Leadership matters: what’s on the minds of leading CEOs, moderated by Geoff Colvin
What do the leaders of high-technology company SAP Americas, reloadable bank card company Green Dot Corporation and measurement and information company Nielsen have in common? A taste for predicting the future, as attendees discovered at the panel, Leadership matters: what’s on the minds of leading CEOs.
The panelists tackled a wide range of topics. First up was the explosive growth of the global middle class. By 2030, experts expect the middle class to increase from 2 billion to 5 billion people. It took 120 years to create a robust middle class in the US, and it will take the rest of the world about 15 years to catch up. This influx of new consumers will change the business landscape – and will never happen again. The panelists agreed that it will affect every company, global or not, so start planning now.
On being a disruptor, not the disrupted, David Calhoun, CEO of Nielsen, offered an interesting twist – embrace your would-be disruptors. With a simple change in attitude, Nielsen has turned its would-be disruptors, social media companies, into its biggest partners.
Their final look into the future was advice for young people hoping to forge a great career in the current climate. They said, be aware of the emerging world, develop self-confidence and be passionate about what you do, and you can accomplish anything.
Warch the full conversation below.
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Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As FORTUNE’s Senior Editor-at-Large, he has become one of America’s most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America. Colvin is the author of multiple books, including bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else, which received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the Year. As a speaker, Colvin has engaged audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum and a moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London. Colvin is one of America’s pre-eminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, on which he has made more than 10,000 broadcasts. He has appeared on Today, Squawk Box and dozens of other programs.
David Calhoun is Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen, appointed in 2006. Prior to joining Nielsen, David served as Vice Chairman of The General Electric Company and President and CEO of GE Infrastructure. During his 26-year career with GE, David also served as President and CEO of multiple business units, including GE Lighting, GE Employers Reinsurance Company, GE Aircraft Engines and GE Transportation. Earlier at General Electric, David held a wide range of operating, finance and marketing roles across the corporate team as well as within GE Plastics and GE Capital. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1979.
As President, SAP Americas, Rodolpho Cardenuto is responsible for leading the company’s business in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Americas is SAP’s largest sales region, with more than 190,000 customers in 25 industries and operations in 13 countries. Rodolpho joined SAP in 2008 as President of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, he drove business growth and established SAP as the innovation provider of choice for customers of all sizes and industries. Rodolpho has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, including senior executive sales and management roles with Hewlett-Packard.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Green Dot Corporation