Speakers & Panelists

THINKERS. DOERS. ACHIEVERS

View the on-demand recordings of the conference where global business leaders engaged in three days of engaging, informative and insightful knowledge-sharing sessions. Learn about leading industry best-practices and check out the latest roadmap presentations and product demos. Find out how you can navigate change and thrive in the new normal with our keynote presenters:

Jared Diamond

MacArthur Genius and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change

Jared Diamond is one of the most well-known, respected and influential thinkers of our time. At GEP INNOVATE 2020, he will be sharing perspectives on how people throughout history have coped, or failed to cope, with crisis and what we can learn from them.

Following his blockbusters Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared offered a final sweeping installment to this fascinating and important discussion with Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change. In this 2019 New York Times bestseller, Diamond shows how nations can recover from crisis through selective change.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates called it one of his Top 5 Summer Books, saying that “[Diamond] reminds us that some countries have creatively solved their biggest problems ... showing that there’s a path through crisis and that we can choose to take it.”

Currently a professor of geography at UCLA, Diamond has received some of the world’s most prestigious awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Dickson Prize in Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and the National Medal of Science — the United States’ highest civilian award in science. Foreign Policy magazine has named him one of the world’s top 10 public intellectuals. 

Focusing on how we can improve contemporary society by learning from the many crises humanity has confronted before, Diamond’s message is both urgent and persuasive.

 

EDWARD D. BREEN

Executive Chairman and CEO of DuPont; Noted Industry Veteran, Renowned Change Leader

Ed Breen oversees the strategic direction and execution of DuPont’s priorities for value creation. Over the past five years, he has driven significant performance improvements across DuPont’s businesses, negotiated one of the most transformative mergers in the industry to create DowDuPont and subsequently launched three industry-leading independent companies.

Ed was chairman and CEO of Tyco International from July 2002 until September 2012, where he rescued the company from near bankruptcy and rebuilt its brand and credibility, transforming it into a market leader. Ed is currently on the board of directors at Comcast and a member of the advisory board of New Mountain Capital LLC, a private equity firm. He has been awarded many governance awards including being named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" by Ethisphere.

MAGGIE WILDEROTTER

Former CEO and Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications; Board Member at Costco, Hewlett Packard, Lyft 


Maggie Wilderotter is a seasoned executive who has led both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in her career. In addition, she has served on the board of over 35 public and 14 private companies.

Mrs. Wilderotter serves on the boards of Costco, Hewlett Packard, Lyft and Tanium as well as a number of non-profit organizations, and is board chair at DocuSign. She is also a senior advisor to the Blackstone Group, Okta, and Atairos.

From 2004 to 2015, Mrs. Wilderotter was CEO of Frontier Communications and served as executive chairman until 2016. During her tenure, Frontier grew from a regional telephone company to a national broadband, voice and video provider with operations in 29 states and revenues in excess of $10 billion.

Previously, Mrs. Wilderotter was senior vice president of global business strategy and ran the Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft. She was president and CEO of Wink Communications, executive vice president of national operations for AT&T and CEO of AT&T's aviation communications division.

RAJ GUPTA

Chairman, Aptiv; Former Chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas; Board of Directors, DuPont

Raj Gupta joined Rohm and Haas as a financial analyst in 1971. He was its named chairman and CEO in 1999. After growing the company, he left Rohm and Haas after its $15 billion acquisition by Dow in 2009.

Raj Gupta was chairman of Delphi Automotive and is now chairman of Aptiv, the $14 billion global automotive parts and technology company that was spun off from Delphi. He is also chairman of Avantor and is lead director at Arconic, in addition to serving on the board of directors at DuPont and on the GEP Advisory Board.

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce has named Gupta as one of the top ten most influential Asian Americans in business.

Born in Muzaffarnagar, India, Raj Gupta graduated from IIT, Mumbai with a degree in mechanical engineering, and later earned a master’s in operations research from Cornell University and an MBA in finance from Drexel University. His autobiography, Eight Dollars and A Dream, chronicles the business and life lessons he has accrued in a remarkable career.

Patricia Russo

Former CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, Chairman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Board Member at General Motors, Merck, Arconic 

Widely known for her work as the CEO of Lucent Technologies and its successor, Alcatel-Lucent, Pat Russo currently serves as chairman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and is on the boards of several global enterprises, including General Motors, Merck, and Arconic. She also serves on the GEP advisory board.

Pat Russo began her career at IBM, before joining AT&T. In 1992, she was chosen to restructure AT&T’s business communications systems division. Her turnaround permitted AT&T to spin off the division as Avaya, Inc.

She moved to Lucent Technologies in time for its $3 billion IPO in 1996, serving as EVP for corporate operations and CEO of Lucent’s service provider networks group. She became Lucent’s president and CEO in 2002 and was made chairman and CEO in 2003. During her tenure, Pat Russo returned Lucent to profitability and helped broker a multibillion-dollar merger between Lucent and French telecom giant Alcatel.

Forbes Magazine has ranked her in the top 10 on its list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

Bill Braun

Chief Information Officer, Chevron; Tech Innovation Champion

William (Bill) Braun is Chevron’s chief information officer, a role he assumed in 2015. He is based in Houston, Texas.

Bill joined Chevron in 1991 as a programmer and has held technical and management positions across the organization, including Chevron North America Exploration and Production, Supply and Trading and the Chevron Information Technology Company. These positions included responsibilities in telecommunications, fraud management, project management and operations. He has served with the corporation in Texas, California and Singapore.

Bill received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, and in 2014, completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He serves on the Board of Directors for SEARCH Homeless Services of Houston and is a co-chair for the Governing Body of the Houston CIO Executive Summit.

Bill Keillor

Vice President of Global Information Technology, ExxonMobil; Digital Transformation Leader

Bill Keillor joined ExxonMobil as a financial analyst in 1989 and has since been involved in several key departments at the energy giant, from marketing to strategic planning and business transformation.

An innovator and change-maker, Keillor’s experience in leading the digital transformation of ExxonMobil’s fuels and lubricants business, where he enhanced operational efficiency and introduced new business models, will be invaluable in exploring the future of digital transformation in the energy industry.

Miguel Gonzalez

Chief Procurement Officer, DuPont; Board Member at Institute of Supply Management (ISM)

Miguel started his career in procurement and supply chain with General Electric Plastics. He later worked for Nalco Chemical and Kraft Foods before joining DuPont, where he has held various responsibilities for global logistics, including procurement, corporate operations and trade compliance, for the last three years.

As part of the Dow–DuPont merger and upcoming split into three independent companies, Miguel is the Chief Procurement Officer for the specialty products division.

Miguel has lived in Spain, The Netherlands and the USA, together with his wife and two sons. He has a degree in business administration, a master's from Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, and an MBA from ESERP Business School. He enjoys coaching, mentoring and speaking at universities. He is the chair of the ISM (Institute of Supply Management) Diversity Committee and co-chair of the DuPont Latin Network.

Daniel Keyworth

Chief Procurement Officer, Legal & General

Daniel is a senior strategic procurement leader with experience operating within a number of industries including aviation, manufacturing, IT outsourcing, and now, financial services and construction.

He has earned a reputation for strong global experience across all spend categories, driving transformations, and complex deal and supplier negotiations. Daniel possesses a successful track record in developing and leading multi-national procurement teams and operations, and in implementing progressive procurement strategies. His experiences of successfully leading and working as a key player in various procurement transformation activities and programmes will showcase how businesses can transform to thrive.

He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Tomas Veit

Chief Procurement Officer, Asahi Breweries

Tomas has more than 15 years of experience within procurement. Of this, he has spent almost 10 years in the brewing industry, starting of with SABMiller before transferring into Asahi Breweries.

Tomas is currently Head of Procurement for Asahi Breweries Europe, where he has focused on sustainable benefit delivery, leveraging disruptive procurement, the new 360 degree partnership model, and building a highly motivated, engaged team during a turbulent period of internal and external changes.

He believes the biggest opportunity in procurement is the movement from a supporting function to a strategic partner who has a strong contribution to shaping the future of the business.

Soumaya Keynes

Trade and Globalization Editor, The Economist; Co-Host, Trade Talks podcast

Based in Washington, D.C., Soumaya Keynes writes for the print edition of The Economist magazine and the Free Exchange blog. She is also the co-host of Trade Talks, a weekly podcast about the economics of trade and policy. She also hosted the 'Money' segment in the BBC's 20-part documentary series, Story of Now

Before joining The Economist, Soumaya was a research economist focusing on public finances and pensions at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a London-based economics research institute. She has also worked as a Policy Adviser in the Banking and Credit team at Her Majesty’s Treasury, the UK government's ministry for finance and economics, in London. 

Soumaya has a bachelor's in economics and an M.Phil in economic research from Trinity College, Cambridge. 

Dawn Tiura

President and CEO, Sourcing Industry Group (SIG); Ambassador of The Sustainable Procurement Pledge

Dawn Tiura is the president and CEO of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), the world’s premier membership association representing Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. SIG’s goal is to elevate the strategic impact of these organizations on their company’s top and bottom lines. Dawn is also the President of SIG University, an organization that offers certifications in sourcing, governance, risk management and intelligent automation.

Dawn has a passion to improve sustainability in global supply chains, she helps organizations to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as part of SIG’s UN Alliance and is an ambassador to the Sustainable Procurement Pledge.

Dawn has over 25 years of leadership experience. She is a frequent speaker, presenter and writer and has been featured at global events and in numerous publications, videos and books. She is a licensed CPA and has a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Michigan and an master's in international taxation from Golden Gate University.

Andrew Bartolini

Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners; Global Procurement and Supply Management Expert

With 21 years in the industry and 11 years leading the charge at Ardent Partners, Andrew Bartolini is a globally-recognized expert in sourcing, procurement, supply management, and accounts payable. As the Chief Research Officer at Ardent Partners, Andrew oversees all research and client programs, including the annual State of the Market and Metrics that Matter ebook series, Ardent’s monthly webinar series, and its CPO Rising Summits. Andrew is also the publisher of CPO Rising, the news and research site for Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement leaders.

Under his leadership, Ardent benchmarked thousands of enterprises across all facets of their sourcing, procurement, supply management and accounts payable operations and has developed research that is currently part of the supply chain management curriculum at several universities.

Andrew actively covers the technology marketplace as well as trends in sourcing, procurement, supply management, and accounts payable and has been published or quoted in leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and Fortune.

Steve Hall

Head of Partnerships and Digital Engagement, Procurement Leaders

Steve Hall is Procurement Leaders’ Head of Partnerships and Digital Engagement. He previously led the content and community team at Procurement Leaders and is the former editor of Procurement Leaders Magazine, developing content across print and digital platforms.

Steve combines a background in journalism with experience in building award-winning products for a global community of procurement executives. He draws on more than a decade in digital publishing, providing quality coverage to senior business leaders.

Dr. Subhash Makhija

CEO and Co-Founder of GEP; Technology Evangelist, Serial Inventor, EY Entrepreneur of the Year

Subhash has led GEP's growth as a rapidly expanding procurement and supply chain solutions innovator, serving a burgeoning roster of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies worldwide. Subhash’s vision, strategy and leadership has helped GEP sustain a corporate growth rate that consistently tops 30% to 40% annually. He is passionately committed to building GEP by helping customers achieve their strategic, financial and operational goals in new and better ways.

Subhash won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for technology solutions in 2016 and has also been featured in Supply and Demand Chain Executive magazine's “Pros to Know” awards. Subhash holds several patents, including an intelligent search-and-match engine for procurement and a tool for managing multiple auctions. He is an active current member of the Clinton Global Initiative and is a strong proponent of, and contributor to, GEP’s robust global corporate social responsibility initiatives.

NEHA DESAI SHAH

President and Co-Founder of GEP; Growth Leader, TiE Entrepreneur of the Year, Winner of ISM and SDCE Awards for Women in Supply Chain

Neha holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. Neha began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture, where she worked on a variety of sales, marketing and R&D engagements for Fortune 100 companies while assisting in the development of Accenture's Pharmaceutical and Medical Practices' eCommerce venture strategy.

As one of the co-founders of GEP and in her role as President, Neha guides growth initiatives by building and managing strategic, C-level relationships with clients and leading complex transformation engagements. This focus on client relationships and strategic innovation has seen GEP become a global industry leader in procurement and supply chain transformation. Among other recognitions, Neha won the ISM Women & Leadership Diamond Award for her outstanding leadership and achievements.