Ardent Partners’ Annual “CPO Rising” Summit Kicks Off with Powerful Procurement Insights

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Chief Procurement Officers from North America and Around the Globe Convene to Share Experiences and Best Practices

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The CPO Rising 2018 Summit is the ideal forum able to examine best practices in procurement, network with peers, and discuss what it means to manage a procurement department in the "Age of Intelligence."

More than 135 chief procurement officers and other procurement executives convened at Boston’s elegant Harvard Club this week to discuss best practices, learn about emerging market trends, and collaborate with like-minded peers. The third annual “CPO Rising” Summit and executive symposium, hosted by prominent research and advisory firm Ardent Partners, will feature an unrivaled lineup of speakers and presentations, all of which will serve to push the procurement function into a new era.

This week’s event, which will feature nearly two dozen procurement luminaries from large corporations around the globe (and across many industries), will tackle a vast array of exciting topics within the world of supply management. These executives, from Thermo Fisher, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Bain Capital, Google, Rio Tinto, and many other companies, will discuss:

  • Managing procurement in the “Age of Intelligence” (this year’s event theme)
  • Data-driven procurement strategies
  • The role of innovation in today’s procurement function
  • Designing and building the optimal procurement department (and procurement transformation)
  • Strategic category management
  • And other relevant procurement topics

“The procurement function of 2018 sits on the edge of an incredible transformation in its ultimate quest for business agility and enterprise-wide value,” says Andrew Bartolini, founder and chief research officer at Ardent Partners. “Today’s procurement executives have the power to leverage innovation, intelligence, and transformational thinking to become a truly agile business function. The CPO Rising 2018 Summit is the ideal forum for procurement professionals from around the world to learn how to achieve these goals.”

This exclusive summit is sponsored by Coupa, GEP, Determine, iValua, AppZen, Guidant Global, Basware, SourceOne, and ScoutRFP. For more information on the CPO Rising 2018 Summit, please visit

About Ardent Partners
Ardent Partners is a research and advisory firm focused on defining and advancing the supply management strategies, processes, and technologies that drive business value and accelerate organizational transformation within the enterprise. The Ardent team has decades of experience publishing primary research that help business leaders in procurement, supply management, and financial operations make smarter decisions and improve their performance. To learn more about the company, visit

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