SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

November 16, 2007 12:42 ET

250 Leading Procurement Executives Gathered at Aberdeen's Annual CPO Summit to Discuss Global Supply Management Strategies

The Sold Out Chief Procurement Officer's (CPO) Summit Has Been Revered as the Global Meeting Place for Procurement Executives to Discuss Strategies for Turning Supply Management Into a Competitive Weapon

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2007) - The third annual Chief Procurement Officer's (CPO) Summit hosted by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), was held November 13-14, 2007 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston. The CPO Summit has been revered as the only executive-level event that features senior executive presentations led by industry-recognized leaders sharing the key trends that will impact procurement in 2008 and beyond. Aberdeen partnered with the Association "TEMIA," and Publications "Supply & Demand Chain Executive," "Supply Chain Management Review," and the UK-based, "CPO Agenda," to successfully deliver the most comprehensive best practices and executive networking event for procurement professionals and their peers in supply chain, finance and operations.

The attendees at this year's CPO Summit represented $1.1 trillion in total enterprise spend in various industries around the globe. Participants took part in on-site polling during the sessions to capture valuable research surrounding the goals, directions and challenges of those responsible for the success of global supply management at leading companies. Highlights from the two days of research, networking, and best practices included a first day that focused on leadership, globalization, and plans for 2008 and a second set of sessions on day two that focused on case study presentations on how procurement can engage with different functional areas in the enterprise.

Full proceedings from the Chief Procurement Officer's Summit, as well as a snapshot of the latest research from Aberdeen's global supply management practice, will be revealed in the post CPO Summit Webinar on Thursday, December 6, 2007 1pm-2pm EST. Additional information about the Webinar will be available next week at http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/CPO07.

CPO Summit participants heard from some of the leading procurement executives in the world as they shared of knowledge and valuable insights into pressing industry issues. Some of the speakers included: Roy Anderson, CPO & VP Global Procurement, Travel & Publishing, MetLife; Albert Perruzza, SVP Global Operations & Business Redesign, The Reader's Digest Assoc.; Nat Leonard, VP Purchasing and IT, Veyance; Uldis Sipols - VP Global Product Supply Purchases, Procter & Gamble; Joe Black, CPO, Aetna; Frank Dimos, CPO & VP of Finance, Convergys; Michael Treacy, Best-selling Author; Peter Connelly, CPO, Leggett & Platt; Shelley Stewart, Sr. VP, Operational Excellence & CPO, Tyco International; Jean-Jacques Beaussart, CPO, National City Corp.; John Mayes, Associate VP & CPO, Yale University.

2007 CPO Summit Sponsors Included:

Williams Lea    Archstone Consulting       SAP             Procuri
Avotus          Zycus                      ProcureStaff    Softtek
TPI             Carlson Wagonlit Travel    Corbus          SciQuest

During the proceedings, Aberdeen presented five companies with "Global Supply Management Achievement Awards" for excellence demonstrated in 5 specific areas. The award winners were selected solely on our research of the past 12 months. The 2007 Achievement Award Winners were:

Hewlett-Packard won the Executive Stewardship Award for achieving performance heights due to direct involvement and leadership from executive management. Award Recipient: Kathy McCurdy, VP of Global Procurement for the Americas

BP International won the Business Evolution Award for managing information flow across internal functional practices to achieve measurable business growth. Award recipient: Farley Blackmon, VP of Indirect, Six Sigma

United States Postal Service won the Innovation in Technology Award for maximizing technology solutions to solve pressing supply chain issues and positively impact company performance. "We are honored to be recognized by the Aberdeen Group for our use of optimization technology." Award recipient: Robert Oates, Sr. Manager SCM Solutions

University of Pennsylvania won the Performance Excellence Award for harnessing the performance impacts of service chain activities and mastering methodologies for financial, operational, and customer-centric performance excellence. Award recipient: Ralph Maier, CPO. "Thank you for the 2007 Performance Excellence Award. We are very excited to be recognized by such a highly regarded research firm as the Aberdeen Group and our peers," states Ralph Maier.

Chevron won the Process Excellence Award for demonstrating process ingenuity, agility, flexibility and scalability in addressing changing business requirements. Award recipient: Scott Dunagan, Sr. Manager Supplier Enablement

Congratulations to the award winners for their excellence in the global supply management arena!

Look for Aberdeen's CPO Summit to be a staple in the global supply management industry for many years to come.

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