Procurement as a function has both breadth and depth – nearly every company on earth needs some sort of procurement operation, and as technology advances, more and more of those activities relate to IT, SaaS, and other cloud products.
In this post, we highlight 23 passionate procurement professionals we have discovered; whether they are recognised for their expert-led advisory services or as influencers willing to share inspirational content to their procurement community.
2023 procurement professionals to follow
Check out the full list below, and don't forget to follow their work on LinkedIn and Twitter.
This list is arranged in no particular order.
Matthias Gutzmann, Founder of Digital Procurement World
Matthias founded Digital Procurement World (DPW) in 2019 after being frustrated with the procurement event options currently available, specifically for startups and more digitally-minded companies.
DPW is “a global network supporting procurement leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers to build future-proof procurement organizations that can navigate their companies through our rapidly changing world.”
Dr. Elouise Epstein, Partner at Kearney
Dr. Epstein holds many roles that make her a valued voice in the procurement conversation. She is a partner at consulting firm Kearney, a Thought Leadership Council Member at the Institute for Supply Management, a Steering Committee Member at Procurement Foundry, an Adjunct Professor at Norwich University, and an author of several publications on supply chain and procurement.
Dr. Epstein describes herself as a “digital futurist focused on supply chains”. She specializes in how to apply digital to solve real business problems.
Philip Ideson, Founder of Art of Procurement
Philip has spent more than 20 years in procurement. He is the founder and managing director at Art of Procurement, a procurement media and advisory business. Prior to this he was a procurement leader at Accenture, Ally, Chiquita, Visteon Corporation, and Pfizer.
Philip’s Art of Procurement Podcast is the #1 weekly procurement podcast with a community of over 10,000 procurement executives.
Tania Seary, Founding Chairman of Procurious
Tania is one of the most influential voices in procurement and supply chain. She is a keynote speaker, webinar host, and the founding chairman of three procurement-related businesses: The Faculty, The Source, and Procurious (one of the largest procurement networking communities).
She has been working on procurement development for more than 20 years and has been named “Influencer of the Year” by Supply Chain Dive and recognised by IBM as a #NewWaytoEngage Futurist.
Alex Dussurgey, Head of Procurement at Sastrify
Alex is the Head of Procurement at Sastrify, a global leader in SaaS procurement. He has worked in a variety of procurement roles for nearly two decades and is “passionate about helping people and business to reach their aspirational goals through the development of sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain capabilities.”
Stephany Lapierre, Founder & CEO at TealBook
Stephany is the founder and CEO of TealBook, a highly sought after thought leader on supply chain and procurement, and an influential leader in emerging data technologies. She has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain.
Prior to founding TealBook, Stephany worked for 10 years on building Matchbook, a strategic sourcing and procurement consulting firm focusing on large scale sourcing optimization projects.
Katie McEwen, “The Procurement Girl”
Katie, also known as “The Procurement Girl”, has a significant following on LinkedIn where she posts almost daily on procurement topics. She’s also the host of the Procurement Foundry podcast TenureTalk and the community advocate at TealBook, which uses machine learning to gather, predict, and refine supplier data to provide comprehensive supplier intelligence.
Jason Busch, Founder & CEO at Spend Matters
Jason founded Spend Matters, which started as the first blog and social media site in the procurement and supply chain sector and has evolved into a leading source for data-backed intelligence covering procurement, finance and supply chain technology and solutions.
Lance Younger, Founder & CEO at ProcureTech
Lance founded ProcureTech, a digital platform focused on building the digital future of procurement, in 2021. ProcureTech also curates the annual ProcureTech100 with Kearney: a list of “the 100 pioneering digital procurement solutions super charging the enterprise.”
Over his career, Lance has worked across the industry with major companies like Goldman Sachs, GSK, Vodafone, Roche, Jaguar Land Rover, Nokia, Jewson, Dyson, BAT, HSBC, Nissan, Tata Steel and NatWest.
Michael Cadieux, Founder of Procurement Foundry
In 2019 Michael founded Procurement Foundry, the leading procurement and supply chain management community. He is a seasoned Indirect Sourcing industry executive with 20+ years of experience.
Michael and Procurement Foundry are hosting their first in-person conference – Forge Engage – in November 2022.
Mark Perera, Founder & CEO at Vizibl
Mark is the founder and CEO at Vizibl and the founder of Procurement Leaders, which he exited in 2019. In addition to utilizing his procurement expertise as an advisor and investor in a variety of companies, Mark also co-authored Procurement with Purpose, published in November 2021.
Thomas Udesen, Chief Procurement Officer at Bayer
Prior to becoming CPO at Bayer, Thomas also worked in procurement executive roles at Johnson & Johnson and Covestro. He is a frequent guest on podcasts and speaker at procurement events around the world.
Tom Mills, Head of Procurement & Properties at Bibby Financial Services
Tom Mills is a procurement leader and LinkedIn influencer with a significant following. He hosts a web video series called Procurement Bites on his LinkedIn page and also writes a Procurement Bites Substack newsletter.
Before taking on his current role, Tom held procurement executive positions at Nisbets, Clarks, The Hut Group, and The Co-operative Group.
Daniel Barnes, Founder of World of Procurement
Daniel creates a variety of content in the Procurement, Supply Chain and Contract Management space. He is the founder of World of Procurement which has a blog, podcast (ProcureDaily), newsletter, and social media on all things procurement.
He specializes in contract management as his day job and is currently the Community Manager at Gatekeeper.
Brad Veech, Sr. Director IT Sourcing at Walmart
Brad has over 20 years of IT Sourcing experience in industries like Big Box Retail, Manufacturing, Printing, Medical, Aerospace and Defense. He is currently the Senior Director of IT Sourcing at Walmart and the author of Software: The Silent Killer of your Company’s Budget.
He has been a keynote speaker at a number of procurement conferences and also negotiated a $1.1B technology deal in 2020, the largest in his company’s history.
David Rae, Chief Product Officer at Procurement Leaders
David has been the Chief Product Officer at Procurement Leaders and a Sustainable Procurement Ambassador for the The Sustainable Procurement Pledge since 2019. He has over 12 years of experience advising and connecting executives in the procurement community.
During his time at Procurement Leaders, David has led product offerings including the Procurement Leaders magazine, Ovation, the Supplier Enabled Innovation Center (SEIC) and Collaborative Value Creation working groups.
Cyril Pourrat, Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board at BT Sourced
Cyril is an award-winning procurement and supply chain executive with two decades of experience in Fortune 500 companies in Europe, Middle East and North America. He is currently the founder and CEO at BT Sourced, a new company owned by BT created to manage their multi-billion pound global sourcing operation.
Ben Murray, “The SaaS CFO”
Ben is the founder of The SaaS CFO and The SaaS Academy. He helps SaaS companies “achieve financial improvement and transparency via a SaaS finance framework that links operations to finance.” Ben’s expertise in the SaaS space makes him a valuable follow for those in the SaaS procurement function.
Andries Feikema, Global Director - Procurement Center of Excellence & Digitalization at DSM
Andries is a procurement and supply chain management professional with over two decades of global experience. He is the Global Director of the Procurement Center of Excellence & Digitalization at DSM, a frequent keynote speaker on Digital Business Transformation, and an Executive Faculty Trainer in the Digital Procurement Business Transformation Program at Nevi.
Adam Brown, Transformation and Digitization Lead at A.P. Moller – Maersk
Adam has over 12 years of experience in business transformation and over 10 specializing in procurement. He is currently the Transformation and Digitization Lead at A.P. Moller – Maersk. Prior to this position, he spent nearly two decades at BT and BT Sourced.
Adam was recognised by Kearney as delivering the #1 “Most Impressive Procurement Advance of 2020”.
Kelly Barner, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Buyers Meeting Point
Kelly holds several current roles: Co-Founder and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point; Partner, Head of Content and Brand Partnerships at Art of Procurement; and host of Dial P for Procurement, an interactive monthly livestream.
Kelly says she is “On a Mission to 10X the Impact of Procurement”. You can learn more about her work on her social media and her website, www.kellybarner.com.
Amanda Prochaska, Founder of Wonder Services
Amanda is the founder of Wonder Services, a consulting firm for Procurement organizations who are on the journey of digital transformation. She is also the founder of Global Women Procurement Professionals and Operations Partner at proChain Ventures.
Amanda speaks at a variety of procurement conferences and has held procurement executive roles at MGM Resorts International, Kraft Heinz, Kellogg’s, ConAgra Foods, and American Express.
Helen Mackenzie, Head of Community & Events at Art of Procurement
Helen currently serves as the Head of Community & Events at Art of Procurement. She describes herself as “Crazy in love with Procurement” and says her turning point role was serving as the Head of Procurement and Exchequer Services then Chief Procurement Officer for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles Council) in Scotland.
Helen is focused on helping the Art of Procurement community “access the insight and resources they need so that procurement can make a positive impact on the world.”
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