ProcureCon Direct 2017

August 14-August 15, 2017

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, CA

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CPOs & VPs

Mark  Schenecker
Mark Schenecker
VP, Supply Chain Business Networks
SAP Ariba

Mark leads the supply chain practice in the West at Ariba, drawing on over 20 years of experience in the SAP Business Suite, supply chain management, business networks, IoT, and SAP Ariba Cloud Solutions.  Mark transitioned out of the SAP development organization and now specializes in guiding customers on achieving value with speed and simplicity on Ariba and SAP.  Mark is a frequent speaker on future technologies and is the author of one technical book and 4 patents. 

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.
Derrick Robinson
Derrick Robinson
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Hovair

Derrick Robinson has spent over 40 years in the high-tech industry on both the sales and business development sides of the ledger.  Most of his years were spent with IBM where he was a large system specialist, selling systems that cost as much as $25 million, and in many cases, were integral to the success of the clients’ business. He later worked as VP of Sales for SAP, which again was a software solution that could make or break the success of an organization.  In those years, he has had dealings with many procurement agents and organizations, and has found working with them is great, and learning to work around them is painful, but far too frequently, necessary. As  Vice President of Hovair Systems, he has come across the new challenge of trying to gain traction around a solution that is revolutionary in concept, environmentally friendly (he has been LEED certified since 2011), and useful to 75% of the companies out there. But since it does not come from a company with a household name, new challenges abound. 

Jamie Crump
Jamie Crump
President
Richwell Group

Jamie Crump is President of The Richwell Group, a consulting and coaching company for Fortune 500 and small business in the areas of strategic sourcing and supplier diversity. Jamie has been a thought leader in both areas for over 25 years in a variety of industries including banking, telecommunications, IT, pharmaceutical, welding & medical, and heavy equipment rental. She was most recently Director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity for United Rentals, Inc., where she developed the team and strategy for indirect sourcing and an award winning supplier diversity program.  Jamie is a frequent speaker at sourcing and diversity events throughout the United States and Canada.  She is a charter Advisory Board member for ProcureCon and for Diversity Professional. Jamie lives in Blairsville, GA with her husband Bill Thebert, a retired freelance sports photographer.  

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.
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.

Jose Varela
Jose Varela
Vice President of Sourcing Operations
3M
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.  A few years back he held the role of 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. 
Dr. Jeffrey P. Wincel
Dr. 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.

David J. Schultz
David J. Schultz
Chief Procurement Officer
ConMed
Koen Devits
Koen Devits
Executive Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
DSM
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. 
Bill McNally
Bill McNally
Chief Procurement Officer
NASA

Bill McNally is the Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer at NASA. He directs NASA's procurement functions throughout the Agency, providing strategic policy, leadership, and direction. He guides and oversees NASA’s procurement activities in every area from programs studying the Earth to missions going into our solar system. He represents NASA procurement to the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government, industry, and international organizations.  Mr. McNally was appointed as the Assistant Administrator for Procurement in September 2007.

Mr. McNally joined NASA in October 2005 as special procurement advisor in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. In this position, he provided strategic direction and contract management advice for all elements of the directorate's portfolio, which included the development of the nation's new space and launch vehicles, Ares and Orion.

Prior to joining NASA, Mr. McNally spent time in industry and had a 26-year career with the Air Force.

Mr. McNally holds a Level III certification in Contracting. He is both a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and a Fellow in the National Contract Management Association. His decorations include the NASA Exceptional Service medal, the Air Force Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and numerous Joint and Air Force Commendations Medals. 

Mark S. Baxa
Mark S. Baxa
Vice President of Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
Monsanto Company
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.
Andy Mowery
Andy Mowery
Vice President, Global Product Supply Operations
The Clorox Company
Andy is currently the Vice President, 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.
Thomas Posauner
Thomas Posauner
Vice President Procurement
Siemens Healthineers
Thomas Posauner is the Global Vice President for Supplier Strategy and Supplier 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.
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.
John Fogerty
John Fogerty
Global Director of Sourcing & Supply Chain Management
Precor Inc.
Joseph Richardson
Joseph Richardson
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
Founder
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 www.scadvisorsllc.com
Michael Takyi
Michael Takyi
Global Commodities Executive
Daeon Richardson
Daeon Richardson
Principle and Executive Consultant, Procurement Transformation Advisors
DENTSPLY Sirona Inc.
Bill  DeMartino
Bill DeMartino
General Manager of North American
riskmethods

Bill DeMartino is the General Manager of North American operations at riskmethods. Bill plays a leading role in accelerating riskmethods’ international expansion, specifically in the Americas, and growing the firm into the industry’s leading Supply Chain Risk Management solution. Bill has 15 years of experience in the procurement and supply management solution space, where he built his expertise in Analytics and Supply Risk & Compliance acting across various disciplines and leadership roles in product management, sales and marketing at IBM, Emptoris and Determine. Bill is a recognized Supply Management luminary including having been selected as a “Pro-to-Know” by Supply and Demand Chain, a speaker at industry events and author of papers.

Kevin  Mooney
Kevin Mooney
Vice President Programs and Supply Chain Management, General Dynamics
NASSCO

Kevin Mooney joined General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in May 2006 upon completing a 20-year career as a nuclear submarine officer in the United States Navy.

Kevin assumed his current position as Vice President Programs and Supply Chain Management in January 2016. In the Programs role, he is responsible for Business Development, Strategic Planning and Program Management. He also runs the Supply Chain Management Department, which acquires approximately $600 million per year of material and services.

Prior to his current assignment, he worked as Vice President Operations, where he managed over 2000 tradespersons and supervisors in all stages of ship construction.

Kevin stays involved in the community through service on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of Workshops for Warriors, a non-profit organization providing manufacturing skills training to transitioning members of the Armed Forces.

During his Navy career, Kevin served on five nuclear submarines, including command of USS San Francisco (SSN-711) from 2003 until 2005. His shore based assignments included the NATO staff in London, England and the Navy Staff in the Pentagon.

Kevin graduated from Duke University in 1986 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. In 1998, he earned a M.S. in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America and completed the Air Command and Staff College Seminar Program. In 2009, he completed the Executive Program Manager’s Course at the Defense Acquisition University.

Kevin is a native of Locust Valley, NY and currently resides in San Diego with his wife, Avril, and younger daughter Tara, age 15. His 22 year old daughter Laura lives in San Francisco where she works as a software engineer. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys running and golfing.

Brandy Maranian
Brandy Maranian
Vice President, Global Logistics & CPO
Alere
Brandy Maranian has 27 years of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain experience. She has held numerous leadership roles at Honeywell, Kraft Foods, CareFusion (now Becton Dickinson) and currently is leading Supply Chain at Alere as the VP of Global Logistics & CPO. She has driven a variety procurement transformations across many different industries with an emphasis on top talent, business focus and enterprise leverage. Brandy holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University with a B.S. in General Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She served as an officer in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Currently Brandy lives with her husband in the San Diego area and they have 3 children.

Senior Practitioners

Aleksey (Alex) Belov
Aleksey (Alex) Belov
Senior Director of R&D Sourcing Solutions, Global Procurement
Abbott Laboratories
Alex is a Sr. Director of R&D Sourcing 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,
Alticor
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 Sr. 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 Sourcing
Newell Brands
Ben Szostek – Sr. Director, Direct Material Procurement, Newell BrandsBen is a Sr. 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.  

Sean Smith
Sean Smith
Supply Chain Director
Agropur Ingredients
Bryan Kruse
Bryan Kruse
Director of Procurement
Gerdau Steel North America
Bryan Kruse is the Director of Procurement for Gerdau Steel North America.  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 Corporation of North America
Ted T Olshefski is a results-driven procurement and supply chain leader and as Senior Procurement Leader he is focused exclusively in leading Panasonic North America (PNA) Direct Procurement organization. He has 12+ years of procurement and supply chain management experience leading teams both as a daily practitioner and practice line leader.  Ted’s expertise in business process transformation, cost reduction, strategic sourcing, demand management, organization re-design and technology enablement.  Ted was most recently with GEP (formerly Global eProcure) in Clark NJ as a Global Business Development Leader responsible for GEP’s Procurement Services line of business which included Procurement Advisory Services, End-to-End (E2E) Services (indirect & direct procurement/sourcing), Technology and Sourcing Support Services. Prior to GEP, Ted led RGP’s (former division of Deloitte & Touché) supply chain and procurement (SCP) practice for the TriState market and was responsible for expanding market opportunities for the SCP practice and building client relationships resulting in revenue growth and client penetration. In addition, he has held procurement and supply chain operations roles focusing on areas such as spend/savings analysis, strategic sourcing, business process transformation, cost reduction, and technology enablement across multiple industries that included both public sector and private sector customers. Ted resides in Northern New Jersey.
Matt Markel
Matt Markel
Director Global Capital Procurement
WestRock
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.
Jonathan Spiess
Jonathan Spiess
Senior Sourcing Manager of North America, Direct Materials
Avon Products

With over 20 years of experience, Jonathan Spiess has held key leadership positions and delivered visionary leadership and strategic insights throughout the life cycle of Procurement, Supply Chain and Advance Purchasing disciplines. As a strategic sourcing professional, much of his experience has been focused in the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Beauty industry. With both a technical undergraduate degree in Packaging Science and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, He has a proven track record of developing business systems and solutions that tackle diverse and complex commercial issues and has successfully delivered sourcing projects with significant return on investment. His past companies have included fortune 50 companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson and Johnson and he currently is Senior Manager for all North American Direct Material for New Avon, LLC.

Dave Newell
Dave Newell
Senior Global Materials Manager
CS Logistics-Global Operaions
Dave Newell is the Sr.  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.
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.
Brent  Perekoppi
Brent Perekoppi
Commercial Leadership, Supply Chain, Procurement & Change Management, Global Leader
Joe Carson
Joe Carson
Chief Strategy Officer
Resilinc Corporation

Joe is a senior business executive with specialization in Procurement, Supply Chains and Risk Management. He brings a deep understanding of how supply chains deliver customer-value within large, complex, multi-national environment. In his prior roles, Joe has successfully implemented Supply Chain Risk Management programs at Micron Technologies as the company’s Chief Procurement Officer, as well as at Juniper Networks as an Operational Excellence Executive. Before that, Joe has served as the CPO at Lucent Technologies, as well as other leadership roles such as VP Supply Chain, Director of Marketing, and Field Operations Management. Joe is a Principal Member of the Supply Chain Resiliency Council, and his work has been cited in many publications including “On-Demand Supply Management” and “The Power of Resilience”. Joe received his B.E.E. from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Daryl Hammett
Daryl Hammett
COO and Co-Owner
ConnXus
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, foodservice 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.
Michelle Taylor
Michelle Taylor
NAD Defense & Government Sales Director, Distribution Business Unit
Cummins
Michelle’s most recent role prior to joining the DBU was Global Diversity Procurement Director for Cummins.  Michelle was responsible for managing more than $1.6B in diverse spend for Cummins global diversity procurement initiative. She led the global attainment of $1.6 billion in diverse spend for Cummins through benchmarking efforts, Tier 1/Tier 2 opportunities and collaboration with Cummins business units and area business organizations worldwide.  She also managed the inclusion of more than 12 global diverse categories within the Cummins supply chain including small business categories supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Michelle led Cummins induction into the Billion Dollar Roundtable in August 2016.  
Michelle joined Cummins in January, 2011 as the new International Warranty Support Manager within the Global Warranty Administration.  Michelle was responsible for developing long term global strategies within the Engine Business Unit’s international warranty business.  

Michelle holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and an M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is certified in Lean Manufacturing Systems from the University of Kentucky Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems and a Certified Diversity Executive from the Institute for Diversity. Michelle's career stems from the automotive industry where she was employed with Ford Motor Company and Delco Remy International.  Michelle owned and operated a distribution company as an M/WBE for 7 years to auto, utility services and government entities.  Michelle received the 2014 & 2015 Top 25 Women in Diversity designation and several Corporation of the Year awards for supplier diversity in the U.S. and abroad, New Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Indianapolis Black Chamber of Commerce, the 2007 Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award from the Center for Leadership Development and the 2007 Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman-1st Runner-Up Award.  
Michelle enjoys reading, exercise and participating as a community volunteer.  
David Howell
David Howell
Director of Strategic Accounts
Bureau van Dijk
Irina Cantez
Irina Cantez
Supply Chain Manager
Illumina
Paul  Noel
Paul Noel
Chief Customer Officer
Ivalua

Paul holds a management degree from Santa Clara University in California and studied international business at Sofia University in Tokyo. His entire career has been about improving corporate profitability through efficient operations and management of spend. From his work at Ariba, Softface and Blackhog, Paul’s specialty has been to harness standard software and services to create specific solutions for companies large and small, local and international. Continuing this at Ivalua, Paul manages all customer-facing operations for the Americas.

Benjamin Johnson
SCM Solutions- Senior Supply Chain Specialist
EP Energy

Ben is a senior Supply Chain Specialist with a focus on data, process and technology. He has been with EPEnergy for 7 years and before that spent 10 years in the MDM, e-catalog and e-procurement areas working with oil and gas companies and educational institutions as clients helping to deliver streamlined solutions and value through bridging the gap between Source 2 Pay and Operational departments. Ben has degrees from the University of Maryland and the C.C.A.F.

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Jenna Williams
Jenna Williams
Program Director
ProcureCon Direct
Stewart Stanton
Stewart Stanton
Managing Director
C2FO
Rajesh Kalidindi
Rajesh Kalidindi
Founder & CEO
Levadata Inc.

Rajesh Kalidindi is the founder & CEO of LevaData Inc, providing next generation sourcing solutions purpose built for direct material procurement. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Leva Data’s cloud platform combines market intelligence and enterprise data with applied AI and cognitive analytics to continuously identify savings opportunities and risks. Prior to LevaData, Rajesh spent over twelve years managing key strategic sourcing functions for multi-billion dollars spend portfolios at Cisco and Palm. Rajesh brings a wealth of global experience including managing multiple commodities and third-party manufacturing models. He has been recognized for delivering significant bottom line performance using innovative data-driven practices to augment his team’s sourcing experiences and relationship management capabilities throughout his career.  Rajesh is a thought leader on the fusion of human intelligence with AI capabilities to deliver breakthrough performance in the traditional procurement space.

Rajesh Kalidindi has an MBA with concentrations in supply chain management and information systems from Michigan State University. Rajesh lives with his wife and two children in the San Jose, CA area.

Ashish Kothari

McKinsey & Company
Shantanu Das

McKinsey & Company
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