SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

November 11, 2008 13:39 ET

Global Procurement Executives Will Convene at the 4th Annual Chief Procurement Officer's Summit This Week in San Francisco

CPOs From Yahoo, GE,, Chevron, Hertz and Many Others Will Convene at the CPO Summit to Discuss Global Supply Management Strategies for 2009

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - In the midst of a looming recession, Chief Procurement Officers from around the globe realize the importance of attending the 4th annual Chief Procurement Officer's Summit hosted by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), and partners CPO Agenda, Supply and Demand Chain Magazine, and Enterprise Technology Management.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from and network with global procurement executives in this two-day forum designed to foster learning and networking in an intimate environment framed by Aberdeen's objective research. Presenters include:

--  Ron Carcamo, CPO, Yahoo
--  Kirk Eberhart, Global Director of Supply Chain, Material Sciences Corp
--  Farley Blackman, Vice President - Sustainable Cost Management, BP
--  Jean-Jacques Beaussart, CPO, National City
--  Ken Syme, CPO, Xerox
--  Olivier Dumas, SVP, CPO, EADS Defense
--  Russell Toney, General Manager, Global Sourcing, General Electric Co,
    Energy Services
--  Greg Tennyson, CPO,
--  Peter Connelly, CPO, Leggett & Platt
--  Kathy Disimino, VP of Procurement, Hertz
--  Scott Singer, CPO, Rio Tinto
--  General William "Gus" Pagonis, Retired US Army General, Business
    Leadership Author, Lecturer, and World Renowned Supply Chain Expert
--  Mitch Plaat, CPO, Con-way
--  Geraint John, Editor-in-Chief, CPO Agenda
--  Linda Fusinati, Sr. Category Manager, Global Staff Augmentation,
    Chevron IT
--  Jim Polak, Director, Purchasing (CPO) PPG Industries (Supply & Demand
    Chain Executive's 2008 Executive of the Year)

CPO Summit presenters are tasked with ensuring efficient and effective procurement performance and with delivering strategic value across the enterprise. Each leader will present their unique strategies for success and place them in the context of the rising role that the CPO has gained within the enterprise. Also taking the stage will be Aberdeen's own team of global supply management analysts who will share recent and timely research findings, moderate CPO panel discussions, and facilitate the participation of the executive audience in lively discussions and "real-time" research.

During the proceedings Aberdeen will also reveal the winners of its annual industry achievement awards in global supply management. The nominees were selected solely on based upon Aberdeen's research over the past 12 months. The award categories are:

     (1) Innovation in Technology - granted to the enterprise that has
         maximized leveraged technology solutions to solve pressing
         business issues to positively impact company performance.
         2008 Nominees: JC Penney, Hospira Healthcare Corp, and The Ohio
         State University Medical Center.

     (2) Executive Stewardship - granted to the enterprises that has
         overcome tremendous obstacles and achieved new performance heights
         as a result of direct involvement and leadership from exceptional
         executive management. 2008 Nominees: Raytheon Missile Systems Co
         and Con-way

     (3) Process Excellence - granted to the enterprise that has
         demonstrated process ingenuity, agility, flexibility and
         scalability to address evolving business requirements.
         2008 Nominees: Verizon Service Organization and Becton Dickinson

     (4) Business Evolution - granted to the enterprise that has
         demonstrated the ability to manage the flow of information across
         internal and external functional practices to achieve demonstrable
         business growth. 2008 Nominees: Air Transat and Wolverine

     (5) Performance Excellence - granted to the enterprise that has
         harnessed the performance impacts of value chain activities and
         mastered methodologies for financial, operational, and
         customer-centric performance excellence. 2008 Nominees: Panasonic
         Avionics Corp, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and Cisco

There are still a few seats available. To register for the event that has become the definitive meeting place for global procurement executives to learn, network, and discuss the strategies needed to extend the broad transformation of their organizations, please visit:

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