What are some of the ways you utilize technology to engage with your supply base?
  • What are your tips for managing supplier and contract related risk overall? 

Buy-side Co-Presenter to be announced. 

Focused Networking for Buy-side Delegates

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 16:10

Buy-side delagates only. Join us for focused networking sessions. Details to be announced. 

Keynote Session: How To Improve Your Procurement Ecosystem with Design Thinking with WNS Denali

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:00

All delegates welcome. Join us to kick off the SIG Procurement Technology Summit today and a Keynote Session with our thought leader partner WNS Denali. 

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting and thought, "Why do we keep doing the same thing OVER and OVER? I am ready to improve our old ways of working!” If so, you aren’t alone. Now is the time to learn about Design Thinking. Many people think Design Thinking is a new concept. Yet, this practice dates back to the 18th century.  Design Thinking helps you reframe how you approach problems, conversations, and relationships at your organization. Join Hervé Legenvre, PhD, Professor and Director of Value Creation Observatory at EIPM, and Greg Anderson, Senior Vice President at WNS Denali to learn: 

  • The history of Design Thinking in under 5 minutes 
  • The 5-step process of Design Thinking 
  • How Procurement can apply Design Thinking concepts 
  • Practical examples and stories about how Design Thinking adds value to Procurement 

Ultimately, Design Thinking is your tool to look at problems through a telescope - to see the big picture and understand how your business functions in a holistic way. Your entire procurement ecosystem benefits from Design Thinking. Now is the time to listen to that inner voice - out with the old ways of working and in with the new, innovative ways to do things differently. 

 

Hervé Legenvre

Director
EIPM Value Creation Observatory

As the Director of the EIPM Value Creation Observatory, Hervé conducts research on innovation and purchasing and on how new technologies are changing industries. Hervé blends the best of academic and practitioner thinking to create a unique learning experience and engaging content. He continuously looks to identify the trends that will shape the business world in the future. He acts as a Juror for the EIPM-Peter Kraljic Awards and regularly speaks at in-company and public events. He believes that companies’ competitive edge will increasingly be co-created with suppliers, as innovation needs to be seized from the outside. He builds on his wide knowledge of invention, innovation and business excellence to create new tools and practices that help connect everyone to what matters most in a fast-changing world. Previously, Hervé led the EIPM Executive MBA Programme and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) European Excellence Award. Hervé also worked for Renault Consulting where he led major change initiatives.

Greg Anderson

Senior Vice President
WNS Denali

Greg Anderson is Senior Vice President of Sales in North America at WNS Denali. He is a proven expert in Supply Chain and Procurement Managed Services and Technology solutions. Greg has over two decades of cross-industry sales and marketing leadership experience. Prior to WNS, Greg held leadership positions at Ivalua, Pensiamo, Directworks, Tenzing Consulting, SmartOps, Ariba, FreeMarkets, GE, and PPG.

Breakout 17 - Case Study Presentation, Industry Update or Solution Demonstration To Be Announced

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:20

Session details and speakers coming soon! 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_17

Breakout 18 - Case Study Presentation, Industry Update or Solution Demonstration To Be Announced

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:20

Session details and speakers coming soon! 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_18

Breakout 19 - Development of a Fully Integrated Corporate Real Estate Platform

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:20

National Grid is one of the largest electricity and gas utilities in the US delivering electricity to approximately 3.4M and gas to 3.6M customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. In this case study we will explore how National Grid transformed from a siloed real estate delivery model to a fully integrated strategic platform through organizational realignment and supply chain optimization. National Grid's corporate real estate organization is transitioning from a highly out-tasked outsourcing strategy with over 3,000 suppliers to an integrated strategic partnership for delivery of real estate, projects and facilities management across their 7M SF portfolio. Attendees will learn how a business case for change was built and consensus was acquired from all key stakeholders; we will highlight the challenges that present themselves in these types of regulated environments.

You will learn:

  • The goals and objectives of the initiative
  • The key strategies utilized
  • The outcomes and accomplishments achieved

 

Robert Paul

Director of Property Services
National Grid

Bob is the Director of Property Services for National Grid and his forward-thinking strategies and leadership has been instrumental in creating value in property management through driving thought leadership, expertise and best practices within the organization. 

Experience 

Prior to joining National Grid, Bob was the Vice President and head of Global Facilities Services at CA Technologies where he played a key role in leading the implementation of a world-wide Integrated Facilities Management and implementing a best practice supplier governance program. These initiatives provided enterprise  wide efficiencies, standardized operating practices, predictive analytics and automation and enhanced risk management globally. 

Education and Affiliations

Bob did his graduate studies at Long Island University and BA from Iona College.  He has served as Vice President and Board of Directors of CoreNet; Long Island, and been a long time member other industry affiliations; The Uptime Institute, Knowledge Connect, and Utility Industry collaborative benchmarking.

Ingrid Fenn

President & CEO
SIREAS

Ingrid brings more than a decade of major multinational corporate real estate and facilities management expertise to her strategic and operational leadership of SIREAS. 

She works directly with the real estate and executive leadership of SIREAS’ corporate clients in designing strategic plans and service delivery models to cost-effectively meet their business goals. She oversees and provides ongoing project guidance to SIREAS client engagement teams and develops the third-party supplier and outsourcing relationships vital to helping manage clients’ portfolios and facilities. 

She also provides clients expert guidance on facilities management and workplace transformation, the real estate implications of M&A transactions, contract negotiations and lease administration, construction, and vendor management.

As a global real estate strategist and portfolio platform builder, Ingrid brings clients deep expertise in emerging markets, from new region entry to navigating complex matrices of international law and real estate practices.

Before cofounding SIREAS, Ingrid served as Global Head of Real Estate for health products leader Covidien, There, she partnered with the executive leadership team on value-building real estate strategy, designed and led the real estate organization, developed the portfolio (transactions, lease administration and project management services) and facilities management platform, and oversaw 16 million square feet of leased and owned commercial, office, R&D, surgical training and manufacturing facilities globally. 

She generated more than $75 million in real estate savings for Covidien through strategic consolidations, market intelligence, workplace transformation, and strategic sourcing. In addition, she played a lead role in Covidien’s entry into more than 20 new markets and managed the real estate component of all M&A activity, including 30-plus acquisitions and the divestiture of Covidien’s pharmaceutical business. She developed real estate partnership networks to execute transactions in more than 140 markets worldwide.   

Previously, she integrated international real estate strategy with business unit planning internationally for Fortune 100 multinational United Technologies Corporation, whose portfolio encompassed 100 million square feet across more than 5,000 locations.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_19

Breakout 20 - Case Study Presentation, Industry Update or Solution Demonstration To Be Announced

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:20

Session details and speakers coming soon! 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_20

Breakout 21 - Tools to Increase Stakeholder Engagement

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:00

Every accomplished sourcing professional knows that a key driver to success is ensuring your stakeholders have bought into your initiative. A commitment to a collaborative sourcing process is an excellent strategy for enhancing stakeholder engagement. These thought leaders from PPD and Scanmarket will take this session to consider other factors by asking you to consider: 

  • What makes the RFP process so difficult for all stakeholders? 
  • Is the RFx process a fading, gaining or even relevant strategy?
  • How do we gain knowledge of our stakeholders?
  • How do we manage resistance?
  • How do we engage shared stakeholders amongst business partners?

You will learn:

  • New approaches and engagement processes that already reside in your toolkit
  • How to modulate the sourcing process based on spend and risk 
  • How to streamline the process of engaging your stakeholders
  • How to leverage sourcing automation to achieve all of the above

Paula Varner

Senior Director, Global Strategic Sourcing
PPD Development LP

For over twenty years, Paula Varner, C.P.M., has been a noteworthy leader in strategic sourcing in highly regulated industries.  Currently a Senior Director of Global Strategic Sourcing for PPD Development, a contract research organization providing integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services.  Since joining PPD in February 2015 Paula has been credited with building strong stakeholder partnerships, creating a collaborative strategic sourcing team and exceeded industry ROI benchmarks.  While at PPD she has had oversight of numerous categories including technology, corporate services, laboratories, logistics, and clinical services.

Prior to PPD, Paula served in various strategic sourcing and vendor management related positions at the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and New York.  During her six plus years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond she was a founding member of the then newly formed National Procurement Office.  In 2010 she moved to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to head up the Technology Services Group, Vendor Management Office.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Paula worked as a technology buyer with Media General.  She came to Media General from Virginia Commonwealth University where, after graduation, she worked in a number of department and budget management roles.

Paula received a B.S. Business from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and has obtained her lifetime C.P.M. certification. 

John Powell

Senior eSourcing Executive
Scanmarket

John Powell is a Senior eSourcing Executive at Scanmarket. John has 21 years of sales and sales management experience with companies both large and small, but most recently with SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) where he served as the VP of Membership Development for over 5 years. He brings specific expertise in the financial services and mortgage industries with the past 6 years focused on procurement solutions and innovation. Prior to SIG, John managed a team of 30+ Account Executives for Citibank. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edinboro University. 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_21

Breakout 22 - Case Study Presentation, Industry Update or Solution Demonstration To Be Announced

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:00

Session details and speakers coming soon! 

 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_22

Breakout 23 - How Tech is Transforming Work and Making Companies More Efficient

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:00

In our recent report, 6 Talent tech trends for 2021 and beyond, we highlighted the top tech tools delivering innovation and transformation. In this session, we focus on two of those trends which are making companies leaner, faster and more efficient. First, the continued rise of automation, and second, the rise of the 'citizen developer'. Guidant Global's Pam Beard will be joined by CEO of Catalytic, Sean Chou to discuss these trends and how Catalytic's digital process automation platform is supporting Guidant's determined pursuit of #ABetterWay.

You will learn:

  • How repetitive and data-driven tasks can be handled by tech
  • How non-coders are now adapting systems (thanks to tech)
  • The benefits Guidant Global have realized from our Catalytic partnership 

 

Sean Chou

Co-Founder and CEO
Catalytic

As the co-founder and CEO of Catalytic, Sean leads the charge on product design and company strategy, and builds relationships with customers, channels and investors. As a lifelong technologist and true SaaS pioneer, Sean loves turning complex business problems into simple solutions.

Pam Beard

SVP-Technology & Project Management
Guidant Global

As Senior VP of Technology and Project Management at Guidant Global, Pam Beard leads the exploration of how automation, blockchain and other technology build upon the current framework of managed services and recruitment delivery. Beard focuses on the improvement of customers’ experiences and Guidant’s own operating efficiencies.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_23

Breakout 24 - Case Study Presentation, Industry Update or Solution Demonstration To Be Announced

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:00

Session details and speakers coming soon! 

 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_24

Breakout 25 - Reducing Contingent Labor Risk while Streamlining the Contracting Process

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:40

The rise of organizations using contingent workers presents a set of potential challenges and risks if their engagement is not handled properly. Large organizations with decentralized hiring practices are particularly at risk for having irregularities in areas such as misclassification of employees, compliance adherence, and billing accuracy. In this session you will hear from procurement practitioners [TBD] and Mike O'Brien, CPO of App Orchid and Head of ContractAI talk about innovative process changes and cutting edge technologies they are using to minimize contingent labor risk while streamlining the contracting process.

You will learn:

  • The business and compliance risk of managing contingent labor contracts
  • Pain points and challenges with mitigating risk while being efficient
  • How companies can ensure that their contingent labor MSAs and SOWs adhere to current company policies and government regulations
  • Innovative technologies that can address contingent labor contract management in an efficient manner

 

Mike O’Brien

Chief Procurement Officer
ContractAI, App Orchid Inc

Mike is an accomplished enterprise executive with procurement, strategic management and technology expertise. Mike has a proven track record of architecting and executing large scale commercial and transformative programs to bring efficiencies and innovation in the Energy and Financial Services sectors. As the head of ContractAI, Mike helps define the product roadmap, improve customer experience and support business development efforts. Prior to joining App Orchid Mike was the Global Head of IT Procurement at BP where he led a global team managing spend in excess of $2B annually.  Prior to joining BP, Mike served as the Chief Procurement Officer for Aviva North America, a large global insurance company based in the UK. Mike has also held several senior roles at ABN AMRO including Head of Infrastructure for the Americas.  

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_25

Breakout 26 - Case Study Presentation, Industry Update or Solution Demonstration To Be Announced

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:40

Session details and speakers coming soon! 

 

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_26

Breakout 27 - Accelerating Results Delivery through Enhanced Visibility and Collaboration at Indeed

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:40

Many organizations have significant investments in S2P technologies, but are still struggling with internal department collaboration, category and KPI reporting, workload balancing, and tracking stakeholder satisfaction. Indeed implemented the Focal Point solution to track, manage and report on the approximately 250 procurement projects completes annually through its global workforce. Project owners can update and manage their projects when convenient and procurement management can receive updates and create reporting on-demand. If you are still consolidating procurement data, activities and reporting your results and metrics in spreadsheets, and desire a better way to manage your function, this session is for you. 

You will learn: 

  • How existing data can be used to gain actionable insights
  • How managing hundreds of procurement activities can be easy
  • How to gain multi-dimensional category insights

 

Scott Czaja

Indeed

Anders Lillevik

CEO
Focal Point
Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_27

Breakout 28 - Time to Reinvest the Stakeholder Goodwill Dividend: Pandemic Supply Chain Success to Business Leadership

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 13:40

In this presentation I will share the Salesforce Sourcing team pandemic story (early lock down, PPE procurement, forward sourcing to lock in supply chain availability, leading forecasting and supply chain management deeper than before, support growth of work.com and Vaccine Cloud).  I will explore the goodwill dividend we have accrued and how that is being reinvested to be part of the business leadership. Examples will be provided how we are now jointly developing business outcomes and reimagined the supply chain for the business. Attendees will learn how to realize a mature business partnership through successful sourcing in a crisis.

Dave Mordue

Director, Tech Sourcing
Salesforce

Mr. Mordue is an accomplished procurement executive with more than 20 years of experience using exceptional communication and leadership skills to coach, manage and motivate procurement managers to negotiate and deliver real strategic value. He is experienced in large complex customer bids and regulated environments resulting in more profitable customer accounts and robust governance. His specialties include strategic sourcing, negotiation, vendor management, category management, strategic planning, employee development.

Session ID: 
2021S_BOS_28

Keynote Session: Fireside Chat on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 14:20

Details to be announced. This session will include both our Keynote and our Summit prizes and closing remarks. 

Bernard (Bernie) Banks

Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion & Clinical Professor of Management
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Bernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. As an Associate Dean, Bernie is accountable for leader development integration across the school's global portfolio of programs. He is also accountable for the generation, integration and implementation of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion initiatives for the institution.  

Bernie retired from the United States Army as a Brigadier General in 2016 after having successfully led West Point's Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012-2016. In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 3000+ people. In 1995, Bernie was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army's top award for entry-level managers (General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award). In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the U.S. Army's annual best aviation unit competition.

A West Point graduate, Bernie is broadly educated. He holds graduates degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. Bernie's work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, he has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police).

Read more at https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/faculty/directory/banks_bernie.aspx 

Event Sponsor: 
apexanalytix
AppOrchid
Aravo
Bid Ops
Catalytic
Coupa
EcoVadis
Egencia
Engaiz
Everest Group
Fairmarkit
Flextrack Inc.
Focal Point
GEP
Ivalua
JAGGAER
Medius
OPTIS Consulting
SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass
Scanmarket
SIG U
Sireas
Utmost
Vertex
VNDLY
WNS Denali
Workday Strategic Sourcing

SIG PROCUREMENT TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

Hundreds of procurement executives, experts and thought leaders from across the world are virtually coming together to experience the world’s largest digital industry event. With over 1,000 attendees, the SIG Procurement Technology Summit will be an online state-of-the-art experience that immerses delegates in the industry trends, innovations and solutions that are shaping high-performance teams and best-in-class procurement organizations.

This Summit will be a fully digital experience taking place from May 4-6, 2021 featuring keynote and breakout sessions with live Q&A, on-demand access to all sessions, as well as solution demos that show attendees how the implementation of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics process automation can enhance the quality of work and ignite innovation.

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apexanalytix revolutionized recovery audit with advanced analytics and the introduction of firststrike overpayment prevention software. Today, apexanalytix leads the world in supplier management innovation with apexportal and smartvm, the most popular supplier onboarding and compliant master data management solution available. With over 250 clients in the Fortune 500 and Global 2000, apexanalytix is dedicated to providing companies and their suppliers the ultimate supplier management experience. To learn more visit www.apexanalytix.com, email apexinfo@apexanalytix.com.

 

The App Orchid platform helps enterprises build AI fueled apps. The App Orchid platform uses deep learning and natural language processing with business specific content delivered through knowledge graphs, to create powerful predictive apps. ContractAI, App Orchid’s newest product, is an AI-powered SaaS-based solution that automates and streamlines the analysis, creation and negotiation of contracts. ContractAI utilizes AI to automatically ingest and analyze historical contracts to author templates based on terms that were proven win-win. ContractAI eliminates the painful redlining process by giving suppliers vetted clause options. Enterprises can streamline the terms of negotiation based on past learnings, thereby reducing exposure to high-risk terms and conditions. ContractAI also helps enterprises easily understand negotiation boundaries, legal and compliance implications, obligation intents and permissible thresholds, so they can make better contracting decisions. For more information please visit https://www.apporchid.com/solutions/contractai/

Aravo delivers the market’s smartest third-party risk and performance management solutions, powered by intelligent automation.  With Aravo, customers can work smarter, move faster, see clearer, and make better decisions about their extended enterprise – all in one place.  

For more than 20 years, Aravo’s combination of award-winning technology and unrivaled domain expertise has helped the world’s most respected brands accelerate and optimize their tprm programs, delivering better business outcomes faster and ensuring the agility to adapt as programs evolve.  Aravo is trusted by the world’s leading brands, helping them manage the risk and improve the performance of more than 5 million third parties, suppliers and vendors across the globe. 

Website. www.aravo.com

 

Bid Ops is Sourcing Enablement for the Modern Business, driving savings by getting better quotes faster. With Fortune 100 customers and impressive case studies, Bid Ops is changing the way business teams partner with suppliers. To learn more, visit www.bidops.com. Connect with us on LinkedIn.

 

Catalytic is the no-code workflow automation platform for business users to digitize operations, making work faster and more efficient—without friction or heavy development. Click-and-combine hundreds of modular digital, automation and AI capabilities designed to coordinate tasks, connect with your existing systems, and complete the rest in the background. Build endless workflows to accelerate routine recruiting and talent management processes, like application-to-offer, onboarding/offboarding, interview scheduling, timesheet reporting, and more. Or, embed new digital capabilities and experiences into proprietary apps or products. Companies ranging from global powerhouses like Bosch and Grant Thornton to staffing sector digital leaders like Allegis Global Solutions, Block Staffing, Renhead, Workforce Logiq, Talentwave and more have embraced Catalytic to do more with less, while overcoming operational inefficiencies and reinvesting in their workforce.  https://www.catalytic.com/

Coupa Software enables businesses everywhere to recognize bottom-line financial success via Savings-as-a-Service. More than 500 customers headquartered in over 40 countries use Coupa to support business agility and reduce costs. Only Coupa provides an organic suite of true cloud applications including accounts payable, procurement, expense management, sourcing and inventory, allowing customers to realize a return on investment that starts within a few months and grows continually. Learn more at www.coupa.com. Read more at our company blog, Making Cents or follow @Coupa on Twitter.

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 190 purchasing categories and 150 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Schneider Electric, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 45,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Egencia is a full-service travel management company with a global scope of operations and proprietary, industry-leading travel technology. We integrate the online and agent-assisted experience for travellers and Travel Managers with our end-to-end global platform that includes an OBT and mobile app. Egencia drives the industry’s highest online adoption rates with consumer-friendly tools that travellers appreciate. We also provide access to the content your travellers want at rates you approve through our vast industry partnerships as part of the Expedia Group family.  Learn more at  www.egencia.com.

 

ENGAIZ has developed a SaaS platform to help enterprises mitigate third-party vendor risks through AI-Driven governance and engagement framework. The company’s philosophy revolves around the need to build lasting relationship with vendor partners to help organizations meet the digital age challenges of innovation and heightened competition while mitigating the risks of engaging third-parties. 

The company’s product and service offerings focus on the following:

- Strategic Vendor Engagement

- Third Party Risk Management

- Strategic Customer Engagement

To learn more about our platform / advisory services and schedule a demo, please email info@engaiz.com or visit www.engaiz.com

Everest Group is a consulting and research firm focused on strategic IT, business services, engineering services, and sourcing. We are trusted advisors to senior executives of leading enterprises, providers, and investors. Our firm helps clients improve operational and financial performance through a hands-on process that supports them in making well-informed decisions that deliver high-impact results and achieve sustained value. Our insight and guidance empowers clients to improve organizational efficiency, effectiveness, agility and responsiveness. What sets Everest Group apart is the integration of deep sourcing knowledge, problem-solving skills and original research. For more details: www.everestgrp.com.  Please see special SIG member benefits here.

Fairmarkit is the intelligent sourcing platform that empowers organizations to more efficiently purchase the goods and services they need. By equipping procurement and supply-chain teams with automation and data, Fairmarkit promotes competitive bidding while reducing manual work within existing processes. Leveraged across a number of industries by innovative procurement departments, such as Univision, ServiceNow, and the MBTA, Fairmarkit aims to revolutionize the way organizations make purchases. Learn more at www.fairmarkit.com.

Flextrack’s vendor management system (VMS), built on the Salesforce Lightning platform, transforms non-employee workforce management. We are able to deliver a truly new experience to the market through best-in-class VMS technology and a team of market-leading workforce practitioners.  Through the Salesforce platform, we can create an ecosystem that manages all components of the workforce and provide a value-driven experience to your team as well as any MSP partner you may have.  We offer: 

  • Global Security and Trust - Flextrack VMS is built on the most secure and scalable platform in the world. We protect your data and provide a scalable solution regardless of your location
  • Total Talent Visibility – Flextrack VMS connects to any internal and external system. Through Tableau and Salesforce, you can display data in a whole new way. We provide valuable insights through artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP)
  • Native App Integration – We connect your VMS platform to Office 365, Google Workspace, and LinkedIn. Our native Direct Sourcing tool is built on an advanced marketing engine that allows you to connect to your extended workforce seamlessly.  

Learn more about our total talent management solutions at flextrackservices.com. or Email us at matt.moloney@flextrackservices.com.

Focal Point is an innovative SaaS solution that leverages existing procurement data extracted from S2P or ERP components to create comprehensive data views and insights which traditionally take analysts hours to do manually.

Using our workflow solution, Focal Point becomes the central point for internal clients to request and get updates on procurement services, procurement associates to create and manage projects and procurement leadership to strategically manage goals and KPIs at individual, department, and category levels.

With a 360-degree view of procurement activities – including performance management of cycle times, financial and non-financial benefits, and client satisfaction, our solution helps customers provide clarity to their internal clients, complementary functions, C-Suite executives, and procurement team members in a comprehensive and easy to use platform.

info@focalpointprocurement.com or www.focalpointprocurement.com

GEP helps global enterprise 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 supply chain solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness.
 
Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrants, Winner for Best Procurement Software and Best P2P Provider at the World Procurement Awards, Best Procurement Consultancy at CIPS Supply Management Awards, and Best Provider at the EPIC Procurement Excellence Awards, GEP is frequently honored as an innovator and leader in source-to-pay direct and indirect procurement software by Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Procurement Leaders, Spend Matters and CPO Rising.
 
GEP is also ranked leader in managed procurement services (procurement outsourcing) by Everest Group, NelsonHall, IDC, ISG, HfS and IAOP. In addition, the primary research firm in the management consulting sector, ALM Intelligence, ranks GEP leader in procurement strategy and supply chain consulting.
 
With 21 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Clark, New Jersey-based GEP helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn more about our comprehensive range of software and services, please visit www.gep.com.
 

Ivalua ALL Spend, ALL Suppliers, NO Compromises. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner and other analysts, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 300 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. Realize the possibilities at www.ivalua.com. Follow us at @Ivalua.  

JAGGAER is the world’s largest independent spend management company, with over 2000 customers connected to a network of 4 million suppliers in 70 countries, served by offices located in the Americas, APAC, Asia and EMEA. JAGGAER offers complete SaaS-based Source to Pay eProcurement solutions with advanced Spend Analytics, Sourcing, Supplier Management, Contract Lifecycle Management, Savings Tracking, and intelligent workflow capabilities all on a single platform, JAGGAER ONE. JAGGAER has pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continues to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and stakeholders in all industry sectors, public services and academia. Additionally, JAGGAER holds 37 patents–more than any other spend management company.  For more information: https://www.jaggaer.com/.

Medius is a leading global provider of cloud-based spend management solutions, helping organizations drive their business forward by enabling best-in-class process efficiency, cost savings and greater financial control. Easy cloud deployment, intuitive user interface and built-in best practices bring tangible savings right from the start.

Our modular spend management suite includes solutions for strategic sourcing, contract management, procurement, accounts payable automation and supplier management, and data insights tools bringing control, compliance and cost savings throughout the entire source-to-pay process.

Over 3,500 customers and 450,000 unique users worldwide use Medius spend management solutions, managing transactions worth more than $150 billion annually.  Website: www.medius.com.  Email: info.usa@medius-group.com.

OPTIS Consulting is leading the way on providing unbiased perspectives and driving real and meaningful change in procurement in North America’s leading enterprises. We’ll work with you to innovate, originate, and grow. We’re committed to cultivating expertise and ambition to drive the most value from your Source-to-Pay transformation.  Website: www.optisconsulting.com; Email: info@optisconsulting.com.

SAP Procurement Solutions includes SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and SAP S/4HANA-based offerings for operational procurement, delivering a comprehensive suite for goods and services procurement and external workforce management. SAP Ariba solutions provide collaborative commerce capabilities from sourcing and orders through invoice and payment along with expertise to help customers optimize their spend. The solutions drive simple, intelligent exchanges between millions of buyers and suppliers across both direct and indirect expense categories. SAP Fieldglass solutions are market leading for external workforce management and services procurement, helping global organizations find, engage and manage all types of flexible resources including contingent workers and services providers.  SIG shares your data with SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass so they can contact you by email or phone to provide more information in accordance with their respective privacy statements: SAP Ariba & SAP Fieldglass.

Scanmarket is the market-leading global Strategic Sourcing platform.  Our cloud-based platform is used by 350+ customers in 80+ countries across the globe.  On average, Scanmarket customers enjoy a 300% increase in sourcing productivity, an 105% increase in contracts under management and an average 13.1% savings on direct and indirect goods and services.

From Spend Analysis to eSourcing to Contract Management to Supply Base Management to Managed Events and Strategic Services, customers and suppliers alike trust Scanmarket to help them deliver real, measurable business results.

SIG University was founded on the ideals of elevating sourcing and risk professionals to deliver strategic value to the corporation. SIG University is an inclusive, internationally recognized university with a mission of advancing the sourcing and risk management industries and transforming careers.
 

SIG University was created at the request of SIG members, who saw an educational training gap for today's workforce. SIG University uses an adult learning model to transfer the knowledge and skills to its students. The learning model is focused on the self-directed learner, who has the basic knowledge and skills of the material, is motivated, has good time management skills and has the ability to self-evaluate. The SIG U learning model is supported by a practitioner faculty who currently hold senior leadership positions in sourcing and risk management, allowing them to guide students to a better learning outcome.

SIREAS is a leading, global corporate real estate and outsourcing management consulting firm with expertise in solution design, portfolio and vendor management, sourcing strategy and governance advisory.  SIREAS enables corporations to streamline operations, improve services delivery, and increase shareholder value.  SIREAS’ leadership includes visionary Expense Management Solutions founder Michele Flynn as Executive Chairman, and President and CEO Ingrid Fenn, a former global real estate leader of several multi-national corporations.

SIREAS is one of the few expert advisory firms providing integrated strategy and services across the full range of CRE disciplines: from high-level corporate real estate strategy to organizational design and performance, portfolio management, workplace optimization, facilities services, outsourcing and vendor/supplier decision making and strategic relationship management and governance.  SIREAS is also a certified Center of Excellence for Vested®; a sourcing business model that fosters a highly collaborative environment sparking innovation resulting in transformation, improved service and reduced cost.  Vested partnerships enable true win-win relationships in which both parties are invested in each other’s success. For more information, you can visit us at www.sireas.com or contact us directly at (860) 578-6105.

Utmost, the first Extended Workforce System, offers solutions for the enterprise and its extended workforce - from temporary workers to consultants, vendors, freelancers, contractors, and more - to seamlessly and efficiently work together. The software is designed for workers to have control of their data and transparency into their work history, independent of traditional employment relationships.Utmost was founded in 2018 by former Workday executives, Annrai O’Toole and Dan Beck and former Groupon CTO EMEA Paddy Benson and is backed by Greylock Partners and Workday Ventures. Learn more by visiting our website at https://utmost.co/ or contact us directly at hello@utmost.co

Vertex is one of the leading indirect tax technology providers, with over 40 years of industry experience. Vertex provides robust indirect tax solutions in major ERPs and procurement systems to improve tax determination accuracy, enabling companies to reduce tax overpayments, audit risk, and fines.  

Our technology frees the tax, procurement, and IT functions to focus on their respective core competencies, allowing companies to increase efficiencies and lower costs.  Website: www.vertexinc.com.

VNDLY, Inc., a cloud-based Work Management System (WMS) powering the new gig economy. VNDLY is a SaaS WMS system, built on the cloud. Unlike legacy VMS offerings, VNDLY uses an "outcomes"- based management approach rather than a traditional "process" based approach. VNDLY uses Machine Learning (ML) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and algorithms to automate manual tasks, enabling organizations to effectively compete for top talent in today's digital and agile world. The VNDLY platform is comprised of four major modules: Contingent Workforce Management, Statement of Work (SoW) Management, Independent Contractor (IC) Compliance and Total Talent Acquisition.

WNS Denali helps outcome-driven companies maximize the impact and value of their unique business ecosystem. Together, we operationalize the Procurement function to improve financial performance, efficiency and reach. Our approach is based on co-creation. We collaborate with our clients to implement and execute customized next-generation operating models. We provide a wide range of advisory, managed services and enabling technologies for Procurement. Our clients are increasing the impact of Procurement across strategy, people, process, and technology. Everyone at WNS Denali is passionate about the potential, power, and remarkable stories of Procurement. We are Procurement People.

Workday Strategic Sourcing is the sourcing and supplier engagement platform trusted by procurement teams globally. The intuitive, cloud-based solution - encompassing everything from project intake to RFx and contracts to supplier management - helps streamline the source to contract process and empowers collaboration and decision making to drive better business outcomes.

The maximum number of registrations per provider company for a Summit Sponsor or a Member Provider is 10 delegates.

Executive Rountable

The Executive Roundtable is an opportunity for the most senior procurement executives to gather with their peers in an interactive virtual environment to discuss their most pressing issues. Facilitated in part by SIG Members, these small group conversations are designed to be topic-based for maximum value.

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apexanalytix revolutionized recovery audit with advanced analytics and the introduction of firststrike overpayment prevention software. Today, apexanalytix leads the world in supplier management innovation with apexportal and smartvm, the most popular supplier onboarding and compliant master data management solution available. With over 250 clients in the Fortune 500 and Global 2000, apexanalytix is dedicated to providing companies and their suppliers the ultimate supplier management experience. To learn more visit www.apexanalytix.com, email apexinfo@apexanalytix.com.

 

The App Orchid platform helps enterprises build AI fueled apps. The App Orchid platform uses deep learning and natural language processing with business specific content delivered through knowledge graphs, to create powerful predictive apps. ContractAI, App Orchid’s newest product, is an AI-powered SaaS-based solution that automates and streamlines the analysis, creation and negotiation of contracts. ContractAI utilizes AI to automatically ingest and analyze historical contracts to author templates based on terms that were proven win-win. ContractAI eliminates the painful redlining process by giving suppliers vetted clause options. Enterprises can streamline the terms of negotiation based on past learnings, thereby reducing exposure to high-risk terms and conditions. ContractAI also helps enterprises easily understand negotiation boundaries, legal and compliance implications, obligation intents and permissible thresholds, so they can make better contracting decisions. For more information please visit https://www.apporchid.com/solutions/contractai/

Aravo delivers the market’s smartest third-party risk and performance management solutions, powered by intelligent automation.  With Aravo, customers can work smarter, move faster, see clearer, and make better decisions about their extended enterprise – all in one place.  

For more than 20 years, Aravo’s combination of award-winning technology and unrivaled domain expertise has helped the world’s most respected brands accelerate and optimize their tprm programs, delivering better business outcomes faster and ensuring the agility to adapt as programs evolve.  Aravo is trusted by the world’s leading brands, helping them manage the risk and improve the performance of more than 5 million third parties, suppliers and vendors across the globe. 

Website. www.aravo.com

 

Bid Ops is Sourcing Enablement for the Modern Business, driving savings by getting better quotes faster. With Fortune 100 customers and impressive case studies, Bid Ops is changing the way business teams partner with suppliers. To learn more, visit www.bidops.com. Connect with us on LinkedIn.

 

Catalytic is the no-code workflow automation platform for business users to digitize operations, making work faster and more efficient—without friction or heavy development. Click-and-combine hundreds of modular digital, automation and AI capabilities designed to coordinate tasks, connect with your existing systems, and complete the rest in the background. Build endless workflows to accelerate routine recruiting and talent management processes, like application-to-offer, onboarding/offboarding, interview scheduling, timesheet reporting, and more. Or, embed new digital capabilities and experiences into proprietary apps or products. Companies ranging from global powerhouses like Bosch and Grant Thornton to staffing sector digital leaders like Allegis Global Solutions, Block Staffing, Renhead, Workforce Logiq, Talentwave and more have embraced Catalytic to do more with less, while overcoming operational inefficiencies and reinvesting in their workforce.  https://www.catalytic.com/

Coupa Software enables businesses everywhere to recognize bottom-line financial success via Savings-as-a-Service. More than 500 customers headquartered in over 40 countries use Coupa to support business agility and reduce costs. Only Coupa provides an organic suite of true cloud applications including accounts payable, procurement, expense management, sourcing and inventory, allowing customers to realize a return on investment that starts within a few months and grows continually. Learn more at www.coupa.com. Read more at our company blog, Making Cents or follow @Coupa on Twitter.

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 190 purchasing categories and 150 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Schneider Electric, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 45,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Egencia is a full-service travel management company with a global scope of operations and proprietary, industry-leading travel technology. We integrate the online and agent-assisted experience for travellers and Travel Managers with our end-to-end global platform that includes an OBT and mobile app. Egencia drives the industry’s highest online adoption rates with consumer-friendly tools that travellers appreciate. We also provide access to the content your travellers want at rates you approve through our vast industry partnerships as part of the Expedia Group family.  Learn more at  www.egencia.com.

 

ENGAIZ has developed a SaaS platform to help enterprises mitigate third-party vendor risks through AI-Driven governance and engagement framework. The company’s philosophy revolves around the need to build lasting relationship with vendor partners to help organizations meet the digital age challenges of innovation and heightened competition while mitigating the risks of engaging third-parties. 

The company’s product and service offerings focus on the following:

- Strategic Vendor Engagement

- Third Party Risk Management

- Strategic Customer Engagement

To learn more about our platform / advisory services and schedule a demo, please email info@engaiz.com or visit www.engaiz.com

Everest Group is a consulting and research firm focused on strategic IT, business services, engineering services, and sourcing. We are trusted advisors to senior executives of leading enterprises, providers, and investors. Our firm helps clients improve operational and financial performance through a hands-on process that supports them in making well-informed decisions that deliver high-impact results and achieve sustained value. Our insight and guidance empowers clients to improve organizational efficiency, effectiveness, agility and responsiveness. What sets Everest Group apart is the integration of deep sourcing knowledge, problem-solving skills and original research. For more details: www.everestgrp.com.  Please see special SIG member benefits here.

Fairmarkit is the intelligent sourcing platform that empowers organizations to more efficiently purchase the goods and services they need. By equipping procurement and supply-chain teams with automation and data, Fairmarkit promotes competitive bidding while reducing manual work within existing processes. Leveraged across a number of industries by innovative procurement departments, such as Univision, ServiceNow, and the MBTA, Fairmarkit aims to revolutionize the way organizations make purchases. Learn more at www.fairmarkit.com.

Flextrack’s vendor management system (VMS), built on the Salesforce Lightning platform, transforms non-employee workforce management. We are able to deliver a truly new experience to the market through best-in-class VMS technology and a team of market-leading workforce practitioners.  Through the Salesforce platform, we can create an ecosystem that manages all components of the workforce and provide a value-driven experience to your team as well as any MSP partner you may have.  We offer: 

  • Global Security and Trust - Flextrack VMS is built on the most secure and scalable platform in the world. We protect your data and provide a scalable solution regardless of your location
  • Total Talent Visibility – Flextrack VMS connects to any internal and external system. Through Tableau and Salesforce, you can display data in a whole new way. We provide valuable insights through artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP)
  • Native App Integration – We connect your VMS platform to Office 365, Google Workspace, and LinkedIn. Our native Direct Sourcing tool is built on an advanced marketing engine that allows you to connect to your extended workforce seamlessly.  

Learn more about our total talent management solutions at flextrackservices.com. or Email us at matt.moloney@flextrackservices.com.

Focal Point is an innovative SaaS solution that leverages existing procurement data extracted from S2P or ERP components to create comprehensive data views and insights which traditionally take analysts hours to do manually.

Using our workflow solution, Focal Point becomes the central point for internal clients to request and get updates on procurement services, procurement associates to create and manage projects and procurement leadership to strategically manage goals and KPIs at individual, department, and category levels.

With a 360-degree view of procurement activities – including performance management of cycle times, financial and non-financial benefits, and client satisfaction, our solution helps customers provide clarity to their internal clients, complementary functions, C-Suite executives, and procurement team members in a comprehensive and easy to use platform.

info@focalpointprocurement.com or www.focalpointprocurement.com

GEP helps global enterprise 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 supply chain solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness.
 
Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrants, Winner for Best Procurement Software and Best P2P Provider at the World Procurement Awards, Best Procurement Consultancy at CIPS Supply Management Awards, and Best Provider at the EPIC Procurement Excellence Awards, GEP is frequently honored as an innovator and leader in source-to-pay direct and indirect procurement software by Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Procurement Leaders, Spend Matters and CPO Rising.
 
GEP is also ranked leader in managed procurement services (procurement outsourcing) by Everest Group, NelsonHall, IDC, ISG, HfS and IAOP. In addition, the primary research firm in the management consulting sector, ALM Intelligence, ranks GEP leader in procurement strategy and supply chain consulting.
 
With 21 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Clark, New Jersey-based GEP helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn more about our comprehensive range of software and services, please visit www.gep.com.
 

Ivalua ALL Spend, ALL Suppliers, NO Compromises. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner and other analysts, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 300 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. Realize the possibilities at www.ivalua.com. Follow us at @Ivalua.  

JAGGAER is the world’s largest independent spend management company, with over 2000 customers connected to a network of 4 million suppliers in 70 countries, served by offices located in the Americas, APAC, Asia and EMEA. JAGGAER offers complete SaaS-based Source to Pay eProcurement solutions with advanced Spend Analytics, Sourcing, Supplier Management, Contract Lifecycle Management, Savings Tracking, and intelligent workflow capabilities all on a single platform, JAGGAER ONE. JAGGAER has pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continues to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and stakeholders in all industry sectors, public services and academia. Additionally, JAGGAER holds 37 patents–more than any other spend management company.  For more information: https://www.jaggaer.com/.

Medius is a leading global provider of cloud-based spend management solutions, helping organizations drive their business forward by enabling best-in-class process efficiency, cost savings and greater financial control. Easy cloud deployment, intuitive user interface and built-in best practices bring tangible savings right from the start.

Our modular spend management suite includes solutions for strategic sourcing, contract management, procurement, accounts payable automation and supplier management, and data insights tools bringing control, compliance and cost savings throughout the entire source-to-pay process.

Over 3,500 customers and 450,000 unique users worldwide use Medius spend management solutions, managing transactions worth more than $150 billion annually.  Website: www.medius.com.  Email: info.usa@medius-group.com.

OPTIS Consulting is leading the way on providing unbiased perspectives and driving real and meaningful change in procurement in North America’s leading enterprises. We’ll work with you to innovate, originate, and grow. We’re committed to cultivating expertise and ambition to drive the most value from your Source-to-Pay transformation.  Website: www.optisconsulting.com; Email: info@optisconsulting.com.

SAP Procurement Solutions includes SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and SAP S/4HANA-based offerings for operational procurement, delivering a comprehensive suite for goods and services procurement and external workforce management. SAP Ariba solutions provide collaborative commerce capabilities from sourcing and orders through invoice and payment along with expertise to help customers optimize their spend. The solutions drive simple, intelligent exchanges between millions of buyers and suppliers across both direct and indirect expense categories. SAP Fieldglass solutions are market leading for external workforce management and services procurement, helping global organizations find, engage and manage all types of flexible resources including contingent workers and services providers.  SIG shares your data with SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass so they can contact you by email or phone to provide more information in accordance with their respective privacy statements: SAP Ariba & SAP Fieldglass.

Scanmarket is the market-leading global Strategic Sourcing platform.  Our cloud-based platform is used by 350+ customers in 80+ countries across the globe.  On average, Scanmarket customers enjoy a 300% increase in sourcing productivity, an 105% increase in contracts under management and an average 13.1% savings on direct and indirect goods and services.

From Spend Analysis to eSourcing to Contract Management to Supply Base Management to Managed Events and Strategic Services, customers and suppliers alike trust Scanmarket to help them deliver real, measurable business results.

SIG University was founded on the ideals of elevating sourcing and risk professionals to deliver strategic value to the corporation. SIG University is an inclusive, internationally recognized university with a mission of advancing the sourcing and risk management industries and transforming careers.
 

SIG University was created at the request of SIG members, who saw an educational training gap for today's workforce. SIG University uses an adult learning model to transfer the knowledge and skills to its students. The learning model is focused on the self-directed learner, who has the basic knowledge and skills of the material, is motivated, has good time management skills and has the ability to self-evaluate. The SIG U learning model is supported by a practitioner faculty who currently hold senior leadership positions in sourcing and risk management, allowing them to guide students to a better learning outcome.

SIREAS is a leading, global corporate real estate and outsourcing management consulting firm with expertise in solution design, portfolio and vendor management, sourcing strategy and governance advisory.  SIREAS enables corporations to streamline operations, improve services delivery, and increase shareholder value.  SIREAS’ leadership includes visionary Expense Management Solutions founder Michele Flynn as Executive Chairman, and President and CEO Ingrid Fenn, a former global real estate leader of several multi-national corporations.

SIREAS is one of the few expert advisory firms providing integrated strategy and services across the full range of CRE disciplines: from high-level corporate real estate strategy to organizational design and performance, portfolio management, workplace optimization, facilities services, outsourcing and vendor/supplier decision making and strategic relationship management and governance.  SIREAS is also a certified Center of Excellence for Vested®; a sourcing business model that fosters a highly collaborative environment sparking innovation resulting in transformation, improved service and reduced cost.  Vested partnerships enable true win-win relationships in which both parties are invested in each other’s success. For more information, you can visit us at www.sireas.com or contact us directly at (860) 578-6105.

Utmost, the first Extended Workforce System, offers solutions for the enterprise and its extended workforce - from temporary workers to consultants, vendors, freelancers, contractors, and more - to seamlessly and efficiently work together. The software is designed for workers to have control of their data and transparency into their work history, independent of traditional employment relationships.Utmost was founded in 2018 by former Workday executives, Annrai O’Toole and Dan Beck and former Groupon CTO EMEA Paddy Benson and is backed by Greylock Partners and Workday Ventures. Learn more by visiting our website at https://utmost.co/ or contact us directly at hello@utmost.co

Vertex is one of the leading indirect tax technology providers, with over 40 years of industry experience. Vertex provides robust indirect tax solutions in major ERPs and procurement systems to improve tax determination accuracy, enabling companies to reduce tax overpayments, audit risk, and fines.  

Our technology frees the tax, procurement, and IT functions to focus on their respective core competencies, allowing companies to increase efficiencies and lower costs.  Website: www.vertexinc.com.

VNDLY, Inc., a cloud-based Work Management System (WMS) powering the new gig economy. VNDLY is a SaaS WMS system, built on the cloud. Unlike legacy VMS offerings, VNDLY uses an "outcomes"- based management approach rather than a traditional "process" based approach. VNDLY uses Machine Learning (ML) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and algorithms to automate manual tasks, enabling organizations to effectively compete for top talent in today's digital and agile world. The VNDLY platform is comprised of four major modules: Contingent Workforce Management, Statement of Work (SoW) Management, Independent Contractor (IC) Compliance and Total Talent Acquisition.

WNS Denali helps outcome-driven companies maximize the impact and value of their unique business ecosystem. Together, we operationalize the Procurement function to improve financial performance, efficiency and reach. Our approach is based on co-creation. We collaborate with our clients to implement and execute customized next-generation operating models. We provide a wide range of advisory, managed services and enabling technologies for Procurement. Our clients are increasing the impact of Procurement across strategy, people, process, and technology. Everyone at WNS Denali is passionate about the potential, power, and remarkable stories of Procurement. We are Procurement People.

Workday Strategic Sourcing is the sourcing and supplier engagement platform trusted by procurement teams globally. The intuitive, cloud-based solution - encompassing everything from project intake to RFx and contracts to supplier management - helps streamline the source to contract process and empowers collaboration and decision making to drive better business outcomes.

Keynote Speakers

Greg Anderson
Senior Vice President
WNS Denali

Greg Anderson is Senior Vice President of Sales in North America at WNS Denali. He is a proven expert in Supply Chain and Procurement Managed Services and Technology solutions. Greg has over two decades of cross-industry sales and marketing leadership experience. Prior to WNS, Greg held leadership positions at Ivalua, Pensiamo, Directworks, Tenzing Consulting, SmartOps, Ariba, FreeMarkets, GE, and PPG.




Bernard (Bernie) Banks
Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion & Clinical Professor of Management
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Bernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. As an Associate Dean, Bernie is accountable for leader development integration across the school's global portfolio of programs. He is also accountable for the generation, integration and implementation of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion initiatives for the institution.  

Bernie retired from the United States Army as a Brigadier General in 2016 after having successfully led West Point's Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012-2016. In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 3000+ people. In 1995, Bernie was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army's top award for entry-level managers (General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award). In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the U.S. Army's annual best aviation unit competition.

A West Point graduate, Bernie is broadly educated. He holds graduates degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. Bernie's work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, he has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police).

Read more at https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/faculty/directory/banks_bernie.aspx 




Mario Goethals
VP Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics
Millicom

Mario is an international professional currently working for Millicom as Group VP Procurement and Supply Chain Management.  Based out of Miami,  Mario leads the company's category management, sourcing, supplier management and transactional procurement processes.  He is also in charge of logistics strategy, inbound network design and supply chain planning. Mario previously worked as consultant for Kearney, based out of Brussels, Belgium.  As a consultant, he supported clients in various industries with their business transformations in Procurement, Supply Chain management, Manufacturing or Customer Operations. Mario studied business economics and holds an MBA from Cornell University.




Hervé Legenvre
Director
EIPM Value Creation Observatory

As the Director of the EIPM Value Creation Observatory, Hervé conducts research on innovation and purchasing and on how new technologies are changing industries. Hervé blends the best of academic and practitioner thinking to create a unique learning experience and engaging content. He continuously looks to identify the trends that will shape the business world in the future. He acts as a Juror for the EIPM-Peter Kraljic Awards and regularly speaks at in-company and public events. He believes that companies’ competitive edge will increasingly be co-created with suppliers, as innovation needs to be seized from the outside. He builds on his wide knowledge of invention, innovation and business excellence to create new tools and practices that help connect everyone to what matters most in a fast-changing world. Previously, Hervé led the EIPM Executive MBA Programme and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) European Excellence Award. Hervé also worked for Renault Consulting where he led major change initiatives.




Navin Vardya
VP, Global Head of Customer Success
Ivalua

Navin brings deep industry experience in bringing measurable value to customers and scaling post sales functions to ensure customer success at Ariba and Coupa Software, where he helped grow and define new processes as the two companies went through public offerings. Navin was most recently at Coupa Software where he led Services and Success for North America for the most strategic clients and was able to grow and scale the business to account for a high YoY revenue growth in new customer acquisitions and a growing install base. At Coupa Software, Navin was able to create a customer experience that spanned from the onboarding process to implementation to long term success. He was able to create a client framework that focused on value and customer KPIs that drove client actions.




Tarek Alaruri
COO & Co-Founder
FairMarkIT

Tarek Alaruri is the COO and co-founder of Fairmarkit, where his expertise in logistics has helped the company revolutionize how enterprises manage “tail spend” purchases. Tarek was honored as one of Forbes 30 under 30 in enterprise technology in 2020. In addition to sitting on Fairmarkit’s board of directors, he is a member of the advisory board for The Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Prior to founding Fairmarkit, Tarek was the Director of Sales Development at Turbonomic and managed contract negotiations with the Fortune 500 at Total Quality Logistics. Tarek holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Indiana University, where he was also a Varsity Division I wrestler.




Pam Beard
SVP-Technology & Project Management
Guidant Global

As Senior VP of Technology and Project Management at Guidant Global, Pam Beard leads the exploration of how automation, blockchain and other technology build upon the current framework of managed services and recruitment delivery. Beard focuses on the improvement of customers’ experiences and Guidant’s own operating efficiencies.




Paul Blake
Director, Product Marketing
GEP

Paul Blake leads technology product marketing at GEP and is responsible for the promotion of the GEP Software platform. He has worked in technology for over 35 years and has been involved in the development of business software solutions since before the advent of the internet. Paul ran the development team that delivered Europe’s first B2B trading platform in the 1990s and has implemented eCommerce networks on three continents in the early 2000s, and having spent the last decade at GEP he has long-term experience of the trends and developments in B2B software that affect industry.




Keith Bowie
Chief Technology Officer
ENGAIZ

Keith is an information technology leader with extensive experience in financial services and commodity trading.  

Keith was the first US CIO for Scotiabank, building a high functioning technology organization from the ground up, and introducing an IT Risk culture and Cybersecurity framework, to meet state and federal regulatory legislation. Over the past 20+ years, Keith has had a variety of global technology leadership roles for leading financial services institutions.

Keith is a research scholar within the Digital Financial Services Observatory at Columbia University, where he’s developing a process-based Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework for Digital Financial Services in the developing world. Keith is member of the Board of Directors for the New York Metropolitan Chapter of ISACA, and is co-chair of the Education committee. 

Keith has a BSC (Hons) degree from the University of Strathclyde, and lives in Connecticut. He is married with three children spread across, UK, USA and Canada, and is an avid sports participant and fan. 




Stuart Brock
Senior Agreement Cloud Strategy Director
DocuSign

Stuart Brock is a Director at DoucSign where he helps lead DoucSign's financial services programs. He is a licensed attorney who practiced law at a top national firm for some 10 years before moving in-house at Bank of America. During his tenure with Bank of America. During his tenure with Bank of America, Stuart held various roles within the Legal, Compliance and Procurement organizations.




Dustin Burgess
SVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics
PRO Unlimited

As SVP of Strategy, Analytics and Metrics, Dustin Burgess oversees marketplace BI, strategic management reporting, and business consulting solutions with a focus on comprehensive talent engagement strategies. Dustin joined PRO Unlimited in 2007 and has previous experience in public accounting and consulting services at “Big Four” firms and Fortune 500 organizations. 




Catherine Candland
Chief Executive Officer
nextSource

Catherine is a recognized industry leader and visionary, having previously founded the pioneering Advantage Human Resourcing and served as CEO of leading contingent workforce management firms. Under Catherine’s leadership, nextSource has been transformed into a leading provider of workforce solutions to mid-market companies.  She is a passionate advocate for innovation in workforce management, having served on numerous boards and government committees to help organizations, universities and policy makers advance the strategic value of the U.S. workforce.




Jai Chinnakonda
Founder & CEO
ENGAIZ

Jai Chinnakonda is the Founder and CEO of ENGAIZ, a technology company focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence to help enterprises mitigate Third-Party Risks such as Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Regulatory, Financial, Performance, Resiliency, Infrastructure, Legal, Country risks through Effective Governance and Engagement. 

Through his decades of experience in managing large technology outsourcing deals, Jai brings a unique perspective and advises organizations on third party governance and risk management. He firmly believes in the Art and Science of Engagement to help build lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with third-party vendors. 

He is a Certified Third-Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) and a Certified Supplier Management Professional (CSMP). Jai is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. He was also a contributing member to the first draft of The Standard for Program Management released by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 




Sean Chou
Co-Founder and CEO
Catalytic

As the co-founder and CEO of Catalytic, Sean leads the charge on product design and company strategy, and builds relationships with customers, channels and investors. As a lifelong technologist and true SaaS pioneer, Sean loves turning complex business problems into simple solutions.




Scott Czaja

Indeed




Ingrid Fenn
President & CEO
SIREAS

Ingrid brings more than a decade of major multinational corporate real estate and facilities management expertise to her strategic and operational leadership of SIREAS. 

She works directly with the real estate and executive leadership of SIREAS’ corporate clients in designing strategic plans and service delivery models to cost-effectively meet their business goals. She oversees and provides ongoing project guidance to SIREAS client engagement teams and develops the third-party supplier and outsourcing relationships vital to helping manage clients’ portfolios and facilities. 

She also provides clients expert guidance on facilities management and workplace transformation, the real estate implications of M&A transactions, contract negotiations and lease administration, construction, and vendor management.

As a global real estate strategist and portfolio platform builder, Ingrid brings clients deep expertise in emerging markets, from new region entry to navigating complex matrices of international law and real estate practices.

Before cofounding SIREAS, Ingrid served as Global Head of Real Estate for health products leader Covidien, There, she partnered with the executive leadership team on value-building real estate strategy, designed and led the real estate organization, developed the portfolio (transactions, lease administration and project management services) and facilities management platform, and oversaw 16 million square feet of leased and owned commercial, office, R&D, surgical training and manufacturing facilities globally. 

She generated more than $75 million in real estate savings for Covidien through strategic consolidations, market intelligence, workplace transformation, and strategic sourcing. In addition, she played a lead role in Covidien’s entry into more than 20 new markets and managed the real estate component of all M&A activity, including 30-plus acquisitions and the divestiture of Covidien’s pharmaceutical business. She developed real estate partnership networks to execute transactions in more than 140 markets worldwide.   

Previously, she integrated international real estate strategy with business unit planning internationally for Fortune 100 multinational United Technologies Corporation, whose portfolio encompassed 100 million square feet across more than 5,000 locations.




Scott Fraleigh
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
PRO Unlimited

Scott Fraleigh is a savvy and innovative business development expert with 20-plus years’ experience in the contingent workforce field. Prior to PRO Unlimited, he worked as President of Managed Services Provider programs and Payroll Solutions at Randstad Sourceright, where he led a team of 140-plus and facilitated the transformation of Randstad from a small regional Managed Services Provider to a global industry leader and consistently delivered double-digit revenue growth. As Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at PRO Unlimited, he provides visionary thinking and strategic solutions to accelerate business development, account management and facilitate global expansion. 




John Gallagher
Senior Sourcing Manager
PayPal

John Gallagher is a Sr. Sourcing Manager in PayPal's Global Sourcing organization where he leads the Labor procurement team.  After close to a decade in procurement and rebuilding PayPal's contingent workforce program from the ground up, he is aware of the unique challenges to managing and controlling contingent workforce spend and how to overcome them.  The program that John has built at PayPal relies on data, transparency, and controls to identify targeted savings opportunities while minimizing leakage.  John is passionate about leveraging cost models to drive negotiations and identifying creative solutions to procurement challenges.  He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and daughter and he holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA and M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University.




Greg Holt
Product Marketing Director
JAGGAER

Greg Holt is Director of Product Marketing at JAGGAER. For more than fifteen years, he has been listening to and speaking with users of sourcing and procurement technologies, uncovering business challenges, identifying desired outcomes, and communicating solutions that deliver digital procurement transformation for organizations large and small. 




Michel Janssen
Chief Research Guru
Everest Group

As co-founder of Everest Group’s research practice – and with a broad and varied career in the global services industry – Michel offers profound insights and analysis to enterprises and service providers alike. Leveraging his extensive experience identifying and understanding emerging trends, Michel helps organizations to maximize their global services efforts. Michel is particularly noted for his ability to posit challenging ideas based on his fact-based insights from across business and IT processes, sourcing models, and industries. In his current role, at Everest Group, Michel is responsible for guiding the practice’s research agenda and architecture, and aligning its capabilities with the market’s disruptive changes and next-generation demands. Prior to re-joining Everest Group in 2017, Michel enjoyed a successful decade serving as Chief Research Officer at The Hackett Group and Market Track.




Nila LaVanaway Charles
Chief Executive Officer
Pierpont Holdings

Nila LaVanaway Charles is the Chief Executive Officer at Pierpont Holdings, LLC.  Nila has worked in supply chain, procurement and supply chain technology since 2004 across a wide range of industries from consumer electronics to medical devices.  She spent several years as a subject matter expert and consultant on technology adoption related to supply chain and procurement functions. In 2019 she became CEO of Pierpont Holdings which provides consulting and services related for source-to-contract optimization through process efficiencies and technology.  




Anders Lillevik
CEO
Focal Point




Erin McGraw
Procurement CoE Manager, Digital Innovation
Navistar




Dave Mordue
Director, Tech Sourcing
Salesforce

Mr. Mordue is an accomplished procurement executive with more than 20 years of experience using exceptional communication and leadership skills to coach, manage and motivate procurement managers to negotiate and deliver real strategic value. He is experienced in large complex customer bids and regulated environments resulting in more profitable customer accounts and robust governance. His specialties include strategic sourcing, negotiation, vendor management, category management, strategic planning, employee development.




Al Moss
Global Vice President of Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing
PCI Pharma Services

Al Moss, Jr. is a Senior Executive with over 20 years’ leadership experience, with particular expertise in supply chain management across a wide variety of industries. 

Al’s early career at Procter & Gamble and General Mills provided a foundation of production, operations, and change management. From there, he moved to MillerCoors, where he made progressive, record-breaking efficiency improvements, delivering on all Safety, People, Quality, Service, and Cost metrics. At BP and Coty, his continuous improvement skills saved millions of dollars by decreasing defects, operational inefficiencies, and inefficient logistics resource utilization. 

Al has diverse experience in both publicly traded corporations and private companies, and what really sets him apart from other industry leaders is his strong educational background. With two master’s degrees and an ImpactEd/DiverseForce certification under his belt, Al is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Supply Chain Management while working full time as the Global Vice President of Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing for PCI Pharma Services. 

Since joining PCI Pharma Services, Al has been responsible for over 900 employees, overseeing supply chain functions in 25 GMP manufacturing sites across 6 continents. He led the implementation of a supply chain practice, encompassing global alignment of planning, procurement, and sourcing process across all production facilities, delivering over $25M in EBITDA enhancements in three years while developing a digitally integrated supply chain. 

Al has many other career accomplishments. Some of those specific achievements include the following:

  • Reduced YOY TIR from 1.16 to 0.5 through improved employee engagement and implementation of behavioral observed safety (BOS) program.
  • Achieved 60% YOY reduction in PPM defects using 6 sigma, lean, 5-Y, and other CI methodologies.
  • Delivered 15% productivity increase ($2M cost savings) by developing and implementing planning and scheduling strategy, maximizing operational resources while minimizing format change losses.
  • Saved nearly $90M in costs by working with offshore assets to create a performance review process for logistics resource use. 
  • Effectively manages 18K pallet positions and inventory valued at $5B. 

Al’s splits his time between Florida and Pennsylvania. He is married with three kids, has a brown belt in Jiu jitsu, and enjoys lifting weights. He is also an active community member. 

 




George Nico
Manager, Consulting
OPTIS Consulting




Erika Novak
Head of Client Services
Utmost

Erika Novak is a seasoned Contingent Workforce thought leader and practitioner with 14 years of experience. She has built and evolved Enterprise Contingent Workforce programs during her time at eBay and LinkedIn, consulted Fortune 500 companies while at Brightfield, and has now moved into building products with Utmost as their Head of Client Services.




Mike O’Brien
Chief Procurement Officer
ContractAI, App Orchid Inc

Mike is an accomplished enterprise executive with procurement, strategic management and technology expertise. Mike has a proven track record of architecting and executing large scale commercial and transformative programs to bring efficiencies and innovation in the Energy and Financial Services sectors. As the head of ContractAI, Mike helps define the product roadmap, improve customer experience and support business development efforts. Prior to joining App Orchid Mike was the Global Head of IT Procurement at BP where he led a global team managing spend in excess of $2B annually.  Prior to joining BP, Mike served as the Chief Procurement Officer for Aviva North America, a large global insurance company based in the UK. Mike has also held several senior roles at ABN AMRO including Head of Infrastructure for the Americas.  




Nikesh Parekh
CEO
Suplari

Nikesh (Niki) Parekh is the co-founder and CEO of Suplari, an enterprise software company focused on leveraging advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to help enterprises make better purchasing and financial decisions.  Niki was most recently an executive at Internet real estate company Zillow and has also worked in the venture capital, private equity and investment banking industries.  Nikesh earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College.




Robert Paul
Director of Property Services
National Grid

Bob is the Director of Property Services for National Grid and his forward-thinking strategies and leadership has been instrumental in creating value in property management through driving thought leadership, expertise and best practices within the organization. 

Experience 

Prior to joining National Grid, Bob was the Vice President and head of Global Facilities Services at CA Technologies where he played a key role in leading the implementation of a world-wide Integrated Facilities Management and implementing a best practice supplier governance program. These initiatives provided enterprise  wide efficiencies, standardized operating practices, predictive analytics and automation and enhanced risk management globally. 

Education and Affiliations

Bob did his graduate studies at Long Island University and BA from Iona College.  He has served as Vice President and Board of Directors of CoreNet; Long Island, and been a long time member other industry affiliations; The Uptime Institute, Knowledge Connect, and Utility Industry collaborative benchmarking.




Nicholas Ponzo
Head of Procurement Operations
Panasonic North America

Nicholas Ponzo is head of procurement operations for Panasonic North America leading the global procurement strategy for business and consumer electronics. His diverse experience managing both upstream and downstream operations supports his constant focus on optimizing global processes for the evolving supply chain. Previously a global procurement analyst and supply chain specialist for International Flavors & Fragrances, he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from The College of New Jersey. 




Cyril Pourrat
CPO, BT Group
BT

In October 2019 I joined BT Group Procurement and a team of highly talented, passionate and successful people with a strong record of delivery. BT is an amazing company and it's a hugely exciting time to be part of its transformation, in which digitization is a driving force to deliver long term growth value and outstanding customer experiences. Prior to joining BT, I was Chief Procurement Officer respectively at Sprint (US) and Saudi Telecom (STC). Before joining STC, I garnered 15 years' experience in Europe's telecom industry, last serving as Senior Vice President of Procurement Excellence at Buyin, (the procurement joint-venture of Deutsche Telekom and Orange). I also held senior leadership positions with Orange in France and the UK.




John Powell
Senior eSourcing Executive
Scanmarket

John Powell is a Senior eSourcing Executive at Scanmarket. John has 21 years of sales and sales management experience with companies both large and small, but most recently with SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) where he served as the VP of Membership Development for over 5 years. He brings specific expertise in the financial services and mortgage industries with the past 6 years focused on procurement solutions and innovation. Prior to SIG, John managed a team of 30+ Account Executives for Citibank. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edinboro University. 




Emily Rakowski
Chief Marketing Officer
EcoVadis

Emily is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted business sustainability ratings company.  She brings over 25 years’ experience in sourcing and procurement solutions to the role, having previously spent many years in global marketing and demand management with both SAP and Ariba. Emily has also worked in leadership roles at Ellucian, A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions, Creative Good, and A.T. Kearney Consulting managing marketing functions and consulting engagements for clients in the high technology, banking and energy industries.  Emily holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.




David Rickard
Vice President
Everest Group

David Rickard, Vice President at Everest Group, advises senior executives of global services on their strategic mandates and initiatives. David’s responsibilities include leading Everest Group’s sourcing and vendor management and customer experience management services offerings for EMEA clients as well as select global accounts.

Prior to joining Everest Group, David held outsourcing and customer experience leadership roles. Most recently, he led the outsourcing practice for a CX consultancy, and before that, he was a Senior Procurement Director for Microsoft, where he was responsible for contact center outsourcing on a global basis. During his seventeen year-long career at Microsoft, David became a key member of the leadership team that successfully delivered one of the largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) RFP’s in recent history and exceeded its business goals of savings and supplier reductions. Then in 2015, David won the prestigious IAOP Global Excellence in Outsourcing Best Practice Award.

Additionally, David enjoys spending time as a volunteer mentor with EBP South, an organization that inspires and prepares local young people for the world of work, and he also volunteers with the Brain Tumour Research organization, assisting in collections and fundraising activities.




Amanda Slevar
Director, Solution Advisory, Services Procurement & External Workforce
SAP Procurement Solutions

Amanda Slevar is a Director,  Solution Advisory, Services Procurement & External Workforce for SAP Fieldglass. She brings over 15 years of contingent labor management and services procurement expertise to prospective customers to designs solutions to fit their current needs, and build toward an innovative future program. She also has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. Amanda holds an MBA from Canisius College, and spends her free time chasing her three year old son! 




Danny Thompson
Senior Vice President, Market and Product Strategy
apexanalytix

Danny Thompson is Senior Vice President of Market and Product Strategy at apexanalytix and is responsible for defining, communicating and leading our company’s software product strategy and roadmap. He works closely with our customers to ensure that each solution helps them meet their business objectives. Danny has a proven track record in the procure-to-pay arena, with a strong background in ERP implementation, process automation and financial shared services. He previously was VP of Product Management at Tungsten Network, a global business-to-business e-invoicing firm. He also is a former global process driver for Invoice-to-Pay at Pfizer.




Paula Varner
Senior Director, Global Strategic Sourcing
PPD Development LP

For over twenty years, Paula Varner, C.P.M., has been a noteworthy leader in strategic sourcing in highly regulated industries.  Currently a Senior Director of Global Strategic Sourcing for PPD Development, a contract research organization providing integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services.  Since joining PPD in February 2015 Paula has been credited with building strong stakeholder partnerships, creating a collaborative strategic sourcing team and exceeded industry ROI benchmarks.  While at PPD she has had oversight of numerous categories including technology, corporate services, laboratories, logistics, and clinical services.

Prior to PPD, Paula served in various strategic sourcing and vendor management related positions at the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and New York.  During her six plus years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond she was a founding member of the then newly formed National Procurement Office.  In 2010 she moved to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to head up the Technology Services Group, Vendor Management Office.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Paula worked as a technology buyer with Media General.  She came to Media General from Virginia Commonwealth University where, after graduation, she worked in a number of department and budget management roles.

Paula received a B.S. Business from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and has obtained her lifetime C.P.M. certification. 




Josh Volchko
Senior Solution Consultant
BuyerQuest

Josh has been a part of the BuyerQuest team for the last 7+ years now and brings a wealth of procurement knowledge in the areas of implementation, support, and sales. Most recently, Josh has settled into the role of Senior Solution Consultant where he spends most of his time demonstrating the power of BuyerQuest to procurement leaders across the globe. 




Jessica Wall
Associate Director, Talent Acquisition
Sage Therapeutics

Jess has spent the last 15 years managing consultant workforce programs at companies such as Sage Therapeutics, CVS Health, Genzyme, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme and Bose.  She has experience which spans across a number of areas: Corporate Recruiting, Total Workforce Solutions, VMS Oversight, MSP Oversight and Recruitment Process Outsourcing Management. This experience lends itself to a well-rounded understanding of the industry.