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Jacksonville, FL, March 15, 2023 -- SIG|ORG (Sourcing Industry Group), the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement, outsourcing and risk executives, today announces the appointment of seven senior executives to the SIG Advisory Board for a three-year term, including: 
  • Gilles Neron — Vice President, Strategic Procurement & Corporate Real Estate at Air Canada
  • Edmund Zagorin — Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Arkestro
  • Shashank Saxena — Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at VNDLY Inc. 
  • Jenti Vandertuig — Director of Procurement at San Francisco 49ers
  • Wayne Heiler — Consultant Vendor Relations CTO at Toyota Motors North America
  • Nathan Haydn-Myer — Sr. Director & Chief Procurement Officer at VSP Global
  • Ann Fleishell — Managing Director | Head of Global General Procurement at Applied Materials
“We are so excited to be adding these incredible executives to the Advisory Board,” said Dawn Tiura, President and CEO of SIG. “The diversity of companies they represent is a true reflection of the SIG community at large. The value that our Advisory Board brings through their insight and experiences is immensely important to the strategic direction for SIG.” 
SIG members are primarily buy-side Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies representing more than $17 Trillion in sourceable spend. This impressive Board begins their term at the SIG Procurement Technology Summit and are rounded out with existing Board members, including:
  • Michael Van Keulen — Chief Procurement Officer at Coupa
  • Purvee Kondal — Senior Director of Technology & Engineering Sourcing at Sephora
  • Amy Fong — Vice President at Everest Group
  • Achim Voermanek — Global Vice President Head of Regional Strategy / Customer Engagement at SAP Ariba
  • Michael Koontz — Sr. Director Strategic Sourcing at American Tire Distributors
  • Sheena Smith — Managing Director, North America at Spend Matters
  • Quave Burton — Vice President, Indirect Procurement at Ross Stores
  • Tony Abate — Global Procurement & Third Party Management at Cigna
  • Adrian Dragomir — Director of Procurement at REI
  • Roger Blumberg — Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at SoutBee
  • Al Girardi — Global Vice President of Marketing & Chief Marketing Officer at GEP
“We wish to thank those board members who are stepping down this spring having completed their three-year term,” said Dawn Tiura.
  • Jeff Amsel — Vice President, Global Procurement, formerly with Ensono 
  • Daryl Hammett — Global Head of Lead Management and Operations, at Amazon Web Services (AWS) 
  • Ed Hansen — Partner, Co-Chair, Digital Transformation and Managed Services Group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough 
  • Rajeev Karmacharya — Managing Director, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management at Fannie Mae 
  • Joseph Martinez — Global Chief Procurement Officer at Bank of New York Mellon 
  • Mike Morsch — Vice President, Global Procurement and Supply Chain at CDK Global 
  • Elissa Ouyang — Chief Procurement Officer at California Water Service Group 
  • Emily Rakowski — Chief Marketing Officer at EcoVadis 
  • Greg Tennyson — Chief Procurement Officer at VSP Global 
  • Michele Wesseling — Associate Vice President, Global Third Party Management Office at TD Securities Limited 
  • Douglas Kortfelt —  Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer at Chubb
Sourcing Industry Group is a membership organization that provides thought leadership and networking opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement, outsourcing and risk from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies and the advisors who serve them. SIG is widely known as a forum for sharing “next” practices and thought leadership through live networking events, virtual forums, and a comprehensive online SIG resource center (SRC), which was developed by and for professionals in sourcing and outsourcing. The organization is unique in that it blends practitioners, service providers and advisory firms in a non-commercial environment. SIG is also the parent organization for SIG University, a one-of-a-kind certification and training program for professionals and executives seeking deep expertise in sourcing and governance for themselves or their teams, as well as Future of Sourcing, which provides unrivaled digital content for the opinion-formers and decision-makers at the heart of the outsourcing space.   
March 02, 2023 SIG Announces Keynote Lineup and Agenda for 2023 Procurement Technology Summit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--SIG|ORG (Sourcing Industry Group), the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement, outsourcing and third-party risk professionals, today announced the keynote programs and agenda for its upcoming Procurement Technology Summit in Amelia Island, Florida from April 16-19, 2023. The four-day networking event will offer industry leaders across sourcing and procurement the opportunity to interact with the solutions shaping the industry, including AI, machine learning, robotics process automation and more.
This year’s Summit agenda includes keynotes from:
  • Bob Pusanik, Director at Citi, and SIG CEO Dawn Tiura will kick off the Summit with a fireside chat, brought to you by GEP.
  • Shashank Saxena, General Manager at VNDLY, a Workday Company will discuss the evolution of the app economy, from the onset of mobile gaming to the AI evolution, including how open AI and ChatGPT will change the future of software.
  • Kate Vitasek, author, educator and supply-chain innovator behind the Vested business model will refresh the critical concept of how a “What’s in it for We” (WIIFWe) mindset has the power to revolutionize business relationships.
  • Gian Paul Gonzalez, New York Giants motivational speaker will turn his “All In” mindset that propelled the New York Giants to the Super Bowl into a discussion around the power of commitment.
  • Rory O’Brien, Director of Customer Experience at Tonkean, will create a discourse around prioritizing the experience of users, and building a procurement process that people will follow.
  • Jamie Hansen, Vice President of Presales at ZipHQ will journey through procurement’s past, present and future to detail the digital strategies organizations need to thrive in the modern world.
  • SIG University Faculty and partners will host a panel discussion on how professional development should remain top-of-mind, with the lingering possibility of an economic downturn and cost-cutting in full swing. A full list of panel speakers can be viewed here.
“Our members are leaders and innovators within their organizations, and the Procurement Technology Summit gives them the opportunity to discuss the technologies and trends shaping the industry with like-minded professionals,” said Dawn Tiura, President and CEO of SIG. “Having an immersive experience of the innovations that are driving the industry forward will help leaders keep pace with the evolution of technology, and drive better outcomes for their businesses.”
Curated social activities and destination experiences are available throughout the event, balancing informational sessions with opportunities for networking and exploration of Amelia Island. Buy-side attendees are invited to kick-off the conference with a Buy-side social, followed by a 10-Hole Par 3 Golf Tournament on the Executive Course at the Summit’s host hotel, Omni Amelia Island Golf Resort. Anyone not interested in playing has the option to explore Amelia Island on a Historic Tour.
The full Procurement Technology Summit agenda can be found here and registration to attend can be found here.
August 25, 2022 SIG Announces Keynote Lineup and Agenda for its 2022 Global Executive Summit

Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement, outsourcing and third-party risk professionals, today announced keynote programs and the agenda for its Global Executive Summit in Rancho Mirage, California from October 17-19, 2022. The three-day networking event will offer discussions and solution demonstrations to help professionals navigate industry challenges with the latest innovative processes and risk-mitigation approaches.  

This year’s Summit agenda includes keynotes from:

April 06, 2022 Sourcing Industry Group Joins The Influence Board To Facilitate Rewarding Collaboration Among Members And Fund New Scholarship Program

Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) and The Influence Board (TIB) today announced a partnership to foster more automated and relevant collaboration among members while raising important funding for the SIG Educational Foundation.

March 15, 2022 2022 Future of Sourcing Awards Call for Entries Now Open

Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), the membership organization that provides thought leadership, networking and training opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement, outsourcing and third-party risk, invites organizations across the world to submit entries for the 2022 Future of Sourcing Awards.

February 08, 2022 DATAMARK Announces Its Recent Survey Results with Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

DATAMARK, Inc., a global Contact Centre and Business Process Outsourcing provider, recently conducted a survey in collaboration with Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) regarding the evolving landscape of outsourcing and shared services.

December 09, 2021 Insights From SIG Global Executive Summit Now Available On-Demand

Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement, outsourcing and risk executives, today announces the availability of new on-demand content from its 2021 Global Executive Summit. The digital resource center is open to SIG members with select content available to non-members, for the latest insight on sourcing and procurement best practices, cost-cutting strategies, innovative processes and more.

November 05, 2021 SIG Brings Together Sourcing, Procurement and Third-Party Risk Professionals in New York City

SIG, the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement and risk management executives, announces the featured speakers for its 2021 Eastern Regional SIGnature Event on November 17 in New York City. SIGnature Events are one-day meetings for buy-side practitioners to benchmark with other organizations and network with colleagues facing similar issues.

October 28, 2021 SIG Grows Its Membership Network with the Addition of 48 New Companies

SIG, the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement, outsourcing and risk executives, welcomes 48 new member companies so far in 2021. 

SIG's membership program is designed to meet the unique needs of sourcing professionals and enterprise organizations that want to optimize the performance of their procurement function and business. The various membership levels provide specific benefits for buy-side practitioners and sell-side solution provider companies.

October 11, 2021 Spend Matters Releases its 2021 Procurement Technology "50 Providers to Know," "50 Providers to Watch" and "Future 5" Lists

For the 8th year in a row, Spend Matters has released its annual “50 Procurement Providers to Know” and “50 Procurement Providers to Watch” lists — plus the 3rd annual “Future 5” list of noted start-ups. Each year, our technology analysts assess the capabilities for an array of companies across 10 procurement technology market sectors to determine the lists totaling 105 vendors in the industry. These represent the best-in-class companies you need to know about as well as the up-and-coming, growing firms to keep your eye on.