ProcureCon Direct 2018 Analyzes the Future of Direct Procurement

By Dennis Bouley

May 29, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Need to update yourself on the future of direct procurement and the impact of incoming millennials on your industry? August 21-22, 2018 is your chance. ProcureCon Direct 2018, held this year in San Diego, California, features a diverse slate of energized speakers addressing timely topics geared towards direct procurement professionals.

This year’s event, held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, will feature the following speakers:

Don Hnatyshin, Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain & Procurement Officer, Jabil – With recent advancements in technology rendering procurement as we know it obsolete, revolutionary concepts being derived from these technological leaps are creating opportunities for direct procurement to transform their strategic purchasing function into forward thinking business partnering.

Jackie Sturm, Corporate Vice President/General Manager Global Supply Management, Intel Corporation – The role of the procurement function and specifically the CPO will need to adapt and change. What will their teams look like and how will they serve their stakeholders? Gaze into the future of the CPO to help plan for evolution and drive collaboration among leadership.

Rubik Babakanian, Chief Procurement Officer, Western Digital – Price isn’t the only indicator of getting a great supplier contract. From the RFP process through to the contract’s signing, learn how you can establish wins and hit your targets without having to beat up your suppliers.

This year’s marketing conference will feature over 35 cross-industry experts who will deliver presentations, facilitate interactive case studies, drive panel discussions, and participate in attendee round tables.

Listed below are just a few of the event highlights:

Day 1 highlights

  • Transforming Regional Strategies for Global Leadership: Expanding Your Geographical Influence – This First Solar case study analyzes how to build a true world-class global procurement organization and mitigate risks that disrupt driving cost efficiencies via shared services.

Day 2 highlights

  • Aligning Procurement’s Goals with Stakeholders to Build Intelligence and Trust–  Discover how Conagra Foods’ global procurement organization is driving and recognizing stakeholder engagement. The Chief Procurement Officer shares key strategies along with practical ‘how to’ examples to challenge participants on keys steps to immediately improve their partnering skills
  • Ethical Sourcing – How You Can Work with Your Suppliers to Ensure They Help Rather Than Hinder Your Business Sustainability and Ethical Goals – In this panel discussion, participants will review how companies are imposing stricter requirements on their suppliers and sometimes dropping those that fail to implement more sustainable practices. Also discussed will be the different ways in which procurement can ensure that business needs for environmentally-friendly, responsible and ethical sourcing are met.

For more details and registration information, visit the official ProcureCon Direct web site today!

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Dennis Bouley


Dennis Bouley is Editorial Director of and special advisor to MediaSolve Group, a strategic B2B marketing services firm focused on helping companies and institutions leverage the web and social media to achieve business goals. He spent 18 years at Schneider Electric as Managing Editor of Global Publications, and was responsible for cross-division management of the corporation’s white paper and customer success story processes. Prior to that, he spent 10 years working for IBM managing both small and large accounts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and holds a Certificat Annuel from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. 

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