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Head of Americas Procurement & Global Commercial Category
Fernando Gonzalez-Moro has lived in five countries and made several international moves. Now in his ninth year at UCB, he was initially in Brussels at Global HQ where he was responsible for Western European Sourcing and Global Commercial. Five years-ago moved to Atlanta for his current role. He began his career in Procter & Gamble Purchasing spending 12 years across Belgium and Switzerland. His responsibilities have included sourcing specific raw material categories & technologies globally and later a number of indirect categories also at global level.
Director/Head of US Procurement
Raphael has worked at Fortune 500 companies in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Manufacturing, Life and Material Sciences, Biotechnology, Food and Beverage industries.
Raphael holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business Administration from the European University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business and Supply Management from the University of San Diego, CA. He is fluent in English, French and Dutch.
Senior Director, Head of Procurement
Roivant Sciences, Inc.
Kris Ungvarsky is Head of Procurement for Roivant Sciences, an emerging biotech whose mission is to reduce the time and cost of drug development. Kris leads Procurement at Roivant and several other ‘Vants who have ‘opted-in’ to his shared services Procurement team.
Kris is Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), with intimate knowledge of operations, supply chain, procurement and business services spanning pharmaceutical and retail sectors at global and local levels. His passion for maximizing stakeholder relationships and team leadership has generated exceptional results in two organization turnarounds, three major integrations, multiple change management implementations and two Procurement function build-outs.
Head of Procurement & Facilities
Chantal Sarmanoukian is Executive Director, Head of Procurement and Facilities for AMAG Pharmaceuticals. AMAG is a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing therapeutics to market that provide clear benefits and help improve patients' lives. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, AMAG employees work to develop and deliver important therapeutics, conduct clinical research in areas of unmet need and create education and support programs for the patients and families they serve. The product portfolio supports patients in the areas of women’s health, maternal health, anemia management and cancer supportive care. In her role, Chantal and her team are responsible for collaboratively building strategic sourcing solutions for all of AMAG’s third party spend. They manage activities ranging from strategic category sourcing to supply management to operational procurement. On the Facilities side, the team is responsible for facilities management, space planning and future real estate endeavors. Her team is located in Waltham, MA. Prior to AMAG, Chantal was a Senior Director of Procurement for Shire. Her experience spanned the indirect and direct spend categories. Before joining Shire, Chantal held various positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb in the Pharmaceutical Research Institute for clinical research and in Global Strategic Sourcing focused primarily on the R&D categories. Chantal earned her MBA in Strategic Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology both from Rutgers University.
Executive Director, Global Procurement Commercial Strategy
Connie leads the Global Procurement Strategy, Process, and Operations team at Bristol-Myers Squibb. In this role, she is responsible for delivering focused, simplified, and integrated buying strategies for BMS, including managing our BPO service delivery model.
She joined BMS in 2013 to lead the GP Commercial Customer Engagement categories, developing global category strategies for patient access and support, contact centers and contract field force channels, including implementing a global partnership with Quintiles. She also led the Commercial Distribution category, developing a robust view of BMS third party local representative engagements and models, market intelligence for external focus, and analysis of supply options to drive simplification and consolidation as well as access, key insights that are helping to inform the possibilities for our market transformations.
Connie also leads GIVEs, a skills based volunteerism program sponsored by GBO and our BMS Foundation, that helps nonprofit organizations in Africa to enhance their finance and organizational management capabilities, and build capacity to better serve communities in need.
Prior to BMS, Connie held leadership roles within the Pharmaceutical and Financial Services industries, including tenures with Schering-Plough, Merck, Prudential and Goldman Sachs.
She has a passion for volunteerism and leading organizations through successful transformations that realize business opportunities and address complex challenges.
She is excited about organizations making a difference for communities, and for the world.
Indirect Sourcing Lead, Global Procurement
Director, Central Labs & Clinical Specialty Services
Gabrielle Dion is responsible for leading strategic sourcing as the Director of Central Labs and Clinical Trial Specialty Services within the Research and Development Sourcing and Procurement Organization. She is a strong passionate leader with a deep knowledge of process and a clear vision to achieve success and drive value to an organization. Gabrielle has over 25 years of pharmaceutical experience both at Merck and GlaxoSmithKline. Gabrielle has led numerous collaborative, top performing, cross functional teams driving operational value across existing and new areas of influence with the utilization of emerging market suppliers in support of these global sourcing strategies.
Prior to rejoining Merck in 2016, Gabrielle held a number of roles of increasing responsibility both at Merck and GSK. Gabrielle began her career at Merck as a co-op student from Drexel University rising to Director, Preclinical Development upon her exit at GSK back to Merck as the Director of Lab Supplies and Equipment. Gabrielle was appointed to a new role in September 2017 supporting MRL on the clinical side as Director, Central Labs and Clinical Trial Specialty Services. Gabrielle’s early career began in Facilities and Capital Planning where she was exposed to managing the capital budgets for both R&D and Manufacturing, ultimately discovering her desire for Procurement in the early 2000’s. Ever since, Gabrielle has managed and led “best-in-class” sourcing strategies in support of Drug Discovery, Chemistry, Formulation, Biology, Analytical Services, Lab Suppliers and Equipment and Clinical Development both at GSK and Merck. She has been recognized throughout her career with achievement awards for her team leadership, strong stakeholder engagement, savings delivery, significant process and cycle time improvements, and most notably a Vice President’s award for “End-to-End Procurement” execution at Merck. Gabrielle continues to challenge new ways of working and seeking transformational procurement strategy implementations.
Gabrielle earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management Information Systems from Drexel University and her M.B.A. in Management from Drexel University. Gabrielle resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Head of Global Indirect Procurement
Vice President, Global Procurement - Commercial and International
Sanjeev Majoo is Head of Global Procurement for Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Commercial and International Markets. He has significant experience in leading and enabling business transformation, evolution of commercial products portfolio and markets, supply chain and R&D product development. He joined BMS in 2012 as Executive Director, External Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Development procurement. In 2014, Sanjeev was appointed Head of Global Product Development and Supply procurement. In 2018, Sanjeev was appointed to his current role as Head of Commercial and International Markets procurement.
Prior to BMS, Sanjeev led Global Strategic Sourcing organization for Manufacturing Operations and Process Development at Amgen in California. Prior to that, he was in a variety of process development, manufacturing, engineering and procurement roles at Merck in New Jersey. Sanjeev holds MBA in Finance from New York University and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan.
Senior Category Manager
Steve Mifflin is a Senior Category Manager in Mallinckrodtâ€™s Global Procurement team, responsible for indirect spend across Engineering, Construction and Capital Equipment. He has 20+ years of experience with Procurement and Contract Management with major project and mega project experience and is based in St. Louis, MO.
His career includes maximizing savings and creating additional value in work that spans multiple industries including pharmaceutical, oil & gas, green energy, water utility infrastructure, government, and others.
Steve is an experienced strategist with deep knowledge of strategic sourcing, contract law, ERP, e-sourcing and keeps abreast of emerging technologies and trends.
He embraces continuous learning and is a LEAN / Six Sigma Green Belt holder, certified professional in supply management (CPSM), certified professional in supplier diversity (CPSD) through the Institute for Supply Management, and a certified sustainability professional through the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Director, Procurement - Global Clinical Category Lead , Clinical and Medical Affairs Sourcing
Procurement Director and Head, Procurement Center of Excellence (CoE)
Brian Peters is passionately curious about the science, systems and practices involved in efficiently spending other people’s money. Brian’s 20 year career spans manufacturing, government, telecom, the Olympic Games, startups, and biopharma. Currently, Brian leads Gilead’s EMEA and APAC procurement teams, and the company’s global procurement center of excellence – a team responsible for functional excellence and capability improvement.
Brian holds an MBA from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Saskatchewan, and is an advisory board member of BIO’s Business Solutions Group. Brian resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Brian and his family now take every opportunity to explore the warm outdoors of California.
Strategic Sourcing and Alliance Management
Eric Woo, Senior Manager of IT Sourcing at Biogen, Cambridge MA, is responsible for sourcing, RFx, contracting, and vendor management activities for the IT category, which includes SaaS/Software, Professional Services, and Telecom/Data services. Prior to joining Biogen, he had alliance management and corporate development roles at EMC, Cisco, Motorola, AT&T, and various startups. He is a graduate of Tufts University (BSEE) and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (MBA).
Associate Director, Global Sourcing - Marketing & Sales
Prior to Boehringer Ingelheim, Jill supported Sourcing and Procurement Categories as Associate Director at Novartis Consumer Health which included Global Category strategy management of their Marketing Services and Digital Services programs as part of their Over the Counter (OTC) Division. In addition she worked in Strategic sourcing group for Johnson and Johnson, based in New Brunswick New Jersey as part of a shared services team function supporting and leading Strategic Sourcing specific categories across three business sectors including Pharma, Consumer and Medical Devise Business units.
Jill was previously based on the West Coast as part of the Purchasing team for Neutrogena supporting all Supply Chain plant site functions. Jill has been in a Procurement function across multiple industries including Software, Health and Beauty, and worked in manufacturing leading the purchasing team for a Billion dollar Global Corporation in the Food industry as well as experience working for Wella Corporation running the Purchasing function for their West Coast division. She is a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager and Green Belt for Six Sigma and has a vast knowledge across many industries which lends to her success and leadership in Procurement roles and expertise initiating new processes, approach and innovation to this field with both her internal stakeholders and Suppliers.
Director, Clinical Outsourcing
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc.
Head of Supplier Diversity
Tom heads the Supplier Diversity program for Roche/Genentech. His responsibilities include creating/aligning strategies, building partnerships with strategic sourcing/business partners/suppliers to drive inclusion and innovation opportunities through qualified small and diverse owned businesses. He works closely with government entities such as U.S Small Business Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs on Small Business subcontracting regulatory requirements.
Tom also serves as the advisor (immediate past President) to the Diversity Alliance for Science, Inc. a national non-profit organization focused on developing diverse owned businesses in the Life Science industry. He is actively engaged with a number of national Supplier Diversity advocacy groups. Tom is a recognized change agent in the life science and health care industries, and has built his career around establishing diverse collaborations to channel win-win business partnerships. Tom holds a Masters degree in Management from Kansas State
Executive Director, Research and Development Sourcing and Procurement
Jim leads a team responsible for Sourcing and Procurement for the Research and Develop division at Merck & Co., Inc., specifically focused on supporting Preclinical, Early Development and Lab Supplies & Equipment, including support of these items in the Manufacturing Division. Jim’s focus is on building high quality procurement performance and capability in his team in support of Merck’s global research procurement sourcing strategies. The goal of his team is to provide a competitive advantage for the business through increasing speed of delivery, reducing risk and driving value and innovation from the external supply base.
Head of Procurement, Clinical & Patient Services
Montefiore Health System
A global leader in R&D procurement and supplier management, Brigid Siegel is recognized for the depth and breadth of her experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. With her strengths as a thought leader, her knowledge of technologies that support growth and operational excellence, and her ability to manage and mentor culturally-diverse cross-functional teams, she is a proven, relied-upon resource.
Brigid is currently the Head of Procurement, Clinical & Patient Services at Montefiore Health System and serves on the leadership team of the newly created Shared Services Department. Innovative in approach, she is an early adopter of new technologies as evidenced by her initial work seeking ways to apply blockchain solutions to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry and serves on the advisory board of Honeycomb Health.
Previously Brigid added significant and sustained value to Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation where her contributions were recognized with increasing levels of accountability via promotion. In her role as Executive Director, Global Head Clinical Category & Outsourcing Management, Brigid provided executive category leadership for phase II-IV clinical sourcing and procurement services. Earlier, Brigid performed in four separate roles with Hoffman-La Roche, Inc.
Brigid conferred her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska. To advance her knowledge, she recently completed the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme at Oxford University / Saïd Business School. She also completed other leadership and negotiation programs with Harvard School of Business, California Technical Institute, and London School of Business. She is bilingual in German and English and resides in New Jersey.
Executive Director, Clinical Outsourcing
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Reb Tayyabkhan is an Executive Director of Clinical Sourcing at Regeneron and is responsible for a team that drives Sourcing Management and Category Management across Development and Regulatory. His team supports all phases of Development and engages with service providers across all relevant categories including but not limited to CROs, Labs, Imaging and FSPs. Reb has over 25 years of experience within the pharmaceutical/medical device industry and has been directly involved in the Clinical Outsourcing and Procurement space over the past 10 years, successfully leading multiple sourcing initiatives. Prior to joining Regeneron in 2018, Reb has worked at Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Reb has a Bachelors in Chemistry from New York University, a Masters of Chemical Engineering from Cornell and a MBA from New York University.
Chief Executive Officer
Vice President & Global Lead, CoE and Chief Culture Officer
Amy’s role in the CoE is to design and deploy solutions and provide thought leadership on the topic of the emerging gig economy including three key areas 1) advocacy for individuals who are freelancers or self-employed; 2) methods of engagement by companies of this more mobile talent and 3) the impact of automation on the existing workforce.
Prior to her role in the CoE, Amy was Vice President Law and Contract Administration and Chief Culture Officer. In her legal role at Kelly, Amy’s focus areas were Kelly’s revenue/sales related commercial transactions for Kelly’s multi-national operations and legal support for various corporate functions including International Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property and Strategic Business Initiatives functions.
In her role as Chief Culture Officer, Amy is a member of a culture team that is focused on Kelly’s corporate purpose and several related initiatives.
Senior Director, Global Services - Sourcing Strategy & Delivery
Johnson & Johnson
Sesh is the Senior Director for Global Sourcing & Content Services within the Global Services group at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Sesh has overall accountability for delivering high quality Sourcing & Content services across the Johnson & Johnson enterprise. He leads a global team of 100+ sourcing and content professionals spread across the globe. He joined Johnson & Johnson in Jan15 after a successful, 19-year career with Procter & Gamble (P&G) in various supply chain and strategic sourcing assignments spread across various geographies (Asia, EMEA and North America).
Sesh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India and a Masters in Applied Economics from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Vice President, Global Services
Johnson & Johnson
Shashi is the Vice President for Procurement within the Global Services group at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Shashi has overall accountability for delivering high quality Procurement services across the Johnson & Johnson enterprise, with an emphasis on sourcing operations, contracting services, spend analytics and order / invoice management. Shashi is part of the Procurement Leadership Team within Johnson & Johnson. He has played a key role in standing up the Johnson & Johnson Global Services organization and is part of the Global Services Leadership Team.
Shashi leads a global team of 500+ procurement professionals spread across the globe and drives Johnson & Johnson’s strategy with respect to technology, processes and organization in this space.
Shashi joined Johnson & Johnson in October 2013 after a successful, 16-year career with Procter & Gamble (P&G). Starting out in brand management and purchasing in Mumbai, India, Shashi relocated to Moscow in 2004 to establish P&G’s eastern European purchasing organization, responsible for all materials and services categories. In 2008, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in a global category leadership role. From 2011, until he joined Johnson & Johnson, Shashi led P&G’s Global Purchases Services & Solutions organization, with responsibility for all procurement processes and systems, technology platforms and Procurement services resources around the globe.
Shashi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India and a Masters of Business Administration from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering in Mumbai, India.
Director, Global Software Category - Global Technology Procurement
Susan is the Director of a Global Procurement Category for Technology Solutions, where she is the leader of a Global Team that serves as a “one-stop-shop” for software/applications/SaaS, and associated implementation and configurations services. She oversees global alignment to the Business and Technology, and other Critical Company Resources (Security, Risk Management, Legal, etc.). She brings with her 18+ years in Supplier Relationship Management and Technology Contract Negotiations, and several years as Lead Paralegal for various Litigation Law Firms.
Associate Professor, Director, Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory, Department of Supply Chain Management
Rutgers Business School
Arash Azadegan (PhD, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University) is an Associate Professor at Rutgers Business School and the Director of Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory (SCDrl). Dr. Azadegan has an active stream of research focused on humanitarian supply chains and crisis management. Among his ongoing projects, he is working on research that explores the nature of trust and reciprocity among inter-sectoral collaborations during humanitarian relief. A related project focuses on detailing the network structure and nature of relationships among NGOs during hurricane Sandy. A second stream of project focuses on the influence and effectiveness of leadership traits in managing large scale disasters. Dr. Azadegan has shared his research findings in numerous national and international venues, including Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Transportation Research Board in Washington DC and at multiple Universities in China. He has close collaborative relationship with NYU’s International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP) which is dedicated to regional and organizational resilience. Dr. Azadegan’s work is published in several top operations, supply chain and management journals including the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal, Journal of Business Ethics and the Decision Sciences Journal among others. Dr. Azadegan is an active member of Production Operations Management Society (POMS) and Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) and serves on the executive board of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals – New York.
Rich Brandwein co-founded PlanetConnect in 1995. He has broad experience in Research and Software Development and sits on the board of a number of ventures, non-profits and associations including the BioPharma Research Council (BRC). He has helped PlanetConnect develop Procurement platforms and services that help unlock the value of Pharma suppliers.
Rich spent 15 years in research within Lucent Technologies (now Nokia), AT&T Bell Labs and SAIC Telecordia, where his efforts covered a wide range of technical areas. From optical switching and networking to chairing of a number of CCITT/ITU and ANSI data standards efforts, Rich led many business development projects at AT&T and Lucent related to the development of web properties that were transitioned from core research areas.
He holds a Master’s Degree from the California Institute of Technology and degrees in finance and electrical engineering from the Wharton and Moore Schools of the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Robert Miller is the Co-founder and CEO of Honeycomb Health. He brings a diverse background in data and healthcare, having started working with data as a quantitative analyst at Goodshaw Capital Management and most recently serving as the director of business development for Medicalchain, where he worked with industry titans like the Blockchain Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic. Robert is a leader in the blockchain in healthcare space, is a member of the PhUSE blockchain working group, and advises several blockchain startups.
Director, HEOR & RWE
Julie is a researcher/MPH with extensive experience in research, management consulting and IT services. Prior to joining Scientist.com, she was an internal consultant driving Real World Evidence (RWE) projects at Bayer, focusing on strategy, data implementation, new technology rollout, training as well as project and change management. In addition to her experience within RWE, she has assisted and at times led observational and clinical research while at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Weill Cornell Medicine and a leading Psychiatric Hospital in Egypt. Her research contributions have led to publications with in the Journal of International Psychiatry and the Surgeon General’s Report.
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Brian is an engineer/MBA with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Prior to joining Scientist.com he was an internal consultant driving strategic procurement projects at AstraZeneca, including the AstraZeneca Innovation Marketplace (AIM). He developed the Strategic Sourcing function at Human Genome Sciences as the company launched its first commercial product. He led several successful international projects as a process engineer at Merck & Co., and he has taught Supply Chain Management as an Adjunct Professor at Mount St Mary’s University. At Scientist.com he is focused on collaborating with industry partners to break down barriers to external innovation. Brian has a BS in Chemical Engineering, an MBA from Penn State and is currently completing a MS in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins.
Partner, Life Science Solutions and Innovation
Founder & CEO
American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives
Michael Shaw is the Founder and CEO of the American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives (ACSPE). ACSPE membership serves more than 5000 practitioners including 750+ Chief Procurement Officers and SVPs Supply Chain. The focus of the organization is on the Future of Procurement and Supply Chain in terms of people, process and technology with an emphasis on technology because of its ability to dramatically change business processes and entire business models. Michael is also currently serving on the board of the American Blockchain Council as an Executive Director.
Prior to ACSPE Michael founded The Sourcing Source, a procurement industry analyst and executive advisory firm where he has worked with more than 350 Global 2000 organizations ranging from $250 million to $80 Billion in annual revenues providing guidance and insights for selecting procurement technology and services partners. While at TSS he was instrumental in developing the TSS proprietary Subject Matter Expert (SME) database covers more than 2000 categories and has identified more than700 subject matter experts providing the largest network of Sourcing Category Subject Matter Expertise in the world.
Mr. Shaw has spoken at and chaired numerous industry conferences and was voted one of Supply and Demand Chain Magazine’s “Pros to Know” for 2014, 2015 and 2016.