Private equity has undergone significant shifts thanks to ongoing pandemic pressures — and the change isn't over. As noted by research...
Kristen Rigby
Kristen Rigby
Senior Director, Coupa Alliances

Kristen Rigby leads Coupa’s Private Growth Alliance Community with responsibility for valued added alliances programs with the Mid Market, Private Equity, and Venture Capital spaces. With over 20 years of technology experience, Kristen is a passionate advocate for customer success and long-term, value-based client relationships.

Read time: 8 mins
Layer by Layer: Building Community and Coopetition in Private Equity through BSM Data and Collective Intelligence
"What is procurement?" is a question I am frequently asked. The short answer is that procurement helps a company make purchasing...
Michael van Keulen
Michael van Keulen
Chief Procurement Officer, Coupa

Michael van Keulen (aka “MVK”), Coupa's Chief Procurement Officer, has been in finance and procurement for 20+ years at high growth global companies where he managed procurement transformations and digitized the procurement process, driving significant stakeholder value.  Michael is a procurement fanatic, passionate about elevating the role of procurement by applying best in class practices and enabling business spend management through the power of digitization.

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Procurement Needs a New Operating Model, Part 2: Talent
I’m thrilled to see Coupa named as a Leader in six IDC MarketScape reports, published this week, including Procurement1, Spend Analysis2...
Michael Schanker
Michael Schanker
VP, Strategic Marketing, Coupa Software

Michael Schanker is the VP, Strategic Marketing at Coupa, supporting Coupa's go-to-market strategy, product marketing, segment marketing, and customer marketing teams. He has spent more than 20 years in enterprise software across Marketing, Sales, and Services roles after starting his career in Finance. He has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Breaking Down the Silos of Spend
For many years now, the role of procurement within organizations has been viewed as a necessary but static business layer. Focusing...
Annie McMillan
Annie McMillan
Managing Director, Procurement and Business Services, KPMG US

Over twenty years of diversified experience in supply chain, management consulting, and corporate retail. Annie has held a series of leadership roles focused on Procurement Transformation, Organization Assessment and Design, Strategic Sourcing, Supplier & Contracts Management, Supply Chain Strategy, Procurement Technology Design, Implementation, and Training/Change Management. Areas of expertise span across multiple industries primarily in the consumer products, wireless telecommunications, healthcare, and life sciences industries.

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Embracing the New Reality of Procurement
Third-party risks are a part of doing business. Capturing these risks and being able to rapidly adjust the supply chain is...
Samuel Mele
Samuel Mele
Coupa Global Vice President of Risk Management Solutions

Samuel Mele's 30 year career includes a unique blend of supply chain, procurement, strategic sourcing, risk, performance, and compliance management expertise across a wide range of industries spanning manufacturing to financial services. As the Global Vice President of Risk Management Solutions for Coupa, Sam supports a team of third-party risk, compliance, performance management and sourcing subject matter experts. Before joining Coupa, Sam was the Vice President of Sales for Hiperos and was responsible for business development and client relations across North America.

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Five Third-Party Risks and Benefits of Continuous Risk Management
The business world has faced unprecedented challenges due to the disruptions of 2020. At many companies, teams that were once down...
Emily Burnette & Max Goraknick
Emily Burnette & Max Goraknick

Emily Burnette is a manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Supply Chain and Network Operations practice, and she focuses on global procurement transformations enabled by cloud technologies.  She has managed multiple global transformations and her work spans strategy, technology, and change management & communications teams.

Max Goralnick is a managing director in Deloitte Consulting’s Supply Chain and Network Operations practice, focusing on Digital Procurement. He specializes in strategic sourcing, procurement transformation, performance improvement, cost reduction, supply chain strategy, and procurement strategy.

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Deploying Your Business Spend Management Platform Virtually
The oil and gas industry has experienced more uncertainty in 2020 than ever before, this is largely due to the pandemic...
Armando Urias
Armando Urias
VP Coupa - Southwest

Armando Urias, VP Coupa - Southwest, is a seasoned software sales executive with a passion for driving real results. He has spent the majority of his career working with various Oil & Gas companies to enable business transformation, and currently resides in Houston, TX.

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Oil and Gas: Lessons Learned in 2020 and How to Prepare for the Future
At Coupa, our vision has always been a comprehensive Business Spend Management platform that helps organizations maximize the value of every...
Michael Schanker
Michael Schanker
VP, Strategic Marketing, Coupa Software

Michael Schanker is the VP, Strategic Marketing at Coupa, supporting Coupa's go-to-market strategy, product marketing, segment marketing, and customer marketing teams. He has spent more than 20 years in enterprise software across Marketing, Sales, and Services roles after starting his career in Finance. He has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Coupa Acquires LLamasoft to Connect AI-Powered Supply Chain with Spend Management
With Treasury rates at record lows, many treasury departments are looking for short-term, risk-free investments for excess cash. Early payment discounts...
Amit Baid & J.R. Robertson
Amit Baid & J.R. Robertson

Amit Baid is the Vice President and General Manager, Coupa Pay, and is responsible for managing all aspects of Coupa’s Working Capital Optimization Solutions Business. Prior to Coupa, Amit founded, TradeFin, which was India's first working capital marketplace. TradeFin was acquired by Coupa. He is passionate about building and scaling software products and businesses. He has an MBA from The Wharton School, an Electronics Engineering Degree from NIT in India, and resides in New Jersey.

J.R. Robertson, Vice President, Coupa Pay, is an entrepreneurial enthusiast and culture builder at Coupa. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Marketing Management from California State University, Chico, and currently resides in the smoky state of California.

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How to Succeed with Early Payment Discount Programs
Placing tighter reigns on Travel and Expense (T&E)—which is second only to payroll as the most controllable expense for most companies—is...
Tracy Gao
Tracy Gao
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Coupa T&E Solutions, Coupa Software

Tracy Gao oversees product marketing for Coupa's T&E solutions. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University.

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Why Insight Into Corporate Travel & Expense Is More Valuable Now Than Ever Before
The potential for collective economic, environmental, and social impact that Coupa can have across global supply chains, communities, and business operations...
Sandy Eapen
Sandy Eapen
Director, Sustainability & CSR, Coupa Software

Sandy Eapen is Director, Sustainability & CSR at Coupa. She resides in San Francisco and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA and Master of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University.

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Corporate Sustainability at Coupa: Tapping Into the Power of Spend and Our Community
We know that comparing our spend performance to others in our industry offers substantial value. When we compare our company’s performance...
Avik Ghosh
Avik Ghosh
Managing Director, Strategic Analytics & Operations, Coupa Software

Avik Ghosh is a member of the Business Value Engineering team and leads Coupa’s Value Excellence Center. In his past professional experience in management consulting and structural engineering, Avik leveraged statistical analysis, probabilistic modeling, and data science to deliver real-world solutions. Avik holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and an M.S. in Structural Engineering & Geomechanics from Stanford University and currently resides in Southern California.

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Community Data Is Critical To Effective Business Spend Management Benchmarking
For many organizations operating on a global scale, the payments process can bring considerable challenges and risks. With payments made to...
Ravi Thakur
Ravi Thakur
Senior Vice President, Business Acceleration, Coupa Software

Ravi Thakur has more than 20 years of experience in Enterprise software, holding executive level positions from support, development, professional services, operations, pre-sales, and more.

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Coupa Pay
How Mid-Sized Companies Using NetSuite ERP Manage Growth and Scale Massively with Coupa It’s that time of year when we’re making...
Kelly Casey
Kelly Casey
Field & Account Based Marketing Marketing Manager, Coupa

Kelly Casey holds a B.A. from Arizona State University and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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In part one of this blog post, Not Just Any Crowdsourcing, we discussed how to take the best of consumer crowdsourcing...
Charlene Wang
Charlene Wang
Director, Product & Segment Marketing for Coupa’s Community Intelligence and Coupa Pay

Charlene Wang holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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