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Sundar Kamak

Global Head of Manufacturing at Ivalua

Sundar Kamak has over 20 years of experience in Direct Materials, Supply Chain Management, Customer Marketing, Product Management, and Engineering. He currently serves as the Global Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua where he works with customers around the world to improve their procurement practices.

Prior to joining Ivalua, Sundar held an executive leadership position at SAP Ariba and spent a number of years with Covisint, where he led large strategic sourcing and e-business transformation initiatives for automotive manufacturers. He holds a Master’s degree in both Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

You can connect with Sundar on Linkedin

Blog - Stephen Cleminson - Alliances Director

Stephen Cleminson

Alliances Director

Stephen Cleminson is the Alliances Director at Ivalua.  He’s responsible for recruiting and managing a partner network across Northern Europe and brings experience of over a decade in commercial roles at a number of P2P vendors.  Stephen has built a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and challenges of P2P technology from his close involvement in a variety of projects for large multi-national organisations.

Stephen’s experience was initially in the use of P2P solutions for indirect spend, but Ivalua’s strengths in direct materials procurement has expanded his knowledge and expertise to this important operational area.

Blog Author - Christophe Cherubini
Senior Director, Global Head of Services Advisory

Christophe Cherubini

Senior Director, Global Head of Services Advisory

Christophe Cherubini is the Ivalua Global Head of Services Advisory, with eighteen years of experience working in the Procurement Software field. Christophe’s organization serves as a trusted advisory to prospective customers, conveys the value proposition of implementation, and helps define the implementation strategy and post-implementation service offerings. Prior to his current role, Christophe managed the implementation of several projects, and led different delivery teams.

Blog - Jarrod McAdoo - Director of Product Marketing

Jarrod McAdoo

Director of Product Marketing

Jarrod McAdoo brings over 26 years of procurement experience to Ivalua as a product expert for the Analytics & Insights, Supplier Management, Spend Analysis, and Environmental Impact Center Solutions. A frequent thought leadership contributor for the Ivalua Blog, Jarrod has worked across multiple industries, including higher education, public sector, retail, manufacturing, and engineered products. Prior to his time at Ivalua, Jarrod held various roles in category and supplier management—including strategic sourcing and procurement team management where he led teams to implement shared service procurement models and Source-to-Pay systems. Jarrod holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Blog - Eloise Barnum, Content Marketing Manager

Eloise Barnum

Content Marketing Manager, Product Marketing

Eloise Barnum leads the Global Content initiatives for the EMEA and AMER Product Marketing team at Ivalua. With over 15 years of experience developing digital content and strategy solutions in Tech, SaaS, Public Sector, and Healthcare, she is currently collaborating across multiple marketing and communications teams to identify product marketing trends, produce relevant and engaging content, and develop plans for a cohesive cross-channel experience. A strategic product marketer with pointed focus, her skillset also includes email marketing optimization, sales enablement collateral development, and bylines for multiple thought leadership publications. Eloise graduated from Providence College with a dual degree in Finance and Political Science.

You may also connect with Eloise on LinkedIn

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Jan-Hendrik Sohn

Regional Vice President, DACH and CEE

Jan-Hendrik Sohn joined as the Regional Vice President, DACH and CEE at Ivalua with an impressive 25+ years of experience in the purchasing and invoicing space. His leadership has been instrumental to DACH becoming one of Ivalua’s fastest growing regions, teaming up from 2 to 25  professionals while achieving 126% targets for 2021! Fueled by expertise garnered through past roles in purchasing for the retail industry, Jan held several management roles at multiple eProcurement and eInvoicing vendors, such as: Trimondo, IBX, Synertrade, Tradeshift, and Onventis.

Blog - Sara Omer - Account Director MEA

Sara Omer

Account Director MEA

Sara Omer is a senior Procurement Change Champion with an outstanding record of delivering complex eProcurement solutions for public and private sector clients, and in financial services, education and property development throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Sara currently leads the Ivalua e-Procurement business in the Middle East region, and is a current Alumni of the Masters of Law in Public Procurement and Policy Program in Nottingham University.

She has been, and continues to be, leading in the role of consulting for regional public sector organizations in all matters related to Digital Procurement Transformation and Governance. Sara is the first African / Arab female member in the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), and the first female Fellow of the institute among Arab women in the MENA region, with 20+ years of full-time experience in Procurement, SRM, Procurement Technology, procurement consulting and new technology markets’ expansion.

Steve Carter

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Spanning a 30-year career, Stephen has led successful global product marketing launches alongside procurement experts and finance professionals in both the public and private sector. As a longstanding contributor in the ever-evolving sourcing industry—from early OCR—to the establishment of eInvoicing Networks, Stephen now applies his extensive tech experience to Ivalua’s unified Procurement platform. A problem solver and industry thought leader, his product positioning is central to generating long-term customer value while streamlining user experience. In software development, adaptability is the key and Steve’s commitment to the future of procurement is propelling Ivalua toward the next generation of strategic payment solutions. Outside of his professional life, Steve is a published author and 17th Century historian.

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Ivalua Partner

TransferMate is a leading, global B2B-payments technology solution, processing billions in international payments for the world’s most trusted brands.

Blog - Ian Thompson - VP Sales, Northern Europe

Ian Thompson

VP Sales, Northern Europe

Ian Thompson has worked in procurement and supply chain technologies for most of his 22 year career. He has worked both in project and commercial leadership positions for the past decade including Sourcing, Supply Chain Integration, P2P as well as within Fintech payments initiatives. An optimistic pragmatist, Ian enjoys watching his colleagues and teams succeed both personally and professionally

Vishal Patel

VP Product Marketing

Vishal has spent the last 1​5​ years in various roles within the Procurement and Supply Chain technology market.  As an industry analyst, he researched and advised organizations in various industries​ on best ​and innovative practices, digitization and optimization.  He brings a thorough understanding of market trends and digital​ technologies that can help enterprises be more effective ​with their Procurement and Supply Chain strategies.  He works to ensure that ​organizations are empowered with technology platforms that enable flexibility, innovation, and agility. ​

You can connect with Vishal on Linkedin

Blog - Alex Saric - Chief Marketing Officer

Alex Saric

Chief Marketing Officer

Alex has spent over 15 years of his career evangelizing Spend Management, shaping its evolution and working closely with hundreds of customers to support their Digital Transformation journeys. As CMO at Ivalua, Alex leads overall marketing strategy and thought leadership programs. Alex also spent 12 years at Ariba, first building and running the spend analytics business as General Manager. He then built and led Ariba’s international marketing team until successful acquisition by SAP, transitioning to lead business network marketing globally. Earlier, Alex was a founding member of Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris)where he developed vertical Procurement applications. He began his career in the U.S. Cavalry, leading tank and scout platoons through 2 combat deployments. Alex holds a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an international M.B.A. from INSEAD.

You can connect with Alex on Linkedin

Blog - Doug Keeley - Product Marketing Manager

Doug Keeley

Product Marketing Manager

Prior to joining Ivalua, Doug spent 12 years with Directworks in Sourcing Consulting and Customer Success. During this time, he managed consulting engagements, worked with customers to implement lean processes, and managed SaaS implementations for global manufacturing enterprises. Doug has a B.S. in Marketing / International Business from the Pennsylvania State University and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is leading global marketing activities for upstream procurement.

You can connect with him on Linkedin

Blog - Arnaud Malardé - Senior Product Marketing Manager

Arnaud Malardé

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Arnaud Malardé, Senior Product Marketing Manager, joined Ivalua with over 10 years of experience in several procurement positions. An accomplished industry and procurement expert, Arnaud has worked alongside prestigious international Financial Services, Retail, IT and Media organizations. A product thought leader, blog contributor, and webinar host, Arnaud offers valuable and innovative insight into advanced digital procurement solutions. He holds a Master in Finance from ESCP Europe, one of the top French business schools, and a European Master of Science in Management from London’s City University.

Blog - Staff Contributors

Staff Contributors

Contributing writers from inside and outside Ivalua occasionally add items and information to this blog. We are a team who share an interest and curiosity about procurement and spend management.