John Becvar is the Chief Procurement Officer at Groupon responsible for Procurement, Facilities/Real Estate and Business Transformation. John joined Groupon as employee 163 and has held leadership roles at Groupon in Marketing, Legal, HR and Operations before moving to the Finance Department last year. Under John's direction, Groupon has reduced SG&A by more than 10% each year while growing the top line revenue for the last 3 years. Prior to Groupon, John worked at SHC Holdings (Sears), Rewards Network, United Airlines and Citibank in a variety of marketing and strategic planning roles. For the last 25 years, John has been leading large cross-functional teams to drive bottom line results to launch new products, partnerships and services. John taught CRM at Loyola University Graduate School of Business and obtained his MBA from Vanderbilt University OGSM. On a personal note, John is an avid traveler who has visited 77 countries, lived of 4 continents (multiple times in Europe and Japan) and studied 9 languages (speaking 3 fluently). When not working or traveling, he's president of the neighborhood association managing the community garden park.
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