The eighth annual Aberdeen Group Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Summit will be taking place this week at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. This year’s event will be the backdrop for some of the world’s leading procurement executives and innovators to come together to discuss key trends, issues, and opportunities within the industry.
The summit will kick off with a keynote presentation by Patrice Knight, IBM’s senior vice president of procurement. Knight will discuss the modern CPO’s role as a “corporate champion”. She’ll also share strategies she has leveraged for IBM, including how CPOs can effectively mitigate supplier risks and the critical role analytics can play in that effort, as well as in spend and supplier intelligence.
As 2013 approaches, CPOs are confronted with continued and growing risk, cost pressures and globalization of the supply base, among many other challenges. There is much to be learned from our peers in procurement so I hope you’ll have a chance to attend Aberdeen’s CPO event, hear Patrice Knight’s keynote and stop by the IBM Booth.
For those who can’t attend, we’ll share some of the core insights from Knight’s presentation after the event.