Jason is the founder of Azul Partners, which he started in 2004. He is regarded as one of the top experts in the world of procurement, finance and supply chain technologies. Jason divides his time into two areas. First, he works with sponsors and executives on corporate strategy, M&A and due diligence initiatives; second, he incubates and launches new ventures for Azul Partners. Jason got his on-the-job education in procurement solutions working at FreeMarkets in corporate development and other areas. Before that, he started his career in consulting and merchant banking. Jason holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in English Literature and History.
Pierre leads Spend Matters procurement research activities and has broader solution development responsibilities for intellectual property creation and firm strategy as Managing Director of Azul Partners. This includes spearheading efforts to build new types of interactive and social communities of interest within the procurement profession including overseeing the evolution of spendmattersnet.com, Spend Matters PRO, MetalMiner, and other digital assets within Azul Partner’s umbrella. Pierre has 25 years of procurement and supply chain industry and consulting experience, and is a recognized procurement expert specializing in supply processes, practices, metrics, and enabling tools and services. He is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events around the world, and counts himself fortunate to have served and interacted with so many CPOs and future CPOs. Prior to his positions in research and advisory, he led numerous operations and systems transformations at Fortune 500 organizations. Industry positions include manufacturing project manager at The Timberland Company, materials manager at Krupp Companies and engineer at EG&G Torque Systems. He holds an engineering degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In the early 2000's, Pierre was the first supply chain practitioner to become a procurement "industry analyst" as the VP of supply management research at AMR Research (now part of the Gartner Group) where he provided trusted counsel to procurement executives, business leadership, IT, and the solution providers who serve them. Most recently, he was the head of procurement research and adjunct business advisor at The Hackett Group, where he helped expand Hackett's procurement benchmarks and research studies while growing the Procurement Executive Advisory Program into a gold standard membership-based procurement advisory service in the market today.
Michael Lamoureux is one of the most prolific writers and experts in the procurement and supply chain areas. He is joining forces with Spend Matters to contribute to Spend Matters Chief Procurement Officer and related projects. He also continues to serve as “the doctor” of sourcing innovation, a leading resource for education on supply management best practices, technologies and trends. Michael’s path to procurement falls outside the box. After leaving academia upon completing his Ph.D. he worked for a few early e-commerce companies where he designed online databases and virtual shopping carts before most people even knew what the World Wide Web was. During these activities, he stumbled onto a startup that wanted to change procurement forever by bringing optimization to strategic sourcing. His job at this firm, as the first hire, quickly morphed from building the data model, to feed the optimization model, to building the sourcing model itself. After this, he worked on next generation online marketplaces, large-scale global supply and distribution models as well as next generation strategic sourcing decision optimization technology. In 2006, he started his own blog, and since then, has always enjoyed – well, almost always – the banter with Jason Busch and company at Spend Matters. Michael, Jason and the rest of the team are thrilled to be finally collaborating on a formal basis.