Distinguished Procurement Officers from the industries top Fortune 1000 organizations will share their experience and knowledge on current technology trends during a discussion on building supply chain resiliency and sustainability through technology and people in order to help us move forward in pace with the rapidly changing technology environment.
CHAIR OF USPAACC CPO COUNCIL AND CPO FORUM
SVP, IT Chief Financial Officer, Chief Procurement OfficerNationwide
SVP, IT Chief Financial Officer, Chief Procurement Officer
Kevin G. O’Brien was recently named the SVP, IT Chief Financial Officer, Chief Procurement Officer and the Business Transformation Office Leader. Kevin brings more than 30 years of financial experience and a proven track record of helping businesses achieve their strategic priorities. Kevin’s experience in activating business strategies, contract negotiations, identifying creative and financially sound growth and expansion opportunities, along with his leadership and talent development skills, make him ideally positioned for this role.
Kevin began his career with Nationwide in 1998 and has served in many different roles within Finance including Investor Relations, CFO for Individual Protection, Strategy & Capital Management, CFO for Retirement Plans and most recently leading the Mergers & Acquisitions team. .
Prior to joining Nationwide, Kevin worked at Hartford Life and attained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation while working at KPMG in Springfield, MA.
Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with an Accounting Concentration from Westfield State University. He has four daughters and lives in Westerville with his better half, Denise, where he serves on the Olentangy Local Schools’ Board of Education.
Adjunct Professor, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain ManagementHoward University School of Business Information Systems & Supply Chain Management Department
Adjunct Professor, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management
Howard University School of Business Information Systems & Supply Chain Management Department
James Haddow is Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (CESUM) and a professor in the School of Business at Howard University in Washington DC. Currently, Mr. Haddow teaches a range of supply chain management courses to both undergraduate and graduate level students. He also supports students as faculty advisor during supply chain case competitions and participates in various CESCM activities (e.g., SCM Think Tanks, Corporate Advisory Board, Site Visits, Workshops, etc.). Mr. Haddow has made supply chain presentations at ISM, IMC, APICS, PMAC and other Global industry conferences. Mr. Haddow has previously held positions as Director of Global Procurement (Chief Procurement Officer) and a Supply Chain consultant for A.T. Kearney a global consulting firm, Cost and Financial Analyst at the Interstate Commerce Commission and Safeway Stores, Inc. His 30 years of consulting and industry experience encompass global procurement, supply chain management, business planning and commercial business development which provides hands-on teaching examples for his students.
Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain ManagementHoward University School of Business
Dr. Denice Clarke (DC) Ware
Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management
Howard University School of Business
Dr. Denice Clarke (DC) Ware recently joined the faculty of Howard University’s School of Business, supporting the MBA and undergraduate programs within the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (CESCM). Her responsibilities are to ensure that students are exposed to the most relevant corporate, government and entrepreneurial experiences to prepare them for successful careers in global demand, logistics, and supply management leadership positions. A 30-year veteran of the telecom technology industry, Ware began her career in Verizon’s college hire leadership program and continued ascending into positions of increasing responsibilities. DC Ware retired in 2017 as Director of Human Resource Business Partners supporting Verizon’s Corporate Marketing and Legal and Public Policy organizations, which includes the Verizon Foundation. She was responsible for achieving the business units' strategic initiatives by focusing on Talent Acquisition and Assessment, Succession Planning, Training and Development, Communications, Diversity, Culture, Employee Relations and improving organizational efficiencies. She had previously served in this capacity for Corporate Real Estate, Sourcing, Global Wholesale, Operational Excellence, Network Services, and the New England regional operations. Prior to her tenure in Human Resources, DC served as a Director in the Network Services Group, managing operations and accountable for labor relations, fiscal and regulatory objective attainment, compliance, data analytics and reporting.
DC holds a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University in Boston, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has also completed Wharton Business School’s Executive Leadership program and holds a Project Management Master’s Certificate from George Washington University. Dr. Ware is currently enrolled in Cornell University’s Industrial & Labor Relations Advanced Diversity Certification program. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, a non-profit supporting the largest public STEM high school in the United States.
Chief Procurement OfficerDuPont
Chief Procurement Officer
VP, Chief Procurement OfficerTIAA
VP, Chief Procurement Officer
Kindle Goodson currently serves as the Chief Procurement Officer leading the Global Supplier Services team responsible for the End-to End Procure to Pay process inclusive of Sourcing, Enterprise Vendor Risk, Procurement, Metrics, and Business Diversity. In this capacity, Kindle brings over 20 years of experience, 17 of which are in the financial services industry, working for several Fortune 100 companies.
In 2010, Kindle began her career at TIAA, initially responsible for the procurement of Printed Materials and Marketing Services. Since that time, in addition to her expanded roles in Sourcing, Kindle also served as the Business Finance Officer for TIAA’s Corporate Functions responsible for the fiscal budgeting process for Legal Risk & Compliance, Internal Audit Services, Human Resources, Chief Administrative Office, and Office of the CFO.
Kindle began her career at Navigant Consulting, where she worked to
assess Companies’ risk of insolvency. Given education has always been paramount, Kindle decided to return to school to pursue her MBA. During this time, she also worked at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Procurement and Acquisition Management.
Upon graduating with honors, Kindle moved to New York City, where she was accepted into the Management Associate Program at Citigroup, working in Acquisition Life Cycle Marketing for Card products. While at Citigroup, Kindle was approached by Bank of America and asked to join their Supply Chain Management organization. Excited about the opportunity, Kindle relocated to Charlotte, NC and became responsible for the sourcing of Data Aggregation and later all printed materials.
During her tenure there, she also worked on several mergers and acquisitions (MBNA, LaSalle, Countrywide, and Merrill Lynch) which positioned her to transition to TIAA.
Kindle has a B.B.A. in Business Insurance and a M.B.A., concentrating in Supply Chain Mgmt. from Howard University. She is also Six Sigma Green and White Belt certified. Kindle lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and three children; 2 sons and 1 daughter.
Chief Procurement OfficerWells Fargo
Chief Procurement Officer
Barbara Kubicki-Hicks is a seasoned executive with over 25 years’ experience in supply chain management and global procurement operations in the financial services industry. She is the chief procurement officer at Well Fargo, responsible for leading Supply Chain Management, which is comprised of strategic sourcing, procure-to-pay, supplier diversity, and
third-party risk management functions. Her team executes end-to-end supply chain activities and third-party initiatives that align with business priorities and leads strategic, enterprise-wide programs with focus on third- party expense optimization.
Previously, Barb was a senior procurement executive at Bank of America responsible for end-to-end procurement, associated risk management and third party program adherence for all eight lines of business, and led a procurement transformation initiative to simplify the end-to-end third- party process, reduce connections, restructure roles to gain economies of scale, and replace current technology solutions.
Barb serves on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee as board chairperson. During her 10- year tenure on the WBENC Board of Directors, she was also Corporate Membership and Revenue Generation Committee chairperson, co- chairperson of the Strategic Planning Resources Committee, and active member of the Marketing Committee.
Over the course of her career, Barb has held a variety of supply chain management, procurement, and technology roles with a proven track record for developing procurement professionals, delivering consistent results by balancing business needs, risk and value, as well as leading business transformation enabled by technology.
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & ProcurementAflac
Wassel Lewis, Jr.
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement
Wassel Lewis is vice president of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement and manages approximately $1.2 billion in spend. He is responsible for: Category Management, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Ops, Procurement Administration, Supplier Relationship Management, Performance Management and Supplier Diversity.
Wassel joined Aflac in 2007 as senior project consultant in the Enterprise Project Office. During his career at Aflac he served in IT-PMO, and Strategic Partnerships before joining Strategic Sourcing and Procurement.
Wassel earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Chief Procurement OfficerWindstream
Chief Procurement Officer
Mark has more than 20 years of procurement and operations experience in various industries, including telecommunications, retail and media and entertainment.
His responsibilities at Windstream include leadership of the procurement function, managing more than $1 billion in annual spend, the supply chain organization, corporate real estate, fleet and facilities. He joined Windstream from Alix Partners where he led large cost reduction and capability building engagements for publicly and privately-held companies.
Prior to working at Alix Partners, Mark served as AARP’s first Chief Procurement Officer where he transformed a purchasing organization into a true procurement function that leveraged category management, annual sourcing plans and common-sense policies and processes that balanced the need for speed and efficiency in business operations with appropriate competitive bid thresholds and controls.
Earlier in his career, Mark was VP of Procurement and Business Services at L Brands, owners of Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, where he led a global procurement team managing over $1 billion in annual expenditures. He also served as a Director of Strategic Sourcing for C&S Wholesale Grocers, a $20 billion privately-held company, where he built the non-merchandise procurement department from the ground up.
Out of business school, Mark was a procurement and supply chain consultant at Accenture and Capgemini Ernst and Young, where he helped companies like Time Warner and 7-11 implement centralized procurement organizations, e-procurement technologies, sourcing processes and cost management programs.
Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to graduate school, he served on active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer.
Vice President of ProcurementNationwide
Vice President of Procurement
Charles White leads the Procurement group at Nationwide covering all source to pay functions, corporate travel, supplier diversity and risk management. Charles has over two decades of experience in diverse sectors including, financial services, high tech, and consumer electronics manufacturing. He has covered a wide range of direct and indirect categories while working for some of the largest companies in the Technology and Financial Services. He recently joined Nationwide in December 2018 from Charles Schwab and prior to that was with Fidelity, Deutsche Bank and Microsoft. He is a US Navy Veteran and former aircraft carrier based jet pilot. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.