2021 CPO RoundTable


1st Post-Covid Face-to-Face Meeting for Global CPOs

In Paris on Aug. 31st & Sep. 1st


Part of the EIPM 30th Anniversary, the 2021 EIPM CPOs Roundtable is dedicated to the theme “Re-imagining procurement”. While we’re still navigating the rapids, we need to take the longview and plan the investments that will make a difference for the future. During this roundtable we will address the following themes:

  • Developing a strategic vision that engages people and leverages technology to deliver value.
  • Delivering innovative services to stakeholders and clients.
  • Acting as an ROI catalyst for the business.
  • Developing a real-time view of suppliers and external risk to better anticipate and mitigate them.
  • Unfolding sustainability and carbon footprint reduction ambitions across the whole supplier network.
  • Digitalising the source to pay process for performance.


Day 1: 31st August 2021 afternoon

During the first afternoon of the Roundtable Emmanuel ERBA Capgemini CPO and 2020 EIPM Peter Kraljic Award Winner will welcome us and present, with Capgemini Experts, some innovation in the “Capgemini Innovation Lab” where we will be hosted. This introduction should help us to understand how out team can harness these innovations.

Dinner (a convivial moment, not just for socialising, but also for discussing and exchanging in a more relaxed atmosphere)

Day 2: 1st September 2021 – all day

During the second day, we will come back on the different topics and share experience. Participants will present their ideas and plans. New questions will be raised, and workshops will be organised to develop together a vision of what is next for procurement.


In September 2020 we asked the contenders of the EIPM Peter Kraljik award to share their vision, to describe how they saw the roles and responsibilities of the function evolve, following the events of 2020. Emmanuel Erba, Capgemini group CPO, made the following statement on this occasion.

Time to update it?

Time to debate how to get there?

Join us in Paris for a great Roundtable


RDT 2021

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Some words

Covid crisis has reset a few paradigms that were the foundation of procurement strategies and at the same time opened new opportunities.
As said by Winston Churchill, never waste a good crisis!
First, the paradigm based on volume growth and scale factor saving to fuel value creation and competitiveness are invalidated for at least a couple years, the time for the economy to recover and a new normal to settle in. Commercial models, including how margins are managed across the value chain, will be drastically revisited.
This means that in the meantime, winners will leverage other levers such as sectorial resilience, quality and predictability of the demand, solvency and relationship.
But this is not all. The weaknesses exhibited in some supply , as well as the chain reaction of subcontractors’ deficiencies, is bringing risk management to a new level, where assurance of supply and flexibility account as much, if not more than facial cost.
On the other side, corporations that had already performed their digital transformation, not to say digitally-native companies, like GAFAM, have emerged stronger than ever, helped by the resilience a true digital model allows.
To complicate things, the environmental dimension, even if not directly correlated to the Covid per se, has benefited from the mother of all fears the pandemic has inspired, leveraged by media, NGO and political groups. Like our CEO said, “There is no business case for ignoring sustainability and climate.”
Finally, the crisis is an opportunity to accelerate changes that otherwise would have taken decades to materialise (work from home, deliver from anywhere, flat organisations, liquid workforce..)  Resistance to change were broken by the lockdown and unprecedented restrictions of individual rights. More than ever the “why not” has overcome the “yes, but”.
On this foundation, leveraging successful behaviours demonstrated during crash plans to ensure continuity of service and cost containment have become generalised and an incentive to look at things in a very different manner. Employees’ engagement is reinforcing the trend, both as a cause and as a consequence.
Emmanuel Erba
Capgemini Group CPO












Workshop: Organising Innovation Days with Suppliers


As Purchasing teams increasingly support innovation, Innovation Days have gained popularity. At EIPM, we have gathered some lessons and best practices on how to organise such workshops.

Innovation days should be seen as one step within a broader process. They vary in formats and structures depending on what companies endeavour to achieve within specific contexts.
During the workshop we will reflect on lessons learned and good practices Companies will share their experience.


Workshop focus

Positioning Innovation Days in the broader Innovation sourcing process – We have designed a simple game to put together the appropriate Innovation Sourcing Process.

Different formats for Innovation Days – We have identified three different generic formats: “Come and show”, “Go and see” and “Let’s do it”. We will investigate the relevance of each of these formats.

Managing the Innovation push pull boundaries – Should the Innovation Day be based on a specific brief or should you invite Suppliers to come up with their own Innovation proposal? Should you focus on existing Suppliers or bring some new players into the game?

Preparing and following up – Preparation and follow up are essential for Innovation Days to be productive.


Who should attend?

  • CPOs / VPs / Purchasing Executives
  • Purchasing Team Managers with an interest and experience in the topic
  • Innovation Managers
  • Main Purchasing stakeholders with a strong interest in the relationship they have with Purchasing


Benefits for participants

  • Be inspired by examples / best practices from other companies
  • Build your vision to develop the Innovation Sourcing Process in your company
  • Exchange amongst peers on Innovation Days
  • Prepare your next Innovation Day
  • Develop your network and share ideas with EIPM Club affiliates


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Hervé Legenvre  – EIPM

Laurent Zeller  – Bel

Philippe Armengaud  – Former CPO at Bekaert

Pascal Pernes  – ARaymond



Time Content
8:15-8:30 Welcome
8:30-9:30 Innovation days within the broader Innovation sourcing process, by Hervé Legenvre, PhD, EIPM

The Innovation Sourcing Game. A friendly and engaging game to discover and develop your Innovation sourcing process

9:30-10:30 Presentation by Laurent Zeller from Groupe Bel: Experience with Innovation days for packaging
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break and Networking
11:00-12:00 Presentation by Philippe Armengaud: Experience with Innovation days at Bekaert
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Innovation days: different formats, some best practices,  by Hervé Legenvre, PhD EIPM
14:15-15:15 Presentation by Pascal Pernes from Araymond: Experience with Innovation days in the automotive industry
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break and Networking
15:45-16:45 Interactive session: Draw Your own Innovation Day!
16:45-17:00 What’s next and Closure


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Practical Information

ACCOMODATION: There are two hotels at a walking distance from EIPM: Best Western Porte Sud de Genève**** and Ibis Archamps Porte de Genève***.

TAXI: We recommend the taxi company Accord Taxi: accord.taxi74@orange.fr or +33 (0)6 08 23 40 00 (contact person is Jimmy).

ARRIVING BY PLANE: The nearest airport is Geneva International Airport, about 20 minutes from EIPM.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN: There are two main Railway Stations in Geneva: Gare Cornavin (located in the city centre, about 45 minutes from EIPM) and Airport Railway Station (about 20 minutes from EIPM). In France, the nearest Railway Station is Saint-Julien-en-Genevois (about 8 minutes from EIPM).

ARRIVING BY CAR: EIPM is located by the A40 highway, exit 13.1 “Archamps Technopole”.