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DPW Announces New CEO


Digital Procurement World (DPW) is excited to announce the appointment of Herman Knevel as its new CEO, in a strategic move to catalyze its growth. This expansion underscores DPW's commitment to driving innovation and collaboration within the procurement technology space.


Now our focus is expanding our strategy and team to continue delivering exceptional value and experiences to our customers and community at scale.

Herman Knevel, CEO, DPW

Knevel expressed his excitement about the future, emphasizing the importance of the community at DPW. "We know that the people and teams that come to DPW events are at the core of what we do," Knevel remarks.

Herman Knevel, who co-founded DPW LABS, brings a wealth of experience in global outsourcing, corporate innovation programs, and fostering collaborations between corporations and startups. As CEO, Knevel's vision is to extend DPW's reach and impact, establishing it as the go-to platform for transformative digital procurement and supply chain technologies.

Matthias will step into a new role of MD of Events and shift his focus towards scaling the company's rapidly growing event community, including the flagship DPW Amsterdam conference and the company’s first US event, the DPW NYC Summit. Gutzmann's leadership has been pivotal in pioneering a culture of innovation and connection across the procurement community.


I'm excited to experience the next phase of DPW's growth with Herman as our CEO. The time has come to expand our impact in procurement and supply chain and to go 10X

Matthias Gutzmann, Founder and Former CEO, DPW

DPW's signature Amsterdam conference in the Beurs van Berlage has rapidly grown, with the 2023 event attracting 1,250 on-site and 1,500 virtual participants. This year, the conference introduces the "10x" theme, focused on accelerating innovation and delivering exponential value.


I warmly welcome Herman Knevel as DPW's new CEO, whose vision will magnify our ecosystem's impact, spurring innovation in procurement and supply chain. We're poised for exciting advancements under his leadership. Simultaneously, we honour Matthias Gutzmann’s legacy and his new focus on enriching our event community. This transition heralds a dynamic era for DPW, promising continued innovation and collaboration

Mark Perera, Chairman of the Board, DPW

In addition to DPW events and DPW LABS, DPW also hosts DEMO, the startup and scaleup competition for the procurement and supply chain industry, further solidifying its position as a beacon for innovation.


To learn more about the expansive world of DPW and how it's shaping the future of procurement and supply chain, visit

About DPW

DPW is the largest and most influential global tech event and ecosystem for the procurement and supply chain industry. It's a pioneering tech ecosystem, bringing together a diverse network of startup founders, investors, executives from technology and advisory firms, business leaders, and academics to collaboratively tackle industry-wide challenges. Visit DPW at

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