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Ardent Partners – Leadership

Andrew Bartolini

Managing Partner & Chief Research Officer

Andrew Bartolini is a globally recognized expert in sourcing, procurement, accounts payable, and supply management. At Ardent Partners, Andrew focuses his research and efforts on helping enterprises develop and execute strategies to achieve operational excellence within their procurement and finance departments. Andrew is also the publisher of CPO Rising, the first independent media site written for and about Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives.

Advisor to CPOs and leading solutions companies alike, Andrew is a sought-after presenter, having lectured and presented more than 325 times in eight different countries. Over the past thirteen years, Andrew has benchmarked more than ten thousand distinct enterprises across all facets of their supply management operations and his research is currently part of the Supply Chain/Management curriculum at several US universities. He actively covers the technology marketplace as well as trends in sourcing, procurement, supply management, and accounts payable and has been published or quoted in leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and Fortune, as well as the major trade publications focused on supply management.

Andrew was previously the Vice President & Group Director of Global Supply Management research at another analyst firm where he was responsible for all associated research, services, and programs including the CPO Summit. While there, Andrew authored more than 150 thought leadership pieces of research and analysis that addressed the blend of people, processes, and technologies needed to achieve organizational transformation.

Prior to becoming an analyst, Andrew developed, packaged, deployed, and used supply management solutions on behalf of enterprises in the Global 2000 while working for Ariba and Commerce One. Additionally, his experience in strategic sourcing, business process transformation, and software implementation provides a ‘real-world’ context for his research and writing.

He has been named a “Pro to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive multiple times and holds a B.A. in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A in Finance from Indiana University. Follow him on twitter (@andrewbartolini) and contact him here.


Christopher J. Dwyer

Vice President of Research

For nearly 13 years, Christopher J. Dwyer has been one of the world’s foremost spend management experts and leading authority on contingent workforce management (CWM). He is the premier thought leader in the contingent workforce industry, authoring hundreds of research studies and evangelizing the evolution of the non-employee workforce and its associated technologies and solutions. Dwyer is the voice behind Contingent Workforce Weekly, the industry’s first (and only) weekly podcast dedicated to this space, and is looked to as an expert on the Future of Work, Gig Economy, and the innovation behind the “new world of work.”

Dwyer has been a prominent analyst voice for well over a decade, previously leading the Aberdeen Group’s Global Supply Management practice and contributing innovative research and insights regarding the global supply management industry. Dwyer joined Ardent Partners in 2013 as a Research Director and currently leads the firm’s coverage on “complex spend management,” which includes non-employee talent, business travel and expense management, meetings/events management, and other key indirect spend categories. Dwyer and his work have been quoted/featured in USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, CNBC, and other major business publications. Dwyer was recognized as a “Pro to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine in 2013, has been honored four times (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016) by HRO Today as an “Analyst and Advisor Superstar,” and actively contributes thought leadership and insights to not only help procurement, human resources, and human capital management executives better find, engage, source, and manage talent, but also thrive in the new world of work. In his tenure as an industry analyst, Dwyer has also developed research projects and studies on e-payables, spend analysis, e-procurement, strategic sourcing, contract lifecycle management, and financial operations. He welcomes your comments here, on LinkedIn (, or Twitter (@CJD_Ardent).