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Supply & Demand Chain Executive Names Arkestro’s Edmund Zagorin, Rob DeSantis as Recipients of 2024 Pros to Know Awards

March 8, 2024

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Names Arkestro’s Edmund Zagorin, Rob DeSantis as Recipients of 2024 Pros to Know Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 8, 2024 – Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, has named Arkestro’s Edmund Zagorin, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, and Rob DeSantis, Co-Founder, as winners of this year’s Pros to Know awards, in the “Top Procurement Pros” and “Lifetime Achievement categories, respectively. These awards recognize outstanding executives whose accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage supply chain for competitive advantage. 

Rob DeSantis was a Co-Founder of Ariba running sales and was instrumental in propelling the company from zero to $250 million in revenue in four years. He helped Ariba achieve IPO of the year in 1999 before its acquisition by SAP a decade later. 

Rob’s Lifetime Achievement award is a testament to his belief in continuous innovation which he has applied most recently as a Co-Founder at Arkestro. He is helping procurement teams recognize the benefits of machine learning and game theory to help drive their best buying decisions and increase savings.

“In procurement, we hear a lot about ‘increasing the amount of spend under management,’” says Rob. “Today, I am dedicated to helping procurement teams increase ‘spend under prediction’ with Arkestro’s Predictive Procurement Orchestration (PPO) solutions.”

Edmund Zagorin took on a new role this past year as Chief Strategy Officer of Arkestro. Leaning on his expertise and strong connections in the procurement space, Edmund provides strategic vision to Arkestro’s development, working directly with customers, sharing Arkestro’s vision around Predictive Procurement Orchestration (PPO) with the broader ecosystem, and acting as a thought leader focusing on cutting-edge AI technology including machine learning innovation. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized by a community of my peers and I look forward to continuing to address critical challenges as procurement and supply chain work transforms,” says Edmund. “Whether through thought leadership discussions, participating as an advisory board member for ISM and SIG or working with enterprises directly on their procurement digital roadmaps (and especially their AI transformations) I am excited to continue making a contribution to the broader supply chain professional community.” 

Over the past year, Edmund has spearheaded a supply chain community initiative called the Museum of Procurement, in collaboration with a group of experts including Jason Busch of Spend Matters, Dr. Elouise Epstein of Kearney, Remko Van Hoek of University of Arkansas and Dr. Arash Azadegan of Rutgers University. The Museum features a traveling exhibition on the history of the procurement profession for executives, professionals and university students. Beginning with the first goods receipt in ancient Sumeria over four thousand years ago, the Museum of Procurement offers a rich look at the storied evolution and grand traditions of the procurement profession.

“Many of today’s supply chain pros are more than just leaders within their space; they’re innovators, decision-makers, pioneers of change and growth. They’ve spent the last year (and more) creating safer, more efficient supply chains,” says Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “New this year, we broke the award down into four distinct categories: Top Warehousing Stars; Top Procurement Stars; Rising Stars; and Lifetime Achievement. These winners continue to go above and beyond to overcome challenges, advance supply chain management and make the impossible, possible.”

Recipients of this year’s award will be profiled in Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s March 2024 issue, which will be distributed at MODEX 2024 and at

Go to to view the full list of winners. Go to to learn more about other Supply & Demand Chain Executive awards.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the only supply chain publication covering the entire global supply chain, focusing on trucking, warehousing, packaging, procurement, risk management, professional development and more. Supply & Demand Chain Executive and its sister publication, Food Logistics, also operate SCN Summit and the Women in Supply Chain Forum. Go to to learn more.

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