Power your digital future: Talent, Technology & Innovation
March 14-15, 2019
Eden Roc, Miami, USA
Power your digital future: Talent, Technology & Innovation
The Americas Procurement Congress is the best opportunity for senior procurement professionals in the region to come together and learn fresh approaches, drive inspiration and validate strategies in 2019.
With attendees sharing a common strategic priority of digitalization, the agenda sessions and networking facilitation will provide you with immediate workflow modifications to drive talent, technology and innovation, ultimately helping you maximize your digital success.
An agenda designed to accelerate your digital transformation
With digitalization being the highest priority for CPOs in 2019 behind cost savings, the Congress agenda breaks down the crucial elements that are needed for digital success.
Also featured are sessions showcasing how to elevate your operational excellence and ways to tackle regional trends.
Ways to integrate emerging technologies into the function including examples of proof of concept, implementation & the scaling process
How to ensure you have the right data and analytics in place and accessible to your team as a foundation for your digitalization efforts
Digital Talent Capabilities
Ways to evolve your team’s skills, roles and responsibilities for the modern data and tech heavy world
How to set up your team for digital success through centers of excellence and agile teams
Ways to approach regional issues such as fluctuating tariffs in a proactive yet reactive manner
How to ensure your function is driving value creation and your business partner agenda forward while your digital momentum builds
You’ll hear from Americas best
Your networking opportunities will be valuable AND fun
Your next great idea is likely to be inspired by someone outside of your immediate network, so you’ll have over 10 hours to converse and connect with your peers. You’ll also appreciate that several networking activities are hosted outdoors, enabling the fresh Miami air to facilitate fresh thinking. Networking highlights include:
Congress happy hour
You’ll be in Congress sessions with familiar faces after this poolside welcome reception
Event coffee breaks
There’s numerous opportunities sprinkled throughout the agenda to further explore session topics over a cup of joe with your peers
Outdoor evening reception
A highlight every year – you’ll enjoy spending some informal time with your new connections with dinner, music and fun outdoors with sea views
Americas Procurement Awards Ceremony
The inaugural celebration of procurement greatness in the Americas, where winners of the regional awards are crowned and the shortlist for the World Procurement Awards is announced - learn more and start your entry today!
This is a unique opportunity to problem solve with your regional peers
There are many universal elements to procurement but from region to region unique individual challenges arise. By bringing together 190+ procurement professionals from the Americas, there is a shared context, which is invaluable for collective problem solving. Whether it’s discussion around trade wars or M&A legislation, at Americas Congress you’ll get the unique opportunity to understand and solve for these moving parts.
You’ll be in great company at Americas Procurement Congress
The trailblazers of procurement within the Americas descend upon Miami for this event -
if you’re spearheading procurement success in your business, you need to be there!
unique organizations represented
US states represented
expert speakers & facilitators
CPOs who helped shape the agenda
Here’s a taste of what you can expect
In its 6th year, the Americas Procurement Congress continues to get big and better. With the addition of the Americas Procurement Award, 2019 is set to be the best yet. Get excited by re-living last year’s event in the below highlights video:
We can’t wait to welcome you in Miami
Your two-days of inspiration and learning will take place in the central location of Miami Beach.
The juxtaposition of sessions in a conference facility complemented by networking in open air with sea views – you’ll leave with a new sense of energy and motivation to make more business impact.
4525 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Partnership opportunities at Americas Congress
Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Americas Procurement Congress 2019.
A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 190+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.
We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.
Please complete the short form below for access to the latest agenda for Americas Congress 2019.
The Americas Procurement Congress agenda features the knowledge and insights of a range of leading experts from the region, including CPO’s and procurement leaders from global brands, including:
Vice President - Global Strategic Sourcing
The Clorox Company
Cindy leads the global sourcing organisation serving the diverse functions and businesses including Clorox®/Pinesol®/Liquid-Plumr®/409® laundry and home care cleaning products, Brita® water filtration, Glad® bags & wraps, Kingsford® charcoal, Burt’s Bees® natural personal care, Fresh Step® cat litter, Hidden Valley Ranch® dressings, Renew Life® digestive health products and Nutranext vitamins and supplements. With a critical eye on supply assurance of the wide variety of raw and packaging materials, the GSS transformation has also advanced work on sourcing strategies, risk mitigation, responsible sourcing and sustainability, supplier diversity, SRM and sourcing innovation.
Managing Director and Chief Procurement Officer
Chief Procurement Officer
Head of US Indirect Procurement & Supplier Diversity
Senior Vice President, Regions Procurement
After obtaining Masters Degree from Thunderbird in International Management, joined Siemens in August 1997 as an international procurement trainee. He has worked at Healthineers since July 1999 (Ultrasound, Sales Region USA, Shared Services, Global Regions Procurement, Healthineers Corporate Procurement, Head of Procurement, Siemens Healthineers China).
Chief Procurement Officer
Head of Procurement Americas
Vice Chair, Supply Chain Management
Vice President, Worldwide Sourcing
Senior Manager Global Procurement
Aaron joined Adobe in 2011 after nearly a decade long career as a software developer in the semiconductor industry. From the start, Aaron has effectively used his technology expertise to benefit Adobe, both as a category manager and systems builder. In his current role as leader of Adobe’s Center of Excellence, Aaron focuses on combining technology and a process improvement mindset to implement and build best in class tools and processes that help Adobe P2P team members enable Adobe Business success.
Aaron earned his BS Degree in Business Information Systems from Utah State and later his MBA from the Marriott School of Management.
VP, CPO, Head of Sourcing, Purchasing, Finance Strategy and Continuous Improvement
As the VP of Strategic Sourcing for TIAA, Austin’s team is responsible for managing approximately $2B in supplier spend and negotiating more than 2,000 contracts annually on behalf of TIAA’s business units. Austin’s additional sourcing responsibilities include Supplier Diversity program management, Contract Management, Purchasing and heavy support of the Supplier Risk program.
Since joining TIAA in 2009 as a Director in Strategic Sourcing, Austin has held roles of increasing responsibility. In addition to directing the Strategic Sourcing group for the past six years, Austin also led the Finance Operations team between 2014 and May 2018.
Prior to TIAA, Austin led a team of sourcing professionals at Bank of America, where he was a key player in seven mergers and acquisitions, managed over $2 Billion in spend and obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt. Austin also worked for the Ford Motor Company and Vastera (a joint venture with Ford Motor Company). At Vastera, he held leadership positions in their Finance, Business Strategy and Operations departments. He also played a key role in their IPO and helped open their Tokyo, Japan office.
Austin holds an MBA from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Corporate Strategy and obtained his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, where he studied Business Management and Japanese. He speaks fluent Japanese.
Associate Director Strategic Operations Technology Global Procurement
Bob Amareld leads the Strategic Operations and Technology function for Global Procurement at Biogen. In this role, he has led the digital transformation of procurement by bringing in technology such as automated spend analytics, E-sourcing, advanced data analysis, market intelligence, Contract Lifecycle Management along with easily searchable catalogs and spot buy services. He has also created 3 distinct Centers of Excellence supporting Biogen globally, which include our BPO Buying Desk COE, our CLM COE along with our Advanced E-sourcing COE. These digital transformation activities and strategic off-shoring initiatives have supported and enabled Biogen’s procurement team to achieve savings totaling over $500MM in just 3 years. Additionally, Bob has diverse experience in Procurement, Sourcing, Biomedical and Process Engineering, Intellectual Property Law, Technology Transfer and R&D. He has Masters degrees in Business and Biomedical Engineering from UNC and Johns Hopkins respectively.
Sr. Director, Global Procurement
Conrad joined Adobe through the Omniture acquisition in 2009. Over the past 25 years, Conrad has led several global organizational and operational transformations in Procurement, IT, and HR. In his current role, Conrad has led Adobe’s Global Procurement transformation that has dramatically reduced PR-PO-Contract resources and delays; at the same time elevating the real and perceived value add of Global Procurement across Adobe. Adobe Global Procurement is quickly becoming a recognized leader in innovation and business centric results.
Conrad earned his BS Degree in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University and later his MBA from the Marriott School of Management.
Vice President, Head of Global Procurement
Head of Global Procurement
TripAdvisor Media Group
Chief Procurement Officer
Greg Tennyson is a recognized global executive with extensive experience leading transformative change across a wide range of organizations including operations, procurement, customer support, supply chain, shared services, finance and contracts for Fortune 500 companies.
He is currently the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at VSP Global and was previously the CPO at Salesforce.com and Oracle Corporation with global source-to-settle and travel-to-expense responsibilities.
Greg has his MS in Management and is credentialed by the Sourcing Interest Group. Previously he held his ISM C.P.M. and NCMA CPCM credentials. Greg was a Finalist for the World Procurement Awards 2018, Smart Cube Procurement Leader Award; and is currently a finalist for Sourcing Industry Group, Sourcing Star Award to be announced October 2018.
He sits on a number advisory boards for emerging high-tech companies as well professional organizations.
Head of WorldWide Indirect Procurement
For the past 20+ years, Howard has helped lead or advise on Global Procurement transformations at six different multi-national corporations, helping them become high performing functions integrated with the strategy of their business. Currently, Howard serves as Head of Global Indirect Procurement for Citrix Systems, Inc. where the Procurement transformation has been integral to the business strategy of streamlining processes, improving operating margins and innovation through strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management, and containing costs while it makes its pivot to the cloud and migrates to a SaaS subscription service operating model.
Howard’s responsibilities have been wide ranging, including Finance, Procurement Change Management, Supply Chain Business Development, Raw Material Commodities Hedging and Trading, and leading Global IT Procurement and Indirect Procurement functions. While leading Indirect Procurement at Merck, Howard served on the boards of Telerx, a call center business, and the US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce, which promotes use of firms owned by Asian-Americans. Later as a consultant, Howard helped establish and run a GPO for the hospitality industry before taking the role at Citrix.
His experiences with Risk Management are wide ranging as well, from dealing with Failure Mode & Effect Analysis for turboshaft helicopter engines to managing the risks of supply and price volatility of agricultural commodities due to floods, drought and political upheaval impacting the supply chain.
Howard and his wife like to spend their time playing with their 5 grandchildren, but in between, he sneaks in time for his other passion - a round of golf. He has BA and MA degrees in Economic Geography as well as his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, where he lectures annually to a Marketing class on how to work with Procurement. Howard’s Citrix Procurement Team was also awarded the 2017 Procurement Leaders Award for Cross-Functional Transformation.
Head Global Business Services
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Laks joined Marsh & McLennan in 2010 as the Chief Procurement Officer. His role was expanded in 2012 to head Global Business Services which includes the Sourcing/Procurement and Real Estate/Facilities organizations. Laks’ previous jobs were with TD Ameritrade where he was the Chief Procurement Officer and TD Bank where he led the US Sourcing Organization.
Laks holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.
Americas Chief Procurement Officer
Vitold is the Capgemini Americas Chief Procurement Officer, responsible for all categories: IT and Telco, External Resources, Training, Professional services, Travel and meetings.
Previously, Vitold was the Capgemini Travel Director hosted within the Global Procurement organization. Before, amongst other roles at HP, he has managed the worldwide hotel and card programs. In 1999, he joined HP in Belgium, working for the Finance department after his national service at the French Embassy in Rome.
Vitold has a true passion for innovation and for the sustainable growth topics.
Vitold holds a master’s degree in applied economics, with a major in Banking and Finance, and a master’s degree in economics modeling. He is based in Montreal.
Senior Vice President, Indirect Procurement & Corporate Real Estate
A transformational business leader with an exceptional track record delivering significant value during periods of large-scale change, Tom currently leads indirect procurement globally at Teva, in addition to leading Teva’s global corporate real estate function.
While he and his procurement team work closely with all of Teva’s business units and functions to deliver sourcing strategies that translate to bottom-line results globally, his real estate team is tasked with optimizing the global real estate portfolio.
Tom’s background includes senior leadership roles in finance, procurement and real estate at several high-performance organizations including Pfizer, Accenture and IBM. He also led Pfizer’s International Treasury Center in Dublin, Ireland. Throughout his career Tom has distinguished himself as a change leader who intuitively understands how to bring out the very best in people and teams.
His career started at ITT’s Avionics Division, where he worked as a manufacturing engineer soon after earning his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. Tom also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Partners of the Americas Procurement Congress 2019
Having relationships with the right solution providers is critical to the impact your function makes on the business.
The Americas Procurement Congress will have carefully selected procurement solution providers onsite as Congress partners. These partners are there for you to brainstorm with to help you find solutions to your challenges, while also discussing how their product aligns to your functional objectives.
Please see the partners already confirmed to contributing to the event:
GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 14 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, GEP – based in Clark, NJ - helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn about our comprehensive range of strategic and managed services, please visit www.gep.com. For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit www.smartbygep.com
Insight Plus Partner
Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on strategy, operations, information technology, organization, private equity, digital transformation and strategy, and mergers and acquisition, developing practical insights that clients act on and transferring skills that make change stick.
The firm aligns its incentives with clients by linking its fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain has 55 offices in 36 countries, and its deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector. www.bain.com
ZeroChaos is a global provider of workforce management solutions that help organizations achieve greater management and financial control of their workforce and talent supply chains. ZeroChaos’ award-winning solutions, including its vendor-neutral Managed Services Program, enable procurement and human resources to improve visibility into contingent labor spend and talent pools, effectively manage and optimize contingent workforce program performance, and mitigate risks. Headquartered in Orlando, ZeroChaos has global operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Create real business impact for your organization by using C2FO to improve margins and strengthen your supply chain. As the world’s leading dynamic discounting solution, C2FO enables early invoice payment for a discount to your suppliers without impeding existing contracts. With more than 100,000 participating businesses across the globe, C2FO is the most trusted solution for Global 2000 companies and their suppliers. Learn more about accelerating innovation and results with your team at www.c2fo.com
In today’s fast paced global market timing is everything. You want to protect, grow or transform your business. To meet these challenges we offer clients small teams of highly qualified experts with profound sector and operational insight. Our clients include corporate boards and management, law firms, investment banks, investors and others who appreciate the candor, dedication, and transformative expertise of our teams. We will ensure insight drives action at that exact moment that is critical for success. When it really matters.
Basware is the global leader in providing networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services. Basware’s commerce and financing network connects businesses in over 100 countries and territories around the globe. As the largest open business network in the world, Basware provides scale and reach for organizations of all sizes, enabling them to grow their business and unlock value across their operations by simplifying and streamlining financial processes. Small and large companies around the world achieve significant cost savings, more flexible payment terms, greater efficiencies and closer relationships with their suppliers. Find out more at www.basware.com
Booking.com for business (www.booking.com/business) is a tailored offering specifically focused on business bookers and travellers to allow seamless booking and managing of business travel in the simplest, smartest and most rewarding way. More than one in five bookings made on Booking.com are made for business. Enhanced features for business travel on Booking.com highlight those places which are frequently used for business, tapping into its extensive review data to make easy work of finding those that are business traveller tested and approved. Booking.com for Business also provides a free tool for travel managers and assistants that allows booking on behalf of others. Booking.com for Business is a platform with enhanced functionality and reporting designed to meet the specific needs of corporate travel, while delivering the same ease as Booking.com enabling every business traveller to book with confidence, wherever their business takes them.
Insight Sourcing Group is the leading boutique consulting firm in North America focused exclusively on Strategic Sourcing and procurement-related services. The firm has developed a reputation for the collegiality and high calibre of our team, our tremendous focus on client results, our entrepreneurial and innovative approach to the space, and for our ability to consistently deliver strong outcomes.
Founded in 2002, the firm works with senior executives and procurement leaders to accelerate Strategic Sourcing savings, increase Spend Visibility, provide category intelligence, and implement procurement best practices. Insight Sourcing Group has worked with hundreds of corporate clients of all sizes and over 50 Private Equity firms.
Typical client results include 20% average savings per indirect spend category, 5 – 15% for direct spend categories, 400 – 600% first-year return on investment, and project payback periods measured in months.
Hays Talent Solutions takes an innovative approach to your talent management needs. Through our industry leading global capabilities and expertise in local delivery, we offer you a fresh, unique approach to ensuring your workforce needs drive your business goals. We provide bespoke services including Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Managed Service Provider (MSP) services, Vendor Management Solutions (VMS), Payrolling and modular services as well as can help you in your talent attraction strategies. Our aim is to ensure our clients always have access to the talent they need. Building solutions that deliver to their needs both now and in the future.
Scout RFP makes strategic sourcing simpler, smarter, and more streamlined than ever before. Its intuitive, cloud-based platform – encompassing everything from project intake through sourcing pipeline to contract and supplier management to RFx and reverse auction tools– closes the loop on sourcing and, in the process, empowers collaboration, centralizes data, makes processes more transparent, and, ultimately, drives better business outcomes.
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Aquiire’s intelligent real-time procure-to-pay suite brings the convenience and simplicity of the consumer shopping experience to the business user with unparalleled compliance and savings. Aquiire features patented, real-time B2B e-commerce shopping from a single search, advanced alternative supplier pricing, spend visibility and cutting-edge supplier relationship management technologies to automate buyer/seller collaborations.
Aquiire’s best-in-class, intuitive user interface and real-time lower-price comparisons from alternative suppliers deliver untapped savings on indirect spend. Aquiire was awarded PayStream Advisor’s 2017 Innovative Procurement Technology of the Year and the Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) 2017 Game Changer Award. Aquiire is MBE Certified.www.aquiire.com
The Smart Cube is a global provider of research and analytics solutions, primarily serving the CPG, financial services, retail, life sciences, energy and industrials sectors.
Addressing the needs of businesses in the intelligence age, our customised solutions provide a truly connected approach, delivered by talented minds and strengthened by Amplifi, our organisational intelligence platform, rich with knowledge, cutting edge tools and advanced analytics.
We work with a third of companies in the Fortune 100, helping them make smarter decisions, accelerate value and gain a competitive edge.
Headquartered in the UK with additional offices in the USA, Switzerland, Romania and India.
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- 2 day Congress pass (March 14-15, 2019) + 2 nights accommodation at Eden Roc Miami
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