Procurement Innovation and Agility Top the Agenda for the “CPO Rising 2016 Summit”

Speakers From J. Crew, NASA, Uno’s, Others to Highlight Innovative Ideas for the Chief Procurement Officer

BOSTON, March 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As businesses large and small attempt to drive more value from their internal operations, procurement departments and their leader – the Chief Procurement Officer – increasingly find themselves thrust into the crucible of business operations, business results, and business relationships. In response, procurement leaders must harness the collective strength and ability of their organizations to optimize performance.

With a central theme of “procurement agility,” the agenda of this year’s CPO Rising Summit (visit the website to learn more) is designed to help procurement executives create and execute strategies that can impact operations and performance in 2016. To do this, Ardent Partners is bringing together leading chief procurement officers to share their best ideas and strategies. The unrivaled speaker panel, which includes CPOs from J. Crew, NASA, Dow Corning, Spectra Energy, The Hanover Insurance Group, Hill-Rom, SABMiller, and many other leading companies, will present topics such as:

  • The CPO’s Agility Agenda
  • The CEO’s View of Procurement: Strategies to Engage the C-Suite
  • The CPO’s Imperative: Remaining Vital When the Only Constant is Corporate Change
  • CPO Panel: Procurement Agility in the Age of Innovation
  • Mission to Mars: How NASA Changed the Game with Supplier Innovation
  • The State of Procurement 2016
  • And Many More!

“The strategies, ideas, and approaches that have come to codify procurement best practices over the last decade remain as relevant and important as when they were first established,” said Andrew Bartolini, chief research officer at Ardent Partners. “However, the context of what procurement can do for the enterprise is changing. Executives continue to need more from procurement than they did before, so CPOs must be ready. We designed the agenda at this year’s event to help them better prepare and execute.”

Event Details:

The CPO Rising 2016 Summit
March 29th and 30th 
The Harvard Club
Boston, MA

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Attendees can expect to leave the exclusive day-and-a-half event with new ideas that can help increase the strategic value created by procurement, as well as an understanding of the latest industry trends. This exclusive summit—sponsored by ZeroChaos, LexisNexis, DCR Workforce, IQNavigator, Tamr, and Perfect Commerce—also promises valuable networking opportunities in the heart of historic Boston. Register for the event today at

About Ardent Partners

Ardent Partners is a leading research and advisory firm focused on defining and advancing the supply management strategies, processes, and technologies that drive business value and accelerate organizational transformation within the enterprise. The Ardent team has decades of experience publishing primary research that help business leaders in procurement, supply management, and financial operations make smarter decisions and improve their performance. To learn more about the company, visit


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