ProcureCon Direct 2018

August 21 - 22, 2018

Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

Contact Us: 1 (888) 482.6012

CPOs and Heads of Procurement

Jackie Sturm
Corporate Vice President/General Manager Global Supply Management
Intel Corporation

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.  

Richard Crane
SVP Commodity Management
Philips Healthcare
Responsible for healthcare globally and Indirect in the US, for Philips, we are delighted for Richard to be joining our faculty of speakers and hearing the voice of a Medical Device leader. Sharing the changing business model of Philips to adapt to a new, tighter and leaner environment, Richard will divulge how Philips are rethinking how they go to market, how they make use of new technologies, notably cloud based technology and how the role of procurement is adapting in line with this responsibility for healthcare globally and Indirect in the US. For Philips, we are delighted for Richard to be joining our faculty of speakers and hearing the voice of a Medical Device leader.
Shawn Malone
Vice President Sourcing
GE Appliances

    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.   

Arnon Kraft
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.

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 $2.1B 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.

Jim O’Rourke
Chief Procurement Officer
Conagra Foods
Rubik Babakanian
Chief Procurement Officer
Western Digital

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.

David Schultz
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.

Dave Hokens
Director Of Procurement and Innovation
Ready Pac Foods, Inc.

Heads of Direct

Ted Olshefski
Senior Manager of Direct Procurement- Strategic Sourcing
Panasonic USA
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.
Steve Livernois
Vice President of Procurement- Direct Materials
Andy Weisel
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.  

Brent Perekoppi
Director, Global Strategic Sourcing (Direct)
Herbalife Ltd

Leading Practitioners

John Ruebush
Senior Director Sustainable Procurement
Johnson & Johnson
John is a Supply Chain executive with over 20 years of experience in the Healthcare industry, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutritionals, and consumer health segments.  He is currently Director of Procurement Sustainability at Johnson & Johnson, where he leads supply chain transparency, supplier sustainability, and risk management teams, including the end-to-end Conflict Minerals compliance process.

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.
Sy Henderson
Director of Procurement Ingredients
The Coca-Cola Company
Sy Henderson is an up and coming Procurement Executive who has worked for leading CPG companies like Procter & Gamble, Mars Inc., and now Mondelēz International in various capacities which include designing and leading global teams, building new regional procurement organizations, and designing and implementing capability programs focused on advanced supplier relationship management and advanced sourcing strategy development.

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.
Cheryl Grant
Strategic Sourcing Manager
ViaSat Inc.

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.

George Rodriguez
Vice President Sourcing, Production, Quality
Ariat International
Michel Mestrinelli
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.

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.
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.
Bill Dickerson
Procurement Manager – Direct Materials & CapEx
Randall C. Clark
Project Manager
Volvo Group Purchasing
Brad Daggett
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.

Bryan Geha
Global Sourcing Manager
First Solar

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.

Robert Burns
Director, Enterprise Procurement Solutions
General Dynamics

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).

Preethi Kasthuri
Director, Global Procurement

Industry Experts

Julienne B. Ryan
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.

Jack Shaw
Executive Director
American Blockchain Council
Jack Shaw is a Pragmatic Visionary, a Digital Strategist, an experienced Technology Executive, a Consulting Futurist, and a world renowned Keynote Speaker. He was voted one of the World’s Top 5 Technology Futurists by over 12,000 meetings planners, executives and conference attendees.
Jack Shaw has been a Technology Futurist for over 30 years – helping others to understand the strategic implications of emerging technologies. He’s a Marketing Strategist, Industry Thought Leader, and Author of three critically acclaimed books on business and technology.
He has advised such leading Technology Providers as Oracle, SAP, IBM, CA Technologies and many more. He has also provided expert guidance and best practices to such Fortune 500 Companies as GE and Coca Cola, among others, as well as to hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses.
Jack is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the American Blockchain Council. As such, he is a leading expert on the strategic business implications of Blockchain technology. In addition, he is widely recognized for his expertise in such breakthrough business technologies as:
Artificial Intelligence,
Internet of Things, and
3D Printing
As well as such established technologies as: 
Ecommerce / Omnicommerce,
Big Data / Predictive Analytics,
Cloud Computing,
Mobile Commerce, and
Supply Chain Management.
A charismatic speaker, he’s delivered more than 1000 keynote speeches and executive presentations in more than 20 countries. Jack graduated from Yale with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Kellogg in Finance and Marketing.
Michael Shaw
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Board Member
American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives ( ACSPE)
Tom Kieley
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. 

Alex Saric
Chief Marketing Officer
Alex has spent over 15 years of his career evangelizing Spend Management, shaping its evolution and working closely with hundreds of customers to support their Digital Transformation journeys. As CMO at Ivalua, Alex leads overall marketing strategy and thought leadership programs. Alex also spent 12 years at Ariba, first building and running the spend analytics business as General Manager. He then built and led Ariba’s international marketing team until successful acquisition by SAP, transitioning to lead business network marketing globally. Earlier, Alex was a founding member of Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris) where he developed vertical procurement applications. He began his career in the U.S. Cavalry, leading tank and scout platoons through 2 combat deployments. Alex holds a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an international M.B.A. from INSEAD.
David Vallejo
Senior Director, Business Networks
SAP Ariba

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.


Mark Tschopp
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.

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