23-25 September

Elite Europe 2018 The Langham London

Sunday 23 September 2018
Elite Hospitality Room

To check in, meet your group for an outing and more, please come to the Elite Hospitality Room located in The Conservatory of The Langham, London.

Golf at Stoke Park

Founded in 1908, Stoke Park is the perfect place to enjoy life in a five-star, yet friendly, atmosphere. Stoke Park provides a unique combination of the traditions of an exclusive club with the very best in hotel sporting, leisure and entertaining facilities. Encircling the Club’s 300-acre Buckinghamshire parkland estate, the famous 27-hole championship golf course is undisputedly one of the finest parkland courses in the country. Created by eminent golf architect Harry Colt, the Stoke Park course has been the inspiration for many of the world’s most famous holes, including Augusta’s infamous 16th. The course itself has seen many impressive rounds in its prestigious history, including the first PGA Matchplay tournament in 1910 and James Bond’s epic golfing duel in the 1964 classic 007 movie ‘Goldfinger’. Depart Hotel from The Langham, London lobby. Golf attire and shoes as well as dress shoes are required.

Tea Bus and VIP Tour of the Shard

Enjoy savory sandwiches and tea on the way and sweets and tea coming back on London’s unique double decker tea bus. This tour includes a 1.5 hour VIP tour of the Shard. London's highest and best view is situated at the top of the Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the London, it offers visitors unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles. Standing 309.7 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the tallest building in the European Union and the fifth-tallest building in Europe. Depart Hotel from the Hospitality Room. Casual attire.

Walking Tour of London's West End

Take a behind-the-scenes look at London's West End as you journey from The Langham, London through the back streets showing famous landmarks and history. A stop at a historic pub is included in the tour (where tea and coffee are available as well as beer). This tour is ideal for those new to London as well as those who are already familiar with the city. Depart Hotel from the Hospitality Room. Casual attire.

Welcome Reception and Dinner

We welcome you to Elite London with a casual dinner reception served in the The Langham's dazzling Palm Court, which is famed as the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born over 150 years ago. Casual attire.

Monday 24 September 2018
Breakfast and Registration

Portland Foyer

Welcome to Elite Europe

Steve Yurko, CEO, APEX Analytix

Steve welcomes our attendees to the event, kick off the conference with ideas on how to get the most benefit from the various sessions, and set the tone for two days of learning, sharing and networking.

All general session presentations take place in the Grand Ballroom. Attire is business casual.

Networking Exercise

Get to know a new face or two during this networking activity.

Benchmarking to Become a Best-in-Class P2P Organisation

Lars Bulow, Head of Accounts Payable Shared Services Europe, Kao Group

Interactive Benchmark Workshops

Interactive benchmarking session—attendees share their ideas to move their organization forward during this peer-to-peer workshop.

Motivating Cross-Cultural and Multi-Generational Global Teams to Improve P2P Performance

Cristiana Rodrigues, Team Lead Accounting, Adidas, and Suzanne Barrie, Senior Director PTP Global Process Lead, Hilton


Portland Foyer

Supplier Information Management Journeys – An Interactive Panel

Jonathan Ridgwell, Global Head P2P, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Tim Pidgeon, Controller Coordinator, UPS; Lisa Espenshade, AP Senior Manager - Global Audit and Period End, Verizon; and Paul Gates, BPO Director, WPP


Portland Foyer

Breakout Session 1

Please choose one:

1. Enablers to Becoming a Best-in-Class P2P Organisation
Magdalena Chrzaszczynska, Head of Process Architects Procure to Pay; Maria Dziugan, Vendor Management Process Architect P2P; and Katarzyna Lewkowska, Process Manager P2P, Deutsche Lufthansa
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2. How Procurement and Accounts Payable Can Act as One Team
Gary Rooney, EMEA Source to Pay Manager, Twitter
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3. What We Are Learning About GDPR
Andrew Kimble, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Fitzrovia 2

4. APEX Analytix Solution Overview: Establishing 360° P2P Controls at UPS
Tim Pidgeon, Controller Coordinator, UPS, and Akhilesh Agarwal, SVP, APEX Portal Solutions, APEX Analytix

Fitzrovia 1


Portland Foyer

Breakout Session 2

Please choose one:

1. Driving Process and Service Excellence Within Shared Services
Gary Critchley, Head of UK Shared Business Services, National Grid
Marylebone 1

2. End-to-End Global Process Ownership for Source to Pay
Davide Gava, Source to Pay Process Owner, Imperial Brands
Marylebone 2

3. Robotics: A Cautionary Tale from KPMG 
Val Gelbaum, Associate Director DASC, Finance & Accounting, KPMG
Fitzrovia 2

4. APEX Analytix Solution Overview: Next-Generation P2P Audit and Recovery
Bill Dawson, PTP Process Manager, EMEA, 3M UK, and Phil Beane, SVP, Global Field Operations, APEX Analytix
Fitzrovia 1


Portland Foyer

Customer-Centric P2P Design

Guy Mercier, Head of WW Services, Strategy & Delivery Operations, Solvay

Q&A and Cocktails

Portland Foyer

Meet in Foyer for Transportation to Kensington Palace

Portland Foyer

Dinner at Kensington Palace

For almost 400 years, Kensington Palace has been home to some of England’s most popular royals, from Queen Victoria to Diana, Princess of Wales. A series of stylish residents and virtuoso artists have left their mark on the palace over the centuries, and the result is part stately home, part work of art. We invite Elite attendees to be dinner guests in the State Apartments at Kensington Palace. The evening will begin with a reception across the adjoining Cupola Room and Drawing Rooms. Dinner will follow in the King’s Gallery where Elite attendees will be surrounded by royal grandeur.

Tuesday 25 September 2018
Breakfast and Registration

Portland Foyer

Welcome to Day 2 and Recap of Day 1

Phil Beane, SVP, Global Field Operations, APEX Analytix

All general session presentations take place in the Grand Ballroom. Attire is business casual.

Keynote Presentation: Achieving Goals While Surviving Adversity

Ed Stafford, Explorer

Ed Stafford is the first man who walked across the Amazon and has the experience of surviving adversity in some of the world’s most remote jungle locations. Ed uses his experiences to inspire and motivate others to achieve their own personal goals and shows that it's possible to succeed even when faced with seemingly insurmountable hardship. Attendees will receive copies of his book, Walking the Amazon: 860 Days, One Step at a Time.

Break, Book Signing and Checkout Opportunity

Portland Foyer

Breakout Session 3

Please choose one:

1. Payment Terms, Methods and Regulations
Alfonso Ricotta, P2P Associate Director EMEA Region, Merck Sharp & Dohme
Marylebone 1

2. Successfully Organising Multi-Departmental Initiatives 
Corinne Cabellec, Group Procurement, SPIE
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3. Optimising Performance Through Master Data Governance (Beyond Vendor Data)
Ahmed Farooq, Global Finance and Master Data Specialist, Vestas
Fitzrovia 2

4. APEX Analytix Solution Overview: Fast-Tracking Trusted Supplier Data with AI
Tom Dunlop, Head of Finance Transformation Projects, Intertek, and Danny Thompson, SVP Market and Product Strategy, APEX Analytix
Fitzrovia 1

New Technologies for Finance Leaders: How Verizon Utilises Analytics and Robotics

Lisa Espenshade, AP Senior Manager - Global Audit and Period End, and Nick Tencleve, AP Senior Manager - Global Automation, Reporting and Working Capital, Verizon

Elite Give Back Presentation

Mick Clarke, CEO, The Passage

Closing Remarks and Award of Free Trip for Two to Elite Americas

Steve Yurko, CEO, and Danny Thompson, SVP, Market and Product Strategy, APEX Analytix


Portland Foyer

Airport Shuttle

Portland Foyer

Give Back Activity with The Passage

The Passage runs London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people. Each day they help up to 200 men and women. The Passage welcomes and treats clients with respect and dignity. By offering offer professional and appropriate advice they help according to the client’s needs and aspirations. The Passage is committed to fostering good relations with its neighbours and the city of London. As the conclusion activity to Elite Europe London, conference attendees will assemble health kits to be given to those in need. Marylebone

Conclusion of Event