Ms. Marinello has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Company since January 3, 2017. Ms. Marinello previously served as a Senior Advisor of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative investment manager, since March 2014.
Ms. Marinello served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stream Global Services, Inc., a business process outsource service provider, from 2010 to March 2014. Ms. Marinello served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ceridian Corporation, a provider of human resources software and services, from 2006 to 2010 (promoted to Chairman in 2007). She served in a broad range of senior roles over 10 years at General Electric Co., an international industrial and technology company, including leading global, multi-billion dollar financial and services businesses and subsidiaries. During this period, she served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of GE Fleet Services at GE Commercial Finance from October 2002 to October 2006 and GE Insurance Solutions from 1999 to 2002.
She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Financial Assurance Partnership Marketing Group, a diverse organization that includes GE’s affinity marketing business, Auto & Home Insurance business, and Auto Warranty Service business from December 2000 to October 2002. Prior to this role, Ms. Marinello served as President of GE Capital Consumer Financial Services and also served as an Executive Vice President of GE Card Services, where she began her GE career in 1997. Prior to GE Capital, she served as President of the Electronic Payments Group at First Data Corporation, which provides electronic banking and commerce, debit and commercial processing to the financial services industry. She has also served in senior leadership positions at different financial institutions, including US Bank (previously First Bank Systems), Chemical Bank, Citibank and Barclays.
Ms. Marinello has served as a director of the Volvo Group, a multinational manufacturing company, since April 2014. Ms. Marinello served as a member of the Supervisory Board at The Nielsen Company B.V., a global information and measurement company, from July 2009 to May 2017, as a director of General Motors, a global automotive company, from July 2009 to December 2016, and as a director of RealPage, Inc., a provider of property management software and solutions, from 2015 to March 2017.
The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., operates the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty vehicle rental brands in approximately 10,200 corporate and franchisee locations throughout North America, Europe, The Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Hertz Corporation is one of the largest worldwide rental companies, and the Hertz brand is one of the most recognized in the world. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, Ultimate Choice, Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the Adrenaline, Dream, Green and Prestige Collections set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, The Hertz Corporation owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen, operates the Firefly vehicle rental brand and Hertz 24/7 car sharing business in international markets and sells vehicles through Hertz Car Sales. For more information about The Hertz Corporation.
Lei Jun was part of the founding team of Kingsoft in 1992 and became CEO in 1998. A year later, he founded the IT information service and download website Joyo.com. After Kingsoft successfully completed their IPO, Lei Jun stepped down from his position and became Vice Chairman at Kingsoft. In the early 2000’s, he invested in many successful start-up companies like YY, UC and Vancl as an angel investor, and on April 6, 2010, he founded Xiaomi. In July 2011, he returned to Kingsoft as Chairman of the Board. Lei Jun is currently the Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi.
Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun, who believes that high-quality
technology doesn't need to cost a fortune. We create remarkable hardware, software, and internet
services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range,
which currently includes the Mi Note Pro, Mi Note, Mi 4, Redmi 2, Mi TV, Mi Band and other accesso-
ries. With more than 61 million handsets sold in 2014, and products launched in Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia and Brazil, Xiaomi is
expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.
An Indonesian citizen, born in 1960, he has served as President Director of PT Astra International Tbk since March 1, 2010 and was previously a Director of the Company from 2001 to 2010. He currently also serves as President Commissioner of PT United Tractors Tbk and PT Astra Honda Motor.
Prior to joining the Company in 1990, he was the Sales Engineering Manager at Daimler-Benz Indonesia. In Astra, he had served as, among others, President Commissioner of PT Pamapersada Nusantara (2007–2009), Vice President Commissioner of PT Federal International Finance (2007-2010), President Commissioner of PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk (2010-2017), Vice President Commissioner of PT Toyota-Astra Motor (2010-2015) and Vice President Commissioner of PT Astratel Nusantara (2013- 2015).
He received a Dipl.-Ing. In Mechanical Engineering from the University of A. Sc. Konstanz, Germany in 1984 and Dipl.- Wirtschaftsing. in Business Administration from the University of A. Sc. Bochum, Germany in 1986. In 2014, he was awarded Asia Business Leader of The Year from CNBC.
Astra’s business operations across Indonesia are run through 212 subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates, and supported by 218,463 employees. As one of the nation’s largest business groups today, Astra has built a strong reputation through a diverse and quality products and services offering, with due observance to good corporate governance and environmental governance standards.
Astra continually aspires to become a corporate citizen that is considered to be a pride of the nation, one who is actively involved in the national efforts to improve the welfare of the Indonesian people. To this end, Astra runs business activities by a balanced combination of the business’ commercial interests and non-business contributions through ongoing social responsibility programs focused on four basic areas: education, environment, small and medium enterprises (SME) development and health.
Frederick W. Smith is Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., a $65 billion global transportation, business services, and logistics company.
Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corp. and its operating companies, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight. Since founding FedEx in 1971, he has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade, and “open skies agreements” for aviation around the world. Most recently, he has advocated for vehicle energy-efficiency standards and a national energy policy.
Smith is co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council, a trustee for the United States Council for International Business, and a member of the Business Roundtable. He served as chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and is co-chairman of the French-American Business Council. He has also served on the boards of several large public companies and on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mayo Foundation boards. He was formerly chairman of the board of governors for the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Air Transport Association.
Smith has received numerous civic, academic, and business awards, including the Global Leadership Award from the U.S.-India Business Council, the George C. Marshall Foundation Award, and the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, served as co-chairman of both the U.S. World War II Memorial Project and the campaign for the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and was named a top CEO by Barron’s and Chief Executive magazines.
Born in 1944 in Marks, Mississippi, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1966. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970.
At FedEx, we deliver more than packages. We deliver joy during the holidays. We deliver hope to survivors of natural disasters. We deliver expanded potential for growth and jobs by helping businesses reach new markets. Customers count on our diverse portfolio of transportation, e-commerce, and business solutions.
Our networks reach more than 220 countries and territories, linking more than 99 percent of the world’s GDP. Connecting people with goods, services, ideas and technologies creates opportunities that fuel innovation, energize businesses and lift communities to higher standards of living. Our more than 425,000 team members around the world are united around the Purple Promise: “I will make every FedEx experience outstanding.”
Stefano P. Bertamini (Steve) joined Al Rajhi Bank in May 2015 as Chief Executive Officer. Al Rahji Bank was founded in 1957 and is one of the largest Islamic banks in the world with a market capitalization of over 25 billion and assets in excess of 75 billion. The bank is headquartered in Saudi Arabia and has over 500 branches and the largest customer base and ATM network in the country. It also has operations in Jordan, Kuwait and Malaysia.
Before his appointment at Al Rajhi Bank, Steve was the Group Executive Director and CEO for Global Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered and a member of the Board of Standard Chartered PLC between 2008 and 2014. He was responsible for Retail banking, Wealth management, SME and Private bank with operations across 44 countries.
Steve was the executive global sponsor for employee volunteering for Standard Chartered from 2010-2012 which resulted in tripling the number of volunteering hours. From 2013 he became the executive sponsor for driving diversity and inclusion for more than 89,000 staff and 127 nationalities.
Previously, Steve spent 22 years with GE, most recently as Chairman and CEO of GE North East Asia and became a GE Officer in 2006. He was also responsible for GE's acquisition and merger business in the Asia-Pacific region from 2004 and President of GE Capital Asia since January 2001.
Steve is an active member of various external organizations including World Presidents’ Organization, CEO Forum, Global 50 and Global Executive Group.
Born in Munich, Germany and grew up in Europe, North Africa and North and South America, Steve graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor's degree of Business in Finance and Management and in 1985 earned his MBA at the University of North Texas in 1991. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.
Steve is currently based in Riyadh and enjoys weightlifting, boating, sports cars and golf. He is married with one daughter and two sons.
Al Rajhi Bank
Founded in 1957, Al Rajhi Bank is one of the largest Islamic banks in the world with total assets of SR 343 billion (US$ 90 billion), a paid up capital of SR 16.25 billion (US$ 4.33 billion) and an employee base of over 9,600 associates.
With over 60 years of experience in banking and trading activities, the various individual establishments under the Al Rajhi name were merged into the umbrella 'Al Rajhi trading and exchange corporation' in 1978 and it was in 1988 that the bank was established as a Saudi share holding company. Deeply rooted in Islamic banking principles, the Sharia compliant banking group is instrumental in bridging the gap between modern financial demands and intrinsic values, whilst spearheading numerous industry standards and development.
With an established base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Al Rajhi Bank has a vast network of over 570 branches, over 152 dedicated ladies branches, more than 4,794 ATM's, 74,612 POS terminals installed with merchants and the largest customer base of any bank in the Kingdom, in addition to 233 remittance centers across the kingdom. The first men's branch was opened in Aldirah in 1957, with the first ladies branch being opened in AlShmaisi in 1979.
Daniel Ek founded Spotify Limited in 2006 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ek is Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Spotify Technology S.A. Mr. Ek is responsible for guiding the vision and strategy of Spotify Technology S.A. and leading the management team. He has been a Director of Spotify Technology S.A. since July 21, 2008.
Mr. Ek is a serial entrepreneur and technologist who started his first company in 1997 at the age of 14, co-founded Spotify in 2006 together with Martin Lorentzon. His role is to guide the vision and strategy of Spotify as it grows. Leading the management team, he is also responsible for nurturing a passionate working environment for everyone at Spotify Limited. Prior to Spotify Limited, he founded Advertigo, the online advertising company acquired by TradeDoubler, having previously held senior roles at Nordic auction company Tradera (acquired by Ebay). He also served as Chief Technology Officer at Stardoll, the fashion & entertainment community for tweens.
With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment – on your phone, your computer, your tablet and more. There are millions of tracks on Spotify. So whether you’re working out, partying or relaxing, the right music is always at your fingertips. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you. You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back. Soundtrack your life with Spotify. Subscribe or listen for free.
Roger W. Ferguson
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization.
Mr. Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.
Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Mr. Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the New York State Insurance Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
He is Chairman of The Conference Board and serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Group of Thirty.
Mr. Ferguson served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.
Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.
TIAA started out nearly 100 years ago to help ensure teachers could retire with dignity. Today, millions of people who work at non-profits, including academic, research, medical, government and cultural fields, rely on our wide range of financial products and services.
In 1918, TIAA was founded through a $1 million endowment by the Carnegie Foundation. Today, we have grown into a diversified Fortune 100 financial services organization, helping people, institutions and advisors.
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.
Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.
Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.
Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Nadella serves on the board of trustees to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as well as the Starbucks Board of Directors. He is married and has three children.
Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
Mike is Group Chief Executive, a position he has held since June 2015.
Mike joined the Prudential Group in 1995 and became Chief Operating Officer and Vice-Chairman of Jackson in 2003. In 2011, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson, and joined the Board of Prudential.
During his leadership of Jackson, Mike was responsible for the development of Jackson’s market-leading range of retirement solutions. He was also part of the Jackson teams that purchased and successfully integrated a savings institute, three broker-dealers and two life companies.
Mike has more than three decades' experience in insurance and retirement services, having started his career at the US brokerage house Dean Witter, before going on to become a managing director at Smith Barney Shearson. Mike is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Prudential is an international financial services group. We help to remove uncertainty from life’s big events, providing our customers with the freedom to face the future with greater confidence.
Whether you are starting a family, saving for a child’s education or planning for old age, we provide financial peace of mind. We offer long-term savings and protection products, retirement income solutions and asset management across our markets in Asia, the US, the UK and Africa.
Prudential was founded in London in 1848 on the principles of integrity, security and prudence, and we still adhere to those values today.
Safra A. Catz
Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015. Catz currently serves as a director of The Walt Disney Company.
With 430,000 customers in 175 countries, Oracle provides leading-edge capabilities in software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and data as a service.
“We remain dedicated to leading the world into a more prosperous and progressive future; to creating a world that is fairer, more diverse, more tolerant, more just.”
Virginia M (Ginni) Rometty,
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
Igor served on X5’s Supervisory Board since 2013. He has been Managing Partner and CEO in RosExpert, which he co-founded in 1996 and has subsequently successfully developed into the Russian alliance partner of Korn/Ferry International. Igor started his career as finance manager at the Russian branch of Beoluna, the Japanese jewelry producer. Igor holds a degree in economics from the Kaliningrad Technical Institute (1992), and degrees in business administration from the Institute d'Administration des Enterprises (France, 1994) and the Danish Management School (1995).
Х5 Retail Group
Х5 Retail Group, leading multi-format modern retailer, creates, develops and actively manages portfolio of retail brands each of which with a distinct value proposition and brand, and which together target all categories of Russian customers.
X5 is Russia's second largest food retailer - one of the largest consumer markets in the world. We operate four brands in distinct market segments, with unique value propositions that appeal to a wide range of shoppers and budgets.
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.
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.
Jorge Mario Velásquez
Jorge Mario Velásquez Jaramillo was born in Bogotá in 1960. He graduated as a Civil engineer at the School of Engineering of Antioquia and later specialized with emphasis in the cement industry in England, and also participated in the CEO´s management Program at Kellogg School of Management and in the Stanford University's Supply Chain strategies program. He is also a graduate of the high government program of the School of Government of the Universidad de los Andes.
Since April 1, 2016, he serves as president of the group ARGOS S. A, parent company group with presence in 17 countries and strategic investments in the business of cement, energy, and concessions.
Before reaching the president of the Argos Group, Dr. Velásquez had been performing since 2012 as chairman of Cementos Argos S. A, a leading company in the cement business in Colombia with presence in more than 14 countries, and currently the second most important player in the Southeast of the USA.
Grupo Argos is a holding of sustainable investments in infrastructure. Its legal nature corresponds to a corporation, registered in the Stock Exchange of Colombia, as well as its subsidiaries Argos (cement), Celsia (energy) and Odinsa (road and airport concessions).
Grupo Argos, the parent company of Grupo Empresarial, has strategic investments in listed companies and private companies, and a solid portfolio of investments. In the Colombian stock market, Grupo Argos is an issuer of ordinary shares, preferred shares and fixed income securities, represented by strategic investors, private investment funds, pension funds, brokerage firms and investors in general (individuals and Interested in participating in the country's securities market.
Eric S. Yuan
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at Webex, Eric was the heart and soul of the Webex product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the Webex team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration. In 2017, Eric was added to the Business Insider list of the 52 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech.
Eric is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.
Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done. Zoom is a private company headquartered in San Jose, California.
Rovnag Ibrahim Abdullayev
Rovnag İbrahim Abdullayev was born on April 3, 1965 in Nakhchivan. He graduated from the Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Institute of the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering.
He has been working as an engineer, department chief and senior engineer at the “Oil Rocks” and “28 May” Oil and Gas Production Departments and “Xazardenizneftgasinshaat” (Caspian Sea Oil Gas Construction) Trust since 1989. He became the Director of the Trust in 1997 and director of the Baku Oil Refinery named after Heydar Aliyev in 2003. In 2004-2008, he was the President of the “Neftchi” Football Club.
He has been the President of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) since 2005 and the President of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) since 2008. In 2015, he became the President of Judo Federation of Azerbaijan. That year, by the Order issued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan he was awarded the “Glory” Medal. He is the member of New Azerbaijan Party and was elected the member of Milli Majlis (Parliament) for third, fourth and fifth callings. He is the member of Milli Majlis Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, head of the Azerbaijan-Norway inter-parliamentary working group and member of the working groups on relations with the British, Georgian and Russian parliaments. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
Established in 1993, the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic- SOCAR offers resources of Azerbaijan, one of the richest countries in terms of oil and natural gas, with the aim of international development and benefit. As an energy company offering integrated solutions, SOCAR is engaged in exploring oil and gas fields, producing, processing, and transporting oil, natural gas, and natural gas condensates, marketing crude petrol and petrochemical products in domestic and international markets, and supplying natural gas to Azerbaijan.
SOCAR is a competitive group operating in 6 strategic industries including petrochemicals, refinery, logistics, natural gas, energy and fibre technologies.
Through strategic partnerships SOCAR generates economic, social and environmental benefits on the global scale. Rapidly reinforcing its international operations with this objective SOCAR has built representative offices in 13 different countries varying from Iran to UK. Furthermore, the company has founded international trade companies in Singapore, Vietnam, Nigeria and Switzerland and purchased assets in Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Switzerland and Greece.
Among its global-scale strategic projects, SOCAR executes the most significant one in Turkey at a total volume of USD 19.5 billion. Having assumed a significant role in the future of the two sister countries and formed an integrated value chain in energy, SOCAR takes its strength from friendship, cooperation and confidence.
Chief Executive Officer
William Matthew "Willie" Walsh (born 25 October 1961) is an Irish airline executive. He is CEO of International Airlines Group, and has been CEO of Aer Lingus and British Airways.
May 2010. Re-elected June 2017
Key areas of experience:
Current external appointments:
Chairman of the National Treasury Management Agency of Ireland. Member of the IATA Board of Governors.
Previous relevant experience:
Chairman, IATA Board of Governors 2016-2017. Chief Executive Officer, British Airways 2005-2011. Chief Executive Officer, Aer Lingus 2001-2005. Chief Operating Officer, Aer Lingus 2000-2001. Chief Executive Officer, Futura (Aer Lingus’ Spanish Charter airline) 1998-2000. Joined Aer Lingus as cadet pilot in 1979.
International Airlines Group
International Airlines Group is one of the world's largest airline groups with 546 aircraft flying to 279 destinations and carrying around 105 million passengers each year. It is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue.
Formed in January 2011, IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. It is a Spanish registered company with shares traded on the London Stock Exchange and Spanish Stock Exchanges. The corporate head office for IAG is in London, UK.
In 2017, IAG launched LEVEL a new low cost long-haul airline brand that flies from Barcelona to four transatlantic destinations and will start flights from Paris in July 2018.
IAG combines leading airlines in Ireland, the UK and Spain, enabling them to enhance their presence in the aviation market while retaining their individual brands and current operations. The airlines' customers benefit from a larger combined network for both passengers and cargo and a greater ability to invest in new products and services through improved financial robustness.
British Airways and Iberia are members of the oneworld alliance.
Since April 2014, as Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, Rajeev has been the driving force behind Nokia's recent transformation, including its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, its successful expansion into enterprise vertical markets, the creation of a standalone software business, and the return of the Nokia brand to mobile phones. In his previous role as CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks he also delivered a complete turnaround, increasing the value of the company from approximately €1 billion to more than €10 billion.
In his more than 28 years of international experience Rajeev has developed deep expertise across a range of technology areas that will be critical in the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including telecommunication networks and devices, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, digital health, big data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, enterprise digitalization, and internet business models. He has held senior business roles leading major Nokia accounts and various business units and regions. He has rich business experience working across a range of functions including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product marketing, sales, account leadership, and regional and business unit leadership. As a successful global leader, he has lived in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
With broad global experience, Rajeev is a commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission, as well as a member of the Digital Communications Industry steering committee and the stewardship board of the Health and Healthcare System Initiative at the World Economic Forum.
Rajeev holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering (Electronics and Communications) from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. Rajeev was born in India in 1967, went on to become a Singaporean citizen, and is based in Espoo, Finland.
Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing. We adhere to the highest ethical business standards as we create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity. Nokia is enabling the infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things to transform the human experience.
Mr. Abdallah Massaad, Chairman of the Company is also a member of the Board of Directors of RAK Power Pvt. Ltd. and R.A.K. Security and Services (Pvt) Ltd. [subsidiary companies of RAK Ceramics (Bangladesh) Limited]. Mr. Massaad has led RAK Ceramics PJSC as Group Chief Executive Officer since June 2012.
He is also a representative on the board and management of several subsidiaries of RAK Ceramics. He is extremely knowledgeable in the fields of ceramics and industrial manufacturing, and is instrumental in helping companies engage in the forward and backward integration of the ceramics supply chain.
His tenure with RAK Ceramics began in 2004, when Mr. Massaad was invited as a Marketing Consultant to assist the CEO office, and upgrade the branding and positioning of the company in preparation for future sales and marketing challenges arising from ambitious expansion plans.
Mr. Massaad formally joined RAK Ceramics in 2006 as Deputy CEO, responsible for operations management, strategy development, implementation and RAK Ceramics’ global interests. He supported the Chairman and CEO with strategic planning and expansion initiatives enabling the company to reach the milestone of 1 billion square metres of global sales since it began. He was also responsible for implementing Corporate Governance regulations and overseeing the strategic refocusing of the business portfolio.
June 2014 marked a transformational point for RAK Ceramics under Mr. Massaad’s leadership, when Samena Capital acquired 30.6% of the business and implemented a "Value Creation Plan" aimed at unlocking value for shareholders. As part of the Value Creation Plan, RAK Ceramics started a re-focused strategy which aims to streamline global businesses and identify its most profitable operations.
In 2015, Mr. Massaad won an International Business Stevie® Award for ‘Executive of the Year (Manufacturing)’. The efforts of Mr. Massaad as a visionary CEO were also further recognized when he was awarded ‘Industry CEO of the Year’ at the CEO Middle East Annual Awards 2015.
Having over 24 years of experience from field sales, to sales management, to product marketing, Mr. Massaad has highly developed business leadership skills in national and international markets. Prior to joining RAK Ceramics, Mr. Massaad was the General Manager of International Ceramics Company SARL (ICC) Lebanon.
Mr. Massaad holds post graduate qualifications in Management ‘DEA in Business Administration’ (1998) and an undergraduate degree “Maitrise in Business Administration – Marketing” from USEK (Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik), Lebanon. He is well versed in Arabic, French and English.
Today RAK Ceramics is one of the largest ceramics manufacturers in the world and has sold over 1 billion square metres of tiles. RAK Ceramics was established in Ras Al Khaimah in 1989 by H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, who aspired to have the best machinery, latest technology, and to produce the best products possible for sale in the world. Our vision is to be the world's leading ceramics lifestyle solutions provider. We serve clients in more than 150 countries through operational hubs in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We employ 15,000 staff and have a global production capacity of 110 million square metres of tiles, 5 million pieces of sanitaryware, 24 million pieces of porcelain tableware and 600,000 pieces of faucets per year.
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.
Jim Ovia is the founder and pioneer Group Managing Director / CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria’s largest and Africa’s 6th largest bank by Shareholders’ Funds. He was at the helm of affairs, from inception, for 20 years until his resignation in July, 2010. He was reappointed the Chairman of the bank in 2014.
Jim Ovia was a member of the National Economic Management Team of Nigeria and he is a member of the Honorary International Investors’ Council.
Jim Ovia is a philanthropist and the founder and proprietor of James Hope College, Agbor, Delta State. His foundation, which focuses on providing scholarship to the less-privileged, has a number of beneficiaries that are now qualified medical doctors, engineers, etc.
He is also the Founder of several enterprises and philanthropic institutions including the Youth Empowerment & ICT Foundation, which focuses on improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian youths by empowering them to embrace Information and Communication Technology. The initiative holds annual Youth Empowerment seminars.
In recognition of his achievements particularly in support of the Nigerian economy, Jim Ovia was conferred with the national award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in November, 2011.
Jim Ovia holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Louisiana, Louisiana, USA obtained in 1979 and a B.Sc degree in Business Administration from Southern University, Louisiana, USA (1977). He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (OPM).
Jim Ovia is a writer and motivational speaker. He has been interviewed by a number of global networks including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg and Arise TV.
Zenith Bank Plc
Zenith Bank Plc was established in May 1990, and commenced operations in July of the same year as a commercial bank. The Bank became a public limited company on June 17, 2004 and was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on October 21, 2004 following a highly successful Initial Public Offering (IPO). Zenith Bank Plc currently has a shareholder base of about one million and is Nigeria’s biggest bank by tier-1 capital. In 2013, the Bank listed $850 million worth of its shares at $6.80 each on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
Francisco D’Souza is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and the Vice Chair of our Board of Directors. Cognizant is a leading professional services company and our mission is to help clients around the world transform their business, operating and technology models in tandem to achieve the promise of digital technology at scale.
In his role as CEO, Francisco sets the strategic direction, promotes Cognizant’s values and client-first culture and focuses on ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term stockholder value. He co-founded Cognizant in 1994 and has served as the company’s CEO since 2007, leading revenue growth from $2.1 billion that year to $14.8 billion in 2017. Cognizant is ranked 195 on the Fortune 500 and consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. In 2017, Fortune named Cognizant to its Fortune Future 50 list, a new ranking of companies best positioned for breakout growth. And in 2018, Cognizant was named to the first-ever Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies list, a ranking of the environmental, social and governance practices of large U.S. publicly traded companies.
Francisco serves on GE’s Board of Directors, where he is a member of the Technology & Industrial Risk Committee. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and as Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Hall of Science, a centre for interactive science that serves half a million students and teachers each year. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Science Visiting Council for the science program NOVA. Fortune magazine named Francisco a “Fortune Businessperson of the Year” for 2017, highlighting his mission to prioritize services that help clients adapt and keep pace with the digital revolution.
Born in Kenya and the son of an Indian diplomat, Francisco is a global citizen who has lived in nine countries and travelled extensively to many more. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Macau and an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Cognizant is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant, a member of the Nasdaq-100, is ranked 195 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world.
Timothy “Tim” J. Murray,
(Chief Executive Officer)
Tim Murray has been Chief Executive Officer of Alba since October 2012. He has been with Alba since 2007 when he joined as General Manager of Finance. During his time at Alba he has held the roles of Chief Finance & Supply Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer.
Tim holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Susquehanna University. He is a CPA and member of the American Institute of CPAs. He has attended various Executive Management Programs at Wharton and University of Chicago.
Tim has played an instrumental role in the transformation of Alba’s Safety Culture through the implementation of the “ZERO Accident Principles”. In 2017 Tim was recognized as a “CEO Who Gets It” by the US National Safety Council for his contributions on Safety, Health and Environment.
In 2017, he led the “Line 5 Recovery” where Alba set the benchmark for the safest and fastest recovery of a Potline. Over the past 5 years under his “Project Titan” initiative he has improved Alba’s operating performance by approximately $250 per metric tonne.
Tim has played a pivotal role in the training and development at Alba including the company’s MBA sponsorship program. He also led Alba’s IPO in 2010 when the company became listed on both the London and Bahrain Stock exchanges.
Outside of work Tim enjoys spending time with his family, reading and vacationing in Cape Cod Massachusetts. In addition, he also serves as Chairman of St Christopher’s School in Bahrain which is considered one of the top international schools in the MENA region.
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) consistently ranks as one of the largest and most modern aluminium smelters in the world. Known for its technological strength and innovative policies, Alba enforces strict environmental guidelines, maintains a high track record for safety, and is widely regarded as one of the top performers on a global scale.
It supports numerous community oriented programmes and social activities that have underlined its status as one of Bahrain's leading industrial organisations that remains committed towards upholding its corporate social responsibilities. Alba's inception marks the beginning of Bahrain's strategy to diversify its economic base and reduce its dependence on oil. The aim was to establish an industry that would provide valuable export earnings, develop the country's resources and create training and employment opportunities for a large number of Bahrainis. Alba was therefore incorporated by Charter in 1968 and officially commenced operations in 1971 as a 120,000 tonnes per annum smelter.
Alba today produces more than 981,000 metric tonnes per annum of the highest grade aluminium, with products including standard and T-ingots, extrusion billets, rolling slab, properzi ingots, and molten aluminium. Around 50 percent of its output is supplied to Bahrain's downstream aluminium industry, with the rest exported to regional and international customers in the Middle East, Europe, Far East, South East Asia, Africa, and Americas.
The Alba plant comprises five reduction lines, two cast houses, three dedicated carbon plants, a 550,000 mtpa coke calcining plant, a water desalination plant, 11 fume treatment plants, a marine terminal, and a 2,249 MW ISO power plant, consisting of 4 power stations. The plant also features a 13 hectare 'green' oasis, with more than 15,000 trees and shrubs, a fruit and vegetable garden, an animal farm, and an artificial lake.
Alba's early success established a blueprint for other non-oil industries to follow, including a thriving downstream aluminium industry. Today, Alba is a major contributor to the social, industrial and economic development of the Kingdom of Bahrain, employing over 2,700 people, of whom around 84 percent are Bahrainis.
The entire plant operates to the Environmental Management System standard ISO 14001:2004 and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series OHSAS 18001:2007. Moreover, the Casthouses, Calciner, and Marketing are also operating to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. It is worthy to note that Alba was the first metals manufacturing company in Bahrain to receive the major upgrade - 2008 version of ISO 9001.
The company has won a number of awards including the inaugural Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Industrial Excellence, the International Millennium Business Award for Environmental Achievement from the United Nations, safety awards from the British Safety Council and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and a GCC-wide award for human resources development and nationalisation of the workforce.
The shareholders of Alba are Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (69.38%), SABIC Investment Company (20.62%) and the General Public (10%).
Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), BASF SE
Dr. Martin Brudermüller
Martin Brudermüller was born in Stuttgart in 1961. From 1980 onwards he studied Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and received his degree there in 1985. After earning his doctorate in Karlsruhe in 1987, he did a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, United States.
At BASF, we create chemistry – for a sustainable future. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is arranged into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.
BASF generated sales of about €64.5 billion in 2017.