Kelly (McCarthy) Barner

Kelly (McCarthy) Barner

Chief Officer

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Kelly Barner owns, manages, and edits Buyers Meeting Point. She has a unique perspective on procurement from the numerous roles she has held during her 15+ years in procurement. Kelly worked for Ahold USA (parent company of grocery chains Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Giant Landover, and more) on their not for resale sourcing team, specializing in systems implementation and hired services category sourcing. She spent three years as the Associate Director of consulting services at Emptoris before it was acquired by IBM in 2011.

Since 2009, she has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point. Buyers Meeting Point provides the procurement industry with an events calendar, blog, active social media network, and podcast, all of which are trusted sources of information for practitioners and solution providers alike. Kelly has several regular columns throughout the industry, and in the summer of 2016 was appointed to become the Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business.

Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Kelly has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources’ (2014), ‘Procurement at a Crossroads: Career Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry’ (2016), and 'Finance Unleashed: Leveraging the CFO for Innovation' (2017). Kelly is also the General Manager of Art of Procurement.

COMPANY NAME: Buyers Meeting Point

JOB TITLE: Chief Officer

FUNCTION: Executive

INDUSTRY: Business Services & Consulting

CATEGORY: Executive

Work experience

General Manager

Art of Procurement

March 2017 - Present | Boston, MA

The Art of Procurement team helps procurement professionals of all levels deliver change with confidence. We do this by applying our community supported delivery model to a number of offerings that support clients wherever they are on their procurement maturity journey.

Primary focus: Apply my knowledge of the procurement space and community to the development, execution and promotion of Art of Procurement offerings... including the #1 weekly procurement podcast with over 270,000 downloads across 132 countries since its inception.

Owner and Managing Director

Buyers Meeting Point

June 2009 - Present | Boston, MA

I monitor trends important to supply management practitioners through events, blogs, social media, and publications and bring the very best to our colleagues so they can make the most of their limited professional development time. I am alway happy to connect and share ideas - so feel free to reach out!


Babson College F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business

M.B.A. of Business

2002 - 2004

Simmons University

M.S. Information Science of

2000 - 2002

Clark University

B.A. of English and History

1996 - 2000