Richard Lee, Managing Director has 20 years of executive and frontline management experience in finance, operations and strategy. He oversees all Spend Matters Group engagements, bringing particular expertise in travel, services procurement and related areas. Richard’s other entrepreneurship endeavors include PARR (outsourced back office), Peritius (IT and business PMO), and RJSL (CFO advisory). Richard most recently served as an M&A director and division controller at Orbitz (NASDAQ: OWW). Before that, he was a management consultant at Diamond Technology Partners (acquired by PwC). Prior to Diamond, Richard was a Captain in the US Army. Richard completed his MBA at Carnegie Mellon; MA economics and MPA from the University of Oklahoma and BS from West Point. Richard is equally at home in front of boards of directors and large financial models — or jumping out of an airplane and whipping up a mean bowl of kimchee soup.
Jason Busch, Managing Director is regarded as one of the leading experts and pundits in the procurement and supply chain marketplace. He works selectively on client engagements and spends much of this time overseeing the research and content of the Spend Matters family of sites. While he is highly sought after as a speaker and advisor, his real passion is in the realm of ideas, specifically researching and writing about the future of procurement, sourcing and supply chain practices and technology. Jason’s eclectic interests include history (in which he holds a master’s degree), economics, cooking and running. Prior to launching Spend Matters and Spend Matters Group, Jason served in a range of staff and line roles over a five-year period at FreeMarkets (acquired by Ariba, NASDAQ: ARBA). Before that, he worked in management consulting and merchant banking. He holds graduate and undergraduate (honors) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Jason is also one of three bass players on the Spend Matters team, the one with the least musical ability.
Pierre Mitchell, Managing Director, has 25 years of procurement and supply chain industry and consulting experience, and is a recognized procurement expert specializing in supply processes, practices, metrics, and enabling tools and services. He is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events around the world, and counts himself fortunate to have served and interacted with so many CPOs and future CPOs. Prior to his positions in research and advisory, he led numerous operations and systems transformations at Fortune 500 organizations. Most recently, he was the head of procurement research and adjunct business advisor at The Hackett Group, where he helped expand Hackett’s procurement benchmarks and research studies while growing the Procurement Executive Advisory Program into a gold standard membership-based procurement advisory service in the market today.
Peter Smith, Principal (UK) is recognized as one of the UK’s leading procurement experts, with particular interest in procurement strategy and organization, and procurement of complex services. His first co-authored book – “Buying Professional Services”, was published by the Economist Books in 2012 and reached number 87,357 (approx) on the Amazon bestseller list! He started his career – many years ago – with an MA in Maths from Cambridge University, which equipped him perfectly for his first job and introduction to all things supply chain, driving a fork-lift truck in the Mars Confectionery warehouse. He was then CPO for three large organizations (including public and private sectors) and President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in 2003. As a consultant he has advised every type of public organization from the UK’s National Audit Office and Treasury to local councils and police forces; as well as banks, tech companies, FCMG firms, etc. He now runs the Spend Matters UK / Europe website, consults, writes and speaks, is also a non-executive director for two firms. Peter enjoys the gym, collecting and drinking wine, growing vegetables, and trying to spot the next great rock band.
Lisa Reisman, Principal, Lisa Reisman has over 15 years of experience in management consulting and direct materials sourcing. She is also Co-Editor and Co-Founder of MetalMiner. In addition to past roles at Andersen and Deloitte Consulting, Lisa has also owned and operated her own metals trading company, sourcing and selling a full range of metal products from and to emerging markets including: Russia, China, India, Romania, Venezuela, Mexico, Taiwan, South Africa, Ghana, Pakistan and Israel (although she can’t her hold alcohol like most women in the metals business). Her industry expertise spans multiple sectors within manufacturing. She has worked in the aerospace and defense, trucking and shipbuilding industries as a trader and in the high tech, automotive, earthmoving equipment, building products/construction industries as a consultant Lisa earned her MPA from New York University, where she received a Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration Fellowship. She also holds a BA in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an expert in global trade and supply chain issues, Lisa is INCOTERM certified and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt (and can hold her own when it comes to shop-floor talk).
Stuart Burns, Principal (UK) has over 30 years of international metal supply experience including nearly twenty years running his own metals distribution business based in the UK (with worldwide sales and a branch office in India). Today Stuart is both Co-Editor and Co-Founder of MetalMiner. He is also a frequent writer and speaker on metals market topics with numerous white papers, radio interviews and articles to his credit. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of Marine & Corrosion Alloys Ltd and MCA UK Ltd., Managing Director of Amari Overseas Ltd., the international trading arm of Amari Metals (the UK’s largest metals distribution group) and prior to that, a Senior Trader at Stemcor London, running metals trading and arbitrage. Stuart graduated with First Class Honors in Applied Science from Kingston University. He is also a graduate of Ashridge Management College’s Strategic Business Management Program and an active Alumni member. As one of the post Glasnost pioneers into the Russian supply market in the early 1990’s Stuart has developed a deep aversion to vodka and has strangely blank patches in his memories of that time.
Tom Finn, Principal, is a serial entrepreneur and reluctant expert in the myriad applications of optimization to strategic sourcing and supply chain management –especially in healthcare, where the first collaborative sourcing projects ever attempted were successfully executed under his direction. His alleged expertise is a result of being the founding sales and marketing executive of CombineNet, the firm that first introduced and delivered the defining concepts of collaborative sourcing to the marketplace and before that, as the first president of CombineMed, the firm that refined and first delivered the same capabilities to healthcare. In fact, Tom has been involved in several firsts throughout his career – and he has the stock options to prove it. He has been the first business executive hired by technology innovators from MIT, the University of Cambridge and CMU, so getting high-brow intellectuals and early commercial adopters on the same page is a battle-tested communication skill that Tom has had ample opportunity to hone over a 30-year career. Tom earned his undergraduate degree at Allegheny College and went on to the University of Taipei to continue his study of Mandarin. He has a knack for connecting dots that others don’t see and a readily obvious ability to communicate the possibilities. In his spare time, Tom is the principal editor of Healthcare Matters.
William Busch, VP Client Services, is more than a sales guy. Part economist, part general contractor, part procurement geek, part account executive, Bill got his start in category procurement and operations at a young age, serving as the Director of Reprographics (the in-house printing operation) for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the 70s and 80s. In this role, he negotiated the purchase of all copiers, copier vending, paper and supplies campus wide. Bill completed most of the curriculum for an MBA at Wharton before dropping out to become Founder and President of XL Graphics, Inc., a full service graphic design and printing company, which he ran for close to a decade. He holds a BA from Temple University, Cum Laude, in economics.
Thomas Kase, Lead Analyst, has 20 years of technology, business, sales, esourcing, and general supply chain experience from both the buy and sell-sides of the negotiation table. He has provided consulting services or otherwise supported a long line of Fortune 500 organizations and their procurement professionals, and has worked as a solutions advisor and event (RFx) manager for several solutions providers. Thomas adds an international perspective from growing up in northern Europe, and working seven years in the Japanese process control, automotive, and IT industries – in the process he has developed considerable fluency in English, Swedish, Japanese, and German – with an ability to sound quite convincing in a few others. He has undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and econometrics from Swedish universities, with MBA studies at Yale’s School of Management. Thomas lives in the Atlanta area, where he spends his spare time with family, projects around the house, or with one of his vintage Mercedes.
Sheena Smith, Research Analyst and Copy Leader, is the VP of Clients Services at Spend Matters and comes from a heavy writing, editing, and marketing background. She recently completed a master’s degree in English Literature at DePaul University with a research focus on British Colonialism in India, and now regularly contributes to Spend Matters, Spend Matters UK, and Healthcare Matters. Besides moonlighting as a mean DJ – vinyl only – Sheena’s work interests include becoming an expert on the evolution of group purchasing organization (GPO) models. Before going back to school, Sheena worked as a print producer at Publicis in the West where she managed global print campaigns for a variety of large-name clients. In her free time, Sheena coaches a rowing team for breast cancer survivors, practices yoga, and collects rare soul 45s from the 1960’s. Sheena completed BAs in English Literature and Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Art Hutchinson, Fellow, is Founding Principal at Cartegic Group, a Spend Matter Group affiliate, which specializes in strategic thinking using interactive scenarios. He is an innovator and veteran of scenario-based processes, helping clients to forge practical strategy and enhance organizational resilience under conditions of high uncertainty and discontinuous change. He is a seasoned writer, speaker, facilitator, advisor, and executive. Earlier in his career, Art spent seven years at Northeast Consulting (acquired by NerveWire, which was later acquired by Wipro). Prior to his tenure at Northeast Consulting, he was Director of Consulting Services at BIS Strategic Decisions, (now part of Forrester Research). And before BIS, Art ran the Distribution Channels Information Service at International Data Corp. (IDC) where he advised computing and software vendor clients on their distribution channel and market access programs. Art earned his BA from Williams College. He’s completed the Boston Marathon several times as well as six Ironman triathlons and several ultra-marathons.
Brian Sommer, Fellow, brings extensive technology insight, marketing experience, thought leadership and strategy skills to SMG’s clients. Previously, Brian was the longest running and most senior director of Andersen Consulting’s (now Accenture’s) Software Intelligence unit—a position that required him to pick the best possible software solutions for hundreds of clients globally. Brian has also been the CEO of an Internet firm that specialized in the brokering of large systems consulting projects. He has also launched a technology research firm and has worked for, contributed to and advised three other technology research organizations. Mr. Sommer has a BBA and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s also a Wharton grad. Wharton High School, Wharton Texas, that is.
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