Siobhán Talbot was appointed Group Managing Director on 12 November 2013, having been appointed Group Managing Director Designate on 1 June 2013. She was previously Group Finance Director and her role encompassed responsibility for Group strategic planning. She has been a member of the Group Operating Executive since 2000 and the Board since 2009 and has held a number of senior positions since she joined the Group in 1992. She is also a Director of the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC). Prior to joining Glanbia, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and Sydney. A fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Siobhán graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in Professional Accounting.
Glanbia is a global nutrition company, grounded in science and nature and dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey. Today’s consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of nutrition in improving their overall health and wellbeing. They are searching for better, healthier and smarter nutritional solutions that fit their lifestyles.
Glanbia takes pure and clean ingredients including milk, whey and grains, and using our expert knowledge and capabilities we produce high-quality nutritional ingredients and branded consumer products for our customers and consumers worldwide.
We employ over 6,600 people across 32 countries and our products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries with revenue of €2.4 billion in 2017. Our major production facilities are located in Ireland, the US, the UK, Germany and China. We have three segments; Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Nutritionals and Joint Ventures & Associates. Our shares are listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges (symbol: GLB).
Ryan M. Lance has served as chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company based on production and reserves, since 2012. He is also chairman of the Executive Committee for ConocoPhillips. Ryan is a petroleum engineer with 33 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in senior management and technical positions with ConocoPhillips, predecessor Phillips Petroleum and various divisions of ARCO. His past ConocoPhillips executive assignments included responsibility for international exploration and production, regional responsibility at various times for Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America, and responsibility for technology, major projects, downstream strategy, integration and specialty functions.
Externally, Ryan is a board member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and a trustee of both the George H.W. Bush Library Foundation and PGA Reach. He is also an advocate for charities benefiting youth through his service on the boards of Spindletop International and the Montana Tech Foundation, and on the advisory council of the University of Texas Energy Institute. He is a past chairman of the American Petroleum Institute and currently serves on its Executive Committee.
Ryan is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in Butte in 1984.
ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Across our 17 countries of operations, 11,100 people work in a truly integrated way to find and produce oil and natural gas.
Our technical capabilities, asset quality and scale, and financial strength are unmatched among independent exploration and production companies and uniquely position us to compete around the world.
ConocoPhillips is committed to the efficient and effective exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Producing oil and natural gas and getting them to market takes ingenuity, technology and investment. Our innovative, collaborative efforts yield products that improve quality of life globally while producing economic benefits with far-reaching influence.
Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel is chief executive officer of LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Mr. Patel assumed this position in January 2015 after having served as executive vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins – Europe, Asia and International and previously senior vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins – Americas.
Mr. Patel joined LyondellBasell in March 2010 and as executive vice president successfully led the restructuring of the company’s O&P – Americas, O&P – Europe, Asia and International (EAI), and Technology segments, focusing on achieving best-in-class operational and commercial excellence. In this role, Mr. Patel led early stage development of the company’s plan to capture the U.S. shale advantage. This plan, which began with debottlenecks and capacity expansions, has progressed to major organic growth projects and continues to guide the company’s strategy today.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Patel was responsible for all of LyondellBasell’s manufacturing facilities in EAI and commercial operations for the O&P – EAI and technology segments. In 2011, he led the effort to establish a new business model for the O&P – EAI segment which structurally repositioned the business, increasing overall competitiveness, efficiency and earnings.
As CEO, Mr. Patel has focused on leading the next phase of the company’s long-term growth strategy, including the 2018 acquisition of A. Schulman, Inc., which made LyondellBasell the world’s largest manufacturer of compounded materials. Under his leadership, the company has made several strategic acquisitions in growing markets and is building new production facilities around the world, including a new world-scale high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and the world’s largest propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol (PO/TBA) plant.
Under Mr. Patel’s leadership, In 2018 LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine’s “world’s most admired companies” list for the first time in its history.
Previously, Mr. Patel held positions of increasing responsibility at Chevron Corporation and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for more than 20 years. Over the course of his career, Mr. Patel has held leadership positions based in the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States.
Mr. Patel is a member of the Business Council, The Business Roundtable and he serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and he is the current chairman of the American Chemistry Council. Mr. Patel is also on the external advisory council of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University and the dean’s advisory council for the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
Mr. Patel serves on the board of directors of Union Pacific Corporation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University and he also holds a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances.
LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polymer compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. Read our corporate brochure for more information.
Chairman and CEO of Inditex since 2011. He has been the Deputy Chairman and CEO since 2005.
He is a graduate in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid (1987) and became Spanish State Attorney (Abogado del Estado) in the 1988 year, ranking #1.
From 1992 to 1996 he was Group General Counsel of Banco Popular. He went on to be appointed General Director of State Assests at the Ministry of Economy and Finances. From July 2000 to 2005 he was Chairman of Altadis group. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Nestlé.
He was re-elected to the Board of Directors of Inditex by the AGM held on 13 July 2010 and 14 July 2015. .
We are one of the world's largest fashion retailers, with eight distinct brands.
Inditex is one of the world's largest fashion retailers, with eight brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe) selling in 202 markets through its online platform or its over 7,000 stores in 96 markets.
We have come a long way since 1963, when we started out as a small family business in a workshop making women’s clothing.
Over the years, our size may have changed, but one underlying idea has stayed the same – the customer is at the centre of everything we do.
By working closely together as a single company globally focused on the key elements of fashion production –design, manufacture, distribution and retail– we brought our customers closer than ever to the products they wanted at affordable prices.
The success of our first brand –Zara was followed by international expansion at the end of the 1980s and the successive launch of new brands, that now have an integrated model of stores and online
James Quincey is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Before becoming CEO on May 1, 2017, he led all of the company’s operating units worldwide as President and Chief Operating Officer from August 2015.
From 2013 to 2015, Quincey served as President of The Coca-Cola Company’s Europe Group, which is comprised of 38 countries including the Member States of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association countries and the Balkans. Under Quincey’s leadership, the Europe Group, the company’s most profitable operating group, strategically expanded its brand portfolio and improved execution across the geography. These actions helped drive solid topline growth and expanded the company’s leading market share position in total nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages despite the volatile and prolonged macroeconomic challenges in the region.
Quincey also played an instrumental role in leading the merger of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetranke AG to form Coca-Cola European Partners Plc., which is now the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on net revenues.
Prior to his role as head of the Europe Group, Quincey served as President of the Northwest Europe and Nordics business unit (NWEN) from 2008 to 2012. Among Quincey’s many accomplishments during this time was his leadership during the acquisition of innocent juice in 2009. Innocent is now sold in more than 14 countries and is well on its way to becoming one of the company’s brands that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
From 2005 to 2008, Quincey was President of the Mexico Division. During his tenure in Mexico, Quincey grew market share for brand Coca-Cola and expanded the company’s portfolio with the re-launch of Coca-Cola Zero and the acquisition of Jugos de Valle, one of the company’s 21 billion-dollar brands and is now sold in 16 countries.
Quincey joined the company in Atlanta in 1996 as Director of Learning Strategy for the Latin America Group. He went on to serve in a series of operational roles of increased responsibility in Latin America, leading to his appointment as President of the South Latin Division in 2003. During his time in South Latin, Quincey was instrumental in developing and executing a successful brand, pack, price and channel strategy, which has now been replicated in various forms throughout Coca-Cola’s global system.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Quincey was a Partner in strategy consulting at The Kalchas Group, a spin off from Bain & Company and McKinsey. Quincey, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, received a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Liverpool.
Since 1886, we’ve brought the world the unique, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola. And as the times have changed, so have we. Today, we’re the world’s largest beverage company, offering over 500 brands to people in more than 200 countries. Together with our bottling partners, we depend on over 700,000 Coca-Cola system associates to reach the world.
But even with this storied past, we aren’t standing still.
As consumers’ tastes and preferences change, we’re rapidly evolving our business to bring them a wide range of new and different drinks, while also reducing sugar and adding more nutrition and benefits wherever we can. As always, we’re firmly committed to creating lasting value for our associates, bottling partners, customers, shareowners, and the communities we call home.
John Agwunobi President of Herbalife Nutrition - CEO of the Year 2018 Nutritional Supplement Industry
John Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., is dedicated to the Company’s purpose of helping make the world healthier and happier, and brings an accomplished background with a wealth of experience to Herbalife Nutrition as a physician, a public health official and a global executive.
In his dual role of co-president and chief health and nutrition officer, Dr. Agwunobi directs the Company’s nutrition philosophy and leads the Company's purpose-driven independent distributors and health conscious customers to live healthier and happier through personalized nutrition and a proven business opportunity. Since joining the Company as chief health and nutrition officer in 2016, Dr. Agwunobi has been leading the Herbalife Nutrition Institute; the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board and the Herbalife Dietetic Advisory Board, and works with the Company’s Ph.D.s and scientists to integrate nutrition science into products. Dr. Agwunobi also works intimately with Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors and customers, ensuring that the Company is continuously innovating in the areas of product development, technology, marketing and corporate sales.
Dr. Agwunobi brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors to his role. Most notably, from 2005-2007, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During his term, he was responsible for disease prevention and health promotion. He oversaw the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and numerous other public health offices and programs.
In the private sector, Dr. Agwunobi served as senior vice president and president of health and wellness for Walmart in the United States where he grew the business and provided insight and advice on health reform positions, public health advocacy, health nutrition, employee wellness and emergency response.
Dr. Agwunobi has a broad educational background that includes a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in business administration from Georgetown University. Dr. Agwunobi completed his pediatric residency at Howard University and is currently a licensed physician in Florida, Maryland and Washington D.C. He serves on numerous boards including the U.S. African Development Foundation, Shopko, Magellan Health Services, Smart Rx Systems Inc. and Oration Health.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. We have been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products & programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, sky-rocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages. We offer high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Our targeted nutrition, weight management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Nutrition distributors in more than 90 countries.
Through our corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and our Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We are also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy, and numerous Olympic teams.
Herbalife Nutrition has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.5 billion in 2016.
Andrei Baronov has over two decades of delivering the industry’s most innovative and visionary product portfolios and is one of the world’s leading systems management experts. As Co-Founder and CEO at Veeam Software, he oversees all aspects of the company’s products, technology and customer support organizations.
In 1997, in partnership with Ratmir Timashev, he co-founded Aelita Software. Andrei’s expertise and insight made it possible to create a family of innovative, award-winning products built on architecture and core technologies, which were a generation ahead of competitors.In 2004, after Aelita was acquired by Quest Software, Andrei took the position of R&D Director of Quest’s Microsoft Business Unit, leading its Russian product development teams. While working with Ratmir Timashev on the ABRT Venture Fund, Andrei continued to build his knowledge and explore new areas, including virtualization. Veeam’s first virtual server management product, FastSCP, has been widely embraced by the industry and today Andrei’s vision for Availability for the Always-On Enterprise is deployed in more than 200,000 companies across the globe.
Andrei earned his master’s degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1990, and a PhD in Physics and Technology from the same college in 1995.
With the hyper-growth and hyper-sprawl of today’s data, traditional data management is not enough. Data must become Hyper‑Available.
Getting there requires a new approach that merges the traditional disciplines of data backup and recovery, data protection and data security. Moving from policy-based to behavior-based management to make data both intelligent, and ultimately, self-governing.
As the leader in Availability across multi-cloud environments, Veeam® is uniquely positioned to help customers along their journey to Intelligent Data Management.
Juan R. Luciano
Juan R. Luciano is chairman of the board of directors, president and chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company. Luciano joined ADM in 2011 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was named president in February 2014, and in January 2015 became the ninth chief executive in ADM’s 112-year history. He became chairman of the board in January 2016.
Under Luciano’s leadership, ADM has taken significant actions to deliver shareholder value through strategic growth. Since January 2015, the company has invested in port facilities in Europe and South America, announced construction of new feed plants in the U.S. and China, and expanded sweetener production capacity in Eastern Europe. Luciano has also led ADM’s continued expansion into the ingredients business, growing the company’s production capacity of specialty nuts and seeds and adding to ADM’s flavor capabilities. At the same time, Luciano has spearheaded operational excellence initiatives that have significantly enhanced the company’s capital, cost and cash positions, and has led efforts to continue building the organization’s internal leadership capacity.
As president and chief operating officer, Luciano oversaw the commercial and production activities of ADM’s Corn, Oilseeds and Agricultural Services businesses, as well as its research, project management, procurement and risk management functions.
Before joining ADM, Luciano had a successful 25-year tenure at The Dow Chemical Company, where he last served as executive vice president and president of the Performance division.
Luciano serves on the boards of directors of Eli Lilly and Company, Wilmar International and Intersect Illinois, a nonprofit economic development organization created by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago; serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and is a governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Luciano holds an industrial engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 food and feed ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses.
After five years working in several financial positions in New York, San Francisco and London, Sébastien Bazin was appointed CEO of Hottinguer Rivaud Finances, an investment bank, in 1990, and then CEO of L’Immobilière Hôtelière, a hotel developer in France, in 1992. In 1997, he moved to Colony Capital, a private real estate investment firm, to head up its European branch and lead several acquisitions, principally in the hospitality sector (Générale des Eaux, Club Méditerranée, Lucien Barrière, Fairmont & Raffles, Buffalo Grill, Château Lascombes, Stadia Consulting and others).
He joined Accor’s Board of Directors in 2005 and, via Colony Capital, became a Paris Saint-Germain shareholder in 2006 and the club’s Chairman in 2009. In August 2013, he resigned from his duties at Colony Capital and was appointed Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels. Sébastien has been Chairman of the Théâtre du Châtelet’s Board of Directors since 2015 (and a Board member since 2013), is Vice-Chairman of the Gustave Roussy Foundation’s Supervisory Board, and has been a member of GE’s Board of Directors since 2016.
We are far more than a worldwide leader. We are 250,000 hospitality experts who share the same passion. Welcoming people. We take care of millions of guests in our 4,500 addresses. Every day, we put all our energy into spreading the most powerful promise in the hospitality profession: Feel Welcome.
About John Fallon
John Fallon became Pearson’s chief executive on 1 January 2013. Since 2008, he had been responsible for the company’s education businesses outside North America and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed president of Pearson Inc. in 2000. In 2003 he was appointed CEO of Pearson’s educational publishing businesses for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of Corporate Affairs at Powergen plc and was also a member of the company’s executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in UK local government. He is an advisory board member of the Global Business Coalition for Education, a member of the Council of the University of Hull, and trustee and director of the Oracle Cancer Trust.
In a fast-changing world, education is the key to success. For many people, learning is the route to a job to support their family or the skills to help them make progress in their career. For others, it’s simply a lifelong passion for discovery. For every learner, at every stage of their life, education is the path to opportunity and fulfilment.
Our world-class tools, content, products, and services are designed to help people adapt to our changing world, navigate its challenges and opportunities, and ultimately make progress in their lives. Because where learning flourishes, so do people.
About Ajay Banga
Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors. Ajay is a co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute, first vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the United States Council for International Business. Ajay is a founding trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum and co-chairs the board of directors of the American India Foundation. Ajay is also a co-chair of the Partnership for New York City. He served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He is a past member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012.
Ajay serves as a director of the Business Roundtable and is a member of the Business Council. He is a member of the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and the board of governors of the American Red Cross. In addition, Ajay serves on the materials advisory committee of the board of directors of DowDuPont Inc.
Prior to Mastercard, Ajay served as chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. During his career at Citigroup, he held a variety of senior management roles in the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He also oversaw the company’s efforts in microfinance. Ajay began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years with PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized. He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Electronic payments have the ability to create a world with greater opportunities for all. To take us beyond borders, to new markets. Beyond mere moments, to meaningful experiences. That's the power of a World Beyond Cash®. And that's Priceless®. For more than 50 years, we've been using our technology and expertise to make payments safer, simpler and smarter. As a technology company, we connect individuals, businesses and organizations around the world, creating greater opportunities for all.
About Minoru Usui
Ever since joining Epson, Minoru Usui, who became president in 2008, has relentlessly pursued the development and perfection of new technologies that would open up future avenues for Epson.
When Usui began his career with Epson in 1979, printer companies had started to explore new printing systems to replace the impact printers that were prevalent at the time. The encounter between Epson and Usui at the dawn of the inkjet printer age proved to be fortuitous for both.
Usui spent his first few years with the company planning and designing miniprinters for calculators. He then moved on to inkjet printer development. Here, after a long and steady process of experimentation, he became convinced of the huge potential of piezoelectric printing systems, leading him to tackle the challenge of mass producing compact, high-performance print heads built around piezoelectric elements. His efforts led, in 1993, to the successful development of Epson's first commercial inkjet printer equipped with a Micro Piezo print head.
In 2005 he left the printer business to head up Epson's Production Engineering & Development Division, where he was charged with strengthening the company's production engineering and technology. Two years later, in 2007, he was also tapped to head up the Corporate R&D Division, a role in which he applied his broad vision to the exploration of new possibilities and the creation of new businesses.
After being appointed president in 2008, Usui began planning Epson's mid- and long-range growth strategy amid the harsh economic environment that followed the international financial crisis.
These plans eventually culminated, in 2009, with the announcement of Epson's SE15 long-range corporate vision. Under this plan, Usui was able to transition Epson to a company capable of generating steady cash flow by focusing on Epson's strengths, by shifting to new business models and product portfolios in existing businesses, by developing new business domains, and by rebuilding the corporate structure.
We aspire to be an indispensable company, trusted throughout the world for our commitment to openness, customer satisfaction and sustainability.
We respect individuality while promoting teamwork, and we are committed to delivering unique value through innovative and creative solutions.
About Adim Jibunoh
Adim Jibunoh is the President/CEO of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp). Prior to this position, he was the Business Development Director at Heirs Holdings Limited overseeing the non-banking financial services investments in the group. He is a First Class graduate in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt. His career in the banking industry spans over two decades. His prior positions have included: Investment Executive at the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank(NIDB-now Bank of Industry); Executive Director at Standard Trust Bank Plc; and the Chief Executive Officer of Continental Trust Bank. He is also a non-executive director of Avon HMO and United Capital Plc.
About Transcorp Group
Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) is a leading diversified conglomerate.
We focus on acquiring and managing strategic businesses that create long term shareholder returns and socio-economic impact. Our business interests are in four strategic sectors: Power, Energy, Hospitality and Agriculture. Incorporated on November 16, 2004 and quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Transcorp has a shareholder base of about 300,000 investors, the largest of which is Heirs Holdings Limited, a pan-African proprietary investment company. Our notable businesses include the award-winning Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja; Transcorp Hotels, Calabar; Teragro Commodities Limited, operator of Teragro Benfruit Plant – Nigeria’s first-of-its-kind juice concentrate plant; Transcorp Power Limited which acquired Ughelli Power Plc, owner of the 972MW Ughelli Power Plant and Transcorp Energy Limited, operator of OPL 281.
Our Purpose: “Improving Lives, Transforming Nigeria.”
About Dirk Van de Put
Dirk Van de Put became CEO of Mondelēz International and joined the company’s Board of Directors in November 2017. Dirk became Chairman on April 1, 2018.
Dirk joined the company from McCain Foods Limited, a $9.1 billion CAD ($7.3 billion USD) privately held Canadian company that is the largest marketer and manufacturer of frozen french fries, potato specialties and appetizers with sales in more than 160 countries. Under his leadership as President and CEO since 2011, McCain has grown net sales by more than 50 percent, generating three-quarters of that growth organically, and EBITDA has grown double-digits for each of the past six years.
Before joining McCain, he was President of the Global OTC Division of Novartis Inc., a Swiss pharmaceutical company. Prior to Novartis, Dirk spent more than a decade with Groupe Danone, a maker of dairy, water, baby food and clinical nutrition products. He held various senior-level positions before becoming President of the Americas Division and joint President of the Fresh Dairy Division.
In the first 15 years of his career, Dirk held many sales and marketing roles in Europe and Latin America for Mars Inc., as well as The Coca Cola Company, where among others, he was President, Coca Cola Caribbean.
Dirk holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and a post-graduate in marketing and management. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
At Mondelēz International, our purpose is to empower people to snack right. We will lead the future of snacking around the world by offering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. That means delivering a broader range of delicious, high-quality snacks that nourish life's moments, made with sustainable ingredients and packaging that consumers can feel good about.
About Phebe N. Novakovic
Phebe N. Novakovic became chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics on January 1, 2013. She was previously named the company’s president and chief operating officer, and a member of the company’s board of directors, in May 2012.
Prior to her appointment as president and chief operating officer, Novakovic was executive vice president for the Marine Systems group. Previously, Novakovic had been senior vice president – Planning and Development since July 2005, where she was responsible for Government Relations, Communications, International, Investor Relations and Strategic Planning. She also has served as vice president – Strategic Planning, a position to which she was appointed in October 2002.
Before joining General Dynamics, Novakovic served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing processes for all major U.S. Department of Defense budget and policy decisions for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Novakovic also worked for the Office of Management and Budget, where she served in a number of capacities, including as Deputy Associate Director for National Security, where she was responsible for managing and submitting the President’s budget for the Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Agencies.
From 1983 to 1986, she served as an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. Novakovic began her career in 1979 as an analyst for the McLean Research Center where she performed operational analyses on Department of Defense weapon systems.
Novakovic was elected to the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories in 2010. She serves on the boards of trustees of Northwestern University and Ford’s Theatre, and on the boards of directors for several charitable organizations.
Novakovic received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1988; she completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College in 1979.
About General Dynamics
General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. From Gulfstream business jets and combat vehicles to nuclear-powered submarines and communications systems, people around the world depend on our products and services for their safety and security.
We offer a broad portfolio of innovative products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; IT and C4ISR solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair.
General Dynamics employs thousands of people across the globe, with locations in more than 45 countries. We rely on the skills of our employees and their knowledge of customer requirements to deliver best-in-class products and services.
General Dynamics employees have pushed the boundaries by embracing change for more than 65 years. We draw on this rich history of service to the aerospace and defense communities and an agile culture of continuous improvement to create ever-growing value for our customers.
About Kenneth C. Frazier
Kenneth C. Frazier is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc.
Under Mr. Frazier’s leadership, Merck is delivering innovative lifesaving medicines and vaccines as well as long-term and sustainable value to its multiple stakeholders. Mr. Frazier has substantially increased Merck’s investment in research, including early research, while refocusing the organization on the launch and growth of key products that provide benefit to society. He has also led the formation of philanthropic and other initiatives that build on Merck’s 125-year plus legacy.
Mr. Frazier joined the company in 1992 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the company’s joint venture with Astra AB. He became Vice President of Public Affairs in 1994, and in 1997, was also named Assistant General Counsel. In 1999, Mr. Frazier was promoted to General Counsel of Merck. From 2007 to 2010, he served as President of Global Human Health, Merck’s sales and marketing division. In 2010, Mr. Frazier became President of Merck. He was appointed CEO and a member of Merck’s Board of Directors in January 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in December 2011.
Prior to joining Merck, Mr. Frazier was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. He sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medicine, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Frazier received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
We are a global healthcare company with a 125-year history of working to make a difference.
Our company is known as Merck in the United States and Canada. Everywhere else, we are known as MSD. Our rich history of discovery and innovation began more than 125 years ago and continues today. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness in people and animals around the world. We've done great things in the past. Today, we're doing great things for the future.
About Fernando A. González
Since joining CEMEX in 1989, Fernando A. González has held several senior management positions, including Corporate Vice President of Strategic Planning, head of operations in Venezuela, President of CEMEX Asia, President of the CEMEX South America and the Caribbean region, President of the CEMEX Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia region, and Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning, Finance and Administration (CFO). Fernando was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2014. He also serves in the Board of Directors of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, Axtel, and Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Business School. He earned his BA in Administration and an MBA, both from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. We have a rich history of improving the wellbeing of those we serve through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.
About José María Álvarez-Pallete López
Mr. José María Álvarez-Pallete López has a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also studied Economics at the Université Libre of Brussels (Belgium), holds an International Management Programme (IMP) from IPADE Business School and an Advance Research Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid.
In February 1999 he joined the Telefónica Group as Chief Financial Officer of Telefónica Internacional S.A.U., and in September of the same year he became Chief Financial Officer of Telefónica S.A. In July 2002, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Telefónica Internacional S.A.; in July 2006, General Manager of Telefónica Latinoamérica, and in March 2009 Chairman of Telefónica Latinoamérica. In September 2011 he was named Executive Chairman of Telefónica Europe. And in September 2012 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica S.A.
Since April 8th 2016 he is Chairman & CEO of Telefónica S.A. and Member of the Board of Telefónica S.A., position he holds since July 2006.
He began his professional career at Arthur Young Auditors in 1987, before joining Benito & Monjardín/Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1988. After this, in 1995, he joined the Compañía Valenciana de Cementos Portland (CEMEX) as head of the Investor Relations and Analysis Department. In 1996, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in Spain, and in 1998 to Chief Administration and Finance Officer of the CEMEX Group Indonesia and to member of the Board of CEMEX Asia Ltd.
In 2001 he was granted the best “CFO Europe Best Practices” award in the Mergers & Acquisitions category for the year 2000. In 2003, he was appointed Member of Merit at the Ibero-American Forum of the Fundación Carlos III and in 2007 he was awarded with the Gold Master of the Executive Management Forum. In 2011 he received the Personality of the Year in Economics Award, given by the Spanish newspaper “El Economista”. In 2013 he received the Excellence 2013 Award, for his contribution to the development of telecommunications, granted by the Spanish Telecommunication Engineers Association. In 2014, Mr. Álvarez-Pallete received the Medalla Sorolla by The Hispanic Society of America and was named Innovative Corporate Leader of the Year by Latin Trade Magazine. In 2016 he was named “Best CEO” in Spain by Forbes Magazine.
Telefónica is a company that is aware of the new challenges posed by today’s society. This is why we offer the means to facilitate communication between people, providing them with the most secure and state of the art technology in order for them to live better, and for them to achieve whatever they resolve.
An innovative and attentive spirit with an immense technological potential that multiplies the ability to choose of its more than 346 million clients. Telefónica operate in 17 countries and has a presence in 24, with and an average of 127,000 professionals.
In January-December 2017 Telefónica had consolidated revenues of 52,008 million euros and more than 343.4 million total accesses, 271.7 million mobile phones accesses, 21.4 million Internet and data accesses and 8.5 million pay TV accesses.
Telefónica is a 100% listed company with more than 1.3 million shareholders, traded in several of the most important stock markets around the world.
About Søren Skou
Søren Skou has been CEO of A.P. Møller Mærsk A/S since June 2016. As of October 2016, CEO of the Transport & Logistics division. Since 2012, Søren Skou has been CEO of Maersk Line, encompassing Safmarine, MCC and Seago Line, and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2007. Søren Skou joined Maersk in 1983. Over the next decade and a half, he held various positions in Maersk Line, with roles in Copenhagen, New York and Beijing. In 1998 he joined Maersk Tankers, where he was CEO from 2001 to 2011.
A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 79,900 people.
About Ginni Rometty
Ginni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy.
Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.
Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company that leverages the power of innovation, data and expertise to improve business and society.
About Hiroshi Geshiro
Mr. Hiroshi Geshiro has been serving as Executive President, President and Representative Director in DAIFUKU CO., LTD. since April 2018. He joined the Company in April 1983. His previous titles include Executive Officer, Managing Executive Officer, Chief Director of Sales in FA & DA Business Unit, Manager of FA & DA Business, Director of FA & DA Business and Chief Director of Global in FA & DA Business Unit in the Company.
Since 1937, Daifuku has focused on material handling – the movement of finished goods and work in progress. Our world-class systems lead the industry by combining conveying, storage, sorting, picking and controls. Our products serve customers in a range of industries and countries.
We have refined our expertise not only as a manufacturer but also as a system integrator, so that we can provide precise solutions to the challenges faced by customers across a variety of industries. We have also established a consistent support system ranging from consulting to after-sales service. Our System Support Center offers 24-hour telephone support, remote monitoring of equipment operation and preventive maintenance service.
About Robert Willett
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Willett oversees all aspects of strategy and operations for Cognex Corporation. Mr. Willett came to Cognex in 2008 from Danaher Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of industrial controls and technologies, where he served as Vice President of Business Development and Innovation for the company's Product Identification business group. Prior to that Mr. Willett was President of Videojet Technologies, a leader in coding and marking products, which is a subsidiary of Danaher. Mr. Willett also served as Chief Executive Officer of Willett International Ltd., a $125 million privately owned coding company with 30 wholly owned sales companies around the world, which he sold to Danaher in 2003 and which was merged with Videojet. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, and an MBA from Yale University.
The world’s leading provider of vision systems, software, sensors, and industrial barcode readers used in manufacturing automation. Cognex vision helps companies improve product quality, eliminate production errors, lower manufacturing costs, and exceed consumer expectations for high quality products at an affordable price.Typical applications for machine vision include detecting defects, monitoring production lines, guiding assembly robots, and tracking, sorting and identifying parts. Cognex serves an international customer base from offices located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and through a global network of integration and distribution partners. The company is headquartered close to Boston in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.
Cognex is publicly traded on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol CGNX.
About Jacques Aschenbroich
Jacques Aschenbroich, an engineering graduate of the École des mines, held several positions in the French administration and served in the Prime Minister’s office in 1987 and 1988.
He then pursued an industrial career in the Saint-Gobain group from 1988 to 2008. After having managed subsidiaries in Brazil and Germany, he became Managing Director of the Flat Glass Division of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain and went on to become Chairman of Saint-Gobain Vitrage in 1996. Then, as Senior Vice-President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain from 2001 to 2008, he managed the flat glass and high performance materials sectors as from January 2007 and, as the Vice-Chairman of Saint-Gobain Corporation and General Delegate to the United States and Canada, he directed the operations of the group in the United States as from the same year.
Since February 18, 2016, Jacques Aschenbroich is appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Valeo. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of École nationale supérieure des mines ParisTech and a Member of the Board of Veolia environnement.
The Valeo story started in 1923 in a workshop in Saint-Ouen, just outside of Paris, France. Over 90 years later, it is now a world-leading global automotive supplier operating in 33 countries and partnering with automakers worldwide.
About Pierre Nanterme
Pierre Nanterme is Chairman & CEO of Accenture, a US$39.6 billion global professional services company. In addition to chairing the board of directors, Mr. Nanterme is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies, and interacting with clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders. He is Accenture’s primary decision- and policy-maker, setting the tone for the company’s values, ethics and culture. He has served on the board of directors since 2010 and leads Accenture's Global Management Committee.Mr. Nanterme exemplifies Accenture’s commitment to helping its clients achieve high performance. He is a proven leader, with deep expertise in developing strong client relationships, a passion for building outstanding client teams and a disciplined focus on operations and execution.
In his 35-year career with Accenture, Mr. Nanterme has held a wide variety of leadership positions across key parts of Accenture’s business. Prior to becoming CEO in January 2011, he was group chief executive of Accenture's Financial Services operating group, which serves clients in the banking, capital markets and insurance industries. In 2006, he joined Accenture’s global leadership team, where he contributed to the planning and execution of Accenture’s successful long-term business strategy and the implementation of its global operating model.
From May 2006 through August 2007, Mr. Nanterme was chief leadership officer, with primary responsibility for Accenture's leadership development program. In that role, he oversaw Accenture's corporate citizenship initiatives globally. He also served as Accenture’s country managing director for France from November 2005 through August 2007. Mr. Nanterme spent much of his earlier career with Accenture in the Financial Services operating group, where he served as managing director for Europe, Africa and Latin America, as well as global managing director of Accenture's Insurance industry group.
Mr. Nanterme represents Accenture in a number of external venues. Since 2011, he has served on various task forces for the B20 Summit, which comprises top business leaders from the G20 countries who inform and advise the G20 on key global issues from a business perspective. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's International Business Council and its IT Governors Steering Committee, as well as executive sponsor of the Forum's Digital Transformation of Industries research project. He is also a member of the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council.
Mr. Nanterme joined Accenture in 1983 and became a partner in 1993. He holds a Master of Science degree in management from ESSEC Business School (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) in Paris. He was awarded the insignia of Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour in France in 2010. In 2015, he was named to Fortune's "Businessperson of the Year" list of top CEOs. In 2016, he was named to Harvard Business Review’s list of “The Best-Performing CEOs in the World.”
Accenture solves our clients' toughest challenges by providing unmatched services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. We partner with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, driving innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. With expertise across more than 40 industries and all business functions, we deliver transformational outcomes for a demanding new digital world.
About Pat Gelsinger
Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, nearly doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings more than 35 years of technology and leadership experience.
Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.
Gelsinger earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude), and an associate's degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and that same year awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from William Jessup University. He holds seven patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications.
This year, VMware celebrates 20 years as an industry pioneer. When the company launched in February 1998, we transformed the data center forever by mainstreaming virtualization, the core principle of cloud computing. Twenty years later, we remain just as focused on innovating in everything we do, and committed to solving the most difficult technology problems for our customers. We apply the same principles of virtualization and software innovation to securely connect, manage and automate the world's complex digital infrastructure. And there's so much more to come.
We see opportunity to apply those principles to growing technology areas like IoT, edge computing, and AI, amongst others. We are optimistic about the power of technology to be a force for good, with the potential to solve the big societal problems of today and tomorrow. Software, as we see it, has the power to transform business and humanity. We're here to make that happen.