Lamar Chesney

Chairman & Chief Advisor
CPO Exchange

Lamar Chesney is a respected leader in business and procurement transformations.  He is a seasoned supply chain management, financial, strategy and operations professional with over four decades of diversified business experience as a senior executive.  He has held a variety of  C-Level executive positions during a career that spans eleven companies in eight industries, including senior executive positions with well-known entities such as Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola Enterprises, The Coca-Cola Company, Marsh & McLennan and SunTrust Banks.  Lamar is a dynamic, systemic-minded leader with a strong track record of building highly capable organizations and leading challenging business transformations.  He has worked as a senior leader to preclude a company from economic failure, led business and organizational readiness for an entity emerging from bankruptcy and spearheaded a key operational and financial transformation in a major international conglomerate. Lamar is a Magna Cum Laude Business Graduate from the University of Tennessee.  He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Goizueta Graduate Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is a member of the Advisory Board for The Center for Leadership Development at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  Lamar has been the recipient of several recognitions including most recently the 2010 Next Practices Innovator Award from The MPower Group and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from Ariba.



8:35 AM Panel: Pillars of Transformation: How Centralization, Innovation & Collaboration is Increasing Procurement Excellence --- Mastering Context

The role of procurement is entering a new era. Driven by a steady economy and rapid growth, companies are seeing a major business need to centralize procurement that brings about tighter controls, standardized processes and power to negotiate with vendors and achieve new efficiencies and savings. During this panel, attendees will hear from others who have moved from decentralized to centralized operations to manage supplier relationships, maintain contract compliance and keep costs down.
·         Standardize and centralize processes while driving global adoption with enhanced processes
·         Discuss a programmatic approach; design and build, drive execution, manage change
·         Reduce operational costs and drive productivity and process improvement
·         Enable category management focus on strategic instead of tactical activities
·         Enable integration between sourcing, tactical procurement and accounts payable

4:30 PM Panel: The Skills of the Past Will Not Deliver The Needs of The Future: How Are We Attracting & Developing Next Generation Procurement Talent? --- Mastering Capability

According to recent Deloitte global CPO survey, 60% of CPOs do not believe their teams have the skills to deliver their procurement strategy. Which behaviors and processes do CPOs need to develop across their teams to transform into a world-class procurement organization? During this panel discussion attendees will learn how to attract and develop the next generation of procurement leaders.
·         Shift from tactical to strategic; what is required? Are you training for the skills that are in line with market demands?
·         Find the right mix of talent to drive behavioral change across your procurement organization
·         Define the capability framework to develop the right training approach for your own team
·         Build a ‘start-up’ culture in your procurement organization that challenges convention and focuses more on the innovation agenda
·         Target continuous improvement in your teams to protect procurement from changes in the future
·         Discuss the impact of millennials and the impact on procurement 


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Lamar.

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