ProcureCon 2017

17 - 19 October, 2017

Hotel Palace Berlin, Germany

+44 (0) 207 368 9465

Our Speakers

2017 Speakers

Ashley Bates
 Ashley Bates 
VP Contracting & Procurement Operations 

Ashley has over twenty years of extensive international experience in Oil & Gas with Royal Dutch Shell. Currently the worldwide leader of Shell's Operational Procurement "engine", Ashley is focused on ensuring fast, effective and commercially outstanding CP Operations for Royal Dutch Shell. Ashley is a goal orientated and strategic and will be sharing his experience on digitalising operations and challenging the talent status quo.

Bodo Bokaemper
 Bodo Bokaemper 
Director Procurement 

Bodo has been with BMW in finance, sales, corporate strategy, engineering and procurement positions for the last 12 years. Having spent 9 years in procurement, Bodo is currently responsible for the procurement of electronic devices and control units which is a $1 billion spend and has a global team of 35 heads. Bodo will be sharing his experience on how to increase your purchasing functions product knowledge and position procurement as a sales enhancing team.

Ralf Garczorz
 Ralf Garczorz 
CPO & Vice President 
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

Ralf leads procurement for the Medical Device sector of Johnson & Johnson globally and is part of the Johnson & Johnson enterprise Procurement Leadership team. He is responsible for a multi-billion $ spend across diverse categories and is also the sponsor for the Johnson & Johnson Procurement function in EMEA. He has recently elevated the engagement with the Global Device business, especially for commercial categories and established partnership to drive and boost value through external capabilities and management of demand.

Giuseppe Conti
 Giuseppe Conti 
Operations Director 

Giuseppe has over 20 years of Procurement experience with leading multinationals (P&G, Novartis, and now Merck) and over 10 years of teaching experience at leading Business Schools (including Oxford, HEC Paris, INSEAD, IMD, ESADE and Bocconi). He is a Director at Merck in Switzerland and also the founder of Conti Advanced Business Learning (, a company that specialises in negotiation and influencing training.

Gordon Tytler
 Gordon Tytler 
Director of Purchasing 
Rolls Royce Plc

Gordon was appointed to his current role as Group Purchase Director for Rolls-Royce in April 2016 where he is responsible for the whole group purchasing strategy (aerospace, automotive, defence, marine and power systems) and has a team of 150. Prior to this he has held a range of senior leadership roles across Operations, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing at both group and divisional level. He has successfully led major global organisations with both operational and profit and loss accountability, developing an expertise across the Aerospace, Energy and Marine market sectors.

Josip Stopic
 Josip Stopic 

Josip has more than 20 years pharmaceutical industry leadership experience in procurement, sales, manufacturing and third party management. As the CPO of Xellia, Josip has a global team of 30, has full responsibility of supply chain operations and is responsible for a procurement spend of 250 million. Xellia is a medium sized pharmaceuticals company produce sterile injections with production in China, Budapest, USA and development in Oslo and Croatia.

John Everett
 John Everett 
Purchasing Director EMEAI 
The Dow Chemical Company

John is responsible for the EMEAI region of Dow Chemical which had a sales revenue of > 10 Bn$ in 2016 and is part of Dow’s worldwide 179 manufacturing site, 35 country manufacturing operation. Joining Dow’s procurement team in 2005, John has lead several initiatives that include, 1/. Acceleration of value from LCCS deployment, 2/. Integration synergies from both the Rohm & Haas acquisition and Dow Corning integration, and 3/. Supplier innovation for early-stage R&D. Prior to Dow’s procurement group - John had 15 years with Dow in e-Commerce, Market Development and Technical Service positions and 5 years with Akzo Nobel in Coatings R&D. All this experience allowed him to publish scientific papers, file patents and launch commercially successful new products and services. He holds a Masters in Science from the University of London and an MBA from the Open University. As a believer in contributing to Continuous Professional Development, John is also the Chairperson of CIPS-Switzerland, the Swiss branch of CIPS, the world’s largest procurement association.

Erik Dam
 Erik Dam 
Director of Global Supply Strategies 
Bayer CropScience

Erik is a dynamic and results-driven global business-leader with proven success in profitability improvement through cost reduction, streamlining business processes, innovation and business-growth strategies at Bayer CropScience. His key strengths include supply chain strategy, development and implementation, strategic sourcing, risk management and commodity strategies. Erik will be sharing his knowledge on change management, risk management and geopolitical changes affecting procurement.

Lianne Deeming
 Lianne Deeming 
Tata Steel

Lianne has over 25 years of experience in engineering and the steel industry, working in three different Corus and Tata businesses, mainly in manufacturing, engineering, and technical roles. A Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (FIMMM) and also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FRAE), she is also a Visiting Professor at Cardiff University of Engineering. Currently her main areas of focus are achieving large savings in focused categories via cross functional teams and improved end user engagement. Additionally, Transforming from regional based procurement functions to a pan European procurement function, which will include increased training and capability of 330 employees.

Richard Chiari
 Richard Chiari 
Erber Group

Mars, Borealis and Masterfoods are just 3 of the global businesses where Richard has held senior procurement positions over the past 24 years, each role involving purcvhasing, production, technical and engineering responsibilities. In his current role as CPO of the family-owned Erber Group, Richard has overall ownership of spend management and an engineering oversight, with a spend of 130 million and 1500 purchasing associates, making him a unique business expert contributing to this edition of ProcureCon Europe.

Ton Geurts
 Ton Geurts 
CPO & SVP Supply Chain Excellence 
NV Bekaert

Ton built an international career with Royal DSM, taking various senior management roles before joining AkzoNobel as Chief Procurement Officer, reporting directly to the Board of Management (later Executive Committee). In his current role as CPO and SVP Supply Chain Excellence at NV Bekaert SA he directly reports to the Bekaert Group Executive. A lifelong learner, Ton completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and continues to take an interest in business optimisation in every sector.

Christian Voland
 Christian Voland 
Procurement Director MEA 

Christian is responsible for a portfolio of 600 million USD spend, coordinating 20 locations, 3 category managers and 85 Buyers in 5 major regions, across Europe. He has launched a major transformation in terms of resources and processes across a multicultural environment, with a vision to drive and establish global initiatives in terms of Operational Excellence, Sourcing and Vendor Relationship Management. 

Nick Jenkinson
 Nick Jenkinson 
Senior Director Procurement 

Nick Jenkinson is Senior Director – Procurement & Property for the EMEA Region within Astellas; a Japanese R&D driven global pharmaceutical company. He joined Astellas in December 2015 and has the remit to transform the current EMEA Procurement & Property operating model to one capable of delivering Category, Regional and Operational Excellence.

Nick has 20 years experience in Procurement & Supply Chain across a number of industries including Automotive, Building Materials, BPO, Media & FMCG. He has spent the past 7 years delivering greenfield Procurement transformations.

Nick is an Economics graduate and has an MBA from Warwick Business School

Aurelien Rothstein
 Aurelien Rothstein 
Simon Gale
 Simon Gale 
Procurement & Facilities Director 

Simon has overall responsibility for the Procurement and Facilities team at Sony consisting of 33 people over 39 sites with a budget of €3.5m and €3.3m respectively and a spend of €690m. He is passionate about the sustainability of change and his specialties include procurement transformation, category management, strategic sourcing, negotiation, purchase to pay, contract management, supplier management, commercial strategy, business case development, coaching, project, programme and change management. Simon has successfully managed his teams through transformation and change environments and has experience of leading organisations across the UK, Europe and Asia.

 Joerg Viernow 
Vice President Indirect Procurement 

Joerg oversees an indirect spend budget of €2.2 billion for Boehringer Ingelheim’s purchasing organisation – including sourcing and procurement. In his role, he is directly responsible for CapEx and Infrastructure, IT – internal business partner, Lab Equipment and Supplies, External Services and Logistics. He develops global strategies, coordinated centrally, but works closely with regional offices to ensure a harmonized indirect spend structure.

Soeren Manthey
 Soeren Manthey 
Head of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Transformation 
Bombardier Transportation

Soeren has 10+ years of experience within transportation, aerospace and automotive procurement functions and leadership roles. Currently at Bombardier, Soeren’s expertise includes strategic sourcing and category management, procurement transformation, attracting and developing talent, change management and value creation. Soeren will be sharing his experience of product transformation and how you can influence and involve your suppliers to drive innovative products.

Stephan Regius
 Stephan Regius 
Professional Services Category Manager 

Stephan is responsible for the global Procurement of Consulting & HR Services, Logistics Services, IT (Software, Hardware and Services), Travel and Office Supplies and leads a team of 10. Furthermore, he is responsible for the concept of supplier management for Corporate Procurement. Recently, he has been involved in the establishment of a GBS for Swarovski and for the past 2 years has established as a Contingent Workforce Management via a VMS for blue collar and white collar workers.

Dan Linney
 Dan Linney 
Director Procurement 
Delek US Holdings

Dan is an experienced Procurement / Supply Chain leader with a deep Accounting and FP&A background. He is currently Director of Procurement at Delek US Holdings and is highly focused on driving value to the organization, continuous process improvement, building and enabling internal team capabilities, and influencing stakeholders through collaborative engagement. He is also Global Project Lead for procurement restructuring initiatives, and system development and implementation, including global P2P and other procurement tools.

Ciaran Owens
 Ciaran Owens 
Head of Procurement Excellence 
Imperial Tobacco
Johan Larsson
 Johan Larsson 
Purchasing Director - Marketing, IT & Professional Services 
Volvo Car Group

Johan currently oversees all procurement of the Professional Services, IT and Marketing categories for Volvo’s Car Group, based out of Gothenburg, Sweden. In this capacity he manages a team of category leaders and spend in excess of € 300 million. His previous experience in consultancy, business leadership and start-ups, make Johan an exciting and knowledgeable speaker, providing a new perspective to challenges facing the indirect procurement audience at ProcureCon Europe.

Rosemary Lister
 Rosemary Lister 
Senior Manager Purchasing 
Tjarda de Heer
 Tjarda de Heer 
Category Procurement Director Indirect Materials & Services EMEA 
Simeon Mellor
 Simeon Mellor 
Head of Global Commercial Categories 

Simeon has over 15 years procurement experience, 9 years at AstraZeneca. He is currently working on the Procurement Leadership Team and is responsible for $1 billion spend per annum within AstraZeneca’s global and commercial categories including Fleet, Media, Market Research and Digital.

Celia Sanchez San Juan
 Celia Sanchez San Juan 
Director Group Procurement 
Adidas Group

Celia is a senior business leader at Adidas with more than 15 years’ experience in procurement and communications roles at global businesses including Siemens and Orange. For the past 3 years Celia has been responsible for the development of category management for professional services in Adidas Group covering all brands and markets.

Julian Wann
 Julian Wann 
Global Category Leader Freight & Logistics 

Julian has worked at AstraZeneca for 8 years with over 30 years industry experience. he is part of the operational procurement function and leads the Global Logistics category. His team are focused on stakeholder and supplier relationship management, as well as driving improvements through collaboration. His team manages all primary freight globally by hubs and is an integral part of the global distribution function. Julian’s team, who he has managed for a number of years, have continually driven their air to ocean agenda over the past 3 years and have reached their global target approximately 12 months early, with an increase in volume, location and modified transport requirements.

Dean Fell
 Dean Fell 
Head of Group Category Management 
Rolls Royce

Dean has developed a wealth of supply chain knowledge and expertise in his career spanning over 25 years, working for various multi-national corporations in the Electronics (Sony Ericsson), Automotive (Toyota Motors) and Aerospace and Defence (Rolls Royce)industries. Currently heading up the Rolls Royce IPEX (Indirect Purchasing Excellence) transformation project, Dean will be sharing his experiences and outcomes at ProcureCon Europe.

 Tolga Özbalaban 
Delivery Operations Transformation & Country Procuremetn Director, UK & Ireland 
Ann-Francoise Versele
 Ann-Francoise Versele 
Procurement Excellence & Global Category Manager Corporate Services 
NV Bekaert
Douglas Else-Jack
 Douglas Else-Jack 
Director & Head of Supply Management 
Hitachi Zosen Inova

Douglas is a proven leader with a successful international track record and versatile experience having worked across FMCG, Engineering & Civils sectors as well as in the military. he has 15+ years if business transformation experience across blue chip companies and is currently MD of HZI UK and Head of Global Supply Management Team. He has experience in manufacturing and services environments, with extensive planning and project management, strategy development, negotiating and building relationships with partners.

Angela Porter
 Angela Porter 
Head of Procurement & Contracts Management 
The Cell & Gene Therapy Catapu

Angela is an MBA hands on Business Leader with a wealth of senior operational leadership and board level experience within both Private and public sectors across a diverse set of industries. She is currently Head of Procurement at The Cell and Gene Therapy where she has been tasked with implementing eSourcing, reviewing and consolidating contracts, sourcing a new manufacturing centre, renewing end to end procurement procedure and leading the development and implementation of regional sourcing and supply chain strategies.

Greg Hale
 Greg Hale 
Senior Indirect Procurement Global Travel & Fleet 
Jacob Dahl
 Jacob Dahl 
Global Strategic Purchasing Manager 

Jacob currently leads a team of Global Category Managers within Professional Services, Marketing and Fleet, serving SKF with efficiently sourced, well-implementable solutions that focus on the total cost and the total value they provide. He is currently, in parallel to running strategic sourcing projects, working hard to implement a new Request to Order system globally, enabling the procurement function to achieve spend control and transparency. Some recent achievements for Jacob and his team include a new governance model and strategy for Management Consulting, 15% TCO decrease on road transportation for the SKF Group across Europe and a harmonised assortment and new global setup for merchandise, yielding brand protection and direct cost savings exceeding 20%.

Richard Beaumont
 Richard Beaumont 
Former CPO 
The Cooperative Bank

Before taking on the top procurement job at Prudential Global Digital Services, Richard held leading procurement positions at the Co-Op Bank and Rolls-Royce. Combined with his background in consultancy at McKinsey and as an Officer in the British Army, Richard’s deep knowledge and understanding of the procurement profession position him perfectly to steer discussions as Chairman, Panel Moderator and Roundtable Leader.

Thierry Fausten
 Thierry Fausten 
Doctorate, Researcher & Former Global Procurement Owner 

Thierry has over 20 years of international procurement experience across both direct and indirect categories within the Pharma and Automotive industries. Having just left Roche where he was Global Business Process Owner, Thierry is currently focusing on doctoral research at Cranfield School of Management, with a focus on SRM, supplier enabled innovation and procurement transformation.

 Pascal Gielen 
 Henrik Larsen 
 Per Magnus Hammer 
Head of CPO Office & Consortia 
 Gianluca Colombo 
Head of Operating Supply Procurement and Chairman of the Group Procurement Committee 
 Rolf-Erik Valen 
Global Sourcing 
SCA - Hygiene & Forest Products
 Christian Koeser 
Global Category Manager 
 Bjoern Hofbauer 
 Dina Gerz 
VP Indirect Procurement 
ICL Group
 Andrew Vanstone 
Vice President Global Procurement 
 Alice Collomba 
Senior Procurement Manager 
 Cath Hill 
Group Director 
 Christophe Van Riel 
Vice President Procurement 
 Andrew Croston 
VP Global Indirect Procurement & Transformation 
Smith & Nephew
 Ido Lillian 
ICL Group
 Daniel Malagrida 
VP Sourcing - 3rd Party Equipment 
Sidel Group
 Morten Bogh Skaarup 
Corporate Procurment Manager 
Novo Nordisk
 Zsolt Szeker 
Global Head of Indirect 
JJ van der Meer
 JJ van der Meer 
Partner and Member of Management Group 
PA Consulting Group

JJ Van der Meer joined PA Consulting in 2015 as a member of their Management Group in the Consumer & Manufacturing sector. JJ has over 20 years industry experience from global leadership roles in FMCG and Pharmaceutical companies including Unilever, FrieslandCampina and GSK. He has a broad ‘End2End’ experience following leadership roles in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Manufacturing, Co-Manufacturing and R&D / Product Development. He was Global VP Procurement for Unilever, and his most recent role before joining PA was Head of Procurement / CPO for GSKs Global Manufacturing Division, responsible for the supply of all materials and services to around 75 factories around the world. He is experienced in leading significant transformational change projects and was responsible for the delivery of step-change organisational capabilities, spend and working capital savings, complexity reduction, business process outsourcing and building of strategic alliances.

Andrzej Biesiekirski
 Andrzej Biesiekirski 
Vice President of the Board 

I am Vice President and Member of the Management Board at Euvic, with over 20 years of experience in managerial positions it various IT companies. I graduated from the Institute of Computer Science at the Technical University of Bialystok, Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur Paris and the London South Bank University and completed a number of courses in project management and sales. 

The company I represent - Euvic - is Poland’s leading nearshore IT provider. It affords you easy and flexible access to cost-effective workforce of 1,700 developers skilled in many technologies, including .NET, Java, Mobile, Cloud, BI, Application Integration, migration and digital business transformation projects (with focus on Ideation and Agile software development).

Gary Girotti
 Gary Girotti 
Global EVP 
Supply Chain Intelligence & Technology Products Group
Michael Blumentsev
 Michael Blumentsev 
Head of Transportation Europe, 
Tania Seary
 Tania Seary 

A visionary, innovator and entrepreneur, Tania is the Founding Chairman of Procurious, The Faculty and The Source. Throughout her career, Tania has been wholly committed to raising the profile of the procurement profession and connecting its leaders. Procurious, a partner with ISM, is the world’s first online business community dedicated to procurement and supply chain professionals, with 50,000 followers across all social media platforms in 140 countries. In 2016, she was recognized by IBM as a #NewWaytoEngage Futurist and named “Influencer of the Year” by Supply Chain Dive. In addition to her business success, Tania is the author of Empowering Procurement, hosts regular procurement webinars, and presents at a number of high-profile events around the world. She holds an MBA from Penn State University.

Paul Vincent
 Paul Vincent 
VP & Global CoE Lead, Contingent Workforce Outsourcing & Talent Supply Chain Management 

Paul’s role at KellyOCG is to define how organisations can most effectively manage their talent supply chain (TSCM), thus ensuring that they can dependably access the right skills at the right time and for the right return on investment. As well as leading our overall TSCM strategy he also leads KellyOCG’s Global Centre of Excellence for the Contingent Workforce Outsourcing (CWO) portfolio. This portfolio encompasses any category of worker that is considered part of the ‘on-demand’ economy. Paul joined KellyOCG in November 2015 from Insight Sourcing Solutions, a company he founded in 2009 to advise organizations in the effective buying and selling of business services. Besides supporting clients directly his expertise was also used by a number of other consultancies/training providers to enhance their own offerings. Prior to establishing Insight Sourcing Solutions, Paul spent 24 successful years working for BT Group plc., one of the world’s leading communications services companies where he held a series of senior executive procurement and commercial positions in addition to leading transformational change programs for the sales, customer satisfaction and product management teams. Paul is highly regarded as an expert in the areas of resourcing, consultancy and professional services. He helped his clients to realize millions of dollars in savings as well as enabling numerous providers to win and retain more business. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and Black Belt trained in Lean Six Sigma.

 Duncan Brock 
Group Director 
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
 Tanya Wade 
Global Indirect Procurement 
PZ Cussons
 Chris White 
Former Police Hostage Negotiator 
 Tobias Ragge 
 John O'Shea 
Head of Purchasing Europe