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John Evans is a founding/managing partner of Denali Group and has been consulting in the Supply Chain space for more than 20 years — including senior positions with McDonnell Douglas and A.T. Kearney– before starting Denali Group in 1996. John has consulted with dozens of Global 500 companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia/Pacific. He focuses exclusively on strategic Supply Chain Management, and has led engagements relating to Supply Chain and Procurement Transformation, Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Management and Development, Supply Chain Strategy, and Logistics Optimization. John has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Pepperdine University. John Evans named a 2009 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive John Evans named a 2011 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Alpar Kamber is a Managing Partner with Denali Group and the Founder and Practice Lead of Denali Sourcing Services, a next generation sourcing services provider that enables procurement organizations to influence more spend and execute more effectively and efficiently. Prior to joining Denali, Alpar held management positions at Ariba, FreeMarkets, Diamond Technology Partners and E&Y. Alpar leads Denali Group clients in building scalable sourcing programs and operationalize their procurement function that drive consistency, repeatable outcomes, and bottom line value across the organization. Alpar’s expertise is in organizational design, change management, and global program execution. Alpar holds an MBA from Tepper Business School of Carnegie Mellon University. Alpar Kamber named a 2011 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Read more about Alpar Kamber in the HfS Research interview Meet the sultan of strategic sourcing.

Don Dougherty is a Managing Partner with Denali Group and has been working in supply chain management for over 25 years, including senior positions with McDonnell Douglas and Sabre Decision Technologies, before co-founding Denali Group in 1996. Don has extensive experience managing and participating in consulting engagements relating to strategic sourcing, procurement strategy and improvement, supply chain management, and logistics optimization. He has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies in North America and Europe across a variety of industries, including energy, aerospace, manufacturing, and financial institutions. Don was twice named to the Pros-to-Know list by Supply and Demand Chain Executive magazine. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Conrad Snover

Conrad Snover is a partner with Denali Group. Conrad has 20 years of consulting experience focused on strategic supply chain management. He has deep experience in launching and managing programs focused on strategy design, transformation, category management, strategic sourcing, supplier development, and organizational sustainability. Earlier in his career, Conrad specialized in strategic procurement as a consultant within A.T. Kearney’s Financial Institutions practice. He has consulted to numerous Fortune 1000 companies in North America, in a variety of industries, including oil & gas, utilities, high-tech, banking & insurance, hospitality and healthcare. He is a frequently requested presenter at national supply chain conferences such as USMA, UPMG, Platts, SIG, WEI, and APPA. Conrad holds a business degree from the University of Washington. Conrad Snover named a 2011 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Peter Nero is Senior Vice President of Denali Sourcing Services, a premier sourcing services provider. After graduating from Tepper Business School at Carnegie Mellon University, Peter worked as an independent consultant facilitating a Fortune 100 company’s North American on-line procurement and reverse auction program. He then joined the consulting firm Booz Allen, and during his six-year tenure successfully managed strategy development, large-scale organizational transformation, process reengineering and organization performance management for Fortune 500 organizations in manufacturing, energy, and entertainment, as well as federal government entities. Peter’s key role at Denali Sourcing Services is enabling clients to leverage on-demand sourcing services to improve their sourcing execution capabilities, thus increasing addressed spend and driving additional cost savings to the bottom line. Peter’s expertise is in strategy, organizational design, change management, and program management execution.

Alan C. Veeck, Ph.D. is Vice President at Denali Sourcing Services, a Denali Group division focused on providing on-demand sourcing execution services to the Global 1000. He is focused on developing collaborative relationships with Procurement executives to improve their organizations’ effectiveness, efficiency, and reach. Before joining Denali Sourcing Sources, Alan was a Partner with Meakem Becker Venture Capital, a traditional venture capital firm focused on making significant investments in early-stage startup companies. Prior to Meakem Becker, Alan spent seven years at Ariba (formerly FreeMarkets), working with many of the company’s largest customers from multiple industries, and managing Ariba’s acquisition integration activities. Earlier in his career, Alan was an associate at McKinsey & Co where he worked extensively within the Purchasing and Supply Management practice and served a range of Global 1000clients in the healthcare and diversified manufacturing industries. Alan holds a bachelors degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his wife and four children in Sewickley, PA. Alan Veeck named a 2013 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Marrena L. Anderson, CDR, CIR, is Vice President with Denali Group, providing oversight to Denali Recruiting and Denali Talent divisions, as well as executive input across the company. She has more than 15 years of experience in talent acquisition–specifically in the Procurement/Supply Chain space—and project/account management. Prior to joining Denali Group, Anderson’s successful engagements included a BPO/RPO and full life-cycle recruiting for Fortune 500 consumer products as well as medical device, pharmaceutical, and automotive companies through executive search agreements. She maintains an extensive network of procurement and supply chain professionals. Marrena holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Western Michigan University and is AIRS-Certified in both Diversity and Internet recruiting. Marrena Anderson named 2015 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Darshan Deshmukh is Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Denali Sourcing Services. Darshan’s role is to drive procurement transformation for clients, managing global service delivery and end-to-end operations. Prior to joining Denali Group, Darshan served for 10 years with IBM and worked across multiple supply chain disciplines to deliver cost reductions, drive E2E supply chain reengineering, design and develop globally integrated enterprises (GIEs), and develop organizational capabilities. Darshan has worked with global clients in telecom, software, financial services, and consumer packaged goods clients, and has worked in India, China, Hong Kong, the UK, and the U.S. Darshan received his MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences such as the Service Science, Management & Engineering Conference in Asia (SSME) and is a guest lecturer at Penn State, Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs). Darshan Deshmukh named 2012 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Sherri Barnes, Director of Denali Intelligence, is a charter member of Denali Group’s intelligence service line and leads the market intelligence function, providing in-depth insight into key supply chains and commodities. Denali’s market intelligence is centered on strategic goods and services, including demand and supply updates, key cost drivers, pricing indices, current events, and trend analysis. Sherri’s industry experience includes more than 20 years in the energy and utility sector where she held various finance, risk management, project development, and strategic planning roles for Pantellos, El Paso Corporation, the Williams Companies, and Anadarko Petroleum. Sherri earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston and MBA degrees in Marketing and International Business from the University of Saint Thomas. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and serves on faculty for Lone Star College.

Susanne Wrage leads Denali Sourcing Services’ Center of Excellence. She is responsible for knowledge management, internal training, as well as the DSS Category Management training offering – Denali Academy. Prior to joining Denali, Susanne has had more than 15 years of experience in procurement, market intelligence, customer service, and training. She has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, software, utilities and energy. Susanne’s career included her own startup, where she gained extensive training experience, as well as positions at Alcoa and Denali Intelligence. Susanne holds a dual degree in business from HTW Saarbrücken, Germany and ESC Chaméry, France, as well as a BS in Industrial Engineering from FHT Mannheim, Germany, and an MBA from Tepper Business School of Carnegie Mellon University. Susanne Wrage named a 2014 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Chris Eyerman is the Senior Director of Program Management for Denali Sourcing Services. Chris leads Denali’s Program Management capabilities to design, deliver and continuously improve sourcing programs that deliver real, lasting value and creates permanent change in how our customers conduct sourcing. He is a senior supply chain and program management executive with over 25 years of technical and business experience, including 15 years leading strategic sourcing, category management, supply chain transformation programs, and program management. Prior to joining Denali Group, he served roles in program management, business development, product management and operations at FreeMarkets, Ariba, and Exostar. Chris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Lauren Gallagher is the Director of Operations for Denali Group’s Pittsburgh Service Delivery Center. Lauren’s role is to align the optimal resources ensuring that delivery is efficiently and effectively seamless across clients. She takes pride in helping create strategies, improve productivity, and manage quality in collaboration with the other Denali Delivery Centers.Immediately prior to joining Denali, Lauren led Accenture’s North and South American Category Management Delivery organization within the Procurement BPO operations. She managed a delivery team of 100+ resources responsible for over of $2.5B in spend. In this role, Lauren co-sponsored the development and implementation of a robust category methodology to ensure consistent and cost-effective delivery leveraging best practices globally.Prior to Accenture, through Lauren’s Consulting and Operations roles at Ariba (formerly FreeMarkets), she was key in creating foundational infrastructure and processes to support flexible and effective client delivery in a fast-growing and constantly expanding consultative procurement environment. Earlier roles included leading procurement consulting engagements across half a dozen Fortune 500 diversified manufacturers, as well as sales and supply chain roles within the steel industry. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Purdue University and lives north of Pittsburgh with her husband and four children. Lauren Gallagher named 2015 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

David Jungling is responsible for Program Management across many customer sectors at Denali Group’s Pittsburgh office. David’s role is to drive successful customer programs that enable customer value across spend analysis, sourcing, contracting and supplier performance. David is also responsible for continuing customer growth and satisfaction for Denali clients. Prior to joining Denali Sourcing Services, David has had 25 years of experience with managing customers across industries, such as: aerospace and defense, automotive, diversified manufacturing, and retail industries. He has managed sourcing projects in excess of $2B in spend— in direct and indirect categories for Fortune 500 customers. David’s career has spanned multinational corporations and startups including General Motors, Delphi, FreeMarkets, Co-eXprise and Exostar. David has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Gregg Cooper is a Director for Program Management in Denali’s Pittsburgh office. Gregg designs and leads client initiatives that deliver and continuously improve lasting value with how clients conduct their sourcing and procurement contracting programs. Additionally, Gregg focuses on expanding Denali’s presence within the financial services industry. Gregg brings over 20 years of experience in large-scale program management with more than 10 years in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Denali Sourcing Services, Gregg was an executive at Bank of America focusing on BPO and acquisition integration. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Ariba (formerly FreeMarkets) leading program management initiatives for some of the company’s largest global clients. Gregg holds a BA from American University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Corry, and four sons reside in Sewickley, PA.