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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 150 times in seven different countries. Over the past seven years, Andrew has benchmarked thousands of 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 Aberdeen Group 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 joining Aberdeen, 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 three 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.

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Christopher J. Dwyer

Research Director & Vice President of Operations

Christopher J. Dwyer is considered a premier thought leader in the world of supply management and a renowned expert in contingent workforce management, travel and expense management, and meetings/events management. He is the preeminent source of thought leadership in these areas and evangelizes the evolution of complex spend management. Over the last nine years, Christopher has written hundreds of research reports and interviewed, advised, and benchmarked thousands of end-user professionals and executives in regards to their complex spend management operations.

Christopher joins Ardent from the Aberdeen Group, where he led their Global Supply Management practice. He currently leads Ardent’s coverage of the evolution of complex spend management, which includes contingent workforce management, T&E expense management, events management and all other complex categories of spend. His research, guidance and advice actively assists end-user organizations in enhancing their capabilities and competencies and helps them to make the smart decisions that will ultimately improve their performance.

Christopher’s storied history as an industry analyst has also seen him conduct research studies in procurement, strategic sourcing, spend analysis, ePayables (accounts payable automation), telecom expense management and supplier management. He was named an “Analyst Superstar” by HRO Today magazine in 2013, and recognized as a “Pro to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive magazine in 2014.

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