ProcureCon Direct 2017

August 14 - 15, 2017

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, CA

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Arnon Kraft
 Arnon Kraft 
General Manager, Strategic Sourcing 
Microsoft Corporation
Arnon Kraft has over 15 years of global business and technology leadership and management, mainly in the consumer electronics industry. For the past six years, Arnon has been with Microsoft in Redmond, currently as General Manager for Strategic Sourcing. In addition to his role, Arnon is taking a leadership role in the college and military veterans hiring efforts at Microsoft. Prior to that, Arnon held several executive level positions spanning from Sales & Marketing to Business Development to Technology and Operations in various consumer electronics companies such as SanDisk, modu mobile and msystems. 
Arnon has given a TEDx talk titled “Innovating Talent Development – The First 90 Days” and is also a guest speaker in the fields of Operational Strategy and Talent Development & Retention in various forums. 
Throughout his career Arnon focused on and developed an expertise in strategic planning and execution, team & talent development, organizational leadership and building partnerships. Arnon is passionate about mentoring and is currently working with a few mentees at Microsoft as well as external. In the past, he has taken an active role in Tel Aviv University’s Recanati MBA mentorship program as a mentor to students and new graduates.
Arnon has served in the Israeli Navy as a Lieutenant Major in the Navy’s CIO unit, holding technological and leadership positions. He holds an MBA from the Tel-Aviv University and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Carole Wendt
 Carole Wendt 
Vice President Global Procurement/Logistics & Chief Procurement Officer 
Ascend Performance Materials
Carole Wendt is the Vice President of Global Procurement and Logistics, as well as the Chief Procurement Officer at Ascend Performance Materials. Ascend is a premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. In her current role, Carole is responsible for aligning procurement and logistics with business requirements focused on value creation. She is also a member of the Ascend Leadership Team and reports directly to the CEO.
She began her career with Ascend in 2010 as Senior Director of Global Procurement, where she was responsible for more than $2 billion of materials, goods and services, and moved the organization from plant-centric support groups to a global Category/Commodity Manager structure, which drove more than $80 million of year-over-year productivity in the first two years. She also created cash flow in excess of $50 million by moving payment terms from fewer than 20 days to an overall average of 35 days and developed a propylene strategy for the company that increased supply flexibility and security while simultaneously improving the average discount structure by 150 percent, a move that created $30 million of value.

Prior to joining Ascend, she served 28 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) in roles of increasing responsibility, including Director of North America Purchasing, where she developed cross-functional procurement councils to allow purchasing to capture and impact 80 percent of North America Tire Business Unit spend; this spend included advertising, transportation, marketing, services and plant maintenance repair, and operating equipment. She also created more than $62 million of indirect spend savings in the first year of introducing the councils. In 2003, the company named her General Manager of Global Synthetic Rubber/Monomers and New Source Development, where she led the corporation through the decision process resulting in retaining an integration versus divesting, which created $300 million in savings. In 2008, she accepted the position of Director of Supply Chain, Chemical Products, where she established the sales and operation process cycle, which linked the chemical division to the global tire business. In addition, she reduced inventory days by 50 percent while maintaining service levels, reduced inventory dollars by more than $50 million and championed the execution of vendor-managed inventory by moving to a replenishment model.
She is a member of Class XV Leadership Akron, as well as the Assistant Treasurer for the Goodyear Good Government Fund. She has also previously acted as Goodyear Chairman for the 2005 United Way Campaign. In addition, she served on the board for Goodyear’s 2001 Women Initiatives in Leadership and continues in the organization as a member. In 2000, the Summit County YMCA named her a “Woman of Professional Excellence.”
Carole holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Co-Op from Cleveland State University. She has participated in the Mahler Advanced Management Skills Program, the General Manager Leadership Training at Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Six Sigma Introduction for Executive Sponsors, as well as programs at the Center for Creative Leadership and at Penn State University. She also holds a U.S. patent for the partial fractional distillation of acrylonitrile from when she was at Goodyear.
Jose Varela
 Jose Varela 
Vice President of Sourcing Operations 
Originally from El Salvador, Jose began his career at 3M in 1989 in the Treasury and Finance Department 3M El Salvador. Since then, he has occupied a series of regional and global roles that have led him to his current responsibility, Vice President, 3M Sourcing Operations (since 2016).  Previously, he was Vice President & General Manager of Capital Safety/3M.  

In 2014, Jose was Vice President & General Manager of Personal Safety Division.  From 2011-2014 he occupied the role of Managing Director in Brazil, and prior to that he was in the charge of leading the Finance area for Asia Pacific and Latin America, along with the role of Sales & Operations Planning director for that region. He has also recently held roles including MD for 3M Chile, GM of 3M Panama and several roles within the Latin America Subsidiaries in Finance, where he started his career with 3M. 
Rob Hubbard
 Rob Hubbard 
Chief Procurement Officer 
HB Fuller

Rob Hubbard is the Chief Procurement Officer at H.B. Fuller, which is a global adhesive producer with $2.1M annual sales headquartered in Vadnais Heights, MN.  Rob has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Engineering.  Prior to joining H.B. Fuller in 2012, he was with the Procter & Gamble Company for 22 years where his career started in R&D, transitioned to Procurement, and included many years as an expat in Europe.  At H.B. Fuller, Rob has taken the Procurement function from a tactical, regionally focused organization to a global, strategic sourcing organization recognized for delivering excellent supply assurance, high best total value, and new innovation from suppliers.

Edward Koval
 Edward Koval 
Chief Procurement Officer 
Spectra Energy
With over 30 years of supply chain experience in Oil & Gas, High-Tech, Retail and Financial Service industries, Edward serves as the Executive Chief Procurement Officer for Spectra Energy, a $21 billion fortune 500 oil and gas transmission company that encompasses 7,500 employees across North America. Serving as a transformational leader in highly matrixed organizational structures within the US, India, UK, Asia and Europe, Edward has dedicated his career to cultural change management and capability growth. 
As a CPO for Spectra Energy, Edward has excelled at driving the supply chain function to align with company transformations. Time and time again, he has improved many aspects of supply chain: developing 250+ supply chain professionals through training, process implementation and quantitive metric based performance management; leading $35 billion in PSCM major capital projects; Optimizing & simplifying E systems, SAP transactions, spend analytics and category management on the 7 to 10 billion dollars annual spend; enhancing 3rd party interactions across three business units located in the USA and Canada; and achieving aggressive value capture targets, as corporate social responsibility is considered as well. He is excited to be a part of the direct procurement movement this August and is looking forward to collaborating further with his senior practitioner colleagues.

Organizational transformation; Category management frameworks & cost reductions; Supplier safety/quality; Stakeholder Mgt & Corporate Strategy; Global outsourcing, Cultural Change Mgt; Major Capital Projects: E-systems/P2P Improvement
Jeffrey P. Wincel
 Jeffrey P. Wincel 
Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer 
ON Semiconductor
Jeffrey P. Wincel is an international purchasing executive recognized as an industry leader. He is a published author, with five books to his credit. Wincel has been selected as one of the “Pros to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2012, and was a recipient of a team award in 2013 and 2015. Wincel is currently the Vice President/Chief Procurement Officer of Global Strategic Sourcing at ON Semiconductor. He is also a faculty associate of supply chain management at Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business.

Previously, Jeffrey was Sr. Director of Integrated Supply Chain at Honeywell Aerospace; Founder and president of LSC Consulting Group - an independent professional consulting service specializing in lean supply chain management; VP & General Manager ModularSystems and Vice President of Corporate Procurement & Materials for Donnelly Corporation; and Director of Worldwide Purchasing for TRW-Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc (VSSI) & Occupant Restraints System Group (ORSG).

Wincel’s first book was published in 2004, titled Lean Supply Chain Management: A Handbook for Strategic Procurement (Productivity Press, NY) and his most recent in 2013 People, Process and Culture; Lean Manufacturing in the Real World (Taylor & Francis, NY). He has an MBA and a BA from Michigan State University, an MA from Loyola University Chicago, and a Doctorate from Graduate Theological Foundation. Wincel is a frequent contributor to many professional & industry publications and education series, including Supply Chain Management Review, University of Michigan Conference on Lean Manufacturing, the National Manufacturing Week Conference, the Institute for Supply Management, the Institute for International Research, and as a repeat panelist on the ISM national satellite education series.
Koen Devits
 Koen Devits 
Chief Procurement Officer 
Koen Devits has 14 years of experience with DSM. He started in a corporate role responsible for e-business on a global base. In 2005 he moved to DSM Engineering Plastics as Business Unit Director Americas where he managed the unit through a major turnaround resulting in tripling the business and putting DSM Engineering Plastics on the map both in North as well as South America. In July 2012 took over the role of Business Unit Director for DSM Engineering Plastics European Business. In this role the business grew 30% and went through some major changes to become a solid market player in the Plastics Industry.
April 1 2016, Koen was promoted to Chief Procurement Officer, part of the DSM Leadership Team.
Prior to working with DSM, Mr. Devits spent several years in the Automotive and Plastics Industry in various countries and continents. He has a solid Marketing and Leadership track record with major Fortune 500 companies like GE (Netherlands), Delphi (Luxembourg & France), Valeo (France) Toyota (Belgium), Textron (USA) and Komatsu (Belgium, Africa).

Mr. Devits holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Antwerp and a Master degree in International Business and Marketing from University of Brussels. He has served on the Board of Elemica, The Board of Volgalon/Volgaplast (Russia JV) and presented at many Business Symposia. 

Mark S. Baxa
 Mark S. Baxa 
Vice President of Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing 
Monsanto Company
Thomas Posauner
 Thomas Posauner 
Vice President of Supplier and Commodity Management 
Siemens Healthineers
Thomas Posauner is the Vice President of Supplier and Commodity Management of Siemens Healthineers’ US based businesses.
Through 30 years of global experience in Europe, Asia and North America he executed leadership in the Healthcare, Telecom, Automation, Software and Automotive industries.
He held leadership positions in corporate as well as line functions and he led procurement transformation programs driving organizations to world class performance. 
Working across the entire supply chain, designing innovative models and implementing a collaborative team environment, tailored to specific challenges and KPI goals have been key his to success and to accelerating and improving outcomes.
Andy Mowery
 Andy Mowery 
Vice President of Global Product Supply Operations 
The Clorox Company
Andy is currently the Vice President of Global Product Supply Operations for The Clorox Company.  In this role he and his team have global responsibility for Plan, Make, Deliver, and the supporting operational services such as Quality, Engineering and Safety & Environmental.  In addition to these responsibilities he is a member of Clorox’s Compliance and Ethics Committee, and Executive Sponsor for the company’s Veterans Employee Resource Group.  Prior to taking on his current role at Clorox he had responsibility for Global Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Strategy.

Prior to joining Clorox in April 2009, he spent more than 20 years with Johnson & Johnson.  During his tenure at J&J he worked across all 3 sectors (Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Diagnostics and Consumer Products) as well as corporate functions.   Additionally, he spent a year and a half helping to create a Supply Chain Center of Excellence for Grant Thornton LLC.

Andy holds a BS in Quantitative Business Analysis from Penn State University and an MBA from Villanova University.  He is a native of Buffalo, NY and currently resides in Alpharetta, GA.

Aleksey (Alex) Belov
 Aleksey (Alex) Belov 
Senior Director R&D Sourcing Solutions, Global Procurement 
Abbott Laboratories
Alex is a Senior Director of R&D Sourcing Solutions at Abbott Laboratories.  Prior to his current position he has led a Procurement Center of Excellence, which included managing technology, tools & analytics for Global Procurement.  Alex’s supply chain experience spans multiple industries from government to healthcare, where he’s served in varies roles from consulting clients to managing M&A integrations to leading organizational transformation.
Alex has an MBA from the University of Washington.
Larry Muzyk
 Larry Muzyk 
Director of Global Direct Procurement and Portfolio Operations 
Repeatedly sought out to align supply chain and operational performance with corporate vision, Larry Muzyk has built a proven management track record of successful business transformation. Drawing upon a Fortune 500 leadership pedigree and strategic insight, Larry has earned the reputation as a respected difference maker who leverages best practices, innovation, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and sound judgment in guiding supply chain teams worldwide through the intricacies of profitable change.
In his current role as Alticor's Director of Global Direct Procurement and Portfolio Operations, Larry is charged with defining strategy and leading $1.2B in global spend across all business lines for this $9B+ privately held multinational company. Managing a multimillion‐dollar annual budget and a portfolio of 1,700+ suppliers worldwide, Larry restructured the procurement organization, establishing sourcing management, supplier performance, and advanced sourcing teams to ensure innovation and scalability across the team. Larry’s focus on data analytics resulted in the development of procurements first metric to secure a position on the Tier 1 scorecard with visibility at the board level.
Larry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. He is a member of the Retail Operations Advisory Board for Goodwill Industries, the Association for Operations Management (APICS), and the Board of Directors for the West Michigan Chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Jonathan Grant
 Jonathan Grant 
Senior Director, Procurement Center of Excellence 
Newell Brands
Jon is currently the Senior Director, Procurement Center of Excellence for Newell Brands and is tasked with building out and leading the Center of Excellence function for Newell Brands.  The COE is organized around 5 majors areas:  Project Management Office, Procurement Analytics, Procurement Execution (P2P), Supplier Development, and Procurement Capability Building, and is focused on driving process and structure across the $10B of spend across Newell Brands businesses.  Prior to this role, Jon was the Sr. Director, Segment Procurement and co-lead the Newell Rubbermaid procurement organization, with direct spend responsibility for $1.3B primarily in finished goods and specialty materials.  Jon has been with Newell for 14 years hold various roles across Procurement, Supply Chain and Manufacturing.  Jon is a graduate of Miami University and is a passionate endurance athlete in his spare time.
Ben Szostek
 Ben Szostek 
Senior Director, Procurement Center of Excellence 
Newell Brands
Ben Szostek is a Senior Director of Procurement at Newell Brands with over 15 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.  Ben has experience managing in excess of $3 Billion in spend annually across a very diverse spend and supplier portfolio.  Ben has extensive background in managing commodities, primarily resins, metals and packaging, indirect procurement, and finished goods.

As co-leaders of the Newell Rubbermaid Sourcing organization, Ben & Jonathan Grant led the transformation from a decentralized procurement model to a centralized, category management driven model that led to a 100% increase in productivity delivery for the organization while simultaneously simplifying the supply chain, improving working capital, and delivering meaningful new product development.
Ben received a Bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at Michigan State University in Marketing and an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a focus in Supply Chain Management.  
Brenda Cockrell
 Brenda Cockrell 
Global Supplier Diversity and Procurement Sustainability Director 
Monsanto Company
Brenda is the Global Supplier Diversity and Procurement Sustainability Director at Monsanto Company, based in St. Louis, Missouri.  In her present capacity, Brenda influences cross-functional global champions in both sustainability and supplier diversity, fostering an environment where collaboration can occur throughout the business with sustainable solutions and diversity of suppliers to meet Monsanto’s Procurement needs in the various world regions.  These approaches foster diversity of thought and bring new and sustainable ideas to help meet the growing need for innovative agricultural solutions.  
Brenda’s commitment to agriculture and community engagement began on a small family farm in Chillicothe, Missouri, where she was actively involved 4-H and FFA.  During her 17 years of service at Monsanto, she has served in a broad range of roles with increasing levels of responsibility across multiple organizations.  Her previously held leadership roles include Global Employee Engagement Manager, Global ESH Project Manager, Customer Advocacy Manager, Customer Relations Manager, Marketing Information Manager and Product Support Manager.

She received the Monsanto Manufacturing Excellence Award, YWCA Leader in the Workplace Award, Honorary National FFA Degree, EX Award for Best Project Design for Mobile Technology Unit, Presidential Volunteer Service Award and has served as a national board member for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.  She is presently serves on a KidSmart board committee in St. Louis and continues to be involved in giving back to the local community through many non-profit organizations. 

Brenda graduated from the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  She lives in Ballwin, Missouri with her husband and enjoys spending time with her dogs, volunteering, working out, landscaping, and traveling.
Bryan Kruse
 Bryan Kruse 
Director of North America Procurement & Global Sourcing 
Bryan Kruse is the Director of Procurement for Gerdau.  In his role, he oversees the strategic commodity management of goods and services for the company’s operations in the US, Canada and Mexico.  He is responsible for over $1.5B in annual spend, including Direct Materials, MRO, Services and Cap-Ex.

Beyond his twelve years with Gerdau, Bryan has over 25 years experience in global procurement and supply chain management with companies in the automotive, healthcare, and semiconductor manufacturing industries.  

Bryan is a graduate of the University of Texas and is a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) with the Institute for Supply Management.
Ted Olshefski
 Ted Olshefski 
Senior Manager – Direct Procurement & Strategic Sourcing 
Panasonic North America
Ted is a senior procurement and supply chain leader and an integral member of Panasonic North America’s (PNA) Corporate Procurement organization. He is focused exclusively in leading their Direct Procurement organization supporting various Panasonic sales entities. Over his 12-year career, he has led teams both as a daily practitioner and practice line leader leveraging his experience across the supply chain in business process transformation, cost reduction, strategic sourcing, demand management, organization re-design and technology enablement. Prior to Panasonic, Ted worked with various leading Procurement Service/Technology & supply chain management consulting firms in a business development capacity building client relationships resulting in revenue growth and client penetration. He was responsible for developing and successfully delivering SCM/Procurement consulting work for an array of clients spanning diverse industries. Key areas include: supply chain/procurement advisory services, spend/savings analysis, strategic sourcing, process transformation, organizational design, and eProcurement implementations. Ted received his degree in Internal Business and Global Trade from Muhlenberg College and is actively involved in supply chain/procurement professional organizations. 
Dave Newell
 Dave Newell 
Senior Global Materials Manager 
Varian Medical Systems
Dave Newell is the Senior Global Materials Manager for Varian Medical Systems, a manufacturer of Oncology Radiation Cancer Treatment products as part of the Customer Service and Support division (CSS).  Headquartered in Palo Alto CA, Varian is the world leader in oncology cancer treatment capital products.
Dave Joined the company in December of 2002 and has been involved in global installation, repair and service spares support managing over inventory in over 41 world wide depots and part hubs.  In addition to also managing supplier logistics, supply chain processes and MRP systems his focus is to implement a global multi echelon planning/distribution process in emerging markets.  
Dave has been in the service support business for over 15 years and has been in Supply Chain management for over 30 years, with such companies as, Plantronics, KLA/Tencor and Motorola.
He is a member if ISM, a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), and Accredited Purchasing Professional (A.P.P.) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and a Master’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Health and Human Services.
Matt Markel
 Matt Markel 
Director of Procurement 
Matt interacts with Corporate and Local Engineering and Operations to negotiate and procure the goods and services for Global Capital and major expense projects across the organization.  Additional areas of responsibility include the Mobile/Heavy Equipment leasing/Fleet services as well as working with the local field procurement operations.  Matt’s previous role within WestRock was focused around the growth, development and coordination of the paper mill procurement teams.
Matt started his career with Beloit Corp before joining the Georgia-Pacific team.  Working in engineering, maintenance and operations before moving into strategic sourcing.  His most recent position before joining the legacy RockTenn organization was as the Global Sourcing Director for Georgia-Pacific.
Matt completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.  He also holds an MBA from Purdue University, West Layfette Indiana and ESCP-EAP in Paris, France.
Mike Brown
 Mike Brown 
Senior Value Added Ingredients Sourcing Manager 
Land O'Lakes Inc.
Mike Brown is a Senior Value Added Ingredients Sourcing Manager for Land O’ Lakes Inc. based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a Supply Chain professional with experience in operational improvement and change management. Mike’s competencies include strategic sourcing, category strategy development, supplier relationship management, spend analytics, and transportation/logistics optimization. Prior to joining Land O’ Lakes Mike worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young LLP as a procurement advisor. Mike’s industry experience spans across multiple sectors including: agriculture, mining and metals, financial services, automotive, retail, and media and entertainment. He has sourced a multitude of categories including both direct and indirect materials such as commodities (metals), value added ingredients (i.e. flavors, colors, enzymes, etc.), technology (copiers and printers, reprographic services), telecommunications, textiles, creative and digital services, publicity and events, and promotional items. 
 Samuel Friedman 
Director of Sourcing Excellence: Global Manufacturing & Supply 
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Scott Vrablik
 Scott Vrablik 
Former Chief Procurement Officer 
Scott Vrablik is a procurement and supply chain professional with over 15 years of leading global procurement groups with annual spend over $1.0 billion. He managed both direct materials and indirect spend. He has experience in M&A activities (over $1.0 billion in total acquisitions), offshore sourcing, purchasing synergies, inventory control, and improving cash flow. Has worked for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Rust-Oleum, Rexam Plastics, Sun Capital Partners, McKinsey & Company, and Veolia. 
Joseph Richardson
Dr. Joseph Richardson Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer 
Professional Purchasing Partners, LLC
Joseph Richardson is an International Supply Chain Management Executive with demonstrated leadership in designing, developing and implementing effective sourcing, supply chain and procurement strategies (direct and indirect) that address global business issues.  His international experience, with a variety of companies, helped him to recognize the political, cultural and technical challenges that affect business relationships, internally, externally and internationally. He is a visionary who integrates theory and practice in creating and executing innovative approaches and methods to accomplish complex business objectives.   He is considered an International Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Supply Chain and Organizational Behavior.  Joseph has received numerous awards for his professional services and serves on several Advisory Boards.
Joanna Martinez
 Joanna Martinez 
Supply Chain Advisors LLC
Joanna Martinez is a global procurement / supply chain leader and the founder of Supply Chain Advisors LLC.  She and her team provide coaching, seminars, advisory services, strategy development and basic procurement support. Her clients range from technology startups to Fortune 50 companies. She creates ways in which procurement and supply chain improvements help grow a business’s bottom-line, bringing innovations in approaches and techniques to the industries in which she works and the people she coaches.  Joanna has been recognized for innovation or customer excellence by American Express, Egencia, Heublein, and the NJ ISM.  For more information, see
Joe Sandor
 Joe Sandor 
Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor Of Purchasing & Supply Management 
Michigan State University
Former President and CEO of Creative Procurement Strategies, Joseph Sandor was appointed the Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor Of  Purchasing & Supply Management  at The Eli Broad College of Business of Michigan State University in 2006.  The endowment was initiated by Broad School alumnus Richard J. Metzler, managing director of Trove Partners LLC, to honor his former teacher, Professor Emeritus John H. Hoagland. Chair activities focus on outreach, brand building, exemplar profiling, teaching in both degreed and non-degreed programs and research.

During his time with Creative Procurement Strategies (CPS) Sandor advised clients such as Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Electrolux, Rolls-Royce, Whirlpool, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, ConAgra, Delphi, Sandia, Schlumberger and the USAF.   Prior to forming CPS, Sandor was CPO and director of Corporate Purchasing and Logistics for the Sara Lee Corporation for 15 years, responsible for nearly $12 billion in annual purchases.  He had earlier held supply management positions at Beatrice, Schlumberger and General Motors.

Sandor has over forty years proactive supply management experience with progressively increasing responsibilities emphasizing cost prevention/reduction, team building, strategic supplier alliance formation, systems development, logistics optimization, shared services, inventory control and cost modeling. His work on supply management has appeared in articles in CPO Agenda, International Journal of Production Research, Institute for Supply Management, Journal of Operations Management, North American Research and Teaching Symposium, Supply Chain Management Review and Sloan Management Review. 

He earned a BA from the University of Miami and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credentials, and was an adjunct professor at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. At MSU, he co-directs the annual Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar and the Supplier Relationships Program, the ISM/MSU Leadership Awards, the Federal Government Supply Management Interface, the Executive Advisory Board, the MSU Executive Speaker’s Series and the Broad Executive Summit.
Michael Takyi
 Michael Takyi 
Global North American Procurement Lead, Chocolate & Nuts 
Mondelez International, Inc.
Stephen Livernois
 Stephen Livernois 
Vice President of Procurement 
Becton, Dickinson & Company
Jack Martin
 Jack Martin 
Vice President of Global Sourcing, Directs & Regions 
Dover Corporation
Twenty five years+ of supply chain experience including executive leadership roles directing and facilitating sourcing and operational strategies for multiple business units in global organizations like Dover Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific and SKF. Skilled and accomplished in supply chain initiatives for various industries. Disciplined and successful in global supplier and category team development. Proven record to lead and facilitate high impact deliverables. Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 Billion+ across four major operating segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Accountable for center led direct material strategies and regional sourcing for $2.5 Billion in global spend with global category, regional and operating company teams.  
David J. Schultz
 David J. Schultz 
Chief Procurement Officer 
Michael Erb
 Michael Erb 
Chief Procurement Officer 
Daeon Richardson
 Daeon Richardson 
Former Procurement Executive 
Dentsply Sirona Inc.
Frank Mckay
 Frank Mckay 
Vice President of Global Procurement 
Tim Voortman
 Tim Voortman 
Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing 
JBT Corporation
John Fogerty
 John Fogerty 
Global Director of Sourcing & Supply Chain Management 
Precor Inc.
 Randy Clark 
Global Project Manager of Direct & Indirect 
Sean Smith
 Sean Smith 
Supply Chain Director of US Operations 
Jonathan Spiess
 Jonathan Spiess 
Senior Sourcing Manager of North America, Direct Materials 
Avon Products
Philip Moore
 Philip Moore 
Senior Supplier Relationship Manager 
 Ken Baldwin 
Senior Global Sourcing Manager 
LORD Corporation
Paul Smith
 Paul Smith 
Chief Procurement Officer 
BAE Systems
Paul Smith is the Chief Procurement Officer for BAE Systems plc, responsible for leading the development and implementation of critical procurement practices that will enable us to identify and realize significant opportunities for improving our efficiency and maximizing the purchasing power of our global enterprise.

Before joining BAE Systems in early 2017, Smith spent 22 years at General Electric in various operations and procurement roles. He spent his last three years in the Power Services business leading procurement for the organization, and managing the sourcing integration with Alstom.

Previously, Smith spent eight years in the Oil & Gas business leading procurement, and later overseeing the supply chain for the Drilling & Surface business. His career at GE began as an intern in GE Aviation, followed by 11 years in manufacturing at GE Power, and culminated in his role as the Plant Manager – Greenville, South Carolina. 

He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. During his time with GE, Smith earned both his Master’s in Engineering and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bindiya Vakil
 Bindiya Vakil 
Chief Executive Officer & Founder 
Resilinc Corporation
Daryl Hammett
 Daryl Hammett 
Co-Owner & COO 
Daryl joined ConnXus as chief operations officer and co-owner in early 2014. He is a retired Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sears Optical, N.A., a licensed brand owned and operated by Luxottica Group. This $25.5 billion dollar publicly traded company also owns brands such as LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, and Oakley. 
In addition, Daryl founded the Peabody Executive Coaching and Performance Management Group in 2012 after 20 years of leading and coaching at the most senior executive levels in Fortune 500, Non-Profits, Start-Ups Mid and Small organizations. His background consists of a combination of executive leadership in the healthcare, food service and retail industries. Daryl is a member of the prestigious Young President’s Organization (YPO), an international group of young CEOs and Presidents, and he is a board member for the March of Dimes Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky.
Jenna Williams
 Jenna Williams 
Program Director 
ProcureCon Direct