Supplier Diversity Managers & Buyers Caucus
Candid and in-depth discussions among peers – Corporate and Government Supplier Diversity Managers, Directors, and Buyers – who will explore the synergy between supplier diversity and procurement, mutual benefits and collaborative approaches, and insights into the current state and future of supplier diversity and procurement. Topics will include challenges, best practices, and strategic solutions for a rapidly changing marketplace.
Vice President, Procurement and Contract ManagementAARP
Robert L. Khan
Vice President, Procurement and Contract Management
Robert Khan is the Vice President of Procurement and Contract Management for AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping people ages 50 and older to improve their quality of life as they age. Robert is responsible for leading the procurement efforts to efficiently and effectively enable business units and functional partners to maximize the value they receive from suppliers to achieve their objectives. This includes working with the stakeholder(s) to assess business requirements and acquire goods or services that meet their needs.
Prior to joining AARP, Robert was the Vice President of Shared Financial Services for the National Geographic Society where he oversaw Accounting Operations such as P2P process, Credit and Collections, Customer Payment Processing, Billing, Payroll, as well as Credit Risk and Analysis.
Before joining National Geographic Robert was the Vice President of Accounting Operations at Discovery Communications Inc.; where, he was responsible for the Domestic Shared Services Center that included Account Payable, Credit and Collections, Billing, Payroll, Procurement, and the Travel & Procurement Credit Card Program.
Robert has a B.S. degree in accounting and business management from the University of Maryland. He lives in Bowie, Maryland with his wife, Patricia and daughters, Melissa and Morgan.
Vice President, San FranciscoA.T. Kearney
Vice President, San Francisco
Hugo Evans is digital procurement futurist and a vice president in A.T. Kearney’s San Francisco office.
He has nearly two decades of experience working with procurement organizations to architect, design, and adopt digital technologies. His work is geared toward disrupting subpar technology adoption and building future strategies through advanced partnerships with startups and emerging technology solution providers.
He is an Inaugural member of ISM’s Thought Leadership Council and frequent writer and presenter about digital procurement.
SVP Hilton Supply ManagementHilton
SVP Hilton Supply Management
Anu Saxena, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Hilton’s procurement organization, Hilton Supply Management, is on the Washington Business Journal’s 2018 “40 Under 40” list. Saxena joins other business professionals under the age of 40 who have shown a strong record of innovation in their fields, outstanding performance in business and a clear track record of meaningful community involvement.
Saxena is recognized for her experience leading and transforming the world’s largest global procurement organization focused on the hospitality industry. Her team sources $4 billion worth of goods and services across 103 countries for more than 5,000 hotels around the world.
Saxena serves on the Board of Directors for D.C. Safe, a nonprofit organization that assists survivors of domestic violence in the Washington, D.C. area.
Saxena is also the leadership advocate for Hilton's Asian & Pacific Islander Team Member Resource Group, an affinity network that fosters an inclusive corporate culture and promotes professional growth and development. “We know our people are our greatest asset and Anu is an example with her strong leadership, sharp business acumen and the tremendous positive impact that comes with her commitment to giving back to the community,” said Matthew W. Schuyler, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton.
Prior to her current role, Saxena was Vice President, Product Management for Hilton Global Brand Services & Innovation. She established the Product Advisory Council with top ownership, management, and real estate companies, and led the design, development, and commercialization of products for all Hilton brands globally.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Washington Business Journal and to share the stage with distinguished business leaders from across the region,” Saxena said.
A native of India, Saxena came to the U.S. to pursue her undergraduate degree, earning her bachelor's degree from Ohio State University.
Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain ManagementHoward University
Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management
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.
Chief Procurement OfficerIngersoll Rand
Chief Procurement Officer
John Evans is vice president, Global Procurement for Ingersoll Rand. He was appointed to the position in October 2015.
John is a growth-oriented leader with two central beliefs: winning requires us to fully understand the needs of end-user customers, and serving end-user customers successfully stems from operational excellence, business transformation and employee engagement.
John has been with Ingersoll Rand since 2000 in a variety of roles of increasing importance. Prior to his appointment as leader of Global Procurement, John was the President of the Power Tools Strategic Business Unit (SBU) for Ingersoll Rand. Power Tools offers a robust portfolio of assembly, industrial, cordless, construction and vehicle service tools and accessories, and has a long-standing reputation for being powerful, ergonomically designed, reliable and efficient.
Prior to his role in Power Tools, John was the President of Residential Security Solutions at Ingersoll Rand where he had full profit and loss responsibility for the business including product and business development; sales and service; and accountability for operational excellence across global manufacturing and distribution.
Previously, John served as vice president of marketing and product management for Residential Solutions as well as vice president of operations for the company’s Climate Control Technologies sector; and vice president of enterprise services, helping to lead the integration of Trane into Ingersoll Rand. John has championed innovative product and solutions launches and executed and integrated acquisitions that expanded technologies and product portfolios. He has a passion for product and category management, and the creation of highly strategic marketing, channel and e-commerce programs that drive end user loyalty.
Before joining Ingersoll Rand in 2000, John was vice president of North American operations at Leoni Wiring Systems; worked as an operations manager at Marley Cooling Tower; and held a variety of positions at Electro-Wire Products. John began his career as a supplier quality assurance engineer in electronics at Cummins Engine Company.
He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.
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.
Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement OfficerUS Bank
Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
Tom D. Lutz joined U.S. Bancorp as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in April, 2008. He is responsible for the corporate procurement organization involved with strategic sourcing, vendor management, and supplier diversity. Since joining U.S. Bancorp nine years ago, Tom has focused on delivering significantly greater value across the enterprise through more effective internal alignment, improved vendor relationships, strategic talent management, and a shareholder-centric view of operating costs and business practices.
Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of procurement, supply chain management, and information systems. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Tom spent twenty years with General Mills in a variety of roles, and three years with Pulte Homes as National Vice President of Procurement.
Tom is a native of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Systems Analysis from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.