Today, we're delighted to announce the official unveiling of the "HfS 25" - a collection of 25 sourcing leaders working with us behind closed doors with us to help define our industry, the like of which hasn't been done before.
HfS Research is pulling together an intimate forum for the leading minds who live and breathe sourcing everyday. And what has surprised us, when we reached out to sourcing leaders in the HfS network, is their sheer enthusiasm to be part of this group - they want to get out and network, share ideas, meet peers in other organizations, and add their tuppence to the future direction our industry is taking.
The day of the "sourcing leader" is truly upon us - and the goal of HfS is to produce a vehicle for the collective voices of today's sourcing leaders to make a difference. Anyhow, we brought onboard Esteban Herrera to help drive this vision into reality, and am delighted today to have him tell you more about this journey that only just beginning...
Why we launched the HfS 25
Shortly after my arrival here at HfS, Phil and I started quietly working on pulling together the most influential network of sourcing buyers that the industry has known. We are delighted to share with you that we have accomplished that goal, and are officially launching the HfS Research Executive Council in 2011 that is already being called the "HfS 25".
This is an elite group of 25 buy-side (only) sourcing thought leaders, created to be the preeminent influencer of the direction of the sourcing industry. The Council is a by-invitation-only program designed to foster networking, debate, and best-practice sharing amongst the most senior sourcing executives of large global enterprises. This powerful forum will shape the industry, influencing other buyers, service providers and intermediaries across both BPO and ITO areas. HfS will host periodic meetings and contribute by sharing candid, unbiased opinions based on current, highly relevant research data and deep outsourcing expertise. Basically, my job is to get the people together, play host, and provoke!
We have sourcing leaders from many Fortune 500 Insurance, Banking, Retail, Manufacturing, CPG, Utilities, and Oil & Gas industries committed to participate in the program and are looking forward to bringing everyone together early next year (and no, we will not be disclosing the location to non-members!)
Why is this important, you ask? This group, in addition to adding value to each of its members through collaboration with peers, will shape our research agenda, the topics you read about here, and will generally serve as a catalyst for advancing the sophistication and value of the outsourcing industry.
While I realize these are some pretty big claims, I have no doubt, based on the maturity of participant organizations and the enthusiasm of their delegates, that the forum will produce unprecedented insight, exceeding even my lofty expectations.
If you would like to get involved in the HfS 25, please drop us a mail here.