Ariba Announces 2012 Excellence Awards

Company recognizes individuals charting new course for business commerce through innovation and collaboration at Ariba LIVE

LAS VEGAS, NV -  April 11, 2012 – Business is by its nature a collaborative process. But with advances in technology, it has become increasingly social. Thanks to trends like cloud computing and mobility and the convergence of enterprise applilcations and social tools and networks, business can be done anywhere at anytime from anywhere in the world. Today, Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the world’s business commerce network, recognized a group of individuals who are helping to chart this new course for business commerce, with the 2012 Ariba Excellence Awards. The awards were presented during a ceremony at Ariba LIVE, the business commerce event of the year being held this week at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

“Collaboration is the new competitive competency. To succeed in today’s networked world, companies must forge tighter and more efficient collaborations with their customers, suppliers, and partners,” said Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba. 

“The 2012 Ariba Excellence Award winners are forward-thinking individuals who recognize this and are taking steps to discover, connect and collaborate with trading partners in new and innovative ways that enable them to improve their performance and profits.”

Selected by an independent panel of judges, the 2012 Ariba Excellence Award Winners include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Barbara Whittaker, former CPO, General Motors Company
     
  • Collaborative Commerce
    Tim Bennett, Dollar Tree, Inc.
     
  • Buyer-Seller Collaboration
    Pascal, Delval, Groupe Auchan SA
    Salim Lakha, Lawson Products, Inc.
     
  • Procurement Transformation
    Ann Oka, Sodexo, Inc.
     
  • Procurement Automation
    Gary Slavin,  American International Group, Inc.
     
  • Procurement Effectiveness
    Juan Carlos Montejano, Fomento de Construcciones Y Contratas
     
  • Procurement Integration
    Greg Coverston, United Airlines, Inc.
     
  • Collaborative Finance
    T.D. Eureste and Mark Smith, OneOK, Inc.
     
  • Change Management
    Mike Riordan, McDonald’s Corporation
     
  • Sales Effectiveness
    Kevin Turner, Dell, Inc.

“The ability to manage a complex web of relationships across an extended global supply chain is a critical driver of success in today’s business world,” said Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners and a 2012 Ariba Excellence Awards judge. “The winners of the 2012 Ariba Excellence Awards clearly understand this, and through their innovation and focus on collaboration, are promoting strategies, processes, and technologies that drive business value and accelerate organizational transformation.”

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About Ariba, Inc
Ariba, Inc. is the world’s business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at: www.ariba.com
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