Pat McCarthy


Pat McCarthy

About Pat McCarthy

Pat McCarthy is senior vice president and general manager of SAP Ariba, the world’s largest business network, linking together buyers and suppliers from 4.1 million companies in 190 countries. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy, sales performance, and operations of the SAP Ariba field organization globally. On a deeper level, he leads SAP Ariba’s effort to understand customers’ goals and to marshal the power of digital transformation to help meet or exceed them. Since joining SAP in 2005, he has held a broad range of executive roles, including successfully leading the SAP Ariba North American region and various teams responsible for mobile and other emerging technology platforms. Prior to joining the technology world, Pat practically grew up in supply chain and procurement. He spent 11 years at PepsiCo and its subsidiary Frito-Lay, Inc., where he led teams in warehouse and fleet management, distribution operations, manufacturing, and supply chain planning and optimization. As a former practitioner turned technology enthusiast, Pat loves finding new ways to extend a customer’s competitive advantage, from funding its strategic objectives to leveraging speed and efficiency to outpace rivals. A native Chicagoan, Pat graduated from Elmhurst College; sits on the board of Chicago Tech Academy, a charter non-profit for Chicago high school students, and supports global charitable endeavors through Kiva.

Finance team finds better ways to manage spend by analyzing data on a wall-sized monitor

Taking Intelligent Spend Analysis To A New Level

25-Sep-2019 | Pat McCarthy

Going from data to intelligent spend analysis? Traditional tools just don't cut it anymore. How do we get from data to tangible, valuable ideas? Supply chain leaders today are being asked to help c

intelligent enterprise, intelligent economy, spend management, finance

How Do You Prosper In An Intelligent Economy? Create An Intelligent Enterprise

28-May-2019 | Pat McCarthy

“Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately needed.” — Thomas L. Friedman We’re all participants in a global economy that’s not only interconnecte

When Tariffs Fray The Supply Chain, Digital Networks Can Help Mend It

6-Aug-2018 | Pat McCarthy

Turn on the news, and the controversy is scarcely avoidable: Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on tariffs. Proponents say they’re a necessary corrective to existing policies that by protecting mark

aviation, airplanes, supply networks, digital supply networks

To Appreciate The Value Of Digital Networks, Look To The Skies

26-Jul-2018 | Pat McCarthy

En route to a recent conference on how procurement networks are reshaping the aviation industry, I realized how amazing it was to be arriving in the historic city of Athens, the cradle of Western civi