Procurecon 2018

09 - 11 October, 2018

Corinthia Hotel, Prague

44 (0) 207 368 9465


Thierry Larroque
Head of Procurement Transformation
Bjoern Hofbauer
Head of Procurement, Germany
Ralf Garczorz
Johnson & Johnson
John Everett
Purchasing Director EMEA
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.
Bjorn Stenecker
Bjorn Stenecker is a seasoned global sourcing professional with 19 years’experience directing numerous complex category and delivery teams within the private sector, both in Europe and the US. In addition Bjorn has strong international management experience designing and establishing procurement organizations. Working for one of the biggest agricultural groups in the Nordic region means Bjorn is expert in operating across a broad range of related industry sectors and is passionate about adopting an open and fair approach to relationship management.
Neil Gilmour
Vice President Procurement
Kristian Saksida
Chief Procurement Officer

Christian is a rare example of a CPO who was a CFO and a finance expert with more than 15 years’ experience in the role. In this sense he provides a complete perspective of how procurement organisations can transform to deliver even more value for the business, a process he will bring to life during his presentation on Transformation Best Practice on November 8th.

Arjan de Jongste
Senior Vice President Indirect Procurement
Arjan de Jongste currently leads Philips global indirect team managing large-scale change; driving growth and value creation and providing internal business partners with solutions to drive profitability. With years’ of experience leading complex and distributed teams Arjan values most flexibility, ability to rapidly respond to changing situations, delivering required business results,and leading employees through significant change.
Bodo Bokaemper
Director of Purchasing
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.
Paolo Baldo
Deputy CPO
Mobile Telesystems

Paolo reports directly to the Vice President for Procurement and Administration on the board, and is responsible for defining the overall procurement strategy of MTS group in conjunction with the Global Group CPO including categories strategies and strategic partners (including Vodafone). In particular Paolo oversees and manages the execution of vendor strategies and relationship activities, procurement planning activities, IT procurement tools implementation and procedures. MTS is the largest mobile operator in Russia and CIS with over 102.4 million subscribers.

Pascal Gielen
Jeroen Wennink
VP Group Procurement
Experienced executive in supply chain, purchasing & operations for high tech products and services on a worldwide basis. Worked within an industry known for excellence in procurement and purchasing strategy execution. Leading, building and developing high performing teams in a global and matrix managed environment. Highly customer focused, building long term relationships. Strong passion to embrace, defend and drive culture transformation.
Zsolt Szeker
Head of Telecom & IT Solutions Procurement
Zsolt heads up indirect procurement globally for Nokia – he is responsible for €4bnindirect material and services spend, as well as the companies indirect Procure to Pay system for 110+ country operations of with a team of c130. Zsolt is also Nokia’s Procurement Integration Leader for the €14bn Alcatel-Lucent acquisition and is responsible for procurement synergy savings, procurement operations integration, transformation and fast and effective ways to maximise synergy savings and organisational effectiveness.
Aamir Shaukat
Head of Global Procurement
Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Aamir has held a variety of senior procurement roles at 3 of the biggest businesses in Europe: Beiersdorf, Mars and now as Chief Procurement Officer at Jacobs Douwe Egberts. Not all of Aamir’s time has been in Europe, nearly 6 years were spent in Asia between Thailand and China, providing him with a truly global perspective on procurement transformation best practice. Don’t miss his session on the topic on November 8th.

Marcel Van Wonderen
Global Supply Chain & Procurement Transformation Risk Leader
IBM Global Procurement

Marcel is the Procurement Transformation leader at the IBM Global Procurement organization, with a focus on Supply Chain and Supply Risk. He has 25+ years experience in international leadership, supply chain and procurement transformation, strategic sourcing, consulting, workforce management, cost management, procurement outsourcing, and risk management. He is passionate about leading transformation initiatives – he is a catalyst for positive, well-organized change and never settle for the status quo. Instead, he sees the opportunity for innovation in the procurement function. 

Florian Eineder
Head of Global Category Management

Florian leads global category management at GFK. Currently, Florian is in charge of implementing the companies global 2020 procurement strategy, strategic sourcing and supply chain management. His specialty includes using procurement as an enabler and developing teams into business partners to stakeholders in order to drive corporate strategies and promote business goals. Florian’s latest achievement was the implementation and roll out of a strategic global category management framework in GFK and he will be sharing this knowledge. GfK is the trusted source of relevant market and consumer information.

Christophe Villain
Head of Procurement Excellence
Erik Dam
Director of Global Supply Strategies
With a background in sales and marketing Erik is an expert on strategies to drive evolution of the value chain. In his current role for Bayer, a top healthcare business in Europe, he leads a team of supply chain experts to develop strategies that create value for the business from enhanced relationships with suppliers. At ProcureCon Europe this year Erik will be sharing the latest findings from his projects in Europe to help you find new ways to drive value creation in your supplier base.
Thomas Michaelis
Material Group Manager HR and Management Consulting Services
Selim Goksu
Deputy General Manager Central Purchasing
Levent Topcu
Technical Procurement Director
Robert Schneider
Servicing Delivery Manager Germany
Richard Chiari
Former CPO
Erber Group
Mars and Borealis are just 2 of the global businesses where Richard has held senior procurement positions over the past 24 years, each role involving purchasing, production, technical and engineering responsibilities. In his previous role as CPO of the family-owned Erber Group, Richard was the responsible buyer/negotiator of spend management and an engineering oversight, making him a unique business expert contributing to this edition of ProcureCon Europe.
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. -Global responsibility for indirect procurement excluding Marketing & Sales since 2010 (annual purchasing volume approx. EUR 2,8 Bill.) -Recently development of a forward looking operating model for the global Purchasing organization including a subsequent implementation in the countries -Reporting line of the Heads of Purchasing of the top 16 countries ends with me -Member of the corporate Capital Expenditure Committee of Boehringer Ingelheim -Hold different responsibilities in different Board Divisions in the Corporation being global and local, being strategic and operational, during the last 15 years -Almost four years strategy consulting (AT Kearney) before entering Boehringer Ingelheim in 2002 -Alumni of Kellogg School of Mangement, Chicago, and London Business School (Senior Executive Program) -Lived for almost three years in the US (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) -PhD in Physics (Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany; University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)
Yves Bourdonge
Global Lead, Indirect Procurement
Nina Bomberg
Sourcing Professional
SEG Automotive
Özgür Oklap
Business Transformation Manager
Andrew Vanstone
Vice President Global Procurement
Volkan Cetrintirnak
Site Services Procurement Expert
Juha Taipalinen
Head of Sourcing
Nuno Juromito
IT Sourcing and Contracting Manager
Bridgestone Europe
Nuno is responsible for development and managing the IT sourcing strategy in line with Target Operating Model objectives, as well as governing, managing and evaluating the implementation of a sourcing strategy. He is responsible for the definition of engagement models, and providing guidance in the supplier selection approach. He also develops and manages relationships with suppliers through adequate governance, monitoring performance based on agreed KPI's and SLA's following PMI and ITIL best practices. His objectives are to reduce operational and legal risk through professional contracting.
Christophe Van Riel
Vice President Procurement
I am Vice President Procurement Europe & MEA for Ecolab since 2013. I have the responsibility for Direct and indirect materials, a portfolio of more than 1.5 Billion of spend, for the Europe & MEA regions. Prior joining the Procurement function, I held different supply chain and business functions for Ecolab. In the past 4 years, I drove the transformation of Procurement towards strategic sourcing with the creation of Focussed Centres of Expertise. More recently with the deployment of the Procurement Business Partners network we enabled and accelerated collaboration with the Business to build an Ambidextrous function that is impacting Bottom and Top Lines. Since a couple of months, we started to embrace the Digital transformation with the creation of the Procurement Digital office.
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.
Alexander Weiss
Category Head Technical & Indirect Procurement
Alexander manages a spend of 500m€ and oversees his team of 5 category managers, 5 regional lead buyers, 1 analyst. Recently he has implemented highly successful strategies to centralize the sourcing of mobile handling equipment, a regional lead buyer concept and the regional sourcing of temporary labor. At the moment, besides others, the team is working on global mobile telecom services and a request-to-pay program at Mondi’s corporate offices.
Dominika Mejer
Strategic Sourcing Manager IT & Telecoms EMEA
Dominika is an experienced Strategic Sourcing Manager with demonstrated +10 years history of working in IT Hardware and Software as well as consumer electronics. Since 2012, she’s been working with Corning in IT & Telecom space. Her focus lies on Strategic Sourcing, Category Management, Sourcing Strategy and Contract Negotiations with attention to processes. Outstanding in leading EMEA and global sourcing efforts in cross-functional teams, bringing visionary technology and innovative solutions, creating value for business partners, challenging existing ecosystems
Anton Sibanov
Contract Manaagement Director
Johan Larsson
Purchasing Director
Volvo Car Group
Johan Larsson has a broad range of experiences in procurement working as sourcing manager for Scania, project manager for Accenture in the Supply Chain Management practice before serving as a senior leader in the process and tools Nordic unit. His current role sees him responsible for purchasing marketing and services for the Volvo Car Group, based in Sweden. An entrepreneur Johan has also been a key member in two start-ups since 1999.
Jonathan Tungu
Senior Procurement Manager
Andrea Blanco
Head of Procurement CSP+A
Justus A. Timm
Group Manager Procurement
SwissCommerce Management GmbH
Justus has held several procurement leadership roles in multi-national e-commerce and technology companies, predominantly in Retail sectors. He is currently Group Manager Procurement for SwissCommerce where he manages the procurement teams of all SwissCommerce ventures. His main focus is on developing and delivering a strategic digital transformation program.
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
John Jordan
Head of Strategy and Planning
John is an experienced Business Controller with a deep Accounting and FP&A background. He is currently Head of Strategy and Planning in Sony Europe and is focused on driving value to the organization, standardising ways of working, building and enabling internal team capabilities, and improving engagement to procurement. Improved usage and implementation of systems (Sap Ariba and Rosslyn Analytics).
Mark Adams
indipendent Consultant
Mark W Adams Consulting
Simeon Mellor
Head of Global Commercial Categories, Global Procurement Team

Simeon manages 1bn of spend across global commercial categories at AstraZeneca, including Digital, Print & Market Research. Simeon has had extensive experience in a number of global category lead roles across IT as well as recently leading AstraZeneca’s Operating Model Implementation. Simeon is currently working on strategic initiatives to ensure local teams are working closely with centralized global procurement, and setting up a shared service centre.

Maria-Jose Granero-Paris
Head of Defence and Space Engineering Procurement
Virgine Gauthier-Pavloff
Former, Associate Director, Procurement
Former - Bristol-Myers Squibb
Ciaran Owens
Head of Procurement Excellence
Imperial Tobacco
Ciaran Owens is a leadership team member of the Imperial Global Procurement function; responsible for the guidance of a global team of 170 procurement professionals. In his capacity of Head of Excellence, he oversees the delivery of three key pillars of procurement portfolio management, functional performance & insights, and upweight capability & engagement, as well as, a responsibility to support business transformational initiatives. He joined Imperial in 2013, as part of a greenfield management team with a goal to establish a world class procurement function within 5 years, having previously been involved in procurement excellence and the management of indirect services and direct procurement categories for a global organisation. His procurement journey begun in the automotive sector, where for over 10 years he worked on global sourcing projects, prior to developing his management career in the areas of procurement strategic planning and business transformational programmes on a pan-European scale.
Jim Noone
Global Head of Projects and Development Procurement
Frank Hurt
Independent Purchasing and Operations Executive
Frank has 25 years experiences in automotive, electronics, hygiene/healthcare and consulting services industries. During this time he builded up and managed purchasing functions as also supply chain, manufacturing and buying large operations on regional and global scope. He intervenes today in restructuring, distressed and to be improved businesses in various industries aiming at operational excellence with a focus on purchasing. During his mandates his energy goes into impacting the bottom line as also the top line through innovation, speed to market, new market developments through suppliers. He also graduated from Karlsruhe University, INSEAD and MIT.
Cath Hill
Group Director
Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 and is responsible for a global portfolio that encompasses CIPS’ external facing activity including Marketing and Communications; PR and Representation; Publications and Events, under the CIPS and Supply management brands; and the development of CIPS’ wider communities. Cath has an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. She has worked in marketing and general management in a number of sectors including financial services and retail. She led the launch marketing strategy of Bluewater, then Europe’s largest retail and leisure destination, and established Scoot as one of the UK’s biggest (and earliest) digital brands. More recently she was responsible for integrated insurance marketing strategies for the likes of M&S, HSBC and RAC. Cath regularly chairs and presents at CIPS events and other conferences, and is a spokesperson for CIPS on topics such as the role procurement has to play in eradicating modern slavery and the need for the profession to raise its game and raise its voice.
Duncan Brock
Group Director
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
Will Beattie
Head of International Business Development

Currently responsible for business development and partnerships for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey for the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply, Will is a key figure in the European regional procurement community. Spending much of his time with CPOs and their senior management teams enables Will to capture accurate insights into how they buy workforce solutions and the challenges they face doing so. Will previously worked in senior business development roles at Prenax, Travelex and IQPC.

Irina Povoroznyk
Head of Centralized Procurement
Mehmet Taban
Purchasing Specialist
Benedict Lannoye

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