Claude Marais, President at SirionLabs:
Claude has been a leader in the global sourcing domain for over two decades. Prior to SirionLabs, Claude pioneered ISG-TPI's supplier governance solution. Under his leadership, the practice grew to $11bn in managed TCV. Earlier, Claude was the global leader for contract management and strategic sourcing in GM's $3bn/year ITO organization. Before GM, Claude had leadership roles in the Procurement and IT organizations at The Coca-Cola Company. He is a Fellow and Honorary Vice Chairman of WorldCC.
Senior Managing Director, North America Contract Management at Accenture responsible for creating and delivering the contract management strategy to support the North America business Market. North America is the largest operating unit with over $29B in revenue in FY22. Before Accenture, Cricket’s experience was primarily in the Government subcontractor space working for Harris Corporation, ABB, Northrop Grumman, and The Boeing Company. She has an undergraduate’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, Master’s degree in Contracts and Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctorate from Barry University, School of Law. Cricket is a member of the Florida and Georgia Bar, serves as the Secretary of WorldCC Board of Directors, is Fellow at WorldCC and a member of the Finance Committee.
Sharyn County holds a Masters of Commercial Law (MComLaw) and Business Administration (MBA) and is a Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
She also holds a number of World CC accreditations including Contract and Commercial Management Expert (CCME), Supplier Relationship Management Practitioner (SRMP) and Fellow.
Sharyn's career has spanned more than 20 years in senior commercial roles across the energy, technology, engineering, construction, outsourcing and services industries.
In addition to solid leadership skills, Sharyn brings a passion for, and demonstrated ability to deliver transformation and sustainable outcomes across the business, commercial and contracting lifecycle.
Rod Wade, Vice President Contract Management & Procurement is an executive team member at MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc. in San Diego, California reporting to MedImpact’s CFO and is responsible for all corporate contracting, procurement and negotiation activities. Rod leads teams that support sales and buy-side contracting, as well as MedImpact’s procurement and vendor relations operations. Rod’s teams provide support to MedImpact’s Sales, Account, Finance, Legal, Regulatory, Network, International, IT, Health Services, Government Services, M&A and affiliate/subsidiary companies.
Prior to joining MedImpact, Rod was Senior Manager, Contracts at American Specialty Health, Inc. in San Diego and prior to that was Senior Contract Consultant/Assistant Secretary for Prudential Insurance Company of America, Prudential Health Care Plan, Inc., and Prudential HealthCare Plan of California, Inc. in Los Angeles, California.
Rod attended the University of California Berkeley, received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from California State University Northridge and a Master of Business Administration degree from California Lutheran University.
MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.
Hal recently retired from British Telecommunications as its Chief Counsel in the Americas. He is now consulting, and we are happy that he is now associated with World CC in support of our Contracting Principles and in other Speed to Contract endeavors. World Commerce & Contracting
Paul Lippe is the Founder and CEO of xMentium, a collaboration automation system based in Denver, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta. xMentium is dedicated to the idea that “everything is translation,” and companies can do a better job of aligning across themselves and with partners to minimize delays and improve outcomes. Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of Elevate Services, which acquired OnRamp Systems, where he was CEO.
Paul was at various times General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Marketing at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company. Paul was also CEO of Stanford SKOLAR, a medical digital library and e-learning company spun off from Stanford Medical School. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Paul speaks and writes regularly about the “New Normal” in law. Prior to law school he was a special assistant to Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D. NY) and was Chairman of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission.
Philip Ideson is the Founder and Managing Director of Art of Procurement where he helps procurement leaders 10X the impact of procurement through a consultancy and media business.? Prior to Art of Procurement, Philip led procurement transformation, category management, and sourcing programs for clients of Procurian and Accenture. Previously, Philip was Head of International Procurement, Sourcing & Third Party Risk Management at Ally Financial and enjoyed a varied procurement career across multiple industries and areas of focus.?
Kami Paulsen has been in the CLM and legal technology space for over two decades. Her contribution to the CLM space traverses through various roles like educating organisations about CLM on how to get ready for it and ensuring adoption while also strategizing on expansion. In the two decades of her professional experience, 15 years have been dedicated to implementing CLM for Fortune 50-100 customers in the Enterprise. She has worked with customers like Nike, Apple, Starbucks, PepsiCo Global, and Fidelity at IBM for much of that time. While in that role, she also helped build the Customer Success organisation for CLM. After moving from IBM, she spent two years in Customer Advocacy for Icertis, a SaaS company delivering contract management software to enterprise businesses. She also enjoys deep relationships with many CLM vendors and has utilised these connections to provide best-in-class advice to organisations. In her personal life, she loves challenges and facilitating change. She is a strong advocate for women in technology. She also serves on the board of Empowerment, which provides opportunities to at-risk youth and helps victims of sex-trafficking recover and support themselves. Her leadership and impact-making ability also allowed her to create a product -‘The Bako Box’, a gift box sourced with items from small businesses in her community, mainly stay-at-home moms. Kami’s also worked in Customer Success at Okta and assumed overall customer adoption responsibility. In this exceptionally technical role, she worked with CISO and CTOs of vertical industry leaders like UCLA, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Hulu. She continues to build and run professional services teams in the CLM space while also writing her book, “The CLM Rx,” which will contain valuable information to guide organisations on every step of the CLM journey, set to launch in January 2023.
Deloitte Legal Business Services
Bernadette Bulacan is a frequent speaker regarding the digital transformation of global enterprises. As Vice President and Lead Global Evangelist for Icertis, the recognized leader in enterprise contract lifecycle management, she is charged with sharing contract management best practices with legal and contracting teams and evangelizing the use of innovative technologies like AI/ML and blockchain. Prior to Icertis, Bernadette was a co-founder and Assistant General Counsel of Serengeti Law, which created e-billing and matter management platform, Serengeti Tracker (acquired by Thomson Reuters.) She held leadership roles at Thomson Reuters and QuantAI, an intellectual property AI analytics start-up. Bernadette was recently named 2020 Women of LegalTech by the American Bar Association. Bernadette advised start-up technology companies at Graham & Dunn, a Seattle firm and Venture Law Group, a Silicon Valley firm. Bernadette received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her law degree and LL.M from the University of Washington.
Otto Hanson is a corporate attorney, entrepreneur, and founder of TermScout, a pioneer in the contract review, analytics, and data space. Hanson begin his career working in business roles, then transitioned to corporate law, practicing at Davis Graham and Stubbs LLP in Denver, CO. His current venture, TermScout, is driven by the mission to make the world's contracts simple and useful.
Laurie Ehrlich is Chief Commercial Counsel at Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDOG), one of the leading monitoring and security platforms for cloud applications helping businesses to secure their systems, avoid downtime, and ensure customers are getting the best user experience. Laurie's primary focus is on creating scalable processes to ensure the commercial legal team's ability to continue to provide excellent and timely support to internal stakeholders as Datadog continues its rapid growth.
Chase D’Agostino is a contract solutions expert with over 15 years of experience serving global corporations and financial institutions. Mr. D’Agostino designs and delivers solutions that turn contracts into data and insights in order to deliver specific outcomes and objectives for his clients. He specializes in large scale and complex contract reviews. Examples of the use cases he supports include reviewing and updating contracts in the face of a change in regulation, a market destabilizing event or a corporate transaction such as pre-transaction contract due diligence for M&A, post-transaction integrations and internal reorganizations. Other examples include helping clients assess compliance with risk standards across portfolios of contracts, create contract repositories that enable business decision making, and implement processes that support realization of value from contracts.
Mr. D’Agostino also has deep experience managing end-to-end pre-signature contracting processes, implementing contract technology and artificial intelligence tools, and delivering full contracting function transformations. With his guidance, clients can reimagine the ways contracts are prepared, interpreted and managed, transforming contracts into rich and insightful data points that can inform business strategy, mitigate risk and improve compliance.
Mr. D’Agostino began his career as an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he focused on M&A and financing transactions for leading private equity funds and fortune 500 companies. He also served as commercial counsel at Colgate-Palmolive, where he negotiated commercial contracts for a multi-billion dollar supply chain, implemented a best-in-class contract management solution and helped manage compliance processes. Prior to joining FTI Technology, Mr. D’Agostino held executive positions in contract solutions roles at numerous legal service providers. He has received numerous industry awards, including the World Commerce and Contracting Association Innovation & Excellence Award, Association of Corporate Counsel Value Champion Awards, Financial Times Intelligent Business Award and Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards. FTI Consulting
Casey Flaherty is Chief Strategy Officer at LexFusion where he helps accelerate legal innovation. Casey is a legaltech founder and has been a BigLaw litigator, in-house counsel, legal operations consultant, and law firm executive. He is an expert in the shifting dynamics of the legal market, legal technology, and the design of legal services to meet business needs at scale and pace.
Lean Law Labs
Support clients with vision, strategy, and execution for all facets of contracts, compliance, and commercial services for law firms, corporations, and professional services firms. Build partnerships for contract services clients while driving groundbreaking innovations in technologies that include AI solutions for legal documentation review, drafting and negotiation. Support client’s with LIBOR transition readiness, working with financial industry clients to transition from LIBOR’s floating reference rate to Alternative Reference Rates (ARRs) like SOFR and SONIA prior to the expiration of LIBOR at the end of 2021. Collaborate with banks, financial institutions, and their legal representatives to build solutions for transitions incorporating technologies, revised documentation, fallback provisions, standard operating procedures, limiting new transactions, and training.
President of BluBonsai Negotiations and a member of the DAS SWAT team for commercial transactions Susie is highly trained in the areas of Negotiation and Influencing strategy and process. Often described by clients as their best kept secret, Susie works both the front lines and behind the scenes, around the world with governments, the largest of multi-nationals and conglomerates on high stakes interactions often resolving difficult, multi-lateral issues involving diverse stakeholders with disparate needs.The tools and techniques, models and frameworks are grounded in research and theory, born from behavioral science and psychology, then honed and refined through a highly practical experience-based approach. She sits on the selection committee for the Women in Tech accelerator program in Silicon Valley. Susie has published her first book titled Women In Negotiation (W.I.N). W.I.N is an in-depth analysis of the many ways women can use their innate abilities to negotiate and influence successfully. Her ability to see the indisputable uniqueness women bring to the influencing process and how they are strengths in the negotiation milieu is a dynamic presentation. She is a provoker of original thought and a stubborn challenger of the status quo.
Blu Bonsai Negotiations inc.
As Senior Contract Manager for the Legal Department, responsibilities include preparation, review, manage, negotiate, develop and streamline processes creating efficiencies. Manage contract processing needs throughout North America. Remotely coordinate logistics, communications, and trainings to successfully implement Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM), a 2020 digital transformation goal.
Outgoing, friendly, confident, reliable, creative, passionate, action oriented, honest, hardworking, versatile and of quality mind, with over 15 years of experience in Contract Management.
EDF Renewables, Inc.
Darya Swaby is Director of Supply Chain Management at Sempra Infrastructure leading the organization responsible for procurement, strategic supply chain management, logistics and transportation across North America. Darya’s experience covers a broad spectrum of functions including operations, strategic planning, project management, supply chain, transportation, logistics, and material management across energy and manufacturing sectors of the economy.
Prior to Sempra, Darya held leadership roles at major companies like Chevron, ENI, Shell and Daikin where her focus was on strategic planning and serving as the supply chain and procurement integration lead.
Darya is passionate about safety excellence, talent development, building deep business partnerships, and continuous improvement.
As VP of Enterprise Transformation, Simon acts as a strategic advisor for all things enterprise CLM. He works with our clients, our partners, and our internal teams with a focus on delivery excellence and customer success.
Simon is a recognized leader in the Contract Lifecycle Management space with 12+ years of experience. He has delivered over 100 CLM implementations and has a deep knowledge of the legal technology marketplace. Simon previously served as Director of Product Management at both Exari and Coupa. Most recently he was Director of Contracting Transformation Services at KPMG UK where he led the CLM consulting services and implementation teams.
Dori Milner is a Director in the Contract Solutions practice and is based in New York.
Dori manages a wide array of contract matters, including contract lifecycle management, legal and contracting operations, corporate restructuring and corporate transactions. She leverages a combination of technology expertise, creative workflows and expert teams to address client needs and solve complex contract challenges.
Prior to FTI, Dori practiced law with a focus in high-volume, complex litigation. She led several internal initiatives to modernize the firms’ practices, including implementing new processes to create workflow efficiency and optimizing database features to track and report on large case inventories.
David Auld is the Head of Engineering for Microsoft’s AI Acceleration Studio where he helps Microsoft’s enterprise customers adopt the latest AI technologies like Open AI’s GPT-4 language model. Prior to this role, he worked in Microsoft’s Office of the CTO on machine learning frameworks. He was on the founding incubation team for the suite of AI offerings that would eventually become Azure Cognitive Services and subsequently ran the engineering teams building Microsoft’s Computer Vision API and Custom Vision services. Over 10 years at the company, he has held numerous roles in strategy, data science, and product development. Beyond Microsoft, David has also worked at Amazon and multiple startups in the areas of big data, mobile payments, and financial services. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children.
Kristie Grinnell is senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for DXC Technology. She is responsible for leading business transformation including defining IT strategy for new digital capabilities, streamlining current operations and improving overall efficiencies and performance of DXC’s IT environment – all with the goal of enabling DXC to provide excellence and innovation to its customers worldwide.
Kristie previously served as global CIO and vice president for supply chain at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). There she led the transformation enterprise IT strategic plan and IT Shared Services center for customers, along with supply chain management. Prior to that, Kristie was director of planning and governance and director of client delivery enablement for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a predecessor of DXC.
Her career in professional IT leadership spans more than 20 years. Kristie has led four major IT transformations while overseeing changes to enterprise-wide technology, cyber and risk management, culture skills and behaviors. Before joining CSC, she served as CIO, chief of staff and global IT strategy executive for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Kristie serves as chair of the Capital CIO Advisory Board and is a member of STEMforHER Advisory Board. A strong supporter of academic STEM programs for young women, she is a recipient of the 2018 Women in Technology STEM Leadership award, Washington Business Journal’s 2020 Women Who Mean Business Award, a 2020 Capital CIO of the Year ORBIE Award Winner and a 2021 National CIO of the Year ORBIE Award Winner.
Kristie earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
?Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a global network that educates and connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world. She is a world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers with over US$3 trillion in annual purchasing power. The WEConnect International WECommunity supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in over 130 countries. The organization also helps to develop the capacity of large buyers—corporations, multilaterals and governments—to source more products and services from underutilized suppliers, including women-owned businesses globally. Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.”?
Daniel is a recognized leader in advancing legal technology, with 10+ years at the industry’s cutting edge. He is the US CEO of LegalOn Technologies, a global AI contract review technology leader. Previously, as co-founder and CEO of Ravel Law, Daniel helped pioneer the use of data analytics and visualization to transform legal research. After LexisNexis acquired Ravel Law, Daniel oversaw several of LexisNexis's business units, including as the VP of practical guidance and analytical content.
Whitney Stefko Dover
With over a decade of experience in the legal, operations, and technology spaces, I have been fortunate to work across a variety of entities with varying levels of maturity: startups, medium and large corporations. This maturity spectrum has required expertise in both ground-up people, process, and technology analysis and development as well as innovation and optimization in already existing functions.
In my current role, I lead strategic planning and build legal operations and technology functions across Law Firms and Fortune 100 Corporate Legal Departments. I am currently seconded to Ford Motor Company as Counsel, Legal Innovation and Technology Operations, where I manage the legal operations function across Ford’s Office of General Counsel, including technology initiatives and the use of emerging technologies like generative AI.
Among the many titles I hold, one of my most coveted is Adjunct Professor at ASU Law School, where I lecture on data, technology, and the evolution of both in the legal industry. Emerging technology and the speed of its development is creating an urgent need for new practical legal skills and I’m passionate about providing this education to my students.
In both my professional and personal life, I am a big advocate of health and wellness. Outside of work, I spend most of my time adventuring with my husband, Chris, and son, Dexter, learning and implementing personal growth, and traveling.
Ford Motor Company