Many companies are good at innovation and many are good at execution, but very few are good at both. Even when companies are good at both, they can lose their way if they are not careful at paying attention to the world around them. Seemingly unimportant events or competitors can derail their strategy and send them spiraling out of control. The strategies that got you to where you are will not necessarily get you to where you have to be to continue to be successful. This event will discuss what it takes to continue to be successful in the world of innovation and execution from various perspectives.
Moderated by Marty Holleran, CEO Trustee, Vice Chairman of Merryck and former CEO of Thomson Consumer Electronics. The discussion will begin with Gabe Leung, Executive Vice Chairman of Novacure and a CEO Mentor with Merryck. He will discuss the challenges facing big pharma and what to do when the traditional R&D model is not sustainable, but a replacement has yet to be identified. After, Linda Ireland, Partner with AVEUS, a leading Consulting Company that focuses on constructive change will bring her 20 years of experience building and developing organizations to discuss the warning signs and the need to drill down to effectively structure processes and strategies to avoid making company-crippling mistakes. Finally, Roopa Unnikrishnan, Managing Director and Deputy COO for BlackRocks Marketing & Communications brings her extensive experience in strategy, talent, and operations to discuss the challenges of developing and rapidly-deploying top-tier talent on a global basis, making innovation and execution sustainable over time.
MARTY HOLLERAN is a CEO Trustee & Vice Chairman of Merryck & Co. Americas. Prior to this, Marty was President & CEO of Thomson Consumer Electronics, with more than $3 billion turnover. Marty was also President & CEO of Electrolux Home Care Products NA, President & CEO of InnovAlarm, President & CEO at Emerson Radio Corporation and Vidikron Technologies Inc. Marty established The Children’s Pompe Foundation & is Chairman of the Board of GFR Consulting & a member of the Board of Directors of InnovAlarm.
LINDA IRELAND is a Partner at Aveus and a seasoned serial entrepreneur. Immediately before joining Aveus, she was CEO of FORWARD I, a strategy and marketing consulting firm. Specializing in emerging growth and turnaround situations, Linda’s diverse career is united by the common themes from her book DOMINO of “build this” or “fix that.” Linda has served on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations.
GABE LEUNG Prior to joining Merryck & Co, Gabe spent 7 years at OSI Pharmaceuticals where he served as President of the Oncology unit and then as the Chief Business Officer of the entire pharmaceutical business. During his tenure, Gabe led the global launch of OSI’s blockbuster anti-cancer drug, Tarceva. Prior to OSI, Gabe was Head of Global Oncology Franchise & Group VP, Global Prescription Business at Pharmacia. He currently serves on the board of AMRI.
ROOPA UNNIKRISHNAN is Managing Director & Deputy COO for BlackRock’s Global marketing and Communications Organization. She spent a year at BlackRock as head of HR for the sales and marketing organization. Prior to joining BlackRock, she was VP, Corporate Strategy and prior to that the Global Head of Pfizer's worldwide talent & organizational team.
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