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The Major Impact of AI & ML in Procurement


Our outstanding lineup of procurement leaders dive into how to roll out cutting edge solutions through a culture of testing and iteration, the impacts that AI & ML can have upstream and downstream within the organization as a whole, and what the future holds for these powerful technologies and what applications we may see next.

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Meet the speakers

Dave Hearn

Head of Indirect Procurement at Pure Storage

Dave is dedicated to helping indirect procurement groups transform to the strategic, "seat at the table," internal business partner they have always wanted to be. He has done it at four companies and knows the key enablers, especially around implementing eProcurement tools and change management strategies. Dave has led multiple world-wide sourcing, procurement, and supplier management organizations, both in direct materials and indirect categories. He also did a rotation as the Director of Product Marketing for eProcurement software.

Jim Goodall

Director Global Sourcing & Procurement at USAA

Jim Goodall is a Director of IT Sourcing and Procurement at USAA, responsible for a technology procurement spend portfolio of over $2B. Jim has over 25 years of experience across the value chain, inclusive of procurement, manufacturing, and sales leadership roles at world-class organizations such as IBM, Intuit, and the US Navy. Jim, originally from Portland, Oregon, holds an MBA (Supply Chain) from University of San Diego, International Business Certificate from University of San Diego, and a B.S. Business Real Estate from Arizona State. Jim is a former naval officer and has lived primarily in San Diego and San Antonio. Jim is married to Stefanie Goodall who also works for USAA: they have four wonderful children and enjoy the outdoors, travel, sports, and family.

Greg Tennyson

SVP of Strategy and Procurement at Fairmarkit

Former Global Head of Corporate Services at VSP Global. Prior CPO at from 2008 to 2013 and Oracle Corporation from 1998 to 2008. 30+ years of global executive leadership. M.Sc. Management, Certified Sourcing Professional by Sourcing Interest Group and previously held Institute for Supply Management Certified Purchasing Manager and National Contracts Manager Association Certified Professional Contracts Manager credentials.

Sam Grondahl

Head of Data Science at Fairmarkit

Sam Grondahl joined Fairmarkit as Fairmarkit's Head of Data Science in 2021. He leads the teams responsible for Fairmarkit's core AI/ML platform as well as its suite of intelligence and data products. His previous experience spans a wide breadth of industries, including e-commerce, financial services, video games, and health and P&C insurance. Prior to joining Fairmarkit, Sam was Senior Director, Economics and Data Products at Mythical Games. Before that, he held roles at Quantco and Microsoft Research. Sam holds a BA from Yale and a PhD from MIT where his dissertation focused on optimal pricing in two-sided online marketplaces. If he is away from the keyboard, Sam is likely running or hiking with his two dogs.

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