Senior Vice President, Procurement Product Strategy
Baber Farooq is the Senior Vice President of Procurement Product Strategy, leading a team focussed on delivering world class procurement solutions driving optimal procurement outcomes for customers today, and into the future.
Baber has extensive procurement knowledge, and since joining SAP Ariba in 2006 has worked with customers across the globe, understanding their challenges, procurement transformation goals and their view of success. This customer facing background provides Baber unique insights into procurement organisations and supports the development of a customer centric procurement roadmap for SAP.
Baber joined SAP Ariba in 2006 in the United States. Since then he has held various director-level roles in overseeing procurement transformations across the world. Prior to taking on his current role, he served as the General Manager, Customer Value Organisation – APJ and Greater China.
Baber holds a Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining SAP Ariba, he was part of the Engineering Design and Construction team for the city of Miami, Florida. He presently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, daughter and Rottweiler.
Global Vice President, Product Strategy
Padmini Ranganathan is Global Vice President, Product Strategy, SAP Procurement solutions. In this role, she leads a team of experts focused on watching emerging trends and helping shape the future of digital and sustainable procurement. Prior to this, Padmini led an incubation role, delivering SAP Ariba Supplier Risk – a data-driven microservice innovation that enables risk-conscious business decisions.
In her 25+ year career journey, Padmini led the Analytics for Industries marketing team at SAP which brought to market the first analytical applications and content to drive business value and adoption of SAP’s analytics technologies. Before joining SAP, Padmini led T&E and category procurement products at Ariba, and part of the team that transitioned the first Ariba products into the Cloud. Prior to Ariba, Padmini worked at Oracle, where she was part of the procurement product management team that delivered the first web-based, self-service applications for procurement and a technical consultant in the areas of order management, inventory & distribution, procurement and manufacturing.
Padmini is a passionate advocate for bringing technology to business users that simplifies and enriches their daily work and decision making. And as the SAP Sustainability Council lead for Procurement with Purpose initiatives, she is dedicated to helping businesses balance their costs with conscience, to drive economic value while making a sustainable impact on the larger world.
Padmini has a post-graduate diploma in computer science from UC Berkeley, California, and a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a major in Cost & Management Accounting from Bangalore University, India.
Nandini was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Procurement Leaders (PL) in March 2017 after joining as COO in September 2015.
PL serves 33,000+ senior procurement and supply chain executives from 750+ major worldwide corporations, providing a unique intelligence platform with in-depth insights, practical tools and access to an unrivalled expert network.
Nandini is an experienced senior executive with 20+ years of expertise in business growth, scale and transformation internationally. She commenced her career with EY Management Consulting in APAC. Subsequently she served as Executive Committee member of CEB leading teams in North America, EMEA and India. Post CEB she was at Opower (now Oracle), where she was SVP and MD, tasked with launching their EMEA business and supporting their successful Nasdaq IPO.
Nandini holds an M Sc. in Economics and Development from the LSE and completed her undergraduate studies in Economics, Management and Psychology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, TechLondon Advocate and Board Trustee & Treasurer for St Hilda’s East Community Centre.