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INDUSTRY THOUGHT LEADERS
CEO and Founder
Craig is the CEO and founder of Palisade Compliance. Founded in 2011, Palisade is the leading independent provider of Oracle contract advisory services. Before Palisade, Craig worked at Oracle for 16 years where he was Oracle’s Global Vice President of Contracts, Business Practices, and Migrations. Craig was also the Global Process Owner for Oracle’s audit teams (LMS), a member of Oracle’s CIO advisory board, and on the Oracle User Group’s contract and licensing advisory board. Craig is now the premier expert on Oracle contracting quoted in dozens of publications and assisting with many high-profile Oracle disputes (e.g., Mars, Oregon).
Senior Vice President, Global Business Development
Sean Hobday was named senior vice president in January 2012 to lead the company's global expansion efforts and develop new business opportunities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, India and Canada. Hobday has held multiple leadership positions at Zones, including director of client development, vice president of enterprise sales and president of Zones Corporate Solutions. Prior to his time at Zones, Hobday served as managing director of Blue Ice Leisure in Sydney, Australia, an Austral-Asian division of First Team Sports.
CEO & Founder
A thought leading, vocal member of the secondary ICT market who spent over 15 years in the IBM world, Tomás understands the issues at play in the rapidly changing software landscape. While building a business that is a leader in the independent support of IBM software, Tomás understands the importance of contracts, entitlements and end-user rights. He has been a consistent advocate for the promotion of choice and a campaigner against the lock-in practices that dominate the software industry. Having cut his teeth with www.Repair.org he went on to found, and is now President of, Free ICT Europe Foundation (www.free-ict-europe.eu).
SVP, Service Delivery & Partnerships
Ajeta is popularly known as AJ comes with over 15+ years of experience in Staffing, Customer Relationship Management, Sales, Marketing, Recruitment, Public Relations, Training and Event Management. She completed her Management Development program from IIM (A), Ranked 1st under MBA schools in India, Certified LinkedIn Recruiter, Certified Internet Recruiter from AIRS and Certified Contingent Workforce Professional from SIA. She is a strong believer of being a Client’s Advocate and has been managing a $55 Million diverse portfolio of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500/1000 across various verticals as their Strategic Point of contact. Wearing multiple hats is a Key Strategic Advisor to Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for leading Business Development & Marketing activities (onsite and offshore) at Net2Source. She has been Awarded Extra Mile, Best Team Player, Most Valuable Employee, Best Mentor, Most Entrepreneurial Employee, Best Women in Sales Support at various. Associated with various Non Profits to give back to the society and an avid blogger for national magazines, business world, staffing associations and corporate company blog. Winner of Shining Star by AAF, Executive of the Year by SUVS Awards, Finalist of Women in Sales Awards, Winner of Executive of the Year by OnePlanetawards.
Co-founder and VP of Customer Succes
Cory Wheeler co-founded Zylo, the leading SaaS management platform, and leads its Customer Success team, where he helps enterprises understand, manage and optimize their SaaS footprint. Prior to Zylo, Cory spent 15 years managing categories and sourcing teams for Arthur Andersen, BearingPoint, Takeda and Astellas Pharmaceuticals. He went on to establish ExactTarget’s Procurement team, including its integration into Salesforce in 2015. Cory and his family live in Indianapolis, where they can be found cheering for the Purdue Boilermakers and Chicago Cubs.
Global IT Strategic Sourcing Manager
Mor Abramovitch has 15 years of experience in indirect Procurement and IT Sourcing. Throughout her international career she has been managing a variety of categories and spend areas, from Marketing, Finance and HR – to IT (HW, SW, DC, XAAS, Consulting).
She is currently managing the IT Consulting, cybersecurity, and SW spend at Vmware.
Mor believes in strong partnerships with stakeholders and utilizes this approach to extend the reach of sourcing in the organization. She promotes decision quality and operational excellence through creation of new programs with stakeholders and suppliers.
With a degree in Economics and Accounting Mor began her career as a CPA in Israel, auditing public and private companies, before transitioning into the Strategic Sourcing world. Mor was a Sourcing Manager at the largest telecom company in Israel for 6 years before relocating to the US following her husband’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to VMware, Mor managed the IT spend at Constant Contact.
Former Director, Global Sourcing
Alan is an accomplished IT executive with significant experience working in world class organizations such as Warner Media, Citigroup, Time Inc., AXA-Equitable & Morgan Stanley.
He leverages his experience in Global Sourcing, Vendor Management & Governance, Resource and Location Strategy, and Product & Process Quality Assurance to achieve desired outcomes, by thinking strategically, driving execution, communicating and facilitating.
In his current role as Relationship Manager at Warner Media, Alan works with clients to plan and execute on Resource Strategies, negotiate large-scale and complex contracts and trouble shoot challenges in Customer/Provider relationships.
Alan has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand in his native South Africa.
Head of Corporate Indirect Procurement
Ace Hardware Corporation
Fraz Baig currently leads Ace’s indirect corporate procurement team across IT, Supply Chain and Marketing. Fraz has a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing procurement projects from concept to completion, designing educational strategies, and coaching individuals to success. Fraz has 15+ years of procurement experience to the conversation ranging from procurement consulting, category management and full scale organizational procurement transformation (people , process & systems). Fraz Baig is a co-founder of Flying Mustangs a non for profit organization dedicated to helping individual volunteers make a difference in their local communities.
Strategic Sourcing Manager
Christine Cervellieri is a Strategic Sourcing Manager for CBS Corporation based in New York City. She currently manages a diverse mix of complex sourcing categories (both IT and non-IT) across all business units in the CBS portfolio. She has led numerous artificial intelligence and machine learning based software/application RFPs that brought cost savings and efficiencies to many areas of CBS such as finance, legal, and human resources.
Prior to CBS, Christine worked for a private equity firm where she managed a small team of procurement associates and helped streamline the sourcing process amongst its many portfolio companies. She started her career in procurement in the federal government sector, where she was responsible for New York City area and Caribbean spend.
Christine holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Miami.
Senior Manager, Human Capital Indirect Procurement
Anselmo Chirico is Senior Manager, Human Capital in Dell’s Indirect procurement organization. In his current role, Anselmo leads a global team of senior commodity managers responsible for IT Consulting Services, Business Process Outsourcing and Contingent Labor spend management. Previously, at Dell, worked as a Global Commodity Manager for Services Outsourcing, IT consulting and Contingent Labor, for North America, Latin America and Brazil.
Anselmo has +15 years of experience in Indirect Procurement and, prior to join Dell, worked +10 years at HP in several different procurement roles specifically on process engineering, system and tools, compliance and analytics.
Former VP of Technology
Linda is a seasoned Sourcing Executive with a public accounting background (KPMG), and a strong ability to execute from vision and strategy. She is experienced with organizations large and small (GE Capital, Gap Inc., PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems, Yahoo!, Salesforce, & now Thomson Reuters) during various phases of growth and right sizing, with an end-to-end view and understanding of how business strategies can be delivered successfully. Linda's approach to problem solving is holistic, mixed with the right amount of discipline, creativity, agility and flexibility. She has demonstrated successes in her approach with real results time and again leading successful transformational digitization strategies.
Linda is best known as a pioneer, advocate and co-champion of "CRM for the Buy-Side" at salesforce. Linda lead the digitization transformation of Sourcing processes, and is leading the sourcing practice with innovative solutions. She is frequently sought after as the thought leader in this space. Think CRM is only for the sales side? Linda has demonstrated how CRM can be utilized for the buy-side to realize automation & efficiency while achieving transparency & savings! She has been a 3X Dreamforce speaker where she was the sought after thought leader in the topics of Social Supply Chain, CRM for the Buy-Side, Machine Learning in Procurement, the Future of Digital Supply Chain, and Predictive Sourcing just to name a few.
Director of VMO, MTS group
Dacquiri Connors is the Director of the Vendor Management office who partners with MTS (Media and Technology Services) execs to support their tech initiatives for Viacom’s 6 flagship brands. She has worked in Vendor Management in the media industry and knows what truly drives excellence. She uses her knowledge and expertise to enhance the areas of governance and relationship management. She has created and developed this excellence at other global media companies such as Sony Music and Bertelsmann. Dacquiri holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Virginia and holds project management and performance improvement certificates including CSM, LEAN Sixth Sigma and ITIL.
Principal Security Architect
Henry Schein Practice Solutions
With a 20+ year background in development and security, David Cross is a Principal Security Architect for Henry Schein. He's presented at AFCEA, Black Hat Arsenal, Data Connectors and other conferences including presenting award-winning software at major healthcare conferences including HIMSS. He is Past President of InfraGard SLC and served on the board of directors of UtahSec. David is a daytime hacker and nighttime coder, writer, futurist, nerd. He has submitted security bugs privately to many companies and is a strong proponent of bug bounty programs. David currently holds a few certifications: CISSP, GWAPT, GPEN, GCIH etc. and is the author of the Alexa skill "Hacker Mode"; created to immortalize some of his hacking knowledge into the collective consciousness of cloud based AI.
IT Category Manager
Brennan Davis is the IT Category Manager at Neiman Marcus, a leading purveyor of the world’s most unique luxury goods. In his role he has oversight for more than $200 million in annual spend across all IT categories.
In his free time Brennan enjoys reading, traveling, and skydiving. Brennan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MBA from C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
Strategic Sourcing Manager (IT)
Internationally experienced procurement expert with over 10 years of experience in the field of technology under various roles and responsibilities.
Procurement experience in areas of IT hardware, software and Labor. Supported global and regional teams in complete end to end Category Management from gathering and understanding business requirements to identifying best in class suppliers to putting contracts in place and ongoing Supplier Relationship Management.
Currently supporting category sourcing, negotiation, and savings strategies and goals as the point person for Software and Telecommunications vendors, including IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and other Fortune 500 suppliers for both Internal and Customer Facing at Gap Inc.
Strategic Sourcing Manager, Technology
Cynthia Garcia is responsible for managing the technology and telecom spend categories at Waste Management. She has extensive experience in strategic sourcing of integrated systems for enterprise solutions, software licensing, networks, data centers and IT professional services. Her strategic sourcing experience in technology and telecom crosses the banking, health, insurance, software, and telecom industries. Prior to joining Waste Management, she has served in various IT supply chain director roles at Baylor Scott & White Health, Stewart Title, BMC Software, and Western Integrated Networks (now SureWest) and VP roles at Bank One, Chase, and USAA.
She has worked for Lucent Technologies as Manager of Business Strategy and Administration in a Network Operating Center and as for AT&T Corp. as a Senior Contract Specialist and Contract Negotiator.
She has a Master’s Certification in Global Contract Management from The George Washington University and a Master of Business Administration from Elon University.
Specialties: Complex Negotiations (data center services, technology refreshes, enterprise licensing), Contract Management, Finance & Risk Management, IT Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Strategy, Purchase-to-Pay Process Design, Solution Selection and Implementation, Supply Risk Management, Team Building, Transformation/Transition, Project Management, and Vendor Management.
Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing
Groupon is a global leader in local commerce, making it easy for people around the world to search and discover great business and merchandise. To support this mission, Declan works with stakeholders across departments to drive cost optimization projects, while making sure procurement processes keep up with the speed of the business. Declan has been with Groupon for 6 years and has a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign.
Strategic Vendor Manager - Corporate Engineering
Over 15 years of Vendor Management experience ranging from business services and SaaS to tech infrastructure services and hardware; including contract negotiations and governance, vendor performance and relationship management and risk management in highly complex and regulated environments.
Michelle Little is IT Procurement Operations Manager at Google’s parent company Alphabet, Inc. Michelle’s experience managing Dev-through-Delivery supply spans multiple industries including consumer, hospitality, “tech” and retail. She has managed global sourcing, procurement, supply and service operations with a variety of top tier global consumer brands and most recently established a ‘specialty supply’ Intake and PMO type service to support ‘tomorrow, yesterday’ hardware requirements at Google.
Michelle is an experienced, agile, high-energy, long-view strategist with a keen business acumen and a passion for building and leading creative, responsive, high-performance internal and external supply chain teams.
Director, Global Procurement
NBA (National Basketball Association)
David Mairs is the Director of Global Procurement for the National Basketball Association, leading sourcing efforts for NBA leagues and entities worldwide. Dave joined the NBA in 2017 after more than 20 years in procurement across multiple industries. He was one of the first members of the Procurement Services division at RBS Citizens N.A., a group that grew to oversee purchasing for all RBS divisions in North and South America. He held various leadership positions on that team, leading large and complex projects, coordinating procurement’s role in acquisitions & divestitures, and overseeing the Supplier Diversity program. Dave has also held senior procurement roles at the TJX Companies and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI. He holds degrees in Operations Management from Northeastern University and Electronics Engineering from the New England Institute of Technology.
Global IT Sourcing Manager
Cynthia Meyer has over forty years of sourcing, purchasing and inventory management experience in a broad range of commodities, including forms, facilities services, fleet vehicles, furniture and furnishings, print production, electrical and electronics, and industrial fittings. She was introduced to the exciting and ever-changing world of information and telecommunications sourcing when she was hired by FedEx in Memphis, Tennessee. During her ten years with FedEx, Cynthia embraced the opportunity to learn from the best FedEx IT employees, including working directly with Rob Carter, FedEx’s CIO. Embracing her passion for IT sourcing, Cynthia joined Alliant Energy in Madison, Wisconsin, where she negotiated three interrelated contracts totaling over $250 million for a multi-vendor project for Automated Metering Infrastructure. Following four years with Monsanto in St. Louis, Cynthia now works as the Manager, IT Contracts & Procurement for SPX Corporation (www.spx.com), having worked through over 500 contracts in 11 months in support of a major spin off and leveraging her 22+ years of IT sourcing expertise to develop an ITIL-based governance framework for supplier management.
Sourcing Excellence Manager - Information Technology, Finance & Human Resources
Tanita Montgomery is a fourth-generation native of Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Her first roles in Procurement were with JEA and Duval County Public Schools as a Program and Compliance Coordinator for the MWBE Programs.
After moving away from Jacksonville to explore a career in the private sectors, she began to take on additional roles in Supplier Diversity and Vendor Risk Management. As more industries began to operate globally and virtually, it was apparent that the exposure to risk increased. What Tanita learned was that internal communication was lacking between critical business adjacencies. She saw the Procurement and Sourcing piece as missing in most technology, information security and legal risk theories.
With a desire to drive more focus in vendor risk management back to the Procurement/Sourcing verticals, Tanita pursued and completed her Master’s of Science Degree in Procurement & Contract Management from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. She is also Certified as a Lean Six Sigma Professional and is a Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager II.
Senior Manager, Corporate Indirect Procurement
Matt Peacey is a Sr. Category Manager in the Corporate Indirect department at Tyson Foods. Matt's experience spans various roles and industries. For the last 17 years Matt has specialized in building and developing procurement departments; coaching and mentoring staff; and managing external stakeholders using various project management and behavioral change management methodologies. He is an expert in negotiations, vendor management and contract compliance and has saved millions of dollars for fortune 500 companies such as Walgreens, W.W. Grainger and Tyson Foods.
In his current role, Matt manages the IT procurement for Tyson Foods.
Matt has a B.A in organizational leadership and an M.S. in Management and Organization Behavior from Benedictine University. He also has a certificate in Training and Development.
Senior Global Category Manager, IT
Sid has over 10 years of experience across management consulting (KPMG alumni), strategic sourcing and process excellence with a wide variety of industries. With a background in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Ohio State University, Sid is also certified in Lean Six Sigma, Project Management (PMP) and Certified Sourcing Professional (SIG U). His specialties include Category Management, specifically in the IT Hardware/Software/Services space, eProcurement and eSourcing, Contracts Management, Procurement Maturity Assessments and Supplier Risk Management. Sid is also a graduate of the VSP Global Leadership Program and is a key procurement leader contributing to the transformation journey at VSP.
Manager IT and Marketing Procurement
Sr. Director IT Sourcing
Brad joined the Walmart Indirect Procurement Global Business Services in June of 2018. In his role, Brad is responsible for a team of associates to deliver the Indirect Procurement Software Sourcing strategy, including all annual renewals globally.
Prior to joining Walmart Brad was the Director of Technology Sourcing for Best Buy, and has had similar roles at ATK, Medtronic and Deluxe. Brad has over 20 years of Technology Sourcing experience with 5 different companies.
When not at work negotiating software deals, Brad can be found on the water fishing, or sorting through collectable money.
Strategic Sourcing Manager
American Financial Group, Inc.
Chris Weyhrich has spent the past 15 years in Procurement and is a former Procurecon Epic Award winner. He has experience in both Direct and Indirect Purchasing but his expertise has been in information technology. He currently manages the Enterprise Sourcing Group for Fortune 500 company American Financial Group, Inc., where his team has reached all-time highs in both savings and spend driven in 2018. He is a lifelong Cincinnatian, he loves Skyline, and graduated from Ohio University in 2004 with majors in both Finance and Marketing.
Principal, Strategic Partner Relationships
MBA from Carnegie Mellon; 13 years in IT Finance and Investment/Cost Analysis; 5 years in ITVM managing and implementing SLAs with strategic vendors in ASPs, traditional data centers or Cloud solutions.
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