Sunday, October 22, 2017

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Registration & Welcome Brunch

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM Orientation

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Lamar Chesney, Chairman & Chief Advisor, CPO Exchange


Lamar Chesney

Chairman & Chief Advisor
CPO Exchange

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM Reinventing Sourcing: Leading in a 21st Century Corporation --- Mastering Context

Mariano Legaz, CPO , Sprint
A lack of resources and funding in a complex global business setting and the lack thereof severely complicates being successful. But how can you break the mold using what you have to get your suppliers and your stakeholders engaged like never before? Hear how Sprint reinvented its procurement department to focus on innovation, and come prepared with your ideas and challenges, because he’s going to ask you to chime in on what you can do within your own organization!


Mariano Legaz

The word “disruption” has become quite popular in the Procurement Industry…and for good reason. New technologies have transformed the way our entire industry operates. Technology is no longer a barrier to innovation. Millennials demand value. Transactional processes will be automated and touchless. When it happens, will your team be ready? During this panel discussion, attendees will discuss and debate the future of procurement and learn how procurement can get ready for a looming technology shift.
  • Discuss the impact of a digital disruption on procurement and global supply chains
  • Hear how cognitive procurement is becoming a reality for many organizations
  • Highlight the changing nature of supplier relationships in a digital world
  • Hear how RPA combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI) based tools are bringing procurement digitization to new heights
  • Discuss the new set of skills required to take on these new capabilities


Garry Christie

Director, Procurement
Advanced Micro Devices

David Hammerle

VP, Procurement & Contracts

John Becvar


1:20 PM - 1:50 PM Business Meeting

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM Business Meeting

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM Networking Break


2:40 PM - 3:25 PM Touchless Procurement: A Framework for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Implementation - What Is It and How Do We Apply It? --- Mastering Capability

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and cognitive technologies have the potential to revolutionize service delivery in Procurement organizations. Does that hype sound familiar? Do the possibilities seem almost too good to be true? What is the reality of delivery? Join this conversation to understand the potential of this game changing technology, associated change management requirements and how it is being applied within purchase-to-pay.
-Understand RPA and automation trends
-Hear why there is increasing interest in RPA, in a procurement environment
-Discuss the practical issues of implementation
-Debate whether robots and people can really work together
-Understand how to leapfrog in, if you are not an early adopter

Sponsored by: GEP


2:40 PM - 3:25 PM Procurement & Finance: A Symbiotic Partnership: Making Cash Optimization a Priority --- Mastering Context

Given the shifting outlook and increasing uncertainty with the global economy, executives are becoming more cautious of how they invest to position their companies for growth. During this session, American Express will discuss why executives should make cash optimization a priority in order to secure their businesses as well as position themselves to pursue growth.
-Explore the discipline of Finance within Procurement including rigorous business case approach to calculating ROI and payback periods not just for each investment but also for each relationship

Sponsored by: American Express Global Corporate Payments

3:25 PM - 3:55 PM Integrating Online Easy to Access Sourcing Strategies to Boost Business Agility & Supplier Innovation --- Mastering Capability

Procurement leaders are facing an increasing complex business landscape, with pressures for sustainability, legal and compliance shaping the need for new strategies, and at the same time they need to deliver increased efficiency to drive business value. Creating a safe and sustainable prequalification program for contractors, vendors and suppliers using a simple, online interface will ensure efficiency and alignment with procurement key challenge areas. During this session attendees will learn how to:
• Streamline operations, enhancing performance management by identifying and leveraging the best suppliers
• Verify your supply chain data. We help contractors meet your requirements, year after year.
• Reduce risk by educating contractors to help them identify deficiencies, elevate their safety culture and improving efficiency

Sponsored by: Avetta

3:55 PM - 4:15 PM Break

4:15 PM - 4:55 PM The Role of Procurement as an Internal Strategic Business Partner

Sanjeev Majoo, Vice President, Global Procurement , Bristol-Myers Squibb
During this presentation attendees will learn how to grow from a tactical procurement organization to a more strategic partnership with internal business units and highlight the win-win benefits for all.
·Receive demonstrated practices on how to drive value by aligning with internal business units
·Drive supplier innovation into the business and communicate the value it brings
·Build strategic supplier relationships to transform your journey to world class
·Embrace true partnership principles as key to success


Sanjeev Majoo

Vice President, Global Procurement
Bristol-Myers Squibb

4:55 PM - 5:25 PM Technology's Changing Role to Drive Procurement Value Creation

Advancements in procurement technology are quickly evolving and revolutionizing the way procurement can create value for the business. During this presentation, you will learn how technology is reshaping procurement’s role and how your organization can benefit from adopting technologies to help you move beyond cost-cutting to value creation.
  • Harness process efficiency and effectiveness for next level of value creation
  • Leverage digital techniques like: Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Intelligence, Predictive, Machine Learning, Big Data Mining, Automation, User Guidance
  • Create strategic operating frameworks for an improved business partner role
  • Apply strategies on suppliers and categories in a digital context for alternative value creation beyond cost savings

Sponsored by: BravoSolution

5:25 PM - 5:55 PM Business Meeting

5:55 PM - 6:25 PM Business Meeting

6:25 PM - 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner Sponsored by Avetta

Sponsored by: Avetta