Procurecon Indirect West 2019

September 16 - 18, 2019

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa


Our Speakers


Chief Procurement Officers & Heads Of Procurement

Neil Aronson
Head of Global Strategic Sourcing

Neil Aronson is the Head of Global Sourcing, leading the enterprise-wide sourcing transformation for all expenditures at Uber Technologies, Inc..

Mr. Aronson joined Uber in 2016 after serving as Director, Global Strategic Sourcing – Services for Salesforce.  At Salesforce, Mr. Aronson oversaw sourcing responsibility for all Services related indirect spend. He was instrumental in collaborating with executive leadership to accelerate scaling Sourcing Operations by simplifying Legal requirements and moving tactical Souring items to an outsourced solution. 

Prior to joining Salesforce, Mr. Aronson was the Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where he led the Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) Team supporting all of Goodyear’s North American Tire Facilities Manufacturing expenditures.  He has held several senior sourcing roles at Procurian/Accenture, where he supported several fortune 100 companies in Sourcing, Buying Operations and Program Management.  

Mr. Aronson is a founding member of the Silicon Valley Sourcing Leaders (SVS Leaders), a Bay Area professional group for Silicon Valley based sourcing professionals looking to challenge the status quo by applying new learnings that help organizations make better strategic spend decisions.

Mr. Aronson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Information Management from the University of Cincinnati.

Johnathon Baker
Senior Vice President - Strategic Sourcing, 3rd Party/Licensing & Accessories 
Gap, Inc.

As Senior Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for Gap Inc., Johnathon Baker leads a global team with offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. With a total spend under management of $3B across all Gap Inc. Brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, Janie and Jack, Intermix), his global team sources products and services across direct & indirect categories of 3rd Party products, marketing, store development, IT, corporate services and logistics. Johnathon sits on the Gap Inc. Diversity & Inclusion Council and is the Executive Sponsor of the Gap Inc. Environmental Council. Prior to Gap Inc., Johnathon has held leadership positions at other global corporations including VP Global Sourcing at Starbucks, Chief Procurement Officer at Safeco Insurance & Director of Sourcing at Delta Air Lines.

Jason Cammorata
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
MDC Partners

MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. Jason’s focus at MDC is to empower MDC’s 50+ global agency partners to deliver best in class business results through overall operational excellence. Prior to joining MDC Partners, Jason spent five years within Publicis Groupe.

Chris Gallucci
Chief Sourcing Officer
Natasha Gurevich
Vice President, Global Procurement
Josh Lemke
VP, Global Head of Sourcing 
Alesandro Marangon
Head Of Procurement Americas

Alesandro Marangon is currently Head of TechOps Procurement Americas at Novartis. Prior to this role, he was in several leadership positions in R&D, Project Management, Manufacturing, External Supply Operations, and Quality Assurance in Latin America, Europe and USA. Alesandro graduated in Pharmacy from the Minas Gerais University in Brazil, received his Ph.D. from the University of Tuebingen in Germany and his Double-Degree MBA in International Management from the Berlin School of Economics in Germany and Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge in England.

Joseph Martinez
Chief Procurement Officer

Joseph Martinez is the Chief Procurement & Financial Operations Officer - MUFG where he is responsible for sourcing, travel, procurement to pay operations, corporate real estate, corporate insurance, corporate security and 1st line third party risk management for MUFG.  Prior to joining MUFG he was the Head of Global Sourcing – APAC at Deutsche Bank in Singapore.  

Martinez brings more than 30 years of experience in Supply Chain Management. Where he has held varioius senior positions in financial insititutions such as Bank of America, American Express and Joseph was Chief Procurement Officer at Wachovia Bank. He also served as a Managing Director in the Strategic Sourcing Group at JPMorgan Chase, successfully leading the Professional Services Procurement Operations on a global scale.  His prior experience also includes consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as spending over ten years living and working internationally in Asia (Japan, China and Singapore) and two years in the Latin America markets earlier in his career.  In addition, Joseph served 8 years in the U.S. Army and is a veteran.

Joseph earned his Bachelor’s degrees from The University of New Mexico in Business Administration and History. He has contributed to publications and written articles on topics of Supply Chain Management for the International Association for Commercial Contract Management and the Institute for Supply Management.  Joseph is a co-author for the CPSM Study Guide and the three-book ISM Professional Series Certified Professional in Supply Management.

Kim McGlinn
Head of Global Strategic Sourcing and Travel
Workday Inc.
Joseph Postiglione
Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer
NBA (National Basketball Association)
Nameet Rai
Global Head Of Procurement
Bloomberg LP
Mark Richardson
Manager, Procurement - Fleet and Administrative Services
Sopan Shah
VP, Global Supply Chain & Procurement
InterContinental Hotels Group
Sopan Shah is the Global Leader of Advertising & Marketing Procurement at Nestlé. Over his 6+ years with Nestlé, Sopan has strived to create a world-class procurement team that helps Nestlé brand builders achieve maximum efficiency & effectiveness in their investments to win the marketplace. They do this via external partnerships, innovative ideas and a deep focus on removing waste in their activities.

Sopan previously was with NBC Universal and General Mills in their Strategic Sourcing organisations. He’s a graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.

Sopan’s top three challenges for 2015 are to:

-Move marketing procurement into a “Centre led” model and reorganise along the marketing value chain
-Extend Global Framework Agreements with 3 major advertising holding companies to cover digital, packaging design, and other services on a worldwide basis
-Drive the implementation of Production decoupling for TVC & Digital across the world for which he has allocated over £5 million for each task

Sopan will give his views as a panellist at the event on how you can best exploit programmatic buying and avoid pitfalls during the morning of day one on the 2nd June as well as hosting a listen, learn and share brainstorming workshop on how you should attract, nurture and retain marketing procurement talent during the morning of day two on the 3rd June.
Mithun Sharma
Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing
Jay Sklar
Chief Procurement Officer
Hub International

Jay Sklar is the Chief Procurement Officer for HUB International Limited, where he is responsible for implementing a long-term procurement program, inclusive of travel and real estate, to leverage HUB’s buying power across a historically decentralized organization that has grown rapidly via acquisitions.

Jay brings more than 20 years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, and real estate.  His prior roles included Vice President of Procurement and Real Estate for Orbitz, and various procurement-related roles at Aon, BankOne (now JPMorgan Chase), Waste Management, and A.T.Kearney.

Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Northwestern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg / Northwestern University.

Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Hub International Limited is a leading global insurance brokerage that provides property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services through offices located in the United States and Canada.

Greg Tennyson
Global Head of Corporate Services
VSP Global

Greg Tennyson is a recognized global executive with extensive experience leading transformative change. He is currently the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at VSP Global and was previously the CPO at and Oracle Corporation.  Greg has his MS in Management and is credentialed by the SIG.  Previously he held his ISM C.P.M. and NCMA CPCM credentials. He is a founding member of the Bay Area Procurement Council, comprised of Silicon Valley and Northern California procurement executives. He sits on a number advisory boards for emerging high-tech companies.

Peter Ucovich
Vice President, Global Head of Sourcing and Supply Chain
Michael Van Keulen
Global Procurement Director
Lululemon Athletica

Michael van Keulen is the Global Procurement Director at lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU), a $3B+ designer, distributor and retailer of technical athletic apparel. Previously Michael served as the Procurement Director at VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a $12B+ lifestyle apparel and footwear company. 

At both companies Michael transformed procurement from a tactical/operational function into strategic resulting in significant value creation and shareholder return.  With a background in Finance & Accounting Michael has been in procurement for the past 10 years with specialties in Change Management, S2P, CLM and Analytics.

Born in Amsterdam (NL) he is a happy husband, father of 2 girls and 1 boy and thoroughly enjoying everything British Columbia has to offer.

Mark Zafra
Head Of Global Strategic Sourcing

Heads Of Indirect

Doug Gerard
Manager, Global Logistics & Indirect Sourcing
Robert Hanks
Senior Manager/Deputy Director Procurement
Tracy Joshua
Vice President of Procurement, Indirect
The Kellogg Company
Ronald Schnur
VP Procurement, Commercial, G&A, IT
Molson Coors Brewing Company


Ronald Schnur is Vice President, Procurement for Global Indirects for MolsonCoors Brewing Company.  In this position he is responsible for strategic sourcing and supplier management for Global Indirect categories including Commercial, Contract Manufacturing, G&A and IT.  Ron manages a team of 50 people responsible for over $2.2 billion annually in support of all MolsonCoors Business Units globally.


Prior to joining MolsonCoors, Ron was Vice President, Industrialization and Contract Manufacturing at Danone North America.  In that role, his team managed over 100 projects annually working with over 50 3rd Party Contract Manufacturers focused on New Product Innovation, Network Optimization and Productivity.  Ron held several other senior level procurement and supply chain leadership positions at Whitewave Foods prior to its acquisition by Danone in 2017.


During his career, Ron has held various senior level procurement and supply chain leadership positions at Sears Holding Management Corporation, Coors Brewing Company and Eaton Corporation.   Ron started his career at Chrysler Corporation where he held a variety of positions in its procurement & supply department.


Ron received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University — Bloomington and his MBA degree from Penn State University.  He currently serves on the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Services Board of Directors; and also on the UC - Denver Center for Commodities Advisory Council.  Ron is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) awarded by the Institute of Supply Management.


Ron has served as a board member of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.  In addition, he has served on the Conference Board Procurement Council, Purchasing Roundtable and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Ron is the 2006 recipient of the Robert Pashek award from Penn State for contributions made to enhancing the logistics and supply chain management profession. 

Kevin Sherman
Director, Procurement and Indirect Procurement
Dell Technologies
Alex Singer
Senior Manager, Procurement
Peloton Interactive
Geoff Tonini
Indirect Sector Lead
Hess Corporation
Nicole Cefalu Tuttle
Director, Global Strategic Sourcing

Nicole Cefalu Tuttle is a Director of Strategic Sourcing for eBay, responsible for sourcing eBay’s global Marketing portfolio. In addition, she created and leads the Procurement Innovation team which manages sourcing strategy, policies, corporate training development, and tools.   Nicole is a 15 year veteran at eBay and very passionate about the company’s values and mission.  She has a BS in Finance, an MBA in Leading People and Organizations and is the recipient of the Women of Influence Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2017.  

Mike Zemanski
Head of Indirect Procurement
QBE North America
Angela Zou
Sr. Director, Global Indirect Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Operations

Angela Zou is Senior Director, Global Indirect Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations at International Game Technology (IGT), a global gaming leader. She is a supply chain executive with 15+ years of strategic sourcing, category management, and procurement operations expertise across management consulting and industry capacities, with a consistent track record of costs optimization and process optimizations. 

In her one year tenure at IGT, Angela has implemented an indirect procurement transformation (from tactical indirect procurement to strategic sourcing and category management), and established foundational infrastructure for Procurement operations in IGT. Her leadership responsibilities include: strategic sourcing strategy and execution for indirect ($600M+ in spend), Procurement Transaction Center design & operations, Buy Channel Optimization strategy & execution, Procurement policies and process improvement, Procurement systems/technologies deployment and adoption, Procurement/spend analytics, and Procurement program (MSP) implementation and management.

Angela has an MBA in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. As a Chinese native, she deeply appreciates diverse global cultures and an avid Latin dancer, with a life-long passion for global travels.

Vikki Vlastnik
Enterprise Indirect Procurement Leader
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Leading Practitioners

Peter Bednarski
Senior Manager
Lukas Forney
Sourcing Director
Intel Corp.
Lukas is currently the Global Employee Benefits Sourcing Manager at Intel responsible for over $650M in annual spending across 63 countries. His career with Intel over the past 12 years has also included a variety of sourcing roles including professional services, IT hardware & software, managed services, outsourcing and contingent labor. For the past 6 years, Lukas has successfully partnered with Intel’s HR organization to save over $100M in healthcare spending while implementing various commercial strategies in an effort to transform the way employers purchase and consume healthcare. He holds a position with the National Business Group on Health Payment Reform Committee in an effort to influence state and federal activity. Lukas received his BS degree in Supply Chain Management and MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
Mariam Georgaroudakis
HR - Category Manager, Corporate Indirect
Raytheon Company
Lawrence Kane
Senior Leader, Strategic Sourcing Functional Excellence

Lawrence Kane was inducted into the SIG Sourcing Supernova Hall of Fame in 2018 for inspiring, insightful, and innovative work over the course of his career. Currently responsible for Strategic Sourcing Functional Excellence, he institutionalized best practices and created innovations that were instrumental to Boeing earning the prestigious Global Excellence in Outsourcing award from the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP). A member of the SIG University Advisory Board, IAOP Training & Certification Committee, and IAOP Think Tank, he helped create many of the industry’s leading practices and regularly advances thought leadership in strategic sourcing, procurement, supplier innovation, and digital transformation at industry conferences. Over the last two decades he has saved his company more than $2.9B by architecting sourcing strategies, designing full sourcing lifecycle management processes and tools, developing future leaders, conducting procurements, negotiating with suppliers, and benchmarking resultant contracts. He is also the bestselling author of 17 books.

Cliff Kanu
Senior Manager, Indirect Procurement
The Home Depot
Justyna Martinovic
Sourcing Lead
Edward McAndrews
Head of Procurement , Global IT & Enabling Functions
Ed is currently the Head of Procurement for North America at AstraZeneca. In this role he leads the US and Canada in market procurement teams. He also has global accountability for AstraZeneca’s core commercial categories including Advertising, Digital/Media, Market Research, Contract Sales and PR. Prior to his role as Head of Procurement, Ed held multiple Global Category Leader roles where he developed and implemented global category strategies across key global markets. Established, developed, and managed key global supplier relationships and implemented global category best practices and sourcing programs. Ed has experience in procurement technology implementing Ariba platforms on a global scale and process expertise in strategic sourcing and category management. Ed holds a Bachelors Degree from Eastern University and an MBA from St. Josephs University.
Naga Murali Vardhinedi
Strategic Sourcing Manager

Naga is an extremely experienced procurement manager responsible for leading Google's third party spends in key growth areas. He brings the right balance of strategic thinking and a bias to action to transform how we manage contingent labor.

Stephen Osmun
Senior Manager, Global Indirect Procurement
Cheryl Perlmutter
Senior Manager, Sourcing
Edward Jones

Cheryl is a senior leader with responsibility for Sourcing at Edward Jones.  Prior to joining Jones in 2017, Cheryl worked in the Aerospace industry for 19 years.  She began her career as an engineering co-op at Boeing supporting the Space Shuttle program.  She eventually moved into Supplier Program Management where she worked with suppliers around the world who supported Boeing's defense business.  Cheryl led procurement teams with responsibility for contracting and managing supplier performance.  After several years in management at Boeing, Cheryl accepted a role as a Program Manager at LMI Aerospace where she led several aircraft structure development and production programs.   

 Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration both from Washington University in St. Louis.

Cheryl lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, Mike and her two sons.  She enjoys mentoring engineering and business students and serves on several volunteer advisory committees for Washington University.  She also actively supports College Bound, a nonprofit that works to empower students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve college educations and successful careers.  Cheryl is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling.

Ramesh Siddarth
Senior Global Category Manager, IT
VSP Global
Dan Sirhal
Director, Operations and Project Sourcing
Iron Moutnain
Rebecca Steffen
Senior Director, Corporate, Employee & Professional Services
Bryon Stopfer
Director, Global Sourcing
CBS Corporation
Vidya Viswanath
Head of Strategic Supplier Relationships

Vidya leads contingent workforce and third party staffing procurement at Google. Her extensive experience in indirect procurement was built by transforming teams to lead world class supply chain organizations.

Neil Walker
Director, Procurement
Limelight Networks

Industry Thought Leaders

Bill Michels
Vice President of Operations, Americas
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, (CIPS)
Barb Sexton
Alex Saric
Chief Marketing Officer
Alex has spent over 15 years of his career evangelizing Spend Management, shaping its evolution and working closely with hundreds of customers to support their Digital Transformation journeys. As CMO at Ivalua, Alex leads overall marketing strategy and thought leadership programs. Alex also spent 12 years at Ariba, first building and running the spend analytics business as General Manager. He then built and led Ariba’s international marketing team until successful acquisition by SAP, transitioning to lead business network marketing globally. Earlier, Alex was a founding member of Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris) where he developed vertical procurement applications. He began his career in the U.S. Cavalry, leading tank and scout platoons through 2 combat deployments. Alex holds a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an international M.B.A. from INSEAD.
Mark Raffan
Negotiations Ninja Training

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