Supercharging procurement's business value

13 September 2018 - 14 September 2018
08:30 - 17:30

September 13-14, 2018

Venue SIX10, Chicago

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Join us at the Agility & Transformation Forum 2018

This two-day event is dedicated to strengthening procurement’s business partnerships, helping you deliver increased business value through innovation, revenue generation and competitive advantage.

Agility and Transformation Forum Chairman Chuck Hatsis, CPO at CME Group outlines a few of the key reasons you need to make sure you join us in Chicago:

Expect to be challenged by industry experts and inspired by case studies from your peers, all while growing your network for benchmarking and idea-sharing long after the Forum ends.

Key themes:

Improving procurement’s brand within the wider business

Showcasing the ways in which procurement can think strategically and embed behaviours that work to further the goals of the business – first and foremost.

Pivoting procurement’s role to include value-add activities

Being defined by cost savings is limiting and risky. If procurement teams want to be decision makers, they need to demonstrate the capabilities to create real value for their business partners.

Developing a team that shares the vision of procurement as a business partner

Building capabilities to meet business need requires a balanced combination of acumen, leadership and commercial insight. True leaders create an environment for those traits to flourish.

Using innovation as a catalyst for ongoing co-creation & collaboration

Innovation doesn’t just happen, it requires aptitude, workflows, buy-in and a culture that embraces working beyond the normal remit of procurement.

What’s new for 2018

New Location

With Chicago acting as the hub for a host of FMCG, manufacturing, chemical, transportation and publishing companies– it’s the perfect central location for American procurement functions. Venue SIX10 will provide the perfect atmosphere to be reinvigorated with new ideas with it’s panoramic views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Improved agenda theme

You requested an opportunity to really focus on a specific yet common challenge and we’re delivering. You’ll be able to dedicate two-days to crowdsourcing ways to strengthen your stakeholder relationships with the shared goal of delivering increased value to the business.

New networking app

The most effective way to accelerate your strategic objectives is by connecting with someone who’s already found success or is on your same journey. Finding these connections can be difficult, so we’ll do the leg work for you by facilitating connections at the event through our Match & Meet event app.

Improved member experience

The Procurement Leaders membership community is all about harnessing the power of the network to go further, faster. With specific deep-dive member-only workshops and a variety of follow-up resources, as a member, you’ll receive a true VIP event experience.

Strong alignment and business partnerships are key to delivering increased value. To make the leap from good to great, procurement must prioritize business alignment and collaborative partnerships to create value.

However, according to recent Procurement Leaders research:

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of functions attribute greater stakeholder alignment as a key benefit of Transformation

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of procurement execs say they have “very productive” stakeholder relationships

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of supplier collaboration projects end in failure

The Agility & Transformation Forum addresses these issues and more head-on, providing most cost-effective way to accelerate your value-creation and business alignment efforts.

Be inspired by the best

Industry leaders sharing their knowledge and insights include:
  • Chuck Hatsis, CPO, CME Group
  • Tim Herrod, Vice President, Procurement, Nutrien
  • DK Singh, CPO, Schneider Electric
  • Scott Easterwood, SVP, Head of Global Procurement, Tapestry
  • Robin Vogel, Vice President, Commercial, Americas, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
  • David Kern, Head of Procurement, TripAdvisor

Who is already confirmed to attend?

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senior procurement professionals

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hours of networking opportunities

What you’ll leave with:

Lessons in stakeholder collaboration and engagement

To thrive off of shared objectives by ensuring “value” is mutually agreed upon and efforts are aligned to deliver upon it.

Inspiration for building a company-wide culture of collaborative innovation

To collectively contribute to the business’ competitive advantage and revenue generation objectives.

New connections and deeper relationships

To tap into your expanded network and continually crowdsource new ideas and validate strategies.

Enterprise value-creation ideas and tips

To ensure procurement proactively collaborates as an integral part of the corporate strategy.

Don’t just take our word for it

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"The presenters were clearly accomplished experts who entertained and informed. There was a great cross section of industries, non-commercial organizations and consultants. I took away several valuable themes that I can apply. I look forward to attending again."
Jim Kneece, VP Supply Chain
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"It was a productive couple of days, where I gained valuable insights into how other industries work to solve some of the problems I contend with daily."
Gia Van Haute, Director, Procurement Operations
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"A member of my team just came to me and said she will do something different tomorrow as a result of the forum, that’s the main aim. Collaboration and the opportunity to compare to other functions is crucial."
Eric Duarte, Head of Group Supply Chain
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"I’m never disappointed after leaving a Procurement Leaders’ event!"
Christina Najjar, Director of Procurement
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"It was refreshing to be at the event full of other people that carry the same vision and also the same challenges in the procurement environment."
Mike Klobe, Procurement Director
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"An excellent networking opportunity."
Trevor Bailey, Head of Procurement Strategy and Relationship Management

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Venue information

Modern and sophisticated, Venue SIX10 offers panoramic views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Address: 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA

Find out how to get there.

Your choice of accommodation for the Agility & Transformation Forum is available on our HotelMap, which shows you rooms at local hotels, with the best available rates. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel - take a look now.

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Partnership opportunities

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Agility & Transformation Forum 2018.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.


Chuck Hatsis

CME Group

Brian Chambers

Tate and Lyle

Joshua Clawson

Director Sourcing & Procurement
Banes & Noble

Scott Easterwood

SVP Head of Global Procurement
Tapestry (CoachKate Spade)

Natasha Gurevich

Vice President Global Procurement
Salesforce Inc

Tim Herrod

Vice President Procurement

Joseph F. Martinez

Chief Procurement & Financial Operations Officer
MUFG Americas

Charlie Miceli

University of Vermont Medical Center

Scott Ottenheimer

VP - Claims Procurement Global Procurement
QBE North America

Davide Ravazzoni

Head of Human Capital, Global Procurement
Genentech Inc.

Claudia Rodriguez

Corporate VP CPO and Business Operations
Motorola Solutions

D.K. Singh

Former CPO
Schneider Electric SA

Andrea Sordi

Sr Director Global Procurement Strategy Capability & Business Services
Mondelēz International

Roseanne Spagnuolo

Executive Advisor
Procurement Leaders

Greg Tennyson

VSP Global

Rahul Vijay

Head of Telecom Sourcing

Robin Vogel

Vice President Commercial Americas

Shawn Burton

General Counsel - Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems
GE Aviation

Amanda Prochaska

VP Procurement PMO
MGM Resorts International

Ermal Shehu

Head of Global Procurement FinanceAnalytics


Your agenda journey

To develop, influence and execute strategies based on Forum insights, you’ll be taken on a journey from vision to reality as you learn techniques to supercharge your value to the business. View the latest agenda.


Vision sessions:

Exploring the long-term goal

Visionary keynotes & panels

  • Facilitate inspiration and spark creativity to tackle and embrace future trends

PLx keynotes

  • Drive divergent thinking to visualise your objectives from a different perspective

Strategy sessions:

Exploring the blueprint to delivery

Achiever keynotes

  • Provide best-in-class implementation examples for your next practices

CPO challenger series

  • Connect leaders with shared strategic challenges to crowdsource new solutions

Ask an expert sessions

  • A chance to pose your strategy development questions to experienced practitioners for inspiration and guidance

Reality sessions:

Exploring the pragmatics of implementation

Case studies & interviews

  • Learn first-hand how to overcome hurdles and capitalise on opportunities from practitioners who are a step ahead

Deep dive roundtables

  • Connect to individuals with differing perspectives to boost ideas and workflow improvements

PL insight sessions

  • Outline the “so what” for key trends, providing suggestions for navigation and application

View latest agenda

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Partners of the Agility and Transformation Forum 2018


Having relationships with the right solution providers is critical to the impact your function makes on the business.

The Agility and Transformation Forum will have carefully selected procurement solution providers onsite as Forum 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:

Headline Partner


Proxima is the world’s leading independent provider of procurement solutions, with a single focus on partnering with organizations to achieve high performing, agile procurement functions. We provide a full range of services and solutions that support the change orientated CPO, including consulting, managed services, on-demand and supplier technology solutions. Through our consulting services, we help our clients design and deliver next generation procurement solutions, whether that is reducing costs, building or evolving your team, supporting your existing capability, or helping to transform your business. We run and support Procurement functions in some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations; our success hinges on hitting ambitious targets year after year. Procurement is our business.

Insight Plus Partner


Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 250 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Realize the possibilities at Follow us at @Ivalua


Bain & Company

Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on strategy, technology, organization, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and helps companies reinvent their operations to uncover a new competitive edge. Bain develops practical insights that clients act on and transfers skills that make change stick. We align our incentives with our clients’ by linking our fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain today has 55 offices in 36 countries, and our deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.


Insight Partners

IBM Watson

AI for Contract Governance Inefficient contracting causes firms to lose up to 40% of value on a given deal. Find out how Watson Compare & Comply increases productivity by empowering contract teams to:



• Streamline contract review through semantic understanding

• Spend more time acting and less time searching by asking questions in natural language to locate relevant sections, clauses and passages

• Mitigate risk by using AI to parse and compare contracts side-by side to quickly flag discrepancies

• Scale up AI contract governance solutions across the organization



Since 2000, SynerTrade has headquarters in Munich, Paris, and New York, with offices in over 20 global locations – SynerTrade is a leading international Source to Contract provider with cloud-based solutions to digitalize your company’s procurement processes. SynerTrade’s full service and flexible procurement suite ACCELERATE comes with over 30 applications set to assist with advancing your procurement process all built around simplifying your work. A recognized leader in solutions from strategic sourcing to spend analysis, SynerTrade focuses on the simplicity of being a technology partner, and customer advocate. With more than 650 clients worldwide, SynerTrade has built the expertise to transform your time-consuming activities into a digital environment.



• Source to Contract

• Procure to Pay

•Supplier Management

• Spend Analysis

• Purchasing Intelligence



Founded in 2010, Tradeshift is the world’s largest business commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers. Tradeshift connects over 1.5 million companies across 190 countries, processes over half a trillion USD in transaction value yearly, and has a marketplace containing 28 million SKUs. It offers solutions for procure to pay, supplier engagement and financial services, and enables companies and partners to build custom or commercial apps on its business commerce platform. Tradeshift is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Copenhagen, New York, London, Paris, Suzhou, Chongqing, Tokyo, Munich, Frankfurt, Sydney, Bucharest, Oslo, and Stockholm.



Mastercard is the global technology company behind the world’s fastest payments processing network. We are a vehicle for commerce, a connection to financial systems for the previously excluded, a technology innovation lab, and the home of priceless possibilities.

Everyone wants easier ways to pay; we invent them.
Corporate purchasing is complicated; we make it simple.
Small businesses are virtual; we give them access to a world of buyers.


Exclusive Diversity & Inclusion Partner


ConnXus supplier management software solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a CPUC-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.


Engagement Partners

Strategy&, part of the PwC network

As part of the PwC network, Strategy& helps clients solve their issues from strategy through to execution. We do that by combining our strategy consulting expertise with the vast capabilities of the network, to help you move your business forward with confidence. Strategy& provides a level of operations expertise unique among general management consulting providers. We help clients build a supply base with a highly competitive cost, value, and service profile, transforming supply management into a strategic enabler for the business.

Strategic supply management services include:
• Digital procurement
• Strategic sourcing
• Procurement operating model (organization, processes, governance)
• Category strategy and management
• Direct material design-to-value and should-cost
• Supplier relationship, risk, and performance management
• Complex procurementsupport
• Contract management and value realization
• Advanced sourcing analytics



OMX is the only technology platform in the world that manages obligations companies have to invest in local businesses and drive social and economic impacts through their procurement. OMX is an online marketplace to help companies diversify their procurement by providing opportunities through the platform that smartly matches to diverse suppliers. It is the first software built that provides real-time electronic tracking and data analytics of the industrial base, procurement opportunities and the exact social and economic benefits that flow to an economy.

They are leaders in the defence, aerospace, mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. OMX was awarded the 2017 NATO Innovation award for its leadership in e-procurement and measuring socio-economic impacts globally and was short listed for Procurement Leaders “Best New Technology” of 2018 globally.



Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology. We bring together our capabilities in business, technology, operations and function strategy to help our clients envision and execute industry-specific strategies that support enterprise wide transformation. Our focus on issues related to digital disruption, competitiveness, global operating models, talent and leadership help drive both efficiencies and growth.

Within our Sourcing and Procurement Strategy practice, we are especially adept at connecting the business function to an industry’s context. As trusted C-suite advisors, we help our clients devise procurement strategies that truly create competitive advantage, supporting industry and enterprise-wide transformations in a way that integrates business, technology and operations. We focus on Procurement Strategy, Digital Procurement Operating Model, Zero Based Spend/Strategic Cost Management, Zero Based Supply Chain/Direct Materials Sourcing, Supplier Relationship/Risk Strategy and Procurement Analytics. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat


The Gap Partnership

The Gap Partnership deliver negotiation training and consulting in over 50 countries worldwide operating from our offices in the UK, Germany, America, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, China, Russia, South Africa, and across Europe. Every member of our team is an employee, every one of them highly trained and actively involved in commercial negotiations. Our teams are passionate about negotiation and committed to providing you with the best negotiation solutions in the world.

What this means is that we guarantee quality, we guarantee consistency and we guarantee the ROI that we will commit to deliver. We do what we say we will do and we do whatever it takes to deliver the results you expect.



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



How can you thrive when nonstop disruption keeps redefining possibilities? You should reimagine more than business processes. You should reimagine everything—relationships, data, markets, the workforce, and more. Deloitte can show you how—and help you deliver results with SAP solutions. Each day across the globe, our team of more than 18,000 business and technology professionals is working with leaders across industries to explore the art of the possible with SAP technologies—and to take action. Ready to reimagine everything and thrive in the digital economy? Contact us to get started -

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SAP Ariba is how companies connect to get business done. On the Ariba Network, buyers and suppliers from more than 3.4 million companies and 190 countries discover new opportunities, collaborate on transactions and grow their relationships. Buyers can manage the entire purchasing process, while controlling spending, finding new sources of savings and building a healthy supply chain. And suppliers can connect with profitable customers and efficiently scale existing relationships – simplifying sales cycles and improving cash control along the way. The result is a dynamic, digital marketplace, where over $2.1 trillion in commerce gets done every year. - follow us on LinkedIn and twitter Business for 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 are made for business. Enhanced features for business travel on 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. for Business also provides a free tool for travel managers and assistants that allows booking on behalf of others. 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 enabling every business traveller to book with confidence, wherever their business takes them.


Networking Lounge Partners


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. For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit



Coupa Software is the leading provider of business spend management, or BSM, solutions. We offer a comprehensive, cloud-based BSM platform that has connected hundreds of organizations with more than four million suppliers globally. Our platform provides greater visibility into and control over how companies spend money. Using our platform, businesses are able to achieve real, measurable value and savings that drive their profitability.


KPMG logo

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 154 countries and territories and have 200,000 people working in member firms around the world.


APS Group

We’ve been delivering marketing and customer communications since 1961. Helping brands talk to their customers in a relevant, rewarding way, with every campaign.

Strategy and insight

Our strategy offers better research, stronger insight and hard-earned expertise, taking projects from conception to completion.

Ideas and design

Because we’re truly integrated, we can write, create and execute ideas to suit any channel or desired customer experience.

Multichannel production

Whether it’s a poster, a website, a loyalty card, or a fully-fledged multimedia campaign, we bring marketing and communications to life.

Delivery and management

All our services wouldn’t be possible if our delivery and management mechanisms weren’t in place. We offer trusted, feedback-driven services at every stage, guaranteeing a secure and simple supply chain.

Make more possible.

Media Partners

Buyers Meeting Point

Buyers Meeting Point provides no-nonsense coverage of the procurement industry - always with the needs of inquisitive practitioners in mind. Buyers Meeting Point provides the procurement industry with an events calendar, blog, active social media network, and podcast, all of which are trusted sources of information for practitioners and solution providers alike. Owned and managed by industry veteran Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point is a strategic resource to forward-thinking procurement and supply chain professionals. For more information follow us on Twitter: @BuyersMeetPoint

Business Chief

Business Chief, formally known as Business Review Magazines, is a media brand fit for the digital age, providing cutting-edge content tailored for company executives, business pioneers and industry thinkers. Divided into eight separate regional titles, Business Chief tells the stories that matter to business leaders and professionals on their way to the top. Through our expertly-crafted digital magazines, websites, videos and social media, those stories reach the right people. Our flagship features are the Leadership Showcases; exclusive interviews with key decision-makers at some of the biggest companies on the globe, documenting their journeys to business transformation and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. With further themes focused on technology, talent and sustainability, Business Chief has insight on the trends that matter to C and V-level executives, while also delivering consumer-friendly lifestyle content to reflect their interests and wider ambitions. On top of all that and more, Business Chief showcases in-depth digital reports on companies every month, ensuring it covers every angle in the world of business. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


SupplyChainBrain, the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource, is accessed year round through a wide range of ever evolving multi-media formats by hundreds of thousands of senior level industry executives. In addition to addressing the fundamental principles of supply-chain management, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, technologies and best practices, forward thinking ideas and cutting-edge solutions-and continues to write and report about these as they evolve and mature.

Supply Chain Digital

Supply Chain Digital is an innovative, forward thinking ’Digital Community’ aimed at providing Procurement & Supply Chain professionals with industry leading news, analysis, features and reports about the world’s biggest supply chains. Supply Chain Digital showcases the very latest supply chain and procurement trends by featuring insights from ’Thought Leaders’ across the globe who are implementing ’transformations’ inside large scale organizations. As the fastest growing global community of Procurement & Supply Chain professionals - Supply Chain Digital showcases the latest Industry Best Practices, the latest in Procurement & Supply Chain Technology as well as all the leading Events, Associations and Award winning companies globally.

Become an Agility & Transformation Forum 2018 Partner

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Agility & Transformation Forum 2018.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.

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USD 2,750

  • 2 day Forum pass (September 13-14, 2018)

For procurement practitioners only.

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