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.
Mr. Cook joined Colgate-Palmolive in the United Kingdom in 1976 and progressed through a series of senior management roles around the world. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2004, with responsibility for operations in North America, Europe, Central Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2005, Mr. Cook was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all Colgate-Palmolive operations worldwide, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Elected director in 2007 and Chairman in 2009.
Our 200-year history reflects the strength and innovation that our people have used to constantly transform our Company and identify new opportunities. With global brands sold in over 200 countries and territories, Colgate, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Palmolive, Ajax, Softsoap and Hill’s pet Nutrition are among the world’s most recognizable household names, trusted and relied upon by consumers everywhere.
Federico is the chief executive officer of Bioceres, a position held since 2011. Federico was general manager of INDEAR from 2009 to 2011, was director of product development of INDEAR from 2008 to 2009, and originally joined INDEAR as the team leader of the Amaranth project, a position he held from 2005 to 2009. Federico has a Ph.D. in crop sciences and a CBA from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in plant pathology and weed science from Colorado State University and a degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University.
We are a fully-integrated provider of crop productivity solutions, including seeds, seed traits, seed treatments, biologicals, high-value adjuvants and fertilizers. Unlike most industry participants that specialize in a single technology, chemistry, product, condition or stage of plant development, we have developed a multi-discipline and multi-product platform capable of providing solutions throughout the entire crop cycle, from pre-planting to transportation and storage. Our platform is designed to cost-effectively bring high-value technologies to market through an open-architecture approach.
Our headquarters and primary operations are based in Argentina, which is our key end-market as well as one of the largest markets globally for GM crops. We leverage our relationship with our shareholders, many of whom are industry leaders and key participants in our end-markets, to increase adoption of our products and technologies.
Over the past 40 years, we have established a leadership position in sourcing, development, production and sales of biological products for some of the most globally prolific crops, including soy, corn, wheat and alfalfa. We sell our products through a 90-person sales and marketing team and enjoy exceptional access to the end-user grower as a result of: (i) our strategic alliances with global leaders, such as Syngenta, Valent Biosciences, Dow AgroSciences, Don Mario and TMG; (ii) through our shareholders, who collectively control significant agricultural land; and (iii) our longstanding relationships with over 800 dealers and distributors. Our customers include global blue-chip companies and industry leaders, large distributors, co-ops and dealers, as well as growers.
Our leading infrastructure, the success of our platform and commanding presence in our key markets have made us the effective flagship agricultural solutions provider, as well as the natural partner for global conglomerates, in South America.
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.
Florentino Pérez Rodríguez
Born in Madrid in 1947, he holds a degree in Civil engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Professional experience: He began his professional career in 1971 in the private sector, rising to head the Spanish Highway Association, until switching to the public business sector. From 1976 to 1982 he held various positions in the Public Administration, such as Delegate for Sanitation and Environment for the City of Madrid, Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Industry and Energy, Director-General of Transport Infrastructure at the Ministry of Transport, and President of the National Institute for Agrarian Reform and Development (IRYDA) at the Ministry of Agriculture.
In 1983 he returned to the private sector, when he headed Construcciones Padrós, S.A., as well as being one of its leading shareholders. Since 1993 he has been the Chairman of ACS, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. He is also the Chairman of Real Madrid.
A worldwide reference in the industry of infrastructure development, both civil and industrial engineering projects. A Group which participates in the development of sectors which are fundamental for the economy. A Company committed to economic and social progress in the countries where it is present.
Glenn J. Chamandy
Glenn J. Chamandy is one of the founders of the Company and has devoted his entire career to building Gildan into an industry leader. Mr. Chamandy has been involved in various textile and apparel businesses for over thirty years. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004, the position which he currently holds, Mr Chamandy served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Gildan. An entrepreneurial spirit who is passionate about the business and the pursuit of excellence, Mr. Chamandy serves as a great example of Gildan's Core Values. Mr Chamandy is responsible for providing leadership and vision to Gildan, as well as setting the strategic direction in line with shareholder's interests.
We are one of the world's largest vertically integrated manufacturers of apparel and socks. We control almost every step in the process, from raw materials to finished garments.
Jeff Gennette was elected chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. in March 2017 and assumed the role of chairman in February 2018. Gennette previously held the role of president of Macy’s, Inc. since 2014. Prior to that, he was chief merchandising officer of Macy’s, Inc., a position to which he was appointed in February 2009.Gennette began his retail career in 1983 as an executive trainee at Macy’s West in San Francisco. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president and division merchandise manager for men’s collections, and senior vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and children’s. In 2004, Gennette was appointed executive vice president and director of stores at Macy’s Central in Atlanta. During his career, he also served as a store manager for FAO Schwarz and director of stores for Broadway Stores, Inc. From February 2006 to February 2008, Gennette served as chairman and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Macy’s Northwest. Gennette returned to San Francisco from February 2008 to February 2009 as chairman and CEO of Macy’s West.
Gennette, a native of San Diego, is a graduate of Stanford University.
Macy’s, Inc. is one of the USA’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2017 sales of $24.837 billion and approximately 130,000 employees, the company operates approximately 690 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and more than 180 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and STORY. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio and New York, New York. Prior to June 1, 2007, Macy’s, Inc. was known as Federated Department Stores, Inc. The company’s shares are traded under the symbol “M” on the New York Stock Exchange.
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
Ivan Glasenberg joined Glencore in April 1984 and has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2002.
Mr Glasenberg initially spent three years working in the coal commodity department in South Africa as a marketer, before spending two years in Australia as head of the Asian coal commodity division. Between 1988 and 1989, he was based in Hong Kong as head of Glencore’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices, as well as head of coal marketing in Asia, where his responsibilities included overseeing the Asian coal marketing business of Glencore and managing the administrative functions of the Hong Kong and Beijing offices.
In January 1990, he was made responsible for the worldwide coal business of Glencore for both marketing and industrial assets, and remained in this role until he became Chief Executive Officer in January 2002.
Mr Glasenberg is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand. Mr Glasenberg also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is currently a non-executive director of Rosneft Oil Company PJSC (MCX:ROSN). Before joining Glencore, Mr Glasenberg worked for five years at Levitt Kirson Chartered Accountants in South Africa.
We are Glencore, one of the world’s largest globally diversified natural resource companies.
Founded in the 1970s as a trading company, we have grown to become a major producer and marketer of commodities - employing 146,000 people around the world.
Our operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities. Using our sector knowledge and global supply base, we source and market commodities to industrial consumers who need them - such as steel-makers, vehicle manufacturers, power companies and processors of oil and food. In this way, we produce and market resources that play an essential role in modern life.
People are at the heart of our business. That’s why we prioritise safety at all our assets; why we seek to minimise our impacts on the environment and communities; and why we aim to attract employees who strive to be leaders in their field.
Laurence D. Fink
Laurence D. Fink is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock, Inc. He and seven partners founded BlackRock in 1988, and under his leadership, the firm has grown into a global leader in investment and technology solutions to help investors build better financial futures. Today, BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm in the world. Mr. Fink has been named one of the "World's Greatest Leaders" by Fortune, and Barron’s has named him one of the "World's Best CEOs" for 12 consecutive years.
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Mr. Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of The First Boston Corporation.
He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University (NYU) and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Nature Conservancy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City.
Mr. Fink earned an MBA with a concentration in real estate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a BA in political science from UCLA in 1974.
BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager guiding individuals, financial professionals and institutions in building better financial futures. BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment manager in the world, helping millions of people and the world’s biggest institutions and governments reach their investing goals.
Fabrizio Freda is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies, the global leader in prestige beauty. He joined the Company in March 2008 as President and Chief Operating Officer and assumed the CEO position in July 2009. As President and CEO, Mr. Freda is responsible for the Company’s overall vision and strategy, financial objectives and investment priorities. He is also a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the Company’s multiple engines of growth have delivered record sales and enabled profitable growth. Mr. Freda is a strategically-focused, financially-disciplined, results-oriented leader with a proven track record in the consumer products industry. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Freda had an impressive 20-year career at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he was responsible for numerous operating, marketing and strategic efforts spanning different geographies and categories. He held positions of increasing responsibility in the Health and Beauty Care and Global Snacks divisions at P&G, with his last role as President, Global Snacks. Mr. Freda serves on both the Board of Directors of BlackRock Inc. and the Advisory Board of the Global Business Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In 2015, Mr. Freda was presented with Italy’s Cavaliere del Lavoro by President Sergio Mattarella, and in 2018, Mr. Freda was named to Barron’s exclusive list of the World’s Best CEO’s.
Estée Lauder Companies
We are the global leader in prestige beauty — delighting consumers with transformative products and experiences, inspiring them to express their individual beauty. We are the only company focused solely on prestige makeup, skin care, fragrance and hair care with a diverse portfolio of 25+ brands sold in 150 countries. Infused throughout our organization is a passion for creativity and innovation — a desire to push the boundaries and invent the unexpected — as we continue the bold work of our founder Estée Lauder.
Ms Lum is the Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer. She heads the Board's Investment Committee and is a member of the Nominating Committee.
Ms Lum started corporate life as a chemist with Glaxo Pharmaceutical and left in 1989 to start up Hydrochem (S) Pte Ltd, the precursor to Hyflux Ltd. Managing the Group for more than 25 years now, Ms Lum is the driving force behind Hyflux's growth and business expansion, and is responsible for policy and strategy formulation as well as corporate direction.
A former Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament, Ms Lum is currently a member of the Singapore-Tianjin Economic & Trade Council, Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council, Singapore-Zhejiang Economic & Trade Council, Singapore-Oman Business Council and Singapore Business Federation Council. She also sits on the boards of International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and Singapore Mediation Centre.
Ms Lum has received many accolades for her entrepreneurial achievements including the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth 2006, the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 and the Financial Times ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award 2011 for Entrepreneurship.
Ms Lum holds an Honours degree in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore.
Delivering sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.
As a global leader in sustainable solutions, focusing on the areas of water and energy, Hyflux is committed to providing cost-effective and innovative solutions that contribute to resource optimisation and sustainable growth for communities and industries. A specialist in water treatment and among the top global desalination plant providers, Hyflux is distinctive in its ability to address the challenges at every point of the entire water value chain. In the area of energy, the company has expanded from energy generation and retail to include waste-to-energy, providing clean and renewable energy.
The Group’s track record includes Singapore’s first water recycling plant and two seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants, and some of the world’s largest SWRO desalination plants in Algeria, China, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. The Group is also developing Asia’s first Integrated Water and Power Project and Singapore’s largest waste-to-energy plant.
Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Hyflux has operations and projects spanning across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
With more than 20 years of experience managing, owning and franchising health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. Runyon revolutionized the fitness industry when he and Dave Mortensen co-founded Anytime Fitness – an alternative to big-box gyms which typically feature expensive “frills” that few members actually use or need. In contrast, Runyon and Mortensen designed smaller, neighborhood clubs featuring the things members want most: convenience, affordability, quality equipment and surprisingly personable service in friendly, non-intimidating facilities.
Self Esteem Brands
Improving the self-esteem of the world. That’s the lofty goal of Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness (the world’s #1 “Top Global” franchise) and Waxing The City, another award-winning franchise poised for rapid expansion. Self Esteem Brands is also the parent company to affiliates Provision Security Solutions, Healthy Contributions, PumpOne and Franchise Real Estate. With the vision of improving the self-esteem of the world at its core, Self Esteem Brands seeks to enrich the lives of all of those who interact with our companies in nearly 30 countries on five continents worldwide. That includes our consumers, vendors, employees, franchisees and the surrounding communities where more than 3,000 of our independently owned and operated franchises are located. Additionally, Self Esteem Brands is actively seeking other innovative business concepts to partner with and franchise.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, is one of Dubai's leading businessmen.
Mr. Bin Sulayem’s expertise and visionary leadership spearheaded the rapid expansion of Dubai’s infrastructure, including ports and free zones, contributing significantly to the stellar growth trajectory of the United Arab Emirates. He was also a leader in developing the infrastructure supporting Dubai’s successful tourism industry, among various other sectors.
Highlights of his three-decade business career include:
• Leading marine terminal operator DP World’s expansion internationally, including the purchase of the P&O group for US$6.8 billion in March 2006, which propelled it to one of the largest global port operators and trade enablers in the world with 78 marine and inland terminals in six continents
• Overseeing the rapid development of the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) into an unrivalled business park of more than 7300 companies
• Establishing and leading Nakheel, a real estate and tourism property development firm that has created many iconic Dubai projects including The Palm, the world’s largest man-made islands
• Establishing and leading Istithmar World, a major investment house focusing on private equity with a portfolio of investments in diverse sectors across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East including retail, financial services, industry, tourism and hospitality, and healthcare
•Pioneering the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), a market for gold and precious metals, diamonds and coloured stones, energy and other commodities
Mr. Bin Sulayem is a BS graduate in Economics from Temple University Philadelphia, USA. He is a Board Member of the Dubai Executive Council, the UAE Federal Tax Authority. He is also Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One.
We help economies grow and nations prosper. Our dedicated team of over 36,000 employees from 103 countries cultivates long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines, importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain, to add value and provide quality services today and tomorrow.
In 2017, DP World handled 70 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across our portfolio. With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, the current gross capacity of 88 million TEU is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
Thomas Birtel graduated with a doctorate degree in economics from Ruhr-University Bochum in 1982. He began his career in 1983 at the former German trading and industrial plant construction group Klöckner & Co, where he advanced to head of accounting for Klöckner Industrie-Anlagen GmbH. In 1989, he moved on to managing director’s position at Sweden’s Frigoscandia Group. He joined the STRABAG Group in 1996 as a member of the Management Board of STRABAG Hoch- und Ingenieurbau AG, was appointed to the Management Board of STRABAG AG, Germany, in 2002 and to the Management Board of STRABAG SE in 2006. Thomas Birtel has held the position of CEO of STRABAG SE since 15 June 2013.
STRABAG is a European-based technology group for construction services, a leader in innovation and financial strength. Our services span all areas of the construction industry. We create added value for our clients by our specialised entities integrating the most diverse services and assuming responsibility for them. We bring together people, materials and machinery at the right place and at the right time in order to realise even complex construction projects – on schedule, of the highest quality and at the best price. In short: We assume a part of the risk, thus relieving our clients.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our close to 73,000 employees, we are one of the few companies capable of offering services along the entire construction value chain – from design to planning, from construction to property and facility services, from operation all the way to demolition. In this way, we generate an annual output volume of more than € 14 billion. At the same time, a dense network of numerous subsidiaries in many European countries and on other continents is helping to expand our area of operation far beyond the borders of Austria and Germany. This broad diversification puts us in a position to build cost- and resource-effectively.
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).
Calvin McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of lululemon and serves as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. McDonald is a growth-oriented leader who has a proven track record helping large organizations scale by integrating how brands engage with customers where they shop – in stores, across digital channels, and from their home. Prior to joining lululemon in August 2018, Mr. McDonald served for five years as president and CEO of Sephora America’s, a division of the LVMH group of luxury brands, during a period of double-digit growth. Earlier in his career, Calvin spent two years as President and CEO of Sears Canada and 17 years at Loblaw Companies Limited, the largest retailer in Canada. He earned his MBA from the University of Toronto, and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. Born and raised in Canada, Mr. McDonald is an endurance athlete who frequently competes in ironman distance triathlons and marathons. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their four children.
Founded by Chip Wilson in Vancouver, Canada in 1998, lululemon is a yoga-inspired, technical athletic apparel company for women and men. What started as a design studio by day and yoga studio by night soon became a standalone store in November of 2000 on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.
Our vision for our store was to create more than a place where people could get gear to sweat in, we wanted to create a community hub where people could learn and discuss the physical aspects of healthy living, mindfulness and living a life of possibility. It was also important for us to create real relationships with our guests and understand what they were passionate about, how they liked to sweat and help them celebrate their goals. Today, we do this in our stores around the globe.
Sridhar Vembu is the CEO of Zoho Corp. (formerly AdventNet Inc.), the company behind the Zoho suite of online applications. He co-founded AdventNet in 1996, and has been CEO since 2000. AdventNet has transformed itself from a modest beginning as a software company serving network equipment vendors to a be an innovative online applications provider. It has maintained growth and profitability, without needing outside capital. Prior to AdventNet, Sridhar worked as a wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm, Inc. where he was fortunate to work with some of the leading minds in wireless communications. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.
Software is our craft and our passion. At Zoho, we create beautiful software to solve business problems. We believe that software is the ultimate product of the mind and the hands.
But as much as we love building beautiful software, we think our people and company culture are our most important assets. Our engineers spend years mastering their craft, bringing together decades of engineering expertise to produce a real work of art. When you choose Zoho, you get more than just a single product or a tightly integrated suite. You get our commitment to continuous refinement and to improving your experience. And you get our relentless devotion to your satisfaction.
Gonzalo Gortázar, born in Madrid in 1965, has been CEO of CaixaBank since June 2014.
Mr Gortázar holds a dual degree in Law and Business from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) and an MBA with distinction from the INSEAD Business School. He is currently Chairman of VidaCaixa and board member of Banco BPI. Mr Gortázar served as CaixaBank's Chief Financial Officer prior to being appointed CEO in June 2014. Before that, he was CEO of Criteria CaixaCorp between 2009 and June 2011. From 1993 to 2009, he worked at Morgan Stanley in London and Madrid, holding several posts in the investment banking division and leading the European Financial Institutions Group until he joined Criteria in mid-2009. Previously, he held various corporate and investment banking positions at Bank of America. He has been First Vice-Chairman at Repsol and a board member of Grupo Financiero Inbursa, Erste Bank, SegurCaixa Adeslas, Abertis, Port Aventura and Saba.
CaixaBank is the leading retail bank in Spain, with the largest customer base, a robust balance sheet and a culture drawing on deeply ingrained values. Following the acquisition of the Portuguese bank BPI, the CaixaBank Group has consolidated its leading position in retail banking in Spain and Portugal as a whole. Its business model is based on specialisation, with a tailor-made value proposition for each segment. CaixaBank seeks to be recognised as setting itself apart through its socially responsible banking model. Its priorities include: achieving exacting quality of service standards; a firm commitment to mobility and digitalisation; its capacity for innovation; and its proximity and robust financial position.
Kevin A. Lobo was appointed as Chairman of the Board on July 22, 2014, in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer of Stryker Corporation, which he assumed on October 1, 2012. Mr. Lobo joined Stryker in 2011, and had previously been Group President of Orthopaedics.
Mr. Lobo serves on the Board of Directors for Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies. He is also a board member of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Business Leaders for Michigan and United Way for Kalamazoo/Battle Creek regions, and is a member of the Business Roundtable.
Mr. Lobo has a broad business career that includes executive positions in general management and finance. After holding finance positions with KPMG, Unilever and Kraft Canada he spent eight years with Rhone-Poulenc, including roles based in Europe as Worldwide Corporate Controller of the chemical spin-out, Rhodia, and General Manager of Specialty Phosphates EMEA. He then spent eight years at Johnson & Johnson, including CFO of McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Ortho Women’s Health & Urology, President of J&J Medical Products Canada and President of Ethicon Endo Surgery.
Mr. Lobo's extensive global business and leadership experience across multiple industries, including healthcare, enables him to provide valuable insight to the board regarding the company's operations and the strategic planning initiatives necessary to meet the demands of the changing environment. As the sole member of management on our board, he provides management's business perspectives and the necessary link to our day-to-day operations.
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, is driven to make healthcare better. We offer innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.
Jan G. J. van de Winkel
Dr. van de Winkel is a co-founder of Genmab and served as President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer of the company until his appointment as President & Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Dr. van de Winkel has over 25 years of experience in the therapeutic antibody field and served as Vice President and Scientific Director of Medarex Europe prior to Genmab. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications and has been responsible for over 70 patents and pending patent applications. Dr. van de Winkel holds a professorship of immunotherapy at Utrecht University. He is chairman of the board of directors of Hookipa Biotech AG, member of the board of directors of Celdara Medical and LEO Pharma, the scientific advisory board of Thuja Capital Healthcare Fund and the advisory board of Capricorn Health-tech Fund. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nijmegen.
Genmab is a leading international biotechnology company that aims to improve the lives of patients by creating and developing innovative antibody products. The company was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1999 and is publicly traded on Nasdaq Copenhagen and under an ADR in the US. Genmab employs approximately 300 people and has offices in Denmark, The Netherlands and the United States.
Holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) and graduate degrees from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), IMD and Harvard Business School. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He began his career at Citibank and later joined the financial holding company of the Klabin-Maepar Group. In 1989, he joined Dixie-Toga, where he became CEO in 1991, participating in the company’s expansion, merger and transfer of control. In May 2005, he joined the Votorantim Group as the CEO of Votorantim Cimentos, where he was responsible for the operations in Brazil and in 14 other countries. He was named by RISI, the world’s leading information provider to the global forest products industry, Latin American CEO of the Year for the pulp and paper industry in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Suzano Pulp and Paper
We are a forestry based publicly held company, controlled by Suzano Holding and belonging to Group Suzano. Recognized for innovation and a pioneering spirit for over 90 years, Suzano is a 100% Brazilian company that is a global reference in the development of products made from planted eucalyptus forests and one of the largest vertically integrated producers of eucalyptus pulp and paper in Latin America. Its product portfolio includes coated and uncoated printing and writing paper, paperboard, tissue paper, market pulp and fluff Pulp.
Our structure includes administrative offices in Salvador (BA) and in São Paulo (SP), three integrated pulp and paper mills in the state of São Paulo (Suzano Unit and Limeira Unit) and one in the state of Bahia (Mucuri Unit); one non-integrated paper mill in the state of São Paulo (Rio Verde Unit) and a pulp mill in the state of Maranhão (Imperatriz Unit), and FuturaGene. We also have the largest paper and graphic product distribution in South America. The Company's foreign structure consists in representative offices in China and the United Kingdom, as well as subsidiaries in the United States, Switzerland, Argentina and Austria. Suzano is one of the largest companies with a structure for distributing paper and printing products in South America.
In 2015, Suzano announced an investment to adapt one of its Printing and Writing machines at the Suzano mill to produce Fluff pulp, becoming a pioneer in the use of hardwood fiber to produce this kind of pulp. The operation's start-up was on December, 2015 and Suzano has now flexibility to produce up to 100 thousand tons of Fluff pulp or Printing and Writing paper.
In 2017, the Company began producing and selling tissue paper produced at its units in Mucuri, Bahia and in Imperatriz, Maranhão, announced the acquisition of tissue producer Facepa – Fábrica de Papel da Amazônia S.A. and launched its first brand of toilet paper, Max Pure®. In 2018, the company will launch sales of finished goods in key markets of Brazil’s North and Northeast regions. The expansion of the Company’s product portfolio creates sustainable value, maximizes its asset base and narrows its relationship with end consumers.
Hussain Sajwani, a UAE national, is the founder and Chairman of global property development Company, DAMAC Properties. A graduate from the University of Washington, he started his career as a Contracts Manager in GASCO, a subsidiary of ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company). After a short period, he established his own business and in 1982 started his own catering venture.
DAMAC Properties has been at the forefront of the Middle East’s luxury real estate market since 2002, delivering luxury residential, commercial and leisure properties across the region, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.
Making its mark at the highest end of stylish living, DAMAC Properties has cemented its place as the leading luxury developer in the region, having delivered over 24,000 homes, with a development portfolio of more than 40,000 units at various stages of progress. This includes 10,000 hotel rooms, serviced hotel apartments and hotel villas that will be managed by its wholly - owned DAMAC Hotels & Resorts.
Carlos Gomes da Silva was born in Porto, Portugal, on 25 February 1967. He is a member of Galp’s Board of Directors since 2007 and vice-president and president of the Executive Committee since April 2015. He is a professional with 29 years of experience in different industries, in particular oil & gas. He joined Galp Energia/Petrogal early in the 1990’s, where he played several managerial roles leading the areas of refining operations, supply & trading, planning & control and strategy.
From 2001, and for six years, he served in the beverages industry (at Unicer, a Carlsberg group company) as Head of M&A and Strategy and subsequently as Executive Director (for the supply chain, retail and human resources). He returned to the oil & gas industry in 2007 to serve as Board Member in Galp Energia, having served in several executive roles since 2008 as Executive Director namely for marketing oil, gas & power, trading oil & gas and corporate divisions (procurement, marketing, human resources, legal, corporate governance and compliance).
Carlos Gomes da Silva holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science by the School of Engineering of the Porto University and an MBA by ESADE/IEP (Barcelona).
For more than 100 years, we have been laying out a path of innovation. We explore and produce oil and natural gas. We refine and market oil products. We distribute and supply natural gas. We generate and market electricity. The communities and the environment in the countries we operate in are of the utmost importance. We play an influential role in local sustainable development, promoting the people’s well-being with social projects that essentially aim at the access to energy and education. We are of Portuguese origin, but we have a strong expansion at a world level. We operate in 11 countries and export our products to over 50 nations. We do that through the synergies of an integrated international operation, geared towards collaboration and progress.
Margaret Keane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. A member of its Board of Directors, she led the company’s successful initial public offering in July 2014 and split-off from GE in November 2015.
Her passion for emerging technology and employee development has solidified Margaret’s reputation as a leader in the field. She has been recognized as one of American Banker’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” for 11 consecutive years (#4 in 2017) and one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” for the past three years (#25 in 2017). Fortune also named Margaret to their “Businessperson of the Year” list (#33 in 2016).
During an 18-year career with GE Capital, Margaret led the Retail Card platform as President and CEO beginning in 2004. She expanded her responsibilities in 2011 to become President and CEO of their North American Retail Finance business. Earlier, she held leadership roles that spanned consumer finance, vendor financial services, operations and quality. Margaret also held various leadership roles during 16 years with Citibank, where she began her career.
Margaret serves on the Allstate Corporation Board of Directors and the Financial Services Roundtable Board of Directors. Margaret is also dedicated to giving back to the community and serves on the National Board of Directors and chairs the Development Committee for buildOn, serves as a member of the St. John's University Board of Trustees, serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter Board of Trustees and is a Member of the Board of Overseers and a Member of the Patient Care Committee at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Margaret is also the President of the Synchrony Foundation that funds Synchrony's citizenship platform, Families that Work.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from St. John’s University. Margaret has two children and currently resides in Connecticut.