How Benchmarking Helps the CFO Optimize Spend Management

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Duration: 1 hour

Sponsored by Coupa Software

Webcast Summary

Senior finance executives often have a gut feeling about whether the spend-management efforts at their companies are optimized, but there’s no substitute for hard numbers when it comes to ensuring operational excellence. This Webcast will gather a group of finance and technology experts to discuss (1) why benchmarking is used by forward-looking finance chiefs to optimize spend-management efforts and (2) what critical key performance indicators should be used to benchmark and improve performance in four key areas:
  • Savings (bottom-line impact that sourcing and procurement efforts deliver)
  • Efficiency (strength of processes across procurement, invoicing, and expense management)
  • Digitization (success in digitizing business relationships with suppliers)
  • Compliance (effectiveness in driving compliance through spend management)

About the Panelists

Todd Ford

Todd Ford, CFO, Coupa Software

Todd Ford is the CFO of Coupa, and oversees the company’s financial operations. Prior to joining Coupa, Todd served as CFO of MobileIron, where he led the company through a successful IPO in 2014, and was responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury activities, and investor relations. Todd was a Founding General Partner at Broken Arrow Venture Capital, where he invested in early-stage companies. He also previously served as CFO and President of Rackable Systems Inc. (now Silicon Graphics International Corp.), where he led the start-up from $20 million in revenues to more than $350 million in revenues as a publicly-traded company. Todd has also held various management and financial positions with several technology companies, including Raster Graphics and Cadence Design Systems. He began his career with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Todd currently sits on the Board of Directors for Performant Financial Corporation. Todd holds a B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

Christopher Sawchuk, Principal, Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader,
The Hackett GroupChristopher Sawchuk

Christopher Sawchuk has more than 17 years of experience in supply management, working directly with Fortune 500 and midsized firms around the globe. He has worked in a variety of industries to improve all aspects of procurement, including process redesign, technology enablement, operations strategy planning, organizational change, and strategic sourcing. Mr. Sawchuk is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events, and co-author of ePurchasingPlus. He has been recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as one of its "Pros to Know." Mr. Sawchuk's background includes engineering and operation roles with both United Technologies and IBM.

About the Moderator

Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt, Senior Editor, CFO Publishing

Chris Schmidt is the senior editor with CFO Publishing, overseeing the development of custom-content Webcasts and other tailored outreach to senior finance executives. Chris also works with CFO Publishing's research team to conduct studies on a variety of topics.

Before joining CFO Publishing, Chris served as director of corporate communications for Oliver Wyman, a global strategy consultancy. He is a graduate of Colby College. Chris is based in Boston.

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