SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

November 06, 2007 17:17 ET

Aberdeen's Chief Procurement Officer's Summit Welcomes Global CPOs to Outline 2008 Strategic Agendas

Global Procurement Executives Will Join Their Peers Next Week at Aberdeen's CPO Summit to Discuss Strategies for Turning Supply Management Into a Competitive Weapon

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), will host its third annual Chief Procurement Officer's (CPO) Summit on November 13-14, 2007 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston. This is 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 has partnered with the association "TEMIA," and publications "Supply & Demand Chain Executive," "Supply Chain Management Review," and the UK-based "CPO Agenda," to deliver the most comprehensive best practices and executive networking event for procurement professionals and their peers in supply chain, finance and operations.

The CPO Summit will leverage Aberdeen's leading research in this area and offer supply management best practices as presented by high-profile industry practitioners. Past summit participants have been eager to express their satisfaction of the timeliness and effectiveness of the presentations. "The CPO Summit aligned perfectly with the challenges that our global procurement team is currently working on. In particular, it reinforced concepts about the relationship between an overall commodity plan and a detailed sourcing plan. Recommendations received will have a profound impact on our business," stated Martin Fallas, Procurement Executive at Chiquita Brands International.

The outline of the CPO Summit is structured primarily on the sharing of knowledge and valuable insights into industry challenges and the initiation of a community of resources for actionable resolve. Confirmed presenters include:

--  Roy Anderson -- CPO & VP Global Procurement, Travel & Publishing,
--  Albert Perruzza -- SVP Global Operations & Business Redesign, The
    Reader's Digest Assoc.
--  Nat Leonard -- VP of Purchasing and Information Technology, Veyance
--  Uldis Sipols -- Vice President of Global Product Supply Purchases,
    Procter & Gamble
--  Joe Black -- CPO, Aetna
--  Frank Dimos -- CPO and VP of Finance, Convergys
--  Michael Treacy, Best-selling Author
--  Howard Richman -- Executive Director, Global Procurement, Merck
--  Peter Connelly -- CPO, Leggett & Platt
--  Shelley Stewart -- Sr VP, Operational Excellence and CPO, Tyco
--  Brian D. Schulties -- Vice President of Sourcing, General Cable
--  Lisa Marie Meehan -- Director of Travel and Procured Services, Merck
--  Kirk Eberhart -- Global Supply Chain Director, Material Sciences
--  Miguel Miciano -- Director, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Amgen
--  Mike Katzorke -- Former VP of Supply Chain, Smiths Aerospace
--  Jean-Jacques Beaussart -- CPO, National City Corp
--  John Mayes -- Associate VP & CPO, Yale University
--  Scott L. Singer -- Director, UTC Global Supply Management, United
--  Katherine O'Flaherty -- Sr. Operations Manager, Pratt & Whitney
--  Russ Davis -- Director, Global Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing, Tyco
    Flow Control

The summit will bring together senior purchasing, finance and supply chain executives around the following topics:

--  The CPO's Strategic Agenda
--  Procurement in the 21st Century
--  Globalization and the CPO
--  Breakout sessions: Supply Going Green, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement
--  Breakout sessions: Spend Analysis, Contract Labor, Telecom
--  The Convergence of Procurement and Travel
--  Print Procurement and Management
--  Design-to-Source (Procurement & Product Team)
--  Collaboration - The Key to Procurement and Supply Management Success
--  How People Management Improves Spend Management

For registration and event information, visit:

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