Visionaries Council

Innovative, thought leading, visionary. Executives who have embraced the cloud are redefining how organizations are managing spend and controlling costs.

 

Rob Bernshteyn, CEO

 

Rob Bernshteyn

Chief Executive Officer, Coupa

 

Rob brings 15 years of experience in enterprise software to his position as CEO at Coupa. Prior to joining Coupa, Rob spent four years with SuccessFactors, the global leader in Performance and Talent Management delivered via the software-as-a-service model. As a member of the SuccessFactors executive management team he served as their global vice president of product marketing and management.

 

Rob has also directed product management at Siebel Systems, where he contributed to building their Employee Relationship Management suite of applications into Siebel’s fastest-growing product two years after launch. Before that, Rob was an associate at McKinsey & Company and a global project manager at Accenture where he managed numerous successful global SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementations. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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James M. Baehr

Senior Advisor, Greybeard Advisors, LLC

 

Jim has been a Senior Advisor with Greybeard Advisors LLC since 2005. His most recent corporate role was as Vice President of Global Information Technology Procurement for Reed Elsevier, a New York based publisher / information provider. Prior to that, as Director of Technical and Services Procurement for Bayer Corporation at its US Headquarters in Pittsburgh, he led IT sourcing teams in NAFTA and globally. Jim also has extensive experience in IT Management and a successful career in IT sales. He’s conceived and successfully implemented both corporate and international sourcing strategies for Indirect Materials and Services to manage and reduce total cost of ownership. Other achievements in Procurement include developing and institutionalizing an international contracting process and associated negotiations training. His client engagements include overseeing numerous sourcing teams ranging from fleet management, to all aspects of IT, to marketing, as well as being a SSNM trainer.

 

Jim served on several industry association advisory boards and community associations in various capacities including the Institute for Supply Management, Society of Information Managers, and the Board of Governors of the Joint Chemical Group of Pittsburgh the Executive Committee of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh Executive Committee, Chemical Processor Directors – Information Technology Subgroup. Some of his speaking engagements include Marcus Evans, the Institute for Supply Management, IACCM, the Center for Business Intelligence and the Pharmaceuticals Technology Congress.

 

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Lee Garbowitz

Chief Procurement Officer, Cadbury NA 

 

Lee Garbowitz has over twenty years of procurement, operations, and commercialization experience, working at GE, McKinsey, Honeywell, and Cadbury. He began his career in 1988 when he joined GE’s Manufacturing Management Program. Since then, Mr. Garbowitz has held a series of leadership positions including Indirect Procurement leader at Honeywell, Engagement Manager at McKinsey, and Chief Procurement Officer of Cadbury NA. Mr. Garbowitz also played a leadership role in creating GE’s eAuction program while working as part of GE’s Corporate Initiatives Group. Lee earned his bachelor’s of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, his MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, and has been recognized a Top 25 Supply Chain Executive by Supply Chain Technology magazine.

 

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John P. “Jack” Miles

Former Secretary, State of Florida Department of Management Services

 

Jack Miles is a business operations leader with over 30 years experience successfully transforming corporate services, administration and sourcing organizations in leading North American firms.

 

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Jack as the Secretary of the Department of Management Services (DMS) and he served in that role until April of 2012. Prior to his appointment Jack held senior sourcing executive, shared services and Chief Procurement Officer roles at leading North American firms including CIGNA, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), American International Group (AIG), Computer Associates (CA), Travelers, Ames Department Stores and Prentice-Hall. 

 

Jack is a leader in architecting, resourcing and executing sustainable improvement, accountability, management and process innovation solving highly complex business, technology and transformation challenges for firms ranging from early stage start up to large-cap global corporate companies. 

 

Jack holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has been a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences, and a citizen of the United States and Canada. Jack and his spouse Nancy reside in Winter Park Florida and have an adult daughter who resides in New York City.

 

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Mike Wilding

Chief Procurement Officer, Rent-A-Center Inc.

 

Mike Wilding is Vice President-Accounting and Chief Procurement Officer at Rent-A-Center, Inc. In this role he assists the Rent-A-Center finance team with interpretation and implementation of applicable accounting policies, principles and standards. Mike also serves as a technical advisor and business process improvement counselor on special financial and information technology projects. In December 2009, he was appointed as Chief Procurement Officer and now leads the newly established Spend Management Organization at Rent-A-Center.

 

Prior to joining Rent-A-Center, Mike spent 15-years in public accounting with Grant Thornton. Among the leadership roles he held at Grant Thornton are director of operations in the Dallas office and director of the international business center-assurance/auditing for the central region. He also served two years in Grant Thornton’s Leeds, England, office where he was the U.S. GAAP/GAAS help desk for the Grant Thornton offices in Northern Europe. Mike is a graduate of the University of Utah. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.