A significant international dimension has traditionally been added to the presentations and discussions at the eBF Procurement Festival by the participation of specialists from the institutions of the European Union. Ivo Locatelli will represent the Innovative and e-Procurement Unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, where he has been working since 2012. His experience is truly vast since he has been working at the European Commission since 1992, dealing with, among other things, the regulation of electronic communications and e-health issues.
Róbert Obmaščík, who has held a number of managerial positions during his varied professional career, will offer us an insider look into the procurement processes of large concerns. He has been working as IPO Strategic Sourcing Manager in the European Purchasing Department of Pall International since 2013. Previously, he had been in international procurement management at Lenovo, and was also Purchasing Director at Tatra in Kopřivnice and European Purchasing Coordinator at Molex.
Where chaos rules and there are no rules, order and systemization must one day prevail, otherwise we’d get nowhere. Michal Kristiňák, a lawyer with a wealth of professional experience in procurement and logistics, knows this as well as anybody. In recent years, he has overseen the development of procurement and legal teams at energy and gastronomy concerns, such as the Medusa Group, where digitisation and centralization of procurement contributed to significant savings. Currently, he works as Procurement Manager at Amazon Fulfilment Slovakia.
Many participants coming to Ostrava for the eBF Procurement Festival will undoubtedly be looking forward to hearing the thoughts of Angus McIntosh. Formerly he has held the positions of Procurement VP at Mars Petcare in Europe and Chief Procurement Officer at Beiersdorf, the multinational which includes such well-known brands such as Nivea and Labello. This heavyweight of corporate procurement has now works as an independent consultant, helping companies improve their strategic resources and negotiation skills.
If you want to get to the bottom of centralised public procurement in Finland, then take Timo Rantanen as your guide. A true professional, there are few who don’t know him in the field of Finnish and international eProcurement. As long ago as 2005, he became Head of Government ICT Procurement at the Finnish Central Procurement Unit. He has also utilised his experience in Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia and Turkey through the OECD, the World Bank and the European Commission. Currently he is in charge of the digitization of end-to-end public procurement in the Finnish government.
Tomáš managed to shake things up in e-sourcing at the brewery giant SAB Miller, which was the owner of Plzeňský Prazdroj, brewers of Pilsner Urquell, until last year. As Head of Procurement for Western & Central Europe he is responsible for local teams and procurement activities in a number of European countries. Professionally, he focuses primarily on increasing the efficiency of local operational teams, including measurement of their performance, the introduction of a uniform IT infrastructure, development of eSourcing and tactical spot-buying.
Someone who is a passionate football coach in his spare time, as well as being a budding surfer and a bass player in a heavy metal band, is sure to be destined for success both as part of a team and also when chasing individual goals. Such a man is Steve Robinson, Head of Commissioning and Procurement for the City of Cardiff Council since 2005, where he has managed to create a multi-award-winning team which is recognised as a centre of good practice in public procurement throughout Wales.
Not only is Dean Corbisiero a keen traveller, lover of fine food and wine and an eccentric but talented goalkeeper, he’s also an innovator in the Commissioning & Procurement team at the City of Cardiff Council, which has implemented public sector projects that are considered pioneering throughout Wales. In an organisation that spends over £350 million a year on goods, services and works, the team has been able to significantly reduce costs with the help digital procurement solutions, even in demanding areas such as school transport and retirement homes.
Dr Ama Eyo has become a regular participant at the eBF Procurement Festival and is one of its most eminent foreign presenters. She is Programme Director for the LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy at Bangor University in Wales. Additionally, owing to her great expertise in the field, she is also a researcher with the UK-China Centre for Public Procurement Law Research and an associate researcher with the African Public Procurement Regulation Unit at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
You’ll undoubtedly come across him wherever there are events supporting and providing education on the digitisation of public procurement and the use of eAuctions for evaluating bids. Jan Zahálka is a legal expert at re-medical specializing in healthcare and at the top of his agenda are healthcare funding and issues surrounding medical equipment. In the context of providing advice to legislators he has managed to design and enforce a "small user amendment" to the law on public procurement.
Perhaps it’s a little surprising that Zdeněk Pytlíček, who has done everything in procurement from buyer to strategist, is currently involved in all types of procurement activity except actually buying. At Innogy he is currently concentrating on procurement legislation, processes and systems. For example, since last year they have been running a system that allows prequalification of suppliers which has resulted in significant savings in the construction of gas networks worth about €90 million a year.
As Head of Public Procurement at the Slovak Ministry of the Interior, Daša Paláková says that if you stuck a pin in the map at the workplace of all of her staff who needed to buy something, then you’d end up with a hedgehog in the shape of the Slovak Republic. It follows from this that her expertise must be just as abundant. She has been working in public procurement since 2006 and, among other things, was involved in the successful implementation of the Electronic Contract System.
Someone who has more than twenty years’ experience in multinational companies such as Ikea, innogy and Makro can literally be a textbook example for a procurement conference. Just such an experienced professional is Miloš Olejník, currently Headquarter Procurement Leader at HB Reavis. He is a huge proponent of digital procurement and an advocate of maximum transparency in the tendering process.
As a member of the working group which has step by step been developing a system and legislative framework for public eProcurement in Croatia, Zvonimir Jukić has been a key participant in the development of digital procurement in Croatia. He works as Head of the Legal Education Department at the Official Gazette in Zagreb and is also a member of the working group for the development of electronic publishing and e-tendering. He is coming back to Ostrava again after a year, and will also be able to share his experience as a trainer in this field.
A specialist in international business law, policy innovation in public procurement, and public procurement legislation and its application in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Jaroslav Kračún will bring to Ostrava experience on a European scale. He has worked at the EC since 2008 and currently works at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Also worthy of mention is the theoretical knowledge he has gained at such prestigious seats of learning as the Sorbonne in Paris and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Strasbourg.
Living procurement legend Peter Kraljič will be the special guest at this year’s eBF. All seasoned buyers will have come across his Portfolio Purchasing Model, commonly known as the Kraljič Matrix. 2500 citations in the most prestigious procurement magazines explain why Peter Kraljič is considered a world-class icon in his field and whose work has become a cornerstone of procurement now and for the future.
Although she jokingly says her relationship with public tenders and eAuctions is like a marriage, it is simply a world that has become a great hobby for Alena Ševčíková, Head of Procurement and Public Tenders at Nové Město na Moravě Hospital. Although it sometimes brings joy and bitterness all at once, she believes that it’s always necessary to overcome obstacles and move on. However, as a woman who managed to save tens of millions of crowns in investment tenders, she well knows how to face the difficult challenges.
The presence of this Siemens representative is perfect proof that eBF in Ostrava regularly attracts the biggest and best buyers both domestically and globally. Martin Zelinka, Head of Procurement at this multinational‘s Power & Gas Division in the Czech Republic, and a respected expert in centralized procurement and project management for the implementation of new procurement solutions, will be here yet again. In the past, he also played a major role in RWE's procurement team.
For a municipal authority it’s always a gift from the gods if it can rely on a lawyer with experience in dealing with ownership issues in investment projects, and who has professional experience in public procurement, subsidies policy, provision of state aid and procurement procedures in accordance with European directives. Such is the professional experience of Alena Vačkářová, who has worked in the Investments Department for the City of Olomouc since 2002.
He’s an incorrigible optimist who believes that procurement in Slovakia can be fun and interesting as well as economically sound and within the law. He proved this, along with his team, as director of the department of public procurement at the Slovak Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, where he saved more than €5 million a year. He writes contracts, objections, articles and books, and used to also write blogs. As a trainer in the field of public procurement in Slovakia, he is able to explain to people where common sense can be found in the law. He is also a co-founder of the Slovak APUEN.
In Czechia we often like to say that the Netherlands should be our model for good governance. It’s a country that is not so much bigger than ours and full of people with an open mind to original ideas and innovation. Thus we are pleased to welcome to Ostrava Jaap Strating, Chief Procurement Officer of the City of Eindhoven, where in recent years his primary focus has been on improving public procurement processes. His presentation will therefore be a snapshot of this bastion of innovation and experimentation.
He says about himself that he’s a player who loves to talk. This is why Mário Biňas lectures on eProcurement, which he has been involved in since 2013 when he started an eProcurement revolution at BILLA in Slovakia. He created a template which enabled online auctions and tenders to be carried out for every department in the company and has been adopted by the BILLA group internationally. He had previously worked at GFK, Centire and Slovnaft in analytics and strategy. Currently he’s building his own company which supports the digitisation of procurement in small, medium and even large enterprises.
To be at a procurement conference and miss the appearance of Jan Vašek would be an absolute sin. Jan, who has worked at the very top of procurement, is an inspiring, energetic and amusing speaker who is able to pass on his experience to students and practitioners alike. His knack of drawing audiences into the issue is grounded in his procurement experience at Toyota, Inergy, Automotive Lighting and Swiss Krono. Currently he lectures at Ostrava Technical University.
Marketing specialist, consultant and head of the PROEBIZ project, Milan Kaplan has frequently shared his experience at conferences in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. In the 1990s he founded NAR which specialized in marketing for industrial concerns. Subsequently, he began to develop and put into practice eBusiness technologies, such as using eAuctions for supplier selection and the digitisation of the procurement process. The PROEBIZ project is now the most widespread eAuction platform and a source of know-how throughout Central Europe.
If digital procurement is to be held in high esteem, there must be a place in its ranks for Ondrej Jombík, who in virtually all circumstances advocates maximum digitisation, transparency throughout the procurement process and the creation of a qualification system for suppliers. As Head of Logistics at the energy concern ZSE, where he has worked since 1998, he is of the opinion that eAuctions have largely been able to clear the market of the methods of wild capitalism of the 1990s. Thanks to his specialization, he’s a member of the EON Corporate Supply Chain and Grid BAP.
As an Italian from Milan who has been living in Prague for over ten years and will come to Ostrava full of procurement enthusiasm, Mario Vecchia considers himself almost Czech, although the language is still a hard nut to crack! He is currently working for Asahi Breweries Europe as Sourcing Specialist for the Capex project, and he says he enjoys squeezing suppliers while maintaining best practice. And what are his other hobbies? Chess, football and, of course, pasta! He’s also a lover of travelling and meeting new people, and is always ready for new challenges, so is a perfect fit for our procurement festival.
Detailed knowledge and a career in an attractive and challenging environment is a very brief summary of Václav Pelouch’s CV, who has experience in the operation, management and maintenance of the National Theatre in Prague, where he has been working since 1998. He has held various positions there, including managing the theatre in 2012-2013. Currently, he is Head of Technical and Operational Administration, where he ensures the preparation and implementation of investments and public tenders. He may well share with us the latest on the ongoing renovation of the historical State Opera buildings, for which he heads the implementation team.
As a great advocate of modern procurement with the emphasis on a human approach and analytical thinking, Peter Majtán, who will be speaking in Ostrava, has as his motivation to always be better. What’s his motto? "Push the Sky Away" by Nick Cave. A graduate of the University of Economics in Bratislava, he began his career at Slovnaft, where he gradually developed his experience in the procurement of services, procurement projects and maintenance procurement (MRO). He is currently Procurement Manager for SLOVNAFT, the MOL group’s Flagship brand in Central Europe (Slovakia, Czechia, Austria and Poland).
The archetype of an expert with a successful career at a number of prestigious firms, Ctirad Fischer has always been involved in logistics and procurement, including associated services such as facility and fleet management. He has held management positions in virtually all types of businesses, including Celestica (manufacturing), RWE and Rexel (energy), Macro (retail) and Kooperativa (insurance).However, he’s sure to have a lot to say about managing procurement and public tenders concerning property management, owing to his current role as Controlling & Procurement Manager at Centra.
We will undoubtedly be convinced that our neighbours in Poland also know about procurement, consulting and sourcing by Mateusz Borowiecki. A truly wide-ranging expert with more than fifteen years’ experience in international projects, including IT projects; he has introduced clients to the procurement systems of a variety of providers. He regularly speaks at procurement conferences, publishes papers on corporate procurement and is a lecturer in postgraduate studies in procurement at Kozminski University in Warsaw and at WSB in Wroclaw.
Will is Head of International Business Development at CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) and is responsible for mainland Europe. Will takes the lead in identifying new market opportunities, and assists in the establishment of new offices globally. He is also responsible for collaborating with global corporate clients to design and develop solutions to help organisations maximise their procurement and supply chain capability including people and process development. He is a passionate advocate of procurement as a profession of choice and focuses on developing the skills of procurement teams.
Kateřina’s mission, which involves extremely proactive support for changes in the procurement behaviour of contracting authorities and the simplification and acceleration of procurement processes, keeps her occupied 24 hours a day 7 days a week. She will bring a lot of inspiration to the digitisation public procurement. Since 2006, her company Otidea has trained more than 10 000 clients from contacting authorities and has successfully carried out tenders worth more than 5 billion crowns.
Here in Ostrava we’ll learn about the global business environment thanks to a presentation by Monika Weiss, Head of Procurement at the Polish subsidiary of British American Tobacco. Because she has been successfully engaged in procurement and supply chain management since the beginning of her career, she is one of those experienced managers who are able to handle major transformation projects. In particular, she has overseen the transformation and integration of procurement across thirteen countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
If you want to get as much information as possible about procurement organizations from fundamental principles to what it is like to work in the turbulent environment of global concerns, then you’ll be glad that Dmitry Shubenko is coming to Ostrava. This qualified sourcing and procurement manager has gained experience in several countries and business spheres at companies such as Schneider Electric, Swedbank, Societe Generale and Sberbank Europe, where he was totally responsible for procurement and cost management.
Jana Hybšová is responsible for a public procurement budget of several billion crowns a year at the General University Hospital in Prague where she has been Head of Public Procurement for the last five years. In the demanding domestic healthcare sector she has been able to take advantage of her experience with all types of contracting authorities and competitions which she acquired during her previous work. Right from the start public tenders have been her exclusive field of interest.
Public procurement procedures for the renewal and purchase of new equipment are among the important operational tasks carried out at Pilsen University Hospital by Lukáš Ureš, who is Head of Trade and Technology. He has been working there since 2011. He became familiar with electronic auctions thanks to the PROEBIZ eAuction system, which he first used in the economics department for public tenders under the law and subsequently as Head of Public Procurement.
Artur Fraj is a man who wears many hats, although all of them involve public procurement. He is currently Commercial Director at Łódź Airport, and he is also an associate academic at the Centre for Public Procurement and Public-Private Partnership at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Łódź, where he lectures in post-graduate studies on the digitisation of public procurement. He has participated in a number of scientific conferences and has also been on the advisory board of Polish TV.
It’s a feather in the cap at any festival to welcome one of the mainstays of the business. Such a person is Jan Havlík, who has been Chief Executive of the municipality of Žďár nad Sázavou for twenty years, which is simply because in public administration he follows the credo: "Look after the welfare of the town and its property as you would your own". Since he well knows that even a useful tool can be dangerous in the wrong hands, he also promulgates good eProcurement practice as a guest lecturer for the Institute for International Research. He has also been published in journals such as the Modern Communities magazine.
Digital procurement solutions in large concerns have characterised the career of Jana Vrbová who started in the procurement world in 2004. Since then, she has been involved in the implementation of an electronic auction system at Makro Cash & Carry, and for the past six years she has been working at the Agrofert Group, firstly as a buyer in the bakery concern Penam, and subsequently in the Central Purchasing Division, where apart from overseeing tenders for the whole group, she also deals with the group’s procurement methodology.
Business should be about tough but fair negotiations and fair relationships, which sums up the professional face of Jana Dovičovičová, who heads the procurement team at Kooperativa in Slovakia. Throughout her working life she has been exclusively engaged in procurement, firstly at Skanska, and then from 2009 to 2015 she was head of procurement at VÚB, one of the largest banks in Slovakia, where she was involved in the creation of a central register of contracts for optimizing annual costs.
In order to push the limits of quality in public procurement ever higher, Stanislav Bogdanov regularly returns to Ostrava. At the procurement festival, he will represent the highest level of state management as he is Director of the Digitisation of Public Procurement and Concessions Department at the Ministry for Regional Development. In the past he participated in the project for a national eProcurement platform and was the main system supervisor.
He prefers healthy common sense to gambling billions in an uncontrollable game of roulette. While the weight of responsibility would bring some to their knees, Martin Garaj simply entertains himself with complex projects, which emphasize both price and quality at the same time. As a director and the attorney to the Board of Directors at the Bratislava Public Transport Authority, he has used eAuctions in the implementation of fuel purchases worth 56 million euros and the modernization of the tram and trolleybus fleets. Besides this, he also finds time to write articles on intellectual property and consumer protection.
The digitisation of public procurement and procurement of ICT is Martina Gromová's professional hobby. This has been the case since 2005, when she started working at the Slovak Office for Public Procurement (OPP). She is coming to Ostrava as a representative of the Department for Methodology and Digital Procurement, in which area she is head of a specialized independent department.
The leader in the Slovak gastronomy market is the Medusa Group where Tomáš Szabó works as CFO. In Ostrava he will talk about how he improved the performance and profitability of nearly 50 operations and how to approach the management of the multifunctional team of the financial division. Progress always comes from simple ideas, such as the success of every firm depends on teamwork. He considers quality, sincerity and consistency as the basis for all cooperation.
Experts who like to work on complex cases are welcome everywhere with open arms. Ostrava is no exception, and we are delighted to have Pavel Hrnčíř, who has been in procurement in the banking and hire-purchase sector for the last eleven years, as a conference speaker. What about his topic? In his current position at Equa Bank he is in charge of all supplier relationships and is happy to deal with complex cases with strategic benefits for the buyer, often in ICT and services. Apart from this, he also devotes a lot of his time to the development of people without procurement experience.
Vladislav Reymont Airport in Łódź is a place where they certainly aren‘t afraid to try anything that can be achieved by digital procurement. Anna Matuszewska is Head of Projects and Tenders there, and since 2012 has been a member of the team dealing with public tenders and contracts which has helped the airport make significant savings. We will also see if she brings something from her fascination with Polynesian culture to Ostrava; she dreams of doing the hula-hula on a Hawaiian beach. Besides this she has also developed a passion for making crocheted dolls, which have become her closest companions.
Martin Růžička has long been working in wholly Czech-owned manufacturing companies since graduating in Manufacturing Systems from Liberec Technical University. He subsequently joined TOS VARNSDORF, where he worked on the development of the organization’s management system. Next he became Head of Production at HECKL, and since 2010 he has been employed at PRECIOSA LIGHTING, where he leads the project team, and works in pre-production and the creation of new company strategy. He says about himself that he likes working both with and for people, which is why in the last few years he has transferred his diverse experience into procurement processes and effectively linking procurement with internal clients.
After ten years in the fusty atmosphere of business and civil law Ľubomír Kubička made the dramatic leap to public procurement. He graduated as a lawyer and is currently working at VO SK, where he is intensively engaged in the awarding and implementation of public tenders. Another area of his rich professional life involves consultation work with the aim of helping bidders for public tenders. Finally, the challenge that he faces in any spare time he still has is trying to fight against all the nonsense that surrounds us.
Having spent ten years in HR acquiring professional experience in international companies, non-profit organizations and agencies, Magdalena Slámová has been working as a Senior Procurement Officer at Unilever for the past four years. The procurement of sales representatives in the Czech and Slovak Republics is her bread and butter, but she is also involved in the implementation of a sustainable development plan for all suppliers and negotiating with global service providers.
Bringing fraternal greetings and news from Slovakia, whose people we understand well both linguistically and philosophically, will be Branislav Šarmír. Since starting his career in 1996 he has worked at large corporations such as EuroTel, UPC, VUB and IBM Slovakia. However, six years ago he exchanged executive roles in marketing, sales and client services for dealing with public and corporate procurement in his current job at VO SK (Public Procurement Slovakia).
Multicriteria evaluation of bids is the favoured approach of Šárka Kalinová, who is currently Head of Strategic Procurement at Škoda Machine Tool in Pilsen. She principally deals with large investments and strategic tenders for services. She has a huge wealth of experience with eAuctions from when she and her team oversaw their implementation throughout the procurement function and they were also used for some particularly unique purchases.
Any objections? If anybody has needed advice in recent years on how to deal with the pitfalls of public procurement in Slovakia, they could confidently turn to Zuzana Krajčovičová. Since 2005 she has worked at the Office for Public Procurement (OPP) where she deals in particular with legislation, objections in the public tendering process and the imposition of fines for administrative offences. From 2006 to 2010 she was head of the department for decisions about objections, and currently she is Chair of the Board.
Our next speaker has been moving up step-by-step since she entered the procurement field. Tamara Polláková has been working for VÚB Bank in Slovakia since 2009 and is currently Head of ICT Procurement. In her years in the procurement department she has risen through the ranks from Information Systems Buyer through Senior Buyer to Departmental Manager.
Determining strategy and leading procurement teams have long been the main concerns of Martin Očkáš, who currently works as Head of Procurement at the Slovak company Svet zdravia. He specializes in the purchase of medical devices, materials and pharmaceuticals, and is primarily responsible for Eastern Europe. In the past he gained valuable experience in a different sector, working for ten years as a strategic buyer at Tatra Bank.
Bold visionary or progressively thinker? Whatever we call him, Mayor Peter Antal will bring to Ostrava the latest news from the Slovak town of Žiar nad Hronom. He is also a member of the National Council and proposer of the amendment to the Public Procurement Act which will come into force in November this year. However, the audience at the procurement festival will mostly get to hear about an eProcurement case study about how to plan an eAuction for the sourcing of a bus service operator.
He says that the Ostrava Public Transport Authority will have the most modern transport system in the Czech Republic by 2021. These are the words of our next speaker, Daniel Morys, who has been running this venerable Ostrava institution since last year. He would like to have the latest fleet and state-of-the-art equipment and technology for maximum comfort and passenger safety. As evidence of his desire, the successful procurement of forty new trams, which took place in the form of an electronic auction, can be cited.
Implementing modernisation projects at the Ostrava Public Transport Authority is Petr Tomala’s remit. An expert with almost thirty years’ experience, he is head of the department dealing with the maintenance and renewal of the tram fleet. This is why he led the project team when buying forty new trams worth more than a billion crowns. He collaborated not only with his own colleagues, but also with external consultants, lawyers and experts from the company who organized the electronic auction for the tender.
He co-authored the draft amendment to the Act on Public Procurement and, as a methodologist in this field, also lectures and deals with questions of interpretation and application of the law. This is Vlastimil Fidler, who is currently Head of the Public Investment Department at the Ministry for Regional Development, and he will join us in Ostrava. He graduated in Law from the University of West Bohemia, and gradually built up his professional experience at various positions in the City of Pilsen.
Boring clerical work? On the contrary, Jan Novotný considers his job as Head of Public Procurement Methodology at the Ministry of Education, where he has been working since 2013, to be very diverse and challenging. This is borne out by his being involved in drafting legislation, bearing responsibility for creating internal regulations, devising legal positions and overseeing the procurement process for major purchases. He’ll also bring to eBF the findings of the Senior Coordination Group for Central Government Procurement and the Working Group for Transparent Public Procurement.
Anyone who wants to teach people how to spend state money prudently needs to be courageous and patient, which definitely describes Marcela Turčanová, Vice-President of Slovak APUeN and also Manager of the APUeN Academy of Education. With enlightenment her ambition, she is fully dedicated to and engaged in the digitisation of public procurement and education in working with the Slovak Electronic Contract System. She nominates the best practitioners for the FSA competition, which she organizes every year.
Professional knowledge from international companies such as Valeo, Home Credit International, BSC Prague and GE Money Bank is a clear sign of the expertise that predisposes someone to pass on their experience. Such a package will be brought to Ostrava by Bronislav Neubauer, an experienced procurement/sourcing professional specialising in finance and IT. Between 2011 and 2016 he was Head of Central Purchasing at Raiffeisenbank, where he was also in charge of procurement for Central Europe. He is now Head of Operational & Support Services at the same company.
An experienced procurement manager, trainer and consultant; Karel Otýs is all of these things. He left his senior management procurement position in 2011 to establish his own consulting and training practice. He is enthusiastic about teaching, connecting, advising, sharing, discussing, motivating, training and coaching not only buyers and procurement managers, but also their internal clients and occasionally suppliers. He’s able to find novel solutions with an emphasis on efficiency and simplicity, but also has the ability to break down a complex problem into simple, understandable molecules.
In his previous job Jiří Róžański made a significant contribution to the RWE group (now Innogy) carrying out all its tenders digitally. He is now bringing a similar benefit to Xella, where he is Head of Procurement. As a great supporter of digital solutions, he knows how to explain their accessible with clarity to a wide range of audiences.
The Head of Siemens Supply Chain Management Shared Services Center in Prague and Ostrava, which employs around 300 people working in procurement and logistics for Germany, Czechia and the CEE region, Jiří Šmela has also worked for this world-renowned concern in the USA, China, India, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Thanks to this experience he will able to pass on to his audience at eBF valuable insight into operational and strategic procurement, e-marketplaces and the implementation of eSourcing. He is also a consultant for Siemens’ external customers.
Finding the procurement world so beautifully diverse that every day she has no idea what new thing may surprise her, Žaneta Vebrová can undoubtedly be labelled as an enthusiastic fan of digital procurement. She has worked at KORADO since 1997, previously as Chief Accountant in the Finance Department, and since 2012 she has worked in the procurement team, particularly on tenders for services and investments. For her using digital solutions for negotiations or comparing data is a natural choice for this.
Petra Vrbová is well used to the world of procurement in multinationals, having worked for global players since 2004. Her first job was at Nestlé Czech as a buyer of services and indirect materials, and she was also a specialist with the SAP purchasing module. After this, she became Purchasing Manager for services and indirect materials. Currently, she puts her skills to good use a Team Leader in the Non-Core Commodity team at innogy.
As an experienced matador management and procurement at Magneton Kroměříž, ŽDB Viadrus, Vítkovice and Legios, Martin Wiederman claims that the reality of buying is sometimes absurd. He says, for example, you can quietly judge who’s been doing most for their business over the years. He counts process management, operational management and the procurement process among his life-long hobbies, so it's no wonder he likes to share his knowledge through both publishing and lecturing.
Who else should break the ice between academia and business than young, progressive professionals? One such example is Vojtěch Klézl, who looks at issues of procurement and eAuctions not only through the lens of an academic in the Department of Marketing and Business at the Ostrava School of Economics, but also from a business perspective. He will reveal more about how to go about the difficult task of bringing together two worlds that sometimes suffer from misunderstandings in his talk at our procurement festival, and will undoubtedly draw on his professional articles and publications.
Lenka Kundratová can undoubtedly be labelled as a very successful and experienced consultant, who has managed the implementation of eAuctions as a procurement tool into more than eighty private and public sector organisations. Currently she heads the PROEBIZ business consultancy team, in which she benefits from the wide knowledge base she built up in her previous jobs as a marketing director and head of procurement.
Tomáš started using eAuctions in tenders in 2004 while working in engineering, which he had done for nine years before moving in 2006 to become one of the chief ambassadors of the PROEBIZ project. He built his reputation in the Slovakian market and since 2015 has been concentrating on new markets, especially Croatia.
A symbolic return to her roots is one of the motifs of Jana Vítová's professional journey, who was absolutely the first employee of NAR marketing in 1990. Although she eventually left and started her own business, in 2007 she accepted an offer to come back and since then has successfully expanded the ranks of PROEBIZ users. She holds the post of Country Manager, heading the consultancy team for Moravia, parts of eastern Bohemia and Vysočina.
Marian Gałuszka is head of the PROEBIZ eAuction support centre known as "Houston". He leads the support team, trains clients both at home and abroad, and participates in the development and testing of the system. He has been working for the parent company NAR marketing since 2009. He had previously been involved in logistics at Pro North Czech. He studied International Business at the University of Krakow, including language study stays in the US and Canada.
He enjoys implementing PROEBIZ eAuction software into the in-house processes of companies and public organisations. He specialises in streamlining public procurement processes by building a clear tender structure. Peter Mikuláš joined NAR marketing in 2010 as a fresh graduate, and he is currently working as a Country Manager for Bohemia.
Do you need advice on how to make eAuctions really work? Then contact Jiří Cudlín, head of the PROEBIZ project team, which deals with the optimization of eAuction systems, the digitalisation of public procurement on a European scale, the simplification of the approval processes in both public and private organisations, and the interconnection of software systems. Besides his professional work, his personal characteristics include a tendency to dry humour, the American ability to praise himself, and making goulash the Italian way.
The cornerstone of any digitisation is the smooth and faultless running of the software. Jiří Špalek ensures this as technical manager of the PROEBIZ project. He heads the PROEBIZ point team which consists of user support, development and IT administration. This team oversees the implementation of PROEBIZ software products into companies and administers certain online tenders. With fifteen years’ experience in the field, he also boasts the positions of trainer and consultant in digital procurement on his CV.
Successfully tackling demanding tenders with the help of eAuctions is one of Karel Stoszek's main missions. He is the PROEBIZ Business Manager for Healthcare and Public Procurement in the Czech Republic. His specialization in both areas is logical and natural because in the past he has worked in a managerial position at a regional hospital and also served as a town councillor for a long period of time.
If you want to know what is new in the development of the JOSEPHINE system for the digitalisation of public procurement then the person to ask is Petr Donath. He has been working at NAR marketing since 2013, where he started as a PROEBIZ trainer in the Slovak team. He has his roots firmly in our region and in his field, having graduated from Ostrava Technical University and having previously worked as an analyst at the Municipal Police Directorate of the Czech Republic in Ostrava and later at the Regional Administration of the North Moravian Region.
A specialist who looks at eAuction issues in both corporate and public procurement through the lens of a professional administrator and trainer, Ivana has acquired her experience at NAR marketing, where she assists clients of the PROEBIZ project to resolve the most complex eAuction cases.
He’s the most well-known trainer or, if you will, mentor of the PROEBIZ system. In short, this is Andrzej Kulbiński, who joined NAR marketing in 2007. He started as a hotline operative and, three and a half years later, became an eAuction specialist. What does this mean? Thanks to his knowledge, under the Assistance Programme he is able to resolve the most challenging problems concerning eAuctions in both companies and institutions in the context of assistance.