The fourth edition of the CEE e-Procurement Summit with record attendance! Thank you for your trust and we firmly believe that you liked the lectures and at the same time you have enriched yourself with the valuable findings and experience of the most famed leaders in this sector.
Do not miss the official aftermovie, in which we have summarised the most important things. See you next year!
Best practices and trends were presented by internationally renowned experts and experienced purchasing managers, such as:
Chief Executive Officer, Prospitalia Group
Marcell is a true procurement professional and a key global figure in digital transformation with more than 20 years of experience in well-known global companies such as SAP or BCG.
As Chief Procurement Officer in SAP, he led a team of 220 professionals who managed a global spending volume of almost 4bn EUR in 2014. By optimizing procurement, SAP saved 3 million EUR in spending, automated 50% of manual invoices and increased productivity by 20% due to purchase order and invoice automation.
As a Partner at BCG, he had been advising C-Level Executives & Executive Teams on the full range of digital transformation, innovation, new business models, restructuring and reorganization with focus on procurement, supply chain and operations globally.
Vice President Sales Central & Eastern Europe, Unite
Christoph graduated from Edinburgh Business School with an MBA. He started his professional career in the Banking Sector and worked later on with ONE/Orange/Hutchinson for 7 years in the Telecommunication Sector as Head of Products & Services.
In 2004, he joined the family business as a Head of Sales & Marketing at Bio Diesel Technologies in the renewable industry.
In 2011, Christoph joined UNITE as a Country Manager and is now in charge as a Vice president Sales for the Central & Eastern Europe Region at UNITE.
In parallel, Christoph is working since 2014 as the representative for all B2B Merchants at the Austrian Trade Association (Österreichischer Handelsverband).
Group Procurement Director, Asahi Breweries
Tomáš has more than fifteen years’ experience in procurement, of which almost ten has been spent in the brewing industry (SABMiller & Asahi Breweries). At present, he is the Head of Procurement at Asahi Breweries Europe, which aims to make a lasting contribution to the strategic development of Asahi Europe & International in terms of savings, innovation, risk management or environmental sustainability, thanks to advanced category management, close relationship with suppliers or internal customers.
Chief Procurement Officer, MOL Group
Graduated from Budapest Business School in 2010, Tamás has already an impressive proven track record in the energy sector.
Between the years 2013 and 2018, he held various positions (from Analyst to Manager) at the Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services.
Since 2018, his career is connected with the leading international, integrated oil and gas company from Hungary (HQ in Budapest) with over 75 years of experience - MOL group.
During this time, he developed from a Category Manager to a Chief Procurement Officer (!) and is often a host speaker at numerous conferences and events.
Chief Procurement Officer, ProCare & Svet zdravia
Martin graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He worked as a sales and project manager in the construction and energy sectors. From 2014 to 2022, he held the position of senior purchasing specialist at NAFTA. He currently applies his experience as Chief Procurement Officer at ProCare & Svet zdravia - covering the purchases for a network of 17 hospitals and 14 polyclinics in Slovakia.
Head of GTM Global Strategy, SAP Signavio
Over the past twelve years, he has been able to explore the world of procurement as a purchaser, purchasing manager, and procurement solutions consultant.
Currently, as Head of Business Development of Procurement Solutions at SAP, his main role is to help customers digitally transform procurement, finance and logistics. Zdeněk also participates in strategic projects related to revolutionary solutions. He believes that "versatility is the success of the purchaser."
In his free time, he devotes himself to studying foreign languages, beekeeping and martial arts.
Member of the Executive Board, Unite
Christel graduated from H.E.C. Paris and University L. Bocconi in Milan. She started her career in the management consulting and after a few years joined Edenred SA where she took several leadership positions across Europe in Business Development, Product Development, Marketing, Sales and Customer Experience during her 15-year tenure.
In 2022, Christel joined Unite as Executive Board member in charge of Marketing, Sales & Customer Success, leading 14 markets.
IFUA Horváth&Partners Management Consultants
Zoltán has more than twenty years of experience in procurement and logistics. He headed the Purchasing Directorate of Magyar Telekom and Directorate of Services at Hungarian Railways, where he implemented the centralized procurement and logistics system at group level and achieved significant results in electronization of procurement processes, introduced eProcurement solutions.
He is currently member of the Hungarian consultancy company IFUA Horváth&Parners Kft. He has appeared as a speaker, participant in roundtable discussions and chair at numerous domestic and foreign procurement-related events.
Managing Director, Aurora Energy Kft.
He graduated from the Gubkin University of Oil and Gas in Moscow with a degree in mining engineering in 1989. In 2000 he obtained an MBA in finance from the Budapest University of Economics.
He started his career as a production engineer at MOL's predecessor in 1989. Until 2012, he held various middle and senior management positions in research and production management, investment projects, maintenance management and procurement areas.
In the meantime, he spent two years as a representative of MOL and deputy Hungarian CEO in MOL Upstream's first joint venture abroad in Kazakhstan.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Croatian INA d.d. (2009-2011) and of MMBF Zrt. (2007-2009).
Between 2009 and 2012 he was president of the Hungarian Mining Association.
In 2012, he worked at the Ministry of National Development in the position of Deputy State Secretary for Energy.
Since 2013, he has been running his own professional consulting firm.
Head of Research, Raiffeisen Bank Hungary
Zoltán is the Head of Research at Raiffeisen Bank Hungary. After working at the research think-tank Kopint-Datorg as an economist, he joined Raiffeisen in 1997 as a macroeconomic analyst, later became the chief economist at Raiffeisen Securities and Investment and holds his current position since 2004.
His main focus is on the Hungarian macroeconomy and the banking sector. He got his M.A. degree from the Central European University and his PhD from Budapest Corvinus University.
His main professional interest topics are: economic convergence, financial system innovations, comparative cross-country research, and policy change. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, an op-ed columnist in major professional sites in Hungary and teaches a university course on international finance at ELTE.
In his spare time, he enjoys various outdoor activities (running, cycling, hiking).
Director of Procurement and Operations, ESET
Miloš is a procurement professional with over twenty years of experience and has held strategic leadership positions. He gained valuable knowledge in procurement at multinational companies such as Ikea, Innogy, Makro and Amazon.
He is a keen advocate of e-procurement, modern tools for efficient procurement and maximum transparency in the tendering process. Currently, he is the Head of Procurement and Operations at ESET.
Senior Global Key Account Manager, Unite
From working in the international media business to his role as a Global Key Account Manager for Mercateo-Unite, Rob has been in B2B-sales for his entire professional career.
During his time in the media industry, he negotiated and signed global licensing and sales agreements with Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and many other tech powerhouses. Working closely with media companies from markets as diverse as Korea, India, South Africa, the CEE region and all the way to the US, he developed a deep love and passion for international business development and sales.
In 2019, Rob joined Unite to support corporate customers with the international rollout of Unite’s market-leading eProcurement platform and services.
Rob has a PhD in culture administration studies and economics, is hooked on tiramisu and has too many guitars.
Managing Partner, Eveneum sp. z o.o. sp.k.
Szymon is an aerospace engineer with over 20 years of experience in strategic procurement and sales. In his professional career he led teams of direct and indirect buyers at the European and global levels.
Currently, as a Managing Partner in Eveneum, he specializes in negotiation projects, strategic category management, cost & procurement process optimization. Szymon consults and trains in Europe, China and USA.
Fulfilment Project Implementation Manager, IKEA CZ/HU/SK
Bernadett has been working in the field of logistics for six years, currently representing IKEA in the position of project manager for zero-emission home delivery in the Czech-Hungarian-Slovak region.
In her presentation, she summarizes the sustainability and strategic steps they are taking to achieve a 100% electric, environmentally friendly home delivery service for all their customers in 2025. It also addresses the various challenges encountered during the project, such as partner negotiations, fleet procurement or leasing contracts, and the development of the electricity grid. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about IKEA's role as an innovative, environmentally conscious retailer and its commitment to the transition to a circular economy.
IFUA Horváth&Partners Management Consultants
Attila has more than ten years of experience in advanced analytics and data analysis. He had professional experience with data-based decision making (linking human knowledge with machine skills), machine learning (prediction, pattern analysis), econometrics modelling (cause-and-effect analysis), financial modelling and business planning & forecasting.
He is Senior Project Manager at consultancy company IFUA Horváth&Parners Kft. His mission is supporting data driven transformations to gain better business performance.
He has appeared as a speaker at numerous data-related conferences. He is a permanent guest lecturer at universities, and has several publications.
MRO Material & Equipment Senior Category Manager, Slovnaft
After the successful graduation at the University of Economics in Bratislava, he applied for the GROWWW graduate programme at MOL GROUP and started his career at SLOVNAFT. Throughout the years he developed from buyer to the MOL group’s Senior Category Manager – MRO Material & Equipment. He is a promoter of modern procurement with focus on analytical and rational thinking.
Motto: "Push the Sky Away" - Nick Cave.
VP of Global Marketing and Brand, Unite
Erika has a MSc in Brand Leadership, BA (Hons) in Psychology and a postgraduate degree from the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability. She is constantly learning about systems thinking and follows a purpose-driven approach to her leadership, using the power of brands to inspire positive change.
Procurement Team Leader, GasNet s.r.o.
It may seem surprising that the specialty of Zdeněk Pytlíček, who has gone from purchaser to strategist, can be linked to all activities that are not about "procurement".
Currently, at GasNet he is working on the digitalization, automation and robotization of its procurement processes. He is also responsible for the implementation of procurement systems, the preparation of reports and analyses and public procurement legislation.
Senior Intelligent Automation Developer / Consultant, NEOOPS
Michal studied Purchasing and Logistics at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. After his studies, he returned to the Czech Republic, where he began working in purchasing. He has been involved in purchasing for several years and has gained practical experience and a general overview in the field of purchasing and logistics in multinational companies. In 2017, he became interested in digitization, automation and robotization of processes.
At that time, he worked at Innogy, where he participated in the development of automation and robotization in the purchasing department and later across other departments in the company. He currently works as an RPA consultant at NEOOPS. He has developed dozens of robotized processes across industries.
Publicist and lecturer, former buyer and manager
During his career, Martin gained extensive experience in process management, operational management and procurement.
He spent several years in management and procurement at companies such as Magneton Kroměříž, ŽDB Viadrus, Vítkovice, Legios and Kuźnia Ostrów Wielkopolski. Currently, he is active in publishing and lecturing.
Chief Procurement Officer, MVM Network (Infrastructure)
I have been involved in the creation and management of supply chains and procurement organizations for a long time. I gained most of my personal experience in this subject at energy service providers (E.ON, MVM), but I also managed to gain insight into the practice of other industries (automotive, energy suppliers).
I believe that effective procurement is only possible within the framework of close cooperation with the "claimants", the creation of which is a constant challenge for the purchasing profession. Digitalisation can be a significant help in this regard, providing significant added value for all stakeholders and creating motivation for the desired cooperation.
Chief Executive Officer, PROEBIZ s.r.o.
Long-time PROEBIZ project manager. Consultant and innovator in the field of digitization of procurement and purchasing systems with more than twenty years of experience. He strives to spread digitalisation into purchasing processes not only in the private but also in the public sector. He currently holds the position of CEO of the PROEBIZ Group.
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