SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

October 19, 2010 11:00 ET

Aberdeen Announces Unrivaled Speaker Line-Up for Annual Chief Procurement Officer Summit

November 16-17 Event Features Senior Executive Speakers From SunTrust Banks; Johnson and Johnson; Rent-A-Center; Dow Chemical Company; and Other Leading Organizations

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -  Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced its expert speaker line-up for its annual Chief Procurement Officer Summit (CPO Summit), taking place November 16-17 in Boston, MA.

Now in its 6th year, Aberdeen's Chief Procurement Officer Summit continues to build on its reputation as the premier event for global procurement executives to learn, network, and discuss the strategies needed to extend the broad transformation of their organizations. Interactive sessions will focus on best practices for top-of-mind topics including expense management; contingent labor management; strategic meetings; compliance; collaboration; key perspectives from a CPO power panel, and more.

"Aberdeen's Chief Procurement Officer Summit consistently convenes a truly elite gathering of procurement and supply chain executives to share their best practices and network with an unrivaled group of their peers," says Andrew Boyd, President, Aberdeen Group. "This year's event offers our most comprehensive, industry-leading roster of presenters yet: true visionary thinkers and executive-level presenters who are ready to share their strategies for success."

Industry veteran Lamar Chesney, Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, SunTrust Banks, Inc., will kick off the Summit with the keynote address: The State of Procurement and the Role of the CPO. Additional confirmed Speakers currently include:

  • Peter Connelly, Chief Procurement Officer, Leggett and Platt
  • Kristen Dixon. VP of Business Services/Global Procurement Services, State Street Corporation
  • Denise Foley, VP, Purchasing, AutoNation
  • Kathy Hinton, Senior Vice President of Procurement, Fannie Mae
  • Todd W. Kimpton, Assistant VP, Corporate Procurement,
    JM Family Enterprises
  • Robert Marinelli, Chief Strategic Sourcing Officer, Guardian Life Insurance
  • John Mayes II, Assistant VP & Chief Procurement Officer, Yale University
  • Todd Snelgrove, Global Manager, Value, SKF Group
  • John Sorci, VP, Global Operations, Symantec
  • Ruben Taborda, CPO Medical Device & Diagnostics and VP of Supplier Diversity, Johnson & Johnson
  • Paula Tolliver, VP of Purchasing, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Kate Vitasek, Faculty, Center for Executive Education, College of Business Administration, Author, Vested Outsourcing, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Mike Wilding, Chief Procurement Officer, Rent-A-Center

Summit Sponsors and Partners include JVKellyGroup, Inc.; Starcite; Coupa; Deutsche Bank; IQ Navigator; Allegis; E2open; Iasta; ProcureStaff Technologies; and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

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About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen provides fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having queried more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen for insights that drive decisions.

As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen's analytical and independent view of the "customer optimization" process of Harte-Hanks (Information - Opportunity - Insight - Engagement - Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit Aberdeen or call (617) 854-5200, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748.

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