Ken Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Chat: Tues 9/30, 3:00 – 3:30pm EST; Weds 10/2 8:00-9:00am

Bringing Industry and Academia Together to Create Value

Kenneth W. Freeman joined Boston University as the Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of Boston University Questrom School of Business in 2010.

Serving more than 3,400 students and 46,000 alumni, the Questrom School of Business pursues the vision “Creating Value for the World.” The School has transformed its undergraduate and MBA curricula, with a focus on ethics and global citizenship, and sectors that are dramatically impacting the world economy—health and life sciences, digital technology, sustainability and social enterprise.

Ken began his career at Corning Incorporated in 1972, progressing through the financial function before leading several businesses. He joined Corning Clinical Laboratories in 1995, and the company was spun off from Corning as Quest Diagnostics Incorporated soon thereafter. He led the dramatic turnaround of Quest Diagnostics as chairman and chief executive officer through 2004. Exceptional value was created for shareholders by executing a dramatic financial turnaround, establishing industry leadership, demonstrating effective growth through acquisition, and driving organic growth. Quest Diagnostics provided the third highest five-year shareholder returns among the Fortune 500 (1999-2003) and in 2004 was named to the Business Week 50. Market capitalization increased from approximately $350 million at the time of the spin-off to more than $9 billion.

A study of global business leadership conducted at INSEAD and published in the January 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review named Ken one of the 100 best performing CEOs in the world.

Ken joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), in 2005 and served as a managing director and partner until his appointment as Dean at Boston University. From 2010 through 2013, he was a senior advisor to KKR, serving on the firm’s portfolio management committee.

Ken is currently a director of Lake Region Medical and the Graduate Management Admission Council. He has previously served on the boards of HCA, Masonite (chairman), TRW (lead director), Dow Corning Corporation, Ciba-Corning Corporation, Fleet Bank of New York and the Corning Incorporated Foundation.

Ken is a former member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, and the American Clinical Laboratory Association (chairman). He is the former chairman of The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Corning Philharmonic Society, and a former trustee of Elmira College and the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Ken received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1976, and a BSBA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bucknell University in 1972. Ken is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University.

 

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David A. Garvin, C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Tues 9/30, 11:30am – 12:30pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

David A. Garvin is the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He joined the Business School faculty in 1979 and has since then taught courses in leadership, general management, and operations in the MBA and Advanced Management programs, as well as serving as chair of the Elective Curriculum and faculty chair of the School’s Teaching and Learning Center. He has also taught in executive education programs and consulted for over fifty organizations around the globe, including Amyris, Biogen Idec, Booz Allen Hamilton, Frito-Lay, Gillette, L. L. Bean, 3M, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, Mueller, Novartis, PPG, Reed Elsevier, Seagate, Stryker, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Professor Garvin’s research interests lie in the areas of general management and strategic change. He is especially interested in business and management processes, organizational learning, and the design and leadership of large, complex organizations. He is also deeply interested in case method teaching. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including Rethinking the MBA (selected by Strategy + Business as one of the Best Business Books of 2010), General Management: Processes and Action,Learning in ActionEducation for Judgment, and Managing Quality; more than thirty-five articles, including “How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management,” “Change Through Persuasion,” “What Every CEO Should Know About Creating New Businesses,” and “What You Don’t Know About Making Decisions;” eight CD-ROMs and videotape series, including A Case Study Teacher in Action, Working Smarter, and Putting the Learning Organization to Work; and over sixty HBS case studies, multimedia exercises, and technical notes. He is a three-time winner of the McKinsey Award, given annually for the best article in Harvard Business Review; a winner of the Beckhard Prize, given annually for the best article on planned change and organizational development in Sloan Management Review; and a winner of the Smith-Weld Prize, given annually for the best article on the University in Harvard Magazine. He has been cited in the New York Times,Wall Street JournalFinancial TimesLos Angeles TimesEconomistBusiness WeekFortune, and Fast Company.

Professor Garvin received an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1974, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. in 1979, where he held a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

Prior to coming to the Business School, he worked as an economist for both the Federal Trade Commission, studying federal energy policies, and the Sloan Commission on Government and Higher Education, studying the impact of federal regulation on the academic and financial policies of colleges and universities. He has served on the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the Manufacturing Studies Board of the National Research Council, and the Board of Directors of Emerson Hospital.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, bicycling, and travel. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife, Lynn, and his daughters, Diana and Cynthia.

 

 
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Marshall Goldsmith, PhD, Executive Leadership Coach, Marshall Goldsmith Group

Tues 9/30, 1pm – 2pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

In November 2013, at the bi-annual Thinkers 50 Ceremony in London, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was recognized again as one the Top Ten Most Influential Business Thinkers in the World – and the top-rated executive coach.  His work has been recognized by almost every professional association in his field and every major business publication around the world. Dr. Goldsmith’s 34 books have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become listed bestsellers in twelve counties.  He has written two New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year.  Marshall’s next book, Triggers, will focus on our relationship with the world around us and how we can increase our own experience of engagement, happiness and meaning.  Dr. Goldsmith is one of a select few executive advisors who have been asked to work with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams.

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Jonas Haertle, DBA, Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat, UN Global Compact Office

Tues 9/30, 1pm – 2pm EST
Forum: Fostering Ethical Leadership

Jonas Haertle is Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Office. He is responsible for driving the mission of the PRME initiative, to inspire responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. He provides global leadership in bringing together good practice in implementing the principles of PRME and the UN Global Compact. Previously, he was the coordinator of the UN Global Compact’s Local Networks in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Haertle worked as a research analyst for the German public broadcasting service Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Mr. Haertle has written and contributed to a number of publications and academic articles on corporate sustainability and responsible management education and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal respectively. He holds a master’s degree in European Studies of Hamburg University in Germany. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attained a MSc degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University in the USA.

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Adolf Ho, CEO, Classic Management Consultants Ltd, Associate Adjunct Professor of Marketing, HKUST

Forum: Increasing the Value of Management Education
Tues. 9/30, 9:30pm – 10:30pm EST

Chat: Wed 10/1 9:30pm – 10:00 pm EST
Significance of Managerial Soft Skills in Real-life Business

Adolf Ho has been Director of Career Development and Corporate Relations of the global top ranking MBA programs at the HK University of Science and Technology during 2008-2010. He was member of the MBA leadership committee Team, and was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Marketing in the spring of 2010.

During his tenure, Adolf has instituted a number of innovations, including extensive managerial soft skill training, executive coaching, and a newly formed consultancy practice for the MBA School.

Immediately prior to joining HKUST in 2008, he held various CEO positions with the Campbell Soup Asia business. He was Managing Director for SE Asia, and Greater China over the past 15 years; and Vice Chairman of Campbell Soup Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the Fortune 500 and the 8th largest consumer food products company in the USA – Campbell Soup Company.

Adolf began his career in the Marketing Development profession with FMCG companies at the UK’s Inchcape Group, and at Glaxo-SmithKline Beecham as the Marketing Director overseeing the business development of health and energy beverages.

In 1987, he joined Campbell Soup Asia Limited in it’s newly set up Hong Kong office to develop Campbell’s businesses in the Asian region, covering the full range of food, beverages and biscuit brands.  He was also Director of Godiva Chocolatier during their initial regional setup.

Adolf has extensive geographic Marketing experiences, covering Canada, SE Asia, and Greater China during his 30 years in Business. He has set up distribution networks, developed local co-packing and undertook extensive acquisition projects over the region.

He is also well known for building consumer iconic brands, such as Swanson’s, Evian, Arnott’s, and Campbell Soup.

He recently set up a Consultancy Company to serve Corporations on Strategic development, with focus on Brand Marketing Positioning issues.

Mr Ho has recently consulted with a wide spectrum of MNC and local corporations, including Ocean Park, HSBC, FedEx, UBS and the SCMP.

His recent projects included the publication of two books in the Chinese language on Career and managerial skills for young leaders, the first book [初入職場的越級挑戰] was published at the end of 2011; and his second book targeting to mid career executives [專門行業職場的越級挑戰] was launched in July 2013.

He has also written extensively on the managerial and marketing topics in local newspapers, including the SCMP Education Post.

Adolf has lectured extensively on career development topics, and is a regular speaker on marketing and career topics with business corporations, as well as top local Business schools (HKUST, CUHK, City and Baptist University). He is honorary Advisor to the Zhejiang University Alumni Organizing Committee; and has served as panel of judges on Marketing (TVB/HKMA) and Business competitions. He was founding member of the CUHK MBA Elite Mentorship program for the last 10 years.

Mr Ho will lead a 4 credit course on Integrated Marketing for graduating students in the 2014/5 academic year for the HKUST Business faculty. He also serves as a committee member on the Branding Committee of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 2014.

Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Ho was trained as a biochemist at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he received his BS. He then returned to Hong Kong and obtained his MBA in 1981 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Martha Josephson, Partner, Digital Media Global Practice Leader, Egon Zehnder

Tues 9/30, 8pm – 9pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

Martha has been a partner at Egon Zehnder for 16 years, and is industry recognized as a trusted advisor to many of the world’s most admired organizations. She leads the firm’s Global Digital Practice, which she founded in 1997 as the first purely digital practice in any global executive search firm; now the industry leader.  She also co-leads the Global Media Practice. She is one of the most sought after and reputed talent consultants in the Silicon Valley, and from her base in Palo Alto operates locally and  globally to secure, retain and develop exceptional C-level and Board talent for the world’s leading e-based and media centric organizations. She leads the Firm’s significant relationship with Google handling more than 300 executive searches as their primary partner over the course of the last ten plus years.

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Sherif Kamel, PhD, Former Dean, School of Business at the American University in Cairo

Tues 9/30, 12pm – 1pm EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Kamel led a major repositioning of the school by adopting a multi-tier thematic approach that included entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and responsible business.  During his tenure, he initiated the process for EQUIS, AMBA and ACCET accreditations and got the school reaccredited by AACSB in 2011.  The school became ACCET accredited in 2011; AMBA and EQUIS accredited in 2014 joining only 70 business school in the world that are triple-crowned.  In addition, the MBA program ranked top by Forbes ME in 2012 and executive education open enrolment ranked 68th by the FT in 2014.  He helped establish the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation investing in Egypt’s young promising entrepreneurs through supporting startups, business plan competitions, bootcamps, and mentorship becoming the country’s leading educational partner in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.  He also established the university’s Venture Lab becoming Egypt’s primary university-based incubator.  Kamel has a long experience as an academic leader investing in human capital, building and managing executive development institutions addressing management, governance, entrepreneurial, and leadership issues.  He was associate dean for executive education (2008-2009); director of the Management Center (2002-2008) and director of the Institute of Management Development (2002-2006).  Before joining AUC, he was director of the Regional IT Institute (1992-2001) and helped establish and manage the training department of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center (1989-1992).  Kamel is an advocate of diversity, empowerment, inclusion and using a bottom-up leadership approach.  Kamel holds a PhD in Information Systems from London School of Economics and Political Science (1994), an MBA (1990), a BA in Business Administration (1987) and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture (2013) from the American University in Cairo.  His research and teaching interests include management of information technology, information technology transfer to developing nations, electronic business and decision support systems.  His work is broadly published in IS and management journals.  He is the associate editor of the Journal of IT for Development and the Journal of Cases on Information Technology.  Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2005).  He is the executive VP of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (2012-present); board member of the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund (2012-present); and RISE Egypt (2013-present).  He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Canada (2014-present) and Egypt-US Business Council (2013-present).  He is a founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt.

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Dan LeClair, PhD, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, AACSB

Forum: Evaluating Policy & Rankings

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As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dan LeClair provides leadership for AACSB’s efforts to advance quality management education worldwide through a wide range of data, education, research, and communication services. LeClair was the principal architect of AACSB’s Knowledge Services, which assists business school leaders worldwide to plan and make decisions using comparable data and information about trends and effective practices. He leads the research teams of AACSB and the Global Foundation for Management Education (GFME), a think tank joint venture of AACSB and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and serves on the steering committee of the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Dan has served on numerous industry-wide committees and task forces for organizations, such as GMAC®, EMBA Council, Association of Business Schools, and Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. In the Tampa Bay community, Dan serves on the Board of the Economic Development Corporation and its Life Sciences Task Force.

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Xiongwen Lu, PhD, Dean of Questrom School of Business, Fudan University

Tuesday 9/30, 9:00 am – 10:00 am EST
Forum: Increasing the Value of Management Education

Professor Xiongwen Lu is Dean of Questrom School of Business, Fudan University, and Founding Director of Chinese Marketing Research Center at Fudan University. Prof. Lu’s teaching and research interests cover marketing in China as an immature market, internet marketing in China, service marketing, corporate reorganization, and change management.

Prof. Lu has been serving as Vice President of Chinese Society for Management Modernization since 2010 and Vice Chairman of China National MBA Education Supervisory Committee since 2008. He also serves as Vice President of ABEST 21 (The Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st Century Organization), Council Member of AAPBS (Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools), Board Director of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Member of AACSB Asia-Pacific Advisory Council and EFMD Asia Advisory Board.

Prof. Lu received his PhD in Economics from Fudan University and was a Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, MIT Sloan Questrom School of Business, and the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.

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Vineet Nayar, DBA, Founder, Sampark Foundation, Former CEO, HCL Technologies

Tues 9/30, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST
Forum: Harnessing Digital Technology

Vineet Nayar is former CEO of HCL Technologies and Founder of Sampark Foundation. He is also author of the highly acclaimed management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010).

Vineet is an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected HCLT’s transformation from $0.7 billion in 2005 to a $4.7 billion Global Technology Services Company with over 85,000 employees spread across 32 countries in 2013. This radical transformation led Fortune to recognize HCL as “the world’s most modern management” while BusinessWeek named HCLT as “one of the world’s most influential companies”; praise that has led HCL’s innovative management practices to be taught as a case study at both the Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Vineet currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the HCL Corporation. He joined HCL in 1985 after earning his MBA from XLRI. In 1993, he founded Comnet and helped it grow into a $1.4 billion dominant leader in Technology Management Services. In 2005, Vineet became President of HCL Technologies and served as the company’s CEO from 2007 till January 2013. During these years he led a remarkable turnaround of the company which saw it revenues and market cap grow by six times.

Vineet was also recently chosen by Fortune Magazine for its first ever, global “Executive Dream Team” 2012 which has been described as an “all-star leadership” that “could coalesce and dominate in any industry”. This is in addition to his inclusion in the elite “Thinkers 50 List” in 2011-12 which is a definitive listing of the world’s top 50 business thinkers. His ideas of organization transformation in form of his book “Employees First, Customers Second” has received rich praise from influencers like the late C.K. Prahalad, Tom Peters, Gary Hamel and Ram Charan and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Vineet currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Leadership Institute and is on the Advisory Panel of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index established by INSEAD and Human Capital Institute and the Millions Learning Project led by the ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard. He is also the Founding member of Brookings India and has been a Juror of Harvard Business Review’s prestigious McKinsey Prize, two years in a row. Previously Vineet has served as Governor of ICT, member of the Global Advisory Board of Women Leader’s and Gender Parity Program as well as a Community Partner of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.

In 2004, he established Sampark Foundation (www.samparkfoundation.org), which aims to transform the lives of children, youth, and adults through large scale programs in education, social entrepreneurship, livelihoods, and climate. His work in this area over the last decade has seen Vineet being cited in Forbes magazine’s prestigious ’48 Heroes of philanthropy List 2013′.

Vineet spends his spare time reading and writing on management strategy. He hosts two blogs, a personal one at www.vineetnayar.com and another for the Harvard Business Review, which can be found here.

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