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
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.
Senior Director for Enterprise Supplier Management, Capital One Financial Corporation
Jon Buckbee is a Senior Director for Enterprise Supplier Management 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.
Over his 18 years at Capital One, he has held positions in finance, procurement, marketing, operations, technology and solutions delivery. A seasoned procurement professional, he has led numerous indirect spend categories, overseeing strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and supplier management. He has led procurement transformation programs and been accountable for the organization’s procurement center of excellence.
Currently, Buckbee leads Capital One’s Enterprise Supplier Management Operations, Technology and Infrastructure group, where he sets the strategy for, and leads the teams supporting, the department’s operations and technology, communications, project and change management. Most recently, Buckbee led ESM through a Source-to-Pay transformation that included implementing Coupa in the U.K.
Buckbee began his career as a Certified Public Accountant for Ernst Young. He earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Richmond.
Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Pearson Plc
Dan is Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of Pearson Plc, a FTSE100 company and the World's leading Education provider; providing educational content, assessment, technology and services to millions of learners around the world.
Dan has 17 years of experience in procurement across a range of industry sectors including Financial Services, Logistics, Telecommunications and now Education / Media. In addition Dan is a qualified chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and spent the first four years of his career working with large organisations in an Audit and Corporate Finance capacity.
At Pearson Dan is currently transforming the Procurement function as they strive to become world class by 2020. This includes the implementation of the Coupa Source to Pay solution; with Sourcing live on a global basis and Requisition to Pay live in the UK and planned for the US in 2018. To complement these technology changes, the team and internal processes have also been revamped to enable Procurement to be a key business partner. The team extends from the US to India with major hubs in London and New Jersey, with a global remit for Technology, Indirect and Content expenditure. Dan and his team will play a vital role in the company's evolution; making Pearson simpler more efficient as well as enabling the digital transformation.
Prior to Pearson Dan was the Co-CPO at Goldman Sachs and Procurement Transformation Director at the Royal Mail where he lead change management efforts and delivered significant value.
Outside of work Dan has five children aged 15, 12, 10, 10 1 and enjoys skiing, surfing and has recently taken up sailing with his wife Fay!
Head of Strategy and Operational Performance, General Procurement, AIRBUS
Hélène brings over 35 years of experience in Aeronautic and Space Industry, in lead positions across program management, consulting services, strategy and innovation management. She is a dynamic leader, defining strategic vision and implementation targets, setting up and leading innovative projects at transnational level and managing large projects to develop end-to-end systems under challenging lead-time and cost objectives
Hélène started at Airbus in 2006 and her current role she is developing the Airbus General Procurement strategy at group level with its customers. She is especially driving and developing innovative buying solutions, digitalization and innovation with Suppliers that bring added value and solutions to overcome spend management business challenges.
Previously in Airbus, Hélène held roles as Head of Innovation Centre for Energy, Propulsion and Aerodynamics, Head of Corporate Innovation Operations and Head of Engineering Strategic studies. In her time at Airbus, she has continually worked with multi-functional and transnational operational teams, from aircraft programs, engineering, customer services and procurement and led professional teams to implementation success in product solutions and innovative methods and tools.
Prior to Airbus, Hélène was Director in charge of Aerospace and Defence sector at Gemini consulting and Assystem consulting. She was in charge of developing consulting activities in Engineering and Program fields, across Program management, System Engineering and Collaborative development. She was also Director for Development in Supaero developing the cooperation with industry and partnership with international universities. Hélène began her career with CNES (Space National Centre) where she was managing large end-to-end systems development for observation satellite programs under challenging lead-time and cost objectives.
Hélène earned diplomas from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau) and Supaero (National Aeronautics Space Engineering school) and earned also a pilot private licence.
Director of Procurement, Caterpillar Inc.
Chris Chadwick is the director of procurement with responsibilities for indirect procurement, global facilities management and corporate real estate 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. and then at VW group before joining Perkins Engines which was later acquired by Caterpillar Inc. 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.
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 in 2005
Vice President of Procurement, Highmark Health, Inc.
Gary Foster is Vice President of Procurement for Highmark Health, Inc. a national, diversified health care organization, the fourth largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliated company and among the top ten largest health insurers in the United States. Gary is passionate about creating and building best-in-class sourcing organizations that are trusted advisors and integral partners to senior business leaders for implementing strategic objectives and performance excellence. He has lead professional procurement functions in a variety of industries for over 25 years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business and a Masters of Business Administration from Old Dominion University.
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 Sourcing and Supplier Management, Mastercard
Andy Heers is currently the Senior Vice President of Sourcing and Supplier Management at Mastercard. He has been at Mastercard 8 years and has global responsibility for Strategic Sourcing, Category Management, and Supplier Management.
Prior to MasterCard, Andy spent five years at Whirlpool in several different sourcing and supply chain roles, including Indirect Procurement, Engineering, and Human Resources. Prior to Whirlpool, Andy spent time at Hunter Engineering and at Pfizer. During his career, Andy has worked in both direct and indirect procurement and held key roles in outsourcing, category management, supplier management, supply chain quality, supplier diversity, and strategic sourcing.
Andy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He earned a BS in Business Administration specializing in Purchasing Materials Management and Production & Operations Management. Over the last 15 years, Andy has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, and Element Church in Wentzville, MO.
Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society
JR Miller is senior vice president of finance and controller 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 controls, enterprise risk management, 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.
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 Chief Procurement Officer, MGM Resorts International
Stacey Taylor joined MGM Resorts International in October 2015 as Senior Vice President Chief Procurement Officer. She provides leadership and strategic vision to Global Procurement and is implementing a Companywide procurement program inclusive of sourcing, purchasing, program management and supplier management to optimize financial savings impact and improve associated processes to drive efficiency.
Stacey has nearly 30 years of experience in procurement, purchasing and sourcing. She has served in leadership positions with ConAgra Foods from 2006-2015, most recently as Vice President of Integration, where she handled the design and implementation of a procurement integration plan following the company’s acquisition of Ralcorp. Prior to that, Stacey served as ConAgra’s Vice President of Ingredients and Vice President of Indirect Capital Services. Stacey’s previous experience also includes nearly a decade of work with Tyco International, including as Director of Global Sourcing and Director of Global Travel.
Stacey received her Master of Business Administration Degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY.
She is currently serving on the ISM board, and previously served as the Director of YWCA Omaha, President of The Nebraska High School Lacrosse Association, member of the Great Plains Minority Supplier Diversity Council, and the New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council.
CPS, DBS Bank
Donna Trowbridge is currently CPS of DBS Bank, Singapore’s largest retail bank voted by Euromoney as the world’s best digital bank in 2016. With more than 20 years of international procurement experience, Trowbridge is an accomplished Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) with broad industry expertise in manufacturing and in professional and financial services.
Trowbridge is a highly motivated self-starter with a passion and ability to develop talent in others and influence at all levels of an organization to ensure measurable results. Trowbridge takes an innovative approach to deliver leading edge procurement solutions, and best value to the business.
Trowbridge earned a BSc (Hons) Business and Technology from Sheffield.
Coupa Executive Sponsors
Chief Marketing Officer, Coupa
Chandar Pattabhiram is a seasoned marketing executive who brings to Coupa more than 23 years of experience in both fast-paced and large technology companies including Marketo, IBM, Badgeville, Cast Iron Systems, Jamcracker, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Prior to joining Coupa, Pattabhiram recently was CMO at Marketo where he was responsible for all aspects of marketing and in charge of positioning Marketo as the digital marketing industry’s innovation leader and the best solution for high-growth and enterprise businesses. Previously, Pattabhiram was head of worldwide marketing for Badgeville where he was part of the team that won multiple industry awards for innovative storytelling including the Best Platform-as-a-Service for 2013. Prior to that, Pattabhiram was vice president at IBM Cast Iron Systems where he was responsible for all product marketing and channel marketing efforts. In 2010, IBM acquired Cast Iron as a centerpiece of its Cloud strategy.
Pattabhiram also spent years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 companies in the high-tech, retail, and oil and gas industries. He has authored and has been quoted in more than 1000 articles and is a frequent keynote speaker at leading software industry events. In June 2017, he was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 CMOs in the world to follow for thought-leadership in the digital marketing domain.
Pattabhiram earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from PSG College of Technology and a M.S. in management from the University of Texas. He is a Strategic Board Advisor to Gainsight and LendingUSA and is on the Board of Directors for BlueShift, an AI platform for customer engagement.
Chief Customer Officer, Coupa
Mark is the Chief Customer Officer (CCO) at Coupa where he champions, orchestrates, and advances the customer experience across Coupa’s ever-more-complex range of customer interactions. With more than 25 years of experience, Mark has a consistent track record of creating and scaling customer-facing teams across organizations while delivering optimal success to internal and external stakeholders. Prior to Coupa, Mark worked as the Chief Customer Officer and General Manager for Bazaarvoice during a period of rapid revenue growth and was also part of the team that led the company through its initial public offering (IPO).
Previously, Mark was Senior Vice President of World-Wide Customer Success for Endeca Technologies where he helped grow the company from early stage through its acquisition by Oracle for $1.1 billion. Before Endeca, Riggs served as Vice President of Global Services for Business Objects where he helped grow the company from $400 million to $1.6 billion in annual revenue. Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion.
Mark is an Advisory Board member for Conscia, the Toronto based Interactive Management Platform company. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, Magna Cum Laude, from Northern Arizona University. Mark also took engineering classes of distinction at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Vice President, Product Strategy Innovation, 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.