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CPOs and Heads of Procurement
Corporate Vice President/General Manager Global Supply Management
Jacklyn (Jackie) Sturm is an Intel Corporate Vice President and the General Manager of Intel’s multi-billion-dollar Global Supply Management Group. Her organization is frequently recognized for high performance as winners of Intel’s prestigious Quality and Achievement Awards and was most recently cited by Gartner as #6 in its Top 25 Global Supply Chains. Jackie is a member of Intel's Ethics and Compliance Oversight Committee, and directs the Supply Chain Environmental and Social Governance program, which includes Intel's first-mover Conflict Minerals initiative.
Jackie is passionate about life in general, but particularly economic regeneration, sustainability and people. As a committed advocate of the criticality of value-added manufacturing, engineering and trade as the economic foundations of thriving societies, Jackie joined Hewlett Packard, Apple, and Intel, where she has held various positions, including CFO for Technology & Manufacturing. She was a founding member of Intel’s investment arm, Intel Capital. Jackie’s leadership focus is on talent and professional growth and she sponsors targeted advancement programs such as Women in Supply Chain Excellence to address challenges faced by women in technology.
Outside of work, Jackie is an avid hockey fan, and enjoys beekeeping, organic farming, baking and as much Zumba as possible to offset the effects of the baking.
SVP Commodity Management
Vice President Sourcing
Shawn is responsible for leading a $5B global sourcing organization that focuses on global synergy efforts, risk management, supply chain optimization, supplier relationships, supplier innovation and overall cost out for the business. Shawn started his 20-year career with GE Appliances as a Supplier Quality Engineer and continued to complete roles of greater responsibility in Quality, Six Sigma, and Purchasing.
Shawn earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Missouri Western State University at which time he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army and entered active duty service. Later, Shawn was accepted into Cornell University where he earned his Master’s in Chemical Engineering. Shawn ended his 11-year military career teaching Chemistry at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
General Manager, Partner Management & Strategic Sourcing
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.
Chief Procurement Officer
Rob Hubbard is the Chief Procurement Officer at H.B. Fuller, which is a global adhesive producer with $2.1B 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.
Chief Procurement Officer
Mr. Babakanian is Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for Western Digital Corporation (WD), a leading developer and manufacturer of hard disk drives and storage products. His responsibilities include global supply chain planning, materials management, direct and in-direct procurement, OEM, ODM supply chain design and management, logistics, and fulfillment. Prior to joining WD, Mr. Babakanian held executive leadership positions at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), and International Business Machines (IBM). He has lead the design and deployment of procurement organizational model including governance, and eProcurement processes which lead to an award in business model mastery from Managing Automation Magazine. In addition to supply chain and procurement, he has held exceedingly growing responsibilities in product development such as IBM personal computer systems, and digital signal processors. His 30 years of experience include multiple M&A’s, and establishing successful global OEM/ODM engagement with multinational companies. Mr. Babakanian holds a bachelors and masters degree in engineering and is an advisory board member at the UCIrvine Paul Merage School of Business, Personal Computing Industry Center.
Chief Procurement Officer
David currently serves as the Chief Procurement Officer for publicly held CONMED Corporation, a global medical technology company that specializes in the development and sale of surgical and patient monitoring products. David began his professional career as a Chemical Process Engineer with GE Plastics and spent ten years advancing through several disciplines including Operations, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales Management. He then transferred to GE Capital Fleet Services where he spent the next three years serving as the Vice President of Strategic Sourcing.
Following a successful tenure with GE, David was recruited by Boston Scientific Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer. There he served as the lead corporate architect of the original strategic sourcing organization developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company. He then Co‐Founded Perimeter Brand Packaging, a Nypro/Jabil joint venture company and would spend the next 12 years as President & GM partnering with some of the world’s most recognized brands before selling his stake to new ownership in 2014.
David spent the next two years working with the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University conducting business training and career mentoring services for transitioning veterans at US military installations around the world. He has also been actively involved with early stage companies both in operating and fund‐raising positions as well as advisory roles.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts‐Lowell (graduated Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and International Business, from Bentley University. He currently serves on the Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at UMass‐Lowell.
Heads of Direct
Senior Manager of Direct Procurement- Strategic Sourcing
Vice President, Direct Procurement and Center of Excellence (COE)
Andy Weisel, Vice President, Direct Procurement and Center of Excellence (COE) at Glanbia is an executive that has lead teams in the top five nutrition companies in the world (Glanbia, Amway/Nutrilite, Herbalife, NBTY, and Perrigo). He has launched many strategic sourcing teams with tactical to strategic transformations over his 25 year career creating value and large cost savings. He has also facilitated over 150 classes for the University of Phoenix in sourcing, procurement, supply chain, Lean/Sigma, global operations, and operations management in both MBA and undergraduate classes. Andy obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in Engineering and his MBA in Global Management from University of Phoenix.
Senior Director Sustainable Procurement
Johnson & Johnson
Prior to his current position, John was a Category Leader in the Global Procurement group, a role that he helped design as part of J&J’s transformation to an enterprise-wide Category management structure. In this capacity, he worked across J&J operating companies to devise and execute procurement strategies for key components and raw materials that resulted in consistently high quality, value, and innovation from world-class suppliers, including a focus on a diverse supply base.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, John held various leadership roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb in the areas of Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, technology transfer, and R&D.
John earned undergraduate degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and in Mathematics from Colorado School of Mines, his M.S. Metallurgy from the University of Utah, and his MBA from the Rutgers Executive Program.
Director of Procurement Ingredients
The Coca-Cola Company
In his current role, Sy is responsible for developing and executing strategic programs which drive productivity, business continuity, cash conversion, and innovation for Mondelez’ s $5.5B NA Biscuit Category. He is also an active member of Mondelez’ s Global Transformation team which is focused on delivering best in class performance through global organization design, capability building, and talent development.
On a personal note, Sy enjoys international travel and community service. A former active member of Portland’s New Generations Rotary Club, Sy has done humanitarian work in Guatemala and most recently in Tanzania where he helped build schools in a Maasai Village through the Red Sweater Project. He is looking to get more involved in local (NYC area) or international community service organizations so if you have any suggestions, please let him know.
Strategic Sourcing Manager
Cheryl Grant is a senior supply chain professional with over twenty years of experience in Supply Chain and Negotiation. She has led a number of Global Supply Chain teams which focused on solving procurement, planning, logistics and quality challenges. Cheryl has extensive experience in manufacturing environments as well as in collaboration with Engineering and Business Development teams to bring new products to market.
In Cheryl’s current role as a Strategic Sourcing Manager at Viasat, she collaborates with cross-functional teams to identify and fill supplier gaps, negotiate overarching contracts, resolve supply escalation issues and achieve cost reduction targets. She also partners with business area technical teams to develop supplier strategies and next-generation products.
Outside of work, Cheryl is a F1 fan and enjoys cooking, gardening, and volunteering in a local school as a grant-writer and fundraiser.
Director of Global Strategic Sourcing, Chemicals And Resins
Michel Mestrinelli is Global Director, Global Strategic Sourcing at Whirlpool Corporation, the world's largest home appliance maker headquartered in Michigan, United States. A Brazilian native, Michel graduated from Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and post graduated from Ibmec Business School in Business Administration, both in Brazil. Since then, Michel has pursued an international professional career in Strategic Sourcing and lived in South America, North America, Europe and Oceania. Walk-the-talk, diversity, integrity, teamwork are amongst Michel's values. Married and father of Ian - love to spend time with his family doing whatever. Passionate about sports (tennis, surfing, soccer), nature and travel.
Senior Value Added Ingredients Sourcing Manager
Land O' Lakes Inc.
Director of Procurement
Global Procurement Manager
Bray International Inc.
Brad Daggett is Bray International’s Global Procurement Manager, based in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for a global sourcing organization that focuses on global synergy efforts, risk management, supply chain optimization, supplier relationships, supplier innovation and overall cost out for the business. In his present capacity, Brad 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 Bray’s procurement needs in the various world regions. He has led the design and deployment of Bray’s organizational procurement model including social governance, eProcurement, and Conflict Minerals initiative. His time with Bray has included several years as an expat in China, which was instrumental in taking the Procurement function at Bray 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.
Global Sourcing Manager
Bryan is leading a direct materials global sourcing team that focuses on materials cost per watt, capacity expansion, supplier selection/management, supplier innovation and risk management. Bryan began working for First Solar in 2008 and has held various direct and indirect supply chain roles across its Module and EPC business units all with increased leadership responsibility. Prior to First Solar, he worked in Procurement at Linde Gas LLC in Cleveland, OH from 2004 – 2007.
Bryan has a B.S. in Supply Chain Management from Bowling Green State University (2003) and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University (2007). Additionally, he is an active board member of the Supply Chain Institute at Bowling Green State University.
Director, Enterprise Procurement Solutions
Robert (Bob) Burns, PMP is a Program/Operations/Supply Chain Management Professional with over thirty three year’s progressive technology management experience in DOD, DHS and Public Safety.
Robert started his career out of high school with Motorola as an electrical/mechanical assembler on Motorola military systems programs. He ascended through the ranks as a field technician, manufacturing manager, and manager of operations.
General Dynamics acquired Motorola's Government Electronics Group in 2001 where Robert has held a variety of operations and program leadership roles. He is currently manages Supply Chain Enterprise Procurement Solutions at General Dynamics Mission Systems and serves as an adjunct member of the General Dynamics Corporate Supply Chain Council.
Robert holds Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and is a certified Program Management Professional (PMP).
Coach / Trainer
J Ryan Partners
Julienne Ryan is a motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and coach with 30 years of experience working with individuals and groups to develop and utilize their skills so they advance professionally. She has been featured at various Supply Chain events like Procure Con Indirect Sourcing West, ISM- New Jersey, ISM 7 Counties, and the Art of Procurement Podcast as a speaker and panel facilitator.
Ryan utilizes storytelling and humor as learning tool and works with individuals and teams to develop their unique talents and strengths. Her methods allows clients to see themselves in new ways so they can become more productive, improve communications, inclusion, knowledge transfer and collaboration.
She began her professional career at age five when she did TV commercials and learned important things like “the teamsters always eat first,” her social security number and how to endorse checks for bank deposit.
Ryan studied psychology in college because she wanted to understand humans. Later she enrolled in an Ivy League graduate school where she paid oodles of money to validate her prior on-the-job learning experiences.
Ryan evolved into working in “Talent Management,” a fancy way of saying “try to find people and keep them moderately happy and productive.” Her background includes roles with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, small businesses and academic institutions with assignments responsible for supporting organizational development, human resources, and administration through change and transition.
She’s on a mission to support her client’s success by facilitating opportunities for communication and connection one shared story and energized conversation at a time.
American Blockchain Council
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Board Member
American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives ( ACSPE)
CEO and Co-founder
As a veteran business owner, Tom knows how to recruit top talent and build a lean team to manage growth. He is also good at conveying company vision and goals to employees, partners and anyone else interested in PO management. But it’s the execution of that vision that makes him such an asset for SourceDay.
Tom wears many hats, but his priority is maintaining key relationships and providing oversight across SourceDay. His decade plus of experience in product management and operations, hardware and software sales, and supply chain management fosters his creative ideas around how best to achieve the goals that lead to company success.
Prior to SourceDay Tom held positions at top technology companies like Dell, Asure Software and Actian Corporation. Tom holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Distribution Engineering from Texas A&M.
Chief Marketing Officer
Senior Director, Business Networks
David Vallejo, Senior Director SAP Ariba for Direct, has more than 16 years of Supply Chain Management experience helping many globally acting companies define and implement their supply chain strategy around collaborative planning, execution and direct procurement automation across a multi-tier supply network.
As part of SAP Ariba’s Digital Transformation Office, David is one of the recognized leaders in the direct procurement community bringing digital innovations into a company’s value agenda. Prior to joining SAP, David had a number of global leadership roles managing Global Customer Delivery and Solution Management at icon-scm and E2open and has been honored with the “Pros-to-Know” award in 2014 by the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Board.
David has a Master (Dipl. Ing.) in Computer Science from the Berufsakademie University in Mannheim, Germany.
Purchasing Manager, Direct Materials
Mark Tschopp is the Purchasing Manager of Direct
Materials with Gerdau. Since joining Gerdau 7 years ago, he has managed
the strategic purchases of alloys while leading the global team collaboration
process. In addition to alloys, Mark also manages the refractory contracts for
Gerdau North America and currently leads the cross functional team (commercial
and operations) to address the commercial, technical and strategic approach to
refractory implementation and consumption.
Mark’s 19 year career has been focused in the procurement profession. During this time Mark has been associated with the metals industry from both the service center sector as well steel production.
Mark graduated from the University of South Florida and is a CPM with the Institute of Supply Management.