Optimising procurement's digital literacy

26 November 2019 - 27 November 2019
08:30 - 17:30
London, UK

Join us at the Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2019

This two-day event is focused on improving your end-to-end digital strategy with an emphasis on the talent and skills required to most effectively leverage data and technology. You’ll learn from your peers’ examples in practice to apply elements to your own digital strategy.

Expect to leave with “aha moments” that you can put into practice, immediately.

Take a look at the highlights from the 2018 Forum for a taste of what to expect:

Gain insights and inspiration on these key elements that contribute to a successful end to end digital strategy

Solving the talent and technology conundrum

How you find the right balance between upskilling your existing team while bringing in external expertise to drive digital initiatives forward.

Leveraging the big data value chain

The practicalities of embeding big data analytics into your function’s workflow to increase efficiency of spend management and supply chain visibility.

Designing a strategy that embraces a fail fast, win faster mindset

How to create a fluid strategy and agile culture that allows you to easily pivot without starting from scratch.

Capitalising on emerging technology

The steps to determine which technologies such as AI and blockchain will give you a competitive advantage and how to start deploying a solution.

Aligning the function’s goals to the business’ digital strategy

How to leverage company-wide data and elevate procurement’s role in the organisations broader digital strategy.

The digital revolution is here

The amount of data being generated for procurement is doubling every two years. Does your function have the skills that are needed to keep pace? Most functions don’t…

42% of functions are held back by the absence of dedicated data staff.

42% of functions are held back by the absence of dedicated data staff.
Only 39% of functions believe they are successfully using data in the decision-making process

Only 39% of functions believe they are successfully using data in the decision-making process
33% of managers claim their procurement teams lack the requisite skills to make effective use of data

33% of managers claim their procurement teams lack the requisite skills to make effective use of data

Join us at the 2019 Forum to discover the most efficient and effective ways to upskill your team’s digital literacy, FAST.

What you will leave with

The two-day time investment is the most cost-effective way to accelerate the development and optimisation of your digital strategy:

  1. Inspiration to embrace an accelerated digital transformation for value add

  2. Practical insights to design and deliver a digital strategy that aligns to the wider business

  3. New connections from a variety of industries for ongoing collaboration and partnerships

  4. Information and resources to develop you and your team’s digital capabilities

  5. Access to leading innovative technology providers to expedite your strategy delivery

The Forum numbers speak for themselves


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PLx speakers that bring an outside-in perspective

Don’t just take our word for it

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"I gained a lot from this event. Thanks to the mix of vendors and peer presentations, I understand what can be of reach for my organisations, but moreover I learned a lot from my peer’s testimonies of successes & failures."
Laurent Eugene, Indirect Purchasing Lead
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"I left with a clear action plan of what I could do to improve. So, the event produced some tangible ideas, which is great."
Eric Espinasse, CPO
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"Powerful content with a variety of themes and digital maturity. It was great to see examples in practice and to have key takeaways."
Niki Pyrathon, Category Excellence Lead
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"Learning is key, everybody is at different stages in the journey. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, lets learn from each other, which is why I think benchmarking at events like this is crucial."
Koen Devits, EVP & CPO
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"I saw a session, where the first thing I did in the break was to email our management team and say ’We’ve got something really interesting we could look at here.’ The event really give you an awareness of what’s out there in the market, which is invaluable."
Michael Maddock, Marketing and Communications Commodity Manager
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"There are people who present here who will talk about new technologies that give you thought provoking moments of how you can apply that within your own space."
Paul Harvey, Head of Procurement Operations & Infrastructure

Partnership opportunities

The Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum is the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to executives actively seeking your solutions. Strengthen existing partnerships, make new contacts and build lasting relationships by partnering with us today.

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.


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 elevate your digital strategy and scale solutions across the organisation and beyond. 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 the latest agenda

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Speaker Line-up

The Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum agenda features the knowledge and insights of carefully chosen experts from a range of industries, including:

David Feavearyear, SVP & CPO, Pearson

David Feavearyear



Virginie Vast, Head of SCM Customer Operations, Vodafone

Virginie Vast

Head of SCM Customer Operations


Rob Alexander, CPO, EMEA, JLL

Rob Alexander



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Rob is the Chief Procurement Officer for EMEA with responsibility for JLL internal and client spend across the 65 countries we operate in.

In his current role, Rob leads the EMEA Supply Chain Management and Procurement Team who are responsible for the management of the supply chain throughout the EMEA region, covering our IFM, PAM, Tetris businesses. The team is organised into three parts; Category Management, Client interface and the Procurement Platform which encompasses our systems, processes and risk & compliance management. The team is located predominantly two hubs of London and Warsaw, however, there are procurement professionals in 13 different countries across EMEA.

Prior to joining JLL, Rob has held senior supply chain roles in global businesses including Procter and Gamble, Carillion, Uniq. He has also several years consulting experience at Accenture, PwC and latterly at Occumen where he was a founding Partner. The breadth of these companies has allowed him to work across many market sectors including; FMCG, Electronics and High Tech, Food, Construction, Support Services, Financial Services to name a few.

Sam De Frates, Senior Director, Commercial Digitalisation, Mars

Sam De Frates

Senior Director, Commercial Digitalisation


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Sam leads the Digital agenda for Procurement at Mars, responsible for setting the multi-year transformation roadmap that will accelerate and unleash new areas of value. Prior to Mars, Sam was a member of the Procurement Leadership Team at GSK, leading the Procurement Performance and Systems team that delivered significant business results through upgrading core systems, making processes easy and unlocking new value through analytics. Sam started his career as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, led the category team at Barclaycard and was the Head of Procurement at Home Retail Group.

Andrea Greco, CPO, CBRE

Andrea Greco



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As Chief Procurement Officer, Mr. Greco drives enterprise-wide supply chain and procurement strategy, leading the company in building scalable and innovative capabilities that provide differentiated service to CBRE’s clients globally. Mr. Greco has more than 20 years of experience, with a proven record of transforming the supply chain to deliver superior results to customers in multiple industries and geographies. Prior to joining CBRE, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Real Estate for Tyco International where he was responsible for the company’s sourcing, manufacturing, logistics and distribution and for managing the company’s real estate footprint globally.

Paul Sarjeant, Global Head, Decision Support, GSK

Paul Sarjeant

Global Head, Decision Support


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As the Global Head for Procurement Decision Support at GSK, Paul is passionate about digital & analytics, with 11 years of experience in digital procurement solutions. Having been at GSK for over 4 years, Paul is accountable for procurement master data, dashboards, advanced analytics, market intelligence, spend analytics & our digital procurement roadmap.

This follows past experience at BravoSolution (now Jaggaer), where Paul was responsible for spend analytics, savings tracking & programme management.

Niklas Klarnskou, Group Procurement Technology Director, CRH

Niklas Klarnskou

Group Procurement Technology Director


Susanne Thoele, Director Spot Buy and Indirect, Uniper

Susanne Thoele

Director Spot Buy & Indirect


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Susanne has spent nearly all her professio-nal life in procurement functions in the phar-maceutical, automotive and energy sector. Today she is responsible for Indirect Procurement at Uniper including IT, Corporate Services, Labor and operational Procurement.

Vaishali Salmond, Strategic Sourcing Lead - EMEA and LatAm, Google

Vaishali Salmond

Strategic Sourcing Lead - EMEA and LatAm


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Vaishali is the Strategic Sourcing Lead for EMEA, Latin America, and the ICT Category Globally, with a team of 15 across 5 different countries. She has been at Google for 8 years and was previously with Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA. She also leads the Women@Google chapter in Dublin, which focuses on empowering women and supporting them to achieve successful and fulfilling careers at Google. On the personal side, Vaishali is a mother of 2 and teaches yoga.

David Latten, Global Head Indirect Procurement, Logitech

David Latten

Global Head Indirect Procurement


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David Latten is global head of indirect procurement for Logitech. In this role, David is responsible for the strategic direction and continuous improvement of the indirect procurement group at Logitech. Prior to this role, David held a variety of positions at Logitech procurement within a rapidly developing function. David combines this procurement experience with an earlier career history in Logitech’s finance group as well as finance positions at other multinationals such as Kellogg’s

Neil Cocker, Director & Senior Partner, Vodafone, Tomorrow St

Neil Cocker

Director & Senior Partner, Vodafone

Tomorrow St

Abhi Dahiya, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Centre of Excellence, Google

Abhi Dahiya

Strategic Sourcing Manager, Centre of Excellence


Talal Alghurabi, Director - Technical Procurement - IT Services Category, Saudi Telecom Company

Talal Alghurabi

Director - Technical Procurement - IT Services Category

Saudi Telecom Company

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Mechanical engineer with MSc from UK in Logistics and Optimization. 14 years of experience in Supply chain, during which I’ve moved across various parts of Supply Chain and focused last 5 years on procurement. Currently the director of IT Services Category - Technical Procurement General Department.

Dariusz Szymanski, Global Procurement Data Science Lead, Mondelez International

Dariusz (Darek) Szymanski

Global Procurement Data Science Lead

Mondelez International

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Darek joined Mondelēz in May 2019 as Global Procurement Data Science Lead. His key objective is to lead and build data science community, collaborate with Technology to ensure that Data Science team has access to required data and software. He is accountable for designing and implementing data models and statistical methods to better manage supplier costs and SRM (Supplier Relationship Management). Darek is responsible for establishing data science environment, implementing data completeness and accuracy standards. He oversees analytics project, develops and leads data science approach, establish framework, standards, templates and looks for synergies across different business areas.

Prior to joining Mondelēz, he worked in CitiBank and had multiple roles in areas related to data analytics. Darek was responsible for building predictive models and segmentations to support and enhance Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Transaction Monitoring Program. He led a team of data mining analysts, statisticians and programmers. Then he was appointed as EMEA AML Independent Validation Head and supported building from scratch models validation framework within AML. Before CitiBank, he worked for consulting companies on projects in banking sector and FMCG.

Darek holds MA and PHD in Statistics from Warsaw University.

He enjoys traveling, playing with his children and sports.

You Hua Tong Strömberg, Global Process Design Manager, Tetra Pak

You Hua Tong Strömberg

Global Process Design Manager

Tetra Pak

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Youhua Tong Strömberg is an experienced process expert and master data evangelist from the packaging industry with an end to end perspective on data and its fundamental role in procurement. Youhua has deep knowledge with regards to driving master data standardization, process digitalization and automation to lead procurement from ad hoc tactical, transactional-based purchasing to fact-based strategic sourcing. Having mastered complex transformational change in multinational environments, she has been involved in technological as well as organizational and behavioural aspects of business challenges connected to data and analytics.

Albert Hitchcock, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Pearson

Albert Hitchcock

Chief Technology and Operations Officer


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Albert is chief technology and operations officer for Pearson, where he joined the executive team in March 2014. Albert is responsible for the technology and operations organization within Pearson. In this role, Albert leads digital product development, enterprise technology, and operations encompassing supply chain, procurement, customer service, and real estate.

Previously, Albert held the position of group chief information officer at Vodafone and prior to this was global CIO at Nortel. Albert is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a chartered engineer.

Philip Höchstödter, Vice President Spot Buy/Operational Procurement, Uniper

Philip Höchstödter

Vice President Spot Buy/Operational Procurement


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Philip worked in different functions like Controlling, IT and Organizational Develop-ment for companies like the German Navy, Evonik and E.ON before he joined Procure-ment in 2011.

All these organizations were undergoing large strategic transformations, so the common theme of his career was acting as a Transformation Manager from different functional perspectives.

Today he is responsible for the groupwide operational Procurement of Uniper and drives Procurement digitalisation.

Jessi Baker, Founder & CEO, Provenance

Jessi Baker

Founder & CEO


Our Partners

Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2019 partners

Headline Partner


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.



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 www.ivalua.com. Follow us at @Ivalua



Engagement Partner


Extract the hidden value inside your data. We help the Purchasing Departments of large multinational companies to see exactly what is going on in Sourcing & Procurement processes and show them how to manage them in the best way. Traditional approaches on Spending Management are in the past: unifying ERPs is costly and slow in implementation; Business Intelligence tools only show aggregated data based on the poor quality of existing classification; offline manual classifications are obsolete. Creactives provides “Augmented Visibility” and “Innovative Tools” to manage Orders, Invoices and Mas-ter Data, described in different languages, with different coding, from more ERPs and other sources.



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.



Networking Lounge Partner


Markit is a leading online IT purchasing system working in 34 countries globally. Markit integrates more than 200 leading IT distributors in the world into simple and transparent online platform and provides efficient tools for companies to manage, centralize and streamline their IT purchasing.

Markit is saving time and money for companies with simplicity and transparency - we provide the best total cost of IT purchasing for companies large or small. Working in Europe and USA with estimated 110 million EUR turnover in 2018 Markit is looking to open Asia as the next region in a bid to best service global companies. More than 15% of Fortune Global 2000 companies are already using Markit as part of their IT purchasing.



Partnership opportunities

The Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum is the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to executives actively seeking your solutions. Strengthen existing partnerships, make new contacts and build lasting relationships by partnering with us today.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 250+ 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.


Book your place today!

Procurement Practitioner Package

£1,495 + VAT

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    2 day Forum pass (6-7 November, 2019)

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    Book now to save £200 off the full booking rate (£1,695)

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Service Provider Networking Package

£2,995 + VAT

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    2 day Forum Pass (6-7 November, 2019)

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    Procurement service providers only

Alternatively please contact delegates@procurementleaders.com for assistance securing your delegate pass, or partnerships@procurementleaders.com for help arranging a service provider networking package.

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