Dr. Kotula is Senior Direction and leading the Network Value Engineering of SAP Ariba in EMEA-South. Dr. Kotula has profound knowledge in sourcing and procurement for 16 years, by holding positions at ABB, Accenture and Kerkhoff Consulting. During that time he was working in project purchasing as well as in strategic sourcing. Early 2000, Dr. Kotula was a core member for implementing eProcurement solution in Europe, in a time where Amazon, Google or eBay were not that famous as they are today.
Dr. Kotula also did many consulting projects to help customers to improve their cost base, improve quality, and run procurement transformations from local and global sourcing.
Today, Dr. Kotula helps customers run simple and is the business and value advisor for SAP Ariba customers. He holds a doctorate degree from Aston University and spent his thesis on risk management in strategic sourcing. Further, he holds a Master in Business Administration from Tias Universiteit / University Bradford. Dr. Kotula has published covering topics such as strategic sourcing, sourcing risk management, supplier innovations, complexity reduction, and performance measurement.
(Pre requisites to embark upon a procurement transformation program and key success factors for implementation, Deep dive into enabling E-procurement)