Procurecon Indirect West 2017

September 18-September 20, 2017

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ


Kumar Kannan

Director of Global Sourcing - Indirect Goods & Services
Owens Corning
Kumar Kannan is the Global Sourcing Director for Indirect Goods & Services at Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems and solutions. In this role Kumar manages $650M in annual spend across IT, Marketing, HR, and other corporate functions, and MRO in the plants. He leads a global team based in the US, France and China. His prior accountabilities have included Global Shared Services and Emerging Technologies. Kumar has extensive managerial, sourcing and finance experience from the US, Africa and India. Prior to his coming to Owens Corning, Kumar had assignments in Finance and IT Sourcing at American Airlines in Fort Worth. Kumar also worked at the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia, where he provided financial oversight to several group companies and was involved in the privatization of group companies as part of the IMF restructuring program. Kumar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Delhi University. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has both an MBA and MS in Decision Information Systems from Arizona State University.

Monday, September 18, 2017: Right Here, Right Now: Disruptive Thinking In a Disruptive World

11:10 AM Working With MRO

The MRO category still remains one of the most fractured, especially in decentralized, non-mandated corporations. Discuss with your peers ways to tackle:

·         Cleaning up the mismatched data permeating through the MRO category
·         Breaking the integrated model so each component can be sourced independently
·         Tools to help extract hidden savings that wouldn’t be seen otherwise
·         Can mandating suppliers in the MRO space yield cost reductions?
·         Can outsourcing MRO yield additional benefits?

15:25 PM Panel: The Sport of Procurement and Scoring the MVP Crown

The days of merely saving money or issuing PO's are over -all major businesses today need to see a significant demonstration of value if procurement wants a seat at the table - and you can get one, if you take the right steps. Key topics include:

Determine how value is defined by your business
Develop a keen and constant awareness of your team's capabilities, your supply base, and internal innovation goals
Start small and foster quick wins
Be a client consultant - offering suggestions and advice (not just dollars and cents)
How to drive revenue and not just cost savings