Ajit Kambil is the global research director for Deloitte’s CFO program. After leading Deloitte’s think tank, and creating Deloitte Review, it’s flagship journal – he pivoted to create and execute a focused, role-based research program around CFOs. Its products include CFO insights with 39,000 subscribers, the daily Deloitte CFO Journal content on WSJ.com, and the CFO Signals quarterly survey of large company CFOs. He also created its transition lab which has served over 3,000 executives Including 1,800 CFOs and DRINCs – digitally rich interactive conversations to move ideas to practice and transform client experiences. At PTL 2020, Ajit Kambil will explain how Deloitte’s CFO Program has opened new doors and strengthened existing relationships with chief financial officers.
Cathy leads thought leadership development, digital marketing strategy, and public relations for Innosight, a leading innovation and growth consulting firm. At PTL 2020, she will talk about the CMO/CEO partnership in fostering a culture for thought leadership and bringing compelling insights to life.
With a career that spans both consulting and alumni relations in over 20 years at McKinsey, Sean currently leads external relations and communications and virtual knowledge dissemination for the firm’s Strategy and Corporate Finance practice. In this role, he has moderated over 200 live web-based knowledge events and moderates the firm’s podcast, Inside the Strategy Room. At PTL 2020, he’ll lead a discussion on the ins-and-outs of running webinars, podcasts, and virtual events.
Jason Forrest is a data visualization designer and writer living in New York City. He is the director of interactive data visualization for McKinsey’s COVID Response Center. On top of being an active writer and speaker, he is the editor-in-chief of Nightingale, the Journal of the Data Visualization Society, which publishes articles exploring data visualization and information design from a diverse group of practitioners of all experience levels. At PTL 2020, Jason will examine the topic of “information empowerment,” and how it has helped him and McKinsey combine data literacy, subject expertise and design thinking to use data visualization techniques and technologies on such topics as managing people and pandemics.
Heading global brand activities at Accenture for nearly five years that have helped keep its image vibrant, Jill has been a marketing executive since the mid-1990s. Early in her career, she was a vice president and EVP at global ad agencies DDB and BBDO, before joining Accenture in 2015. She has deep skills in digital strategy, integrated marketing, digital marketing and advertising. At PTL 2020, Jill and Francis Hintermann will explain the importance of thought leadership research content to bolstering a company’s brand image and why thought leadership activities need to be aligned with brand strategy.
After developing the firm’s research teams in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific, Francis took the role of global research lead and merged two teams dedicated to thought leadership and research. At PTL 2020, Francis will talk about the role of thought leadership in driving eminence in the firm’s key domains.
With over 25 years placing executives in thought leadership, editorial, and digital marketing positions, Sara Noble is in a unique position to share what it takes to build a successful career in thought leadership. At PTL 2020, she will lead a discussion on the state of thought leadership careers and the skills most in demand in 2020 and beyond.
With over fifteen years’ experience as a content expert in journalism, corporate marketing and publishing, Eben ghostwrites and edit articles by global management thinkers for HBR’s print and digital editions. At PTL 2020, he’ll lead a unique discussion with a contributing HBR author on tips and tricks of working together to produce leading management insight.
For the last 20 years, Sarah has overseen the development of editorial content of the Harvard Business Review, the world’s most influential management journal. She has edited some of HBR’s most important articles written by its highest-profile authors including Clayton Christensen, Bob Kaplan, Tom Davenport, Kathleen Eisenhardt and Don Sull. Prior to HBR, Sarah was editor, managing editor and assistant managing editor at the MIT Sloan Management Review from 1986 to 1998. At PTL 2020, Sarah will review the most influential HBR articles of the last 20 years and point out the qualities they had in common that made their ideas pathbreaking. For companies that want their thought leadership content to change the market conversation, the commonalities of the most important HBR articles will be highly instructive.
As the global lead for thought leadership at Infosys, Jeff has oversight on many of the firm’s research programs, its management publication, and hosts its podcast. At PTL 2020, Jeff will talk about his 24-month journey establishing a global knowledge institute for one of the world’s leading IT services firms.
A published author and PhD’ed researcher, Mark has been overseeing thought leadership research and publishing for one of the world’s leading voices on personal professional development for over 3 years. At PTL 2020, Mark will share his experience leveraging thought leadership research to drive sales success through a network of global, independent sales-driven franchises.
Serge leads TCS’ institute for thought leadership and oversees the firm’s content strategy, research and data collection, and development and standardization of the firm’s global thought leadership programs. At PTL 2020, Serge will share his learnings from 10+ years building, developing and growing the firm’s management journal, Perspectives.
Since the late 1980s, Bob Buday has been regarded as a pioneer in the theory and practice of thought leadership. Bob has helped clients across a range of B2B sectors publish their thinking in the right places (including numerous books, 20+ Harvard Business Review articles, and opinion pieces in the Financial Times, Business Week, Forbes, CIO magazine and other leading publications). At PTL 2020, Bob will speak about how to develop unassailable arguments — both with research and without.
Having developed six LInkedIn Learning courses on the topic, Bill is one of the world’s leading voices on data visualization. Additionally, he collaborates with clients to bring their data to life through static infographics and interactive animations. At PTL 2020, Bill lead attendees through an interactive session to helps them up their game when it comes to working with and visualizing data.
As Principal of Rattleback, Jason helps services and SaaS firms from all over the world develop their growth strategies and translate them into successful thought leadership and digital marketing programs. At PTL 2020, Jason will speak about connecting your thought leadership strategy with your firm’s growth strategy.
As a partner in one of the fastest growing research and intelligence firms, Binayak partners with clients on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative thought leadership research. At PTL 2020, Binayak will lead a panel discussion of Fortune 1000 senior executives on the experience of providing input into the research process and the frustrations they have in consuming thought leadership when it emerges on the other side.
Federico Bonelli, has led two luxury goods companies since 2019 (Italian fashion companies PINKO and Roberto Cavalli), and was a luxury goods consultant at EY-Parthenon (where he was a partner), Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company and Accenture for 11 years prior to that. He is based in Milan, Italy. At PTL 2020, Federico will join a panel discussion on how senior client executives use thought leadership to make high stakes business decisions.
Tom helped Nestlé, the world’s largest food & beverage company, build its brand over the last 37 years. Over the last 12 years, he headed global marketing before retiring this August. He also led the company’s digital media transformation, including an industry pioneering leadership development program. He moved recently from Vevey, Switzerland, to Park City, Utah. At PTL 2020, Tom will join a panel discussion on how senior client executives use thought leadership to make high stakes business decisions.
Jim Wetherbe has been a leading light on the business value of IT since the 1980s. He has also helped launch academic journals as a professor at the University of Minnesota and the University of Memphis. In 2014, Jim was asked by Best Buy Co. founder Richard Schulze to help the University of St. Thomas launch a new academic journal on entrepreneurship – one that would become the center of discussion on the topic in both the worlds of academic and business. (Schulze’s foundation helped the university establish a school of entrepreneurship.) At PTL 2020, James and David Deeds of the University of St. Thomas will explain the key lessons from making EIX a major success over the last six years – lessons they believe to be of benefit to every B2B company that wants to create an online thought leadership journal.
David helped launch the Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (EIX) online academic journal six years ago with Texas Tech University business professor James Wetherbe. Since then, EIX has been a pioneer in the world of academic journals in turning business school thought leadership on entrepreneurship into compelling reading for students, entrepreneurs, and investors (not just other professors). Since then, the EIX website and its sister sites attract nearly 2 million web views annually with a variety of business school research articles, interviews with leading entrepreneurs, and commentaries by thought leaders. He and James Wetherbe will explain the key lessons from making EIX a success in the worlds of business and academia – lessons they believe can be of benefit to every B2B company that wants to create an online thought leadership journal for clients.
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