Afternoon Coffee: Riskmethods Forms Partnership with Accenture, Trump Mulls Launching Trade Probe on China

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Riskmethods announced recently it has formed a partnership with Accenture to accelerate the delivery of data and consulting on risk management, according to a blog post from the provider. Among the available offerings from the partnership include “a comprehensive picture of their supply network risk profile, analysis and prioritization of identified risks, and expert recommendations” that clients can expect to receive in “six to eight weeks.”

Trade Probe

The Trump administration will determine whether to launch an investigation into if Chinese trade practices are forcing U.S. firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property, Reuters reports. The move comes amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program. President Trump has said he would be more open to “going easy on Beijing” if it did more to reign in North Korea.

Coupa Names New CMO

Coupa announced Thursday it had named Chandar Pattabhiram as its new chief marketing officer, according to a press release. Pattabhiram has more than 23 years of experience at technology companies including Marketo, IBM, Badgeville, Cast Iron Systems and Anderson Consulting (now Accenture).

“Chandar is a proven, results-driven marketing executive who strongly believes that fostering a culture of empowerment, recognition and fun is the key formula for building and scaling high-performance marketing teams,” said Rob Bernshteyn, CEO at Coupa.  “I look forward to him expanding our global marketing footprint to take Coupa even higher. Chandar is a natural fit for Coupa, and we are ready to support him and what he brings to the table.”

Oil Update

And finally, a commodities update: Crude futures rose Friday after the International Energy Agency revised its historical demand figures lower, the Wall Street Journal reports, indicating oil supplies might not be as tight as previously thought.

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