Executive Advisory Board
The board's mission is to elevate spend management as the new financial business imperative. This is a multi-faceted mission and EAB team members will leverage their unique perspectives to influence the industry.contact us
Senior Director IT, Capital One Financial Corporation
Chris Barker is a senior director of IT for Capital One Financial Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and one of the leading financial services companies in the nation. Capital One is one of the top 10 banks in the country, with branch locations across New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Barker has 15 years of experience in technology and solutions delivery and has held numerous positions across the software delivery lifecycle. He has led successful implementations of corporate ERP, HR, and Risk systems where he leveraged the latest technology advances to solve problems, increase efficiencies, and enable customers.
Barker’s expertise includes aligning technology initiatives with business goals – ensuring a focus on customer experience, simplification, and innovation. He currently leads Capital One’s Enterprise Supplier Management’s (ESM) Technology and Infrastructure group, where he is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the implementation of technology solutions. Most recently, Barker led ESM through a massive Source to Pay transformation that included implementing Coupa across three continents.
Barker earned his bachelor’s of science degree in computer engineering from the University of Virginia.
Chief Procurement Officer, Aon Pls.
Michael Benvenuto is the chief procurement officer (CPO) and head of strategic optimization for Aon Plc. As a senior leader, Benvenuto has more than 18 years of experience driving organizational impact through strategic sourcing, supply chain management, business and information technology offshoring & outsourcing, operating model development & delivery and shared service business transformation.
In his current role, Benvenuto is responsible for leading forward-thinking global spend management across 120 countries and $3B in spend. In addition, he also leads the internal business consulting practice which drives the adoption of optimized global delivery functions across business and shared service functions.
Prior to joining Aon in 2008, Benvenuto has held various leadership positions across financial services focused on supply chain strategy, strategic sourcing, offshoring & outsourcing. Results over the course of his six years at a large US bank resulted in savings and efficiency gains in excess of $1 billion.
Benvenuto earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Ithaca College. He is a member of ClearEdge Partners Advisory Board.
Director of Procurement, Caterpillar Inc.
Chris Chadwick is the director of procurement with responsibilities for indirect procurement and global facilities management at Caterpillar Inc. A fortune 100 company, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.
Chris has over 30 years of experience in strategic sourcing, cost reduction, organization and culture change, marketing and design. He has led very successful joint venture start-ups and major new product introductions.
Currently he is leading a global organization that is transforming a traditional supply chain into a global supply network through innovative, high velocity business processes and tools. The result is world class connectivity that provides constant assurance of supply through deep visibility of spend and real time decision making capabilities.
Chris began his career at the former Leyland-Daf Truck Co. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham, U.K. and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
Former Vice President of Finance, H&R Block
Todd Dooley is a former VP of Finance for H&R Block, a leading tax preparation company. Todd led the company’s expense productivity efforts as well as the company’s sourcing and field logistics teams where they freed up over $140M of cash and 1M labor hours.
Todd has 20+ years in the corporate finance function and has executed finance transformations across several F1000 firms, including as Director of Global Finance Transformation at Stanley Black and Decker in 2013 and 2014 and as the SVP of Finance at Ceridian from 2006-2012, and currently facilitating the transformation at H&R Block.
Prior to joining H&R Block, Todd served in a variety of finance and accounting roles at Ceridian, IBM and 3M ranging from auditing, controllership, pricing, financial analysis, financial consolidations, shared services, customer and product profitability, and FP&A systems. He was also a Captain in the Air Force and was a decorated ICBM commander. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Notre Dame and a master’s in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the leader and co-inventor of the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, a real time measure of the U.S. economy.
Chief Financial Officer, Lagunitas Brewing Company
Mark Dotinga is the chief financial officer (CFO) at Lagunitas Brewing Company, the purveyor of the number one IPA in the USA.
Prior to Lagunitas, Dotinga was Finance Director of Brasseries de Bourbon, a HEINEKEN brewery and Coke bottling company located in La Reunion (France). At Brasseries de Bourbon, Dotinga further professionalized the accounting, controlling and IT departments.
In 2011, Dotinga was a Business Controller for HEINEKEN Western Europe Region, working directly with the finance teams in Portugal, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium and Export. At the same time, Dotinga joined the Management Development program of HEINEKEN in 2012 and 2013 and completed his Executive MSc in Finance & Control.
Prior to HEINEKEN, Dotinga worked for 3 years at Lehman Brothers in London in the Consumer M&A team and as a youth he spent time in various countries such as UK, Brunei, Egypt and The Netherlands.
Dotinga earned a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen.
Advisor, CPO Advisement Services
David Hearn has lead global indirect procurement organizations inside technology and healthcare companies for his entire career. He was the indirect chief procurement officer (CPO) at Sun Microsystems, Kaiser Permanente, and most recently at Juniper Networks. At all three companies, Hearn drove the change management of major enterprise resource planning (ERP) system replacements, as well as drove the business process change at all three companies to become world class in their management of the Procure-to-Pay processes.
Hearn enjoys building a strong, world-wide team of professionals in sourcing and supplier management. He increases his team’s value to the organization by lowering the total cost of ownership (e.g. cost, quality, service, support, innovation) of purchased materials and services. Hearn is now providing consulting services to CPO's, procurement professionals, and Coupa.
Hearn earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Business Administration in Management and Operations from University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Senior Director of Procurement, DiDi Chuxing
Qing Huang is the senior director of procurement at DiDi Chuxing in Beijing, China, where he leads the corporate procurement strategy and organization of the company. DiDi is the world’s leading mobile transportation platform that offers a full range of mobile tech-based mobility options for nearly 400 million users across more than 400 cities.
Prior to DiDi, Huang was the co-founder and CEO of zkerworks.com, a startup company that focused on leading a new internet era of successful Chinese K-12 education. Before his entrepreneurial venture, Huang led the Greater China Procurement team at Microsoft managed suppliers and supported all business units in procurement activities.
At Google, Huang was the head of Greater China supplier sourcing and also head of APAC facility and data center supplier sourcing. He established and maintained relationships with global and regional suppliers in all commodities and led project activities related to purchase of goods and services. Huang has worked in prior management roles at major brands such as Ericsson, General Electric Company, and Siemens.
Huang earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Nanjing University of Technology and an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
Chief Procurement Officer, Staples
Michael Jacobs is chief procurement officer (CPO) and vice president of global procurement at Staples. Jacobs is responsible for $3 billion of non-merchandise purchases across North America and Europe, as well as outsourced supplier relationships accounting for approximately 2400 resources. Jacobs has 30 years of experience that includes a combination of consulting and industry expertise, with a particular specialization in procurement transformation, outsourcing and G&A cost reduction.
Jacobs has held previous CPO roles at Best Buy, Eastman Kodak and Accenture. As a partner with several top tier consulting firms, including A.T. Kearney, Accenture and AlixPartners, Jacobs has led transformation programs at dozens of companies across multiple industry sectors, with a strong focus on financial services, consumer and retail. Michael earned a Master of Business Administration with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science with honors in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Former Chief Financial Officer, Marketo
Brian Kinion is the former chief financial officer (CFO) at Marketo where he was responsible for global financial reporting and compliance, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, and drove continuous process and system improvements to support the company’s growing operations.
Kinion has more than 25 years of experience in leading finance organizations in public and private companies during periods of rapid growth and cash constraints, including 3 IPO’s. Prior to joining Marketo, Brian held a variety of finance leadership roles at SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP), CoTherix, Inc. (acquired by Actelion Pharmaceuticals), ClearSwift, and DigitalThink, among others.
He has established an expertise in SaaS/Cloud business modeling, reporting and planning after supporting high growth subscription businesses at both SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP in 2012) and Marketo (taken private by Vista Equity Partners in 2016).
He began his career as an auditor at KPMG, earned a bachelor’s of science in accounting and an MBA (finance concentration) from St. Mary’s College of California.
JACOB GORM LARSEN
Director of Digital Procurement, Maersk Group
Jacob Gorm Larsen is director of digital procurement in Maersk Group where he leads the company’s efforts within digitization of procurement.
Since joining Maersk Group in 2004 he has been in a number of different roles within procurement, primarily with a focus on how technology and digital solutions can optimize and improve procurement processes.
In his current role he is responsible for the digital strategy within procurement as well as operation and development of new digital solutions for the procurement function. In addition to existing procurement technologies the role also includes introduction of new solutions such as robotic process automation within procurement as well as the introduction of advanced analytics as part of the procurement set-up.
Jacob is a firm believer in the value and opportunities that the digital transformation brings to procurement. One of the key priorities for his team is to link the opportunities to goals of the business and translate the value proposition and modus for new technologies into an existing procurement organization.
Jacob earned his master’s degree in Information Science from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen.
Senior Vice President of Finance, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
JR Miller is senior vice president of finance at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Miller has been with LLS for 16 years and works from the National Office in Rye Brook, NY.
At LLS, Miller is responsible for accounting, investments, financial systems, and treasury functions. He has implemented recently Coupa, NetSuite, Adaptive Insights, and Concur with a technology strategy to move to the cloud in order to mitigate IT risks, improve process efficiencies and utilize intuitive “best-in-class” solutions. Miller also has the role of being president and CEO of PearlPoint Cancer Support, Inc., a subsidiary of LLS.
Prior to joining LLS, Miller was in corporate accounting with David C. Cook, a not-for-profit publishing company, and an internal auditor for Farm Family Insurance Companies.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gordon College and is a member of the AICPA not-for-profit interest group.
Chief Information Officer, Grupo Herdez
Oscar Nafarrate is the chief information officer (CIO) of Grupo Herdez. Grupo Herdez is the leading producer of shelf-stable foods, and one of the main players in the ice cream category in Mexico. The company is also one of the leaders in the Mexican food category in the United States.
Nafarrate served as a consultant for 17 years in different Latin American countries, creating business and operational strategies mainly in consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. Nafarrate earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Tec de Monterrey.
Vice President Digital Banking Group, Fiserv
Ron Pachura leads the corporate finance transformation effort at Fiserv, a publicly-held leading provider of information management and electronic commerce systems for the financial services industry. Pachura is managing the implementation of the finance function re-design and reorganization in order to secure greater productivity and enhanced people opportunities for the global chief financial officer (CFO) organization.
Before Fiserv, Pachura led the technology and finances for First Data’s Prepaid Retail Business. He also worked for several public accounting firms (Andersen, E&Y) as an executive and as a partner (Clifton Gunderson). Pachura completed an Executive Leadership program at Northwestern University, earned a Master’s of Accountancy at DePaul University. He also received a Master’s in Management Information Systems and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and maintains an active license.
J. TYSON POPP
Vice President and CPO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
J. Tyson Popp is currently the vice president and chief procurement officer (CPO) at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: MNK). Mallinckrodt is a dynamic growth organization in the specialty pharmaceutical sector.
Since 2014, Popp has worked for Mallinckrodt where he architected and oversaw the transformation of the procurement organization. He is responsible for global direct and indirect procurement, real estate, facilities, and corporate security.
Popp has nearly 20 years procurement experience with varying responsibilities from Category Management through CPO. He also has held vice president roles in operations strategy, supply chain, and research & development. Prior to Mallinckrodt, Popp has worked at Johnson & Johnson, Amgen Inc., and West Pharmaceutical Services.
Popp earned a bachelor’s of science degree packaging science from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management, with a concentration in finance and strategy. He is also a Past President and Executive Committee Member of the premier pharmaceutical business development association, Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies (DCAT).
Senior Director of Global Strategy, Capability and Business Services, Mondelez Intl.
Andrea Sordi is currently the senior director of global strategy, capability and business services for Mondelez International Procurement, which includes leading an organization of 700+ procurement professionals and managing approximately $20 billion in spend across 165 countries.
Sordi began his career as an operations finance manager in Danone and worked in different strategic roles in Danone Biscuits division while living in Italy and France. He then moved to Danone’s supply chain division. While at Kraft, Sordi worked in the Supply Planning, Logistic, Customer Service & Customer Development.
Sordi joined Procurement and Kraft Foods Iberia board in 2010 leading the Iberia Procurement Organization. He then led indirect procurement and the gum & candy procurement for Mondelez International before becoming global head of Procurement Business Services and having been part of the team shaping the new Mondelez Global Operating Model. Currently, Sordi is based at the Mondelez Global Headquarter in Deerfield IL US. Before that he lived in Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland.
Sordi earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in food biotechnology and chemical engineering from Genova University.
Senior Vice President and CPO, MGM Resorts International
Stacey Taylor is the senior vice president and chief procurement officer (CPO) at MGM Resorts International where she provides leadership and strategic vision to global procurement. Currently, Taylor is implementing a companywide procurement program inclusive of sourcing, purchasing, and supplier management to optimize financial savings impact and to improve associated processes to drive efficiency.
Taylor has nearly 30 years of experience in procurement, purchasing and sourcing and has served in leadership positions from 2006-2015 with ConAgra Foods. She most recently worked as vice president of integration at ConAgra Foods, where she handled the design and implementation of a procurement integration plan following the company’s acquisition of Ralcorp.
Prior to that, Taylor served as ConAgra’s vice president of ingredients and vice president of indirect & capital services. Taylor’s previous experience also includes nearly a decade of work with Tyco International, including as director of global sourcing and director of global travel. Taylor earned an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY.
She previously served as the director of YWCA Omaha, president of The Nebraska High School Lacrosse Association, and member of the Great Plains Minority Supplier Diversity Council, and the New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council.
Chief Information Officer - Corporate & International, BMO Financial Group
Victor Tung joined BMO in 2012 as the business manager for technology. He progressively took on more responsibilities cumulating to his latest appointment as the chief Information officer (CIO) of corporate & international for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the technology solutions delivery for Human Resources, Marketing, Legal, Compliance, Procurement, AML, Corporate and International Technology. Tung also provides horizontal services including business management, and he is the first line of defense for all technology.
Prior to BMO, Tung held various roles at CIBC where he has held senior technology and business management positions within the retail, banking, wealth and capital markets. Tung led teams in Strategy & Planning, Client Services, Quality Assurance, Risk Management and Information Security.
Tung is a Certified Information Security Auditor. He earned an HBA in economics/public policy, a MSC in Computer Science, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Business. Most recently, Tung earned a Master’s in Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
Head of Client Change, Transformation and Integration, Avaloq
Paul Tuxford is the head of client change, transformation, and integration initiatives (CTI) at Avaloq, a global fintech banking software and outsource service provider.
The CTI Division designs, builds and deploys the Avaloq Core and Front banking solutions to successfully meet business requirements of client banks located in Switzerland or worldwide. Tuxford brings a robust body of knowledge in managing global IT initiatives that span project operations in numerous countries, transforming business operations via the use of technology at scale.
He previously held a C-suite position for a US$4B+ benevolent fund to address AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria around the world. His business savvy has allowed him to best understand sophisticated business needs and negotiate service contracts with the likes of Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, and Swisscom, amongst others.
Tuxford graduated from the Royal Australian Air Force after serving honorably for seven years. He earned his bachelor’s degree of science in computer science from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an M.B.A. in international business from The University of Queensland, Australia.
Senior Vice President and CIO, Juniper Networks
Bob Worrall is senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at Juniper where he leads the company’s global information technology team. In this role, Worrall is responsible for the ongoing enhancement of the company’s IT infrastructure and applications architectures to support the growth objectives. He and his team are also responsible for showcasing Juniper’s use of its technologies to the world.
Prior to joining Juniper in 2015, Worrall was senior vice president and chief information officer at NVIDIA with responsibility for deploying innovative technologies to enhance employee productivity and improve cost efficiencies. He also spent more than two decades at Sun Microsystems, including six years as chief information officer. He also held a variety of roles in Sun’s IT organization, including vice president of applications and vice president of IT operations. Worrall has extensive international business experience, including a two-year assignment in The Netherlands.
Worrall earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, East Bay.
KENDRA VON ESH
Executive Strategic Advisor, Coupa
Kendra Von Esh, a former chief information officer (CIO) at Veolia, has been a trusted advisor and CIO for the past decade developing value added strategies and solutions transforming businesses with technology. She has experience merging multiple lines of business and rationalizing application portfolios leveraging cloud strategies and solutions, thereby enabling IT to be agile enough to support a constantly changing business landscape.
Von Esh joined Coupa in 2015 to leverage her experience and active involvement in CIO communities and industry boards to create inspiring dialogue and change strategies with internal and external IT communities. Von Esh is the Chair of Coupa's Executive Advisory Board for its second year. Von Esh has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Vice President Strategy and Product Marketing, Coupa
Donna brings over fifteen years of experience in SaaS product companies in roles across product management, services, marketing and sales working with customers ranging from Fortune 100 to mid-enterprise. She is a dynamic leader that is passionate about making customers successful.
Donna started at Coupa in 2011 and her current role at Coupa focuses her talents on the product strategy and marketing; bringing innovative product solutions to the market that solve global spend management business challenges elegantly. Previously at Coupa, Donna held roles as VP Customer Experience and VP Global Professional Services. In her time at Coupa, she has continually worked with cross-functional teams from sales to marketing and led professional services teams to implementation success in over 200 customer go-lives including Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Molina Healthcare, Adidas Latin America, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. and Blackstone.
Prior to Coupa, Donna was the Director of Shared Services at TriNet where she was responsible for the company's Travel, Procurement and Facilities departments. She has also held senior roles at Ketera and IBM. Donna began her career with Accenture where she was involved in a variety of consulting engagements with a primary focus on ERP systems delivered via a SaaS model.
Donna earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the Illinois Institute of Technology.