Procurecon Indirect West 2017

September 18-September 20, 2017

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ


Ramez Fiani

SVP & Chief Procurement Officer
Serving as the Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer for Vantiv, one of the country’s leading integrated payment processors. Ramez has built and led an end-to-end procurement organization that is strategically aligned and has delivered significant savings, while maintaining a strong governance discipline. Ramez also leads the real estate/facilities and corporate aviation functions. Prior, Ramez was the Vice President of Business Management at the General Counsel’s Office for First Data (Denver), where he was responsible for the global operation, procurement and finance of the legal, audit, corporate aviation, security and compliance departments. Ramez also served as the Director of Finance and Operations for NCR’s Law Department where he led and oversaw all aspects of the worldwide operations including: managing $100 million budget (including corporate reserves); talent retention and development, as well as all other human resources issues, for 110 employees; tracking worldwide litigation progress; and management of significant outside Counsel expenses. In the 1987-1996 period, Ramez has held various positions including in financial planning, process re-engineering, pricing and strategic planning. Expertise: Transformation and change management, negotiation, expense management, business re-engineering, pricing, strategic planning and operations. His qualifications include a Master Degree of Science in Economics and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Wright State University, where he also served as an Instructor in Economics. His personal development has kept pace with his increasingly senior managerial positions, having been sponsored for intensive senior management courses at both Dartmouth College and The University of Pennsylvania business schools. Ramez was also a member of NCR’s Leadership Challenge and First Data’s Senior Leadership Forum. Ramez grew up in Beirut and Cairo and is multi-lingual in Arabic, English and French.

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

08:30 AM CPOs Executive Panel: Political Procurement: Sourcing In The Age Of A Disruptive Administration

No matter where you stand politically, one thing is undeniable: rapid and unpredictable changes to the way we do business are imminent in the Trump administration – bigly. So how can procurement prepare and adapt nimbly to the uncertain regulatory landscape? In this unscripted, self moderated CPO roundtable, you'll learn how top execs are dealing with the disruption. Audience Q&A to follow. Topics include:

  • How procurement can react to import duties and trade restrictions evolving out of the Trump administration
  • How to deal with the new price of foreign outsourced labor
  • Preparing for the pros, cons and expenses of bringing more labor back to the US
  • What do new environmental policies mean for sourcing?
  • How to turn policy change into an opportunity to outpace competitors and disrupt markets, becoming the disruptor, not the disrupted
  • How to prepare for risk amongst all the uncertainty - Can you afford the wait and see approach?
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