Rod Sherkin is the President of ProPurchaser.com Inc. Established in 1999, ProPurchaser provides purchasing professionals with information and tools to help them better prepare for negotiations and raise the profile and status of the purchasing profession by increasing senior-management awareness of its strategic, profit-boosting potential.
Gordon Shishodia is an Associate Consultant with GEP. He is responsible for driving consulting engagements in the areas of strategic sourcing, market analysis, category strategy, supplier relationship management, and cost management for Fortune 500 clients across Europe. He holds a BA from the University of Oxford.
Matthew Simpson is Vice President--Global Supply Chain at Slade Gorton & Co., Inc. Based in Boston, Mass., Slade Gorton is one of America’s largest importers, distributors and manufacturers of fresh, frozen and premium value-added seafood products. As Vice President--Global Supply Chain, Simpson is responsible for Procurement, Logistics, Demand Planning and Buying. He began his career as Purchasing Agent with Zeneca, eventually taking a role as Supply Chain Manager at Allied Signal where he worked through the merger with Honeywell. Simpson also has procurement and strategic sourcing experience with W.R. Grace and Danone.
Guy Soreq holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and received a joint degree in Chemistry and Biology (B.Sc.) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leveraging his background in science and business, Soreq works with both R&D and business development teams to tailor specific products that answer each client’s needs. Throughout his professional career Soreq has gained significant leadership experience, managing and commanding teams around the world. He's passionate about facilitating global trade in industrial raw materials, and is looking to find the balance between Business Leadership and Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Specialty Chemicals and Commodities, Sourcing and Operations.
Josh Spoores is the founder and Chief Analyst of Steel Reality, a market analysis firm covering flat rolled steel. Prior to founding Steel Reality, Spoores spent six years in a strategy role as Market Research Manager at Majestic Steel USA – one of the largest buyers of flat rolled steel in the U.S. Spoores has spoken at various steel and raw material conferences throughout the country as well as internationally.
Anup Varghese is a procurement and supply chain expert. Over the years he has advised a number of Fortune 500 clients on cost-saving strategies and effective procurement. He is also an advisor to start-ups and has led a number of talk shows, webinars and conferences on the topic of procurement. As a thought leader, Varghese is open to intellectual discussions on the topic of procurement. However, views and statements expressed here are not that of his employer unless otherwise stated. Varghese is a post-graduate from the University of Oxford. View his profile on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/anup-jacob-varghese-5a031953
Anshu Vazirani is a Consulting Manager at GEP, a leading global provider of procurement consulting, outsourcing and software. She has over six years of experience specializing in the delivery of strategic sourcing and procurement transformation programs for GEP’s strategic clients and leading negotiations with suppliers across industries. Anshu holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business (ISB) focused on Strategy and Operations.
Mary Ellen Walker is a supply management professional with more than 50 years experience. She’s worked as a purchaser in manufacturing with Kroehler Manufacturing Company for 25 years, before moving to Briggs-Weaver, which became Cameron and Barkley, which became Hagemeyer, then a part of Sonepar.
In his current role providing consulting services to help companies transform their procurement capabilities, Chuck brings deep hands-on supply management expertise and executive leadership competencies gained with Fortune 500 companies over the past 34 years. He helps clients manage and accelerate the change of better connecting their supply-related people, processes and technologies, up, down and across the functions and stakeholders of an enterprise to significantly improve performance in a measurable way.
In his most recent corporate position, Chuck was Vice President, Procurement at BP supporting the Company's Refining, Marketing, Supply and Logistics businesses in the US with 250 direct reports.