CEO, Global Excellence & Innovation
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Best Selling Author & Co-Author of Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, Great by Choice
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Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Associate Vice President, IT Build Capability
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Head of Continuous Improvement & PMO
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Global Innovation Framework Leader
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Director, Global Vendor Operations, Trust & Safety
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José Pires serves as the Global Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Leader for Andeavor Corporation, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and external clients in multiple markets.
Prior to his current role, Pires held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award winning program for innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally.
Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration.
He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.
Jim Collins is a student and teacher of leadership and what makes great companies tick.
Having invested a quarter century of research into the topic, he has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide. They include: GOOD TO GREAT, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results, along with its companion work GOOD TO GREAT AND THE SOCIAL SECTORS; the enduring classic BUILT TO LAST, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; HOW THE MIGHTY FALL, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and most recently, GREAT BY CHOICE, which is about thriving in chaos – why some do, and others don't – and the leadership behaviors needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty, and dramatic change.
Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research and engages in Socratic dialogue with CEOs and senior leadership teams. In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven non-profits. In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jim holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences and an MBA from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
He is an avid rock climber, with one-day ascents of the north face of Half Dome and the 3,000 foot south face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
Jay Herron joined Plexus Institute and brought over16 years as CFO and Senior Vice President, Catholic Multi-Hospital Systems, Cincinnati, Ohio and Irving, Texas/5 years CFO for Integrated Healthcare Delivery System, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CHRISTUS, an International Catholic Healthcare organization consisting of hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, USFHP organization, independent living organization, physician management organization, Mexico hospitals and healthcare facilities and other subsidiaries. Mr. Herron is a well-rounded strategic finance executive with a broad range of experience in both decentralized and centralized systems. In his tenure at CHRISTUS he implemented initiatives that improved annual operating performance by over $100 million, including revenue cycle, supply chain, Upper Payment Limit programs, and a captive insurance program. He is responsible for introducing lean quality improvement processes throughout the organization; an enterprise risk management system; reorganizing accounting and treasury functions to include more timely financial reporting, tax reporting capabilities and cash management strategies; and developing CHRISTUS Accelerated Plan (CAP) process to improve the pace of achieving the Journey to Excellence goals.
Tom Paider is an IT executive for Nationwide, a Fortune 100 insurance and financial services company. His teams work across Nationwide to apply lean thinking to technology. He is the coauthor of the book The Lean IT Field Guide. Tom regularly consults with companies in a variety of industries across the globe on their lean transformations.
Tom is the cofounder of the IT Leadership Network at The Ohio State University, a partnership between industry and academic leaders focused on helping member companies sustain their lean IT journeys. He also teaches in the Masters in Business Operational Excellence program at Ohio State’s Fisher School of Business. Tom is a seasoned IT Executive and Lean Coach who is passionate about bringing higher levels of performance to organizations.
Passionate in assisting teams in solving business problems as Project/Program Leader or team participant. Expertise in quality methods with strong facilitative skillset in a diversified team setting. Objective includes continued involvement in an industrial or educational environment toward process improvements and efficiency. Specific interest in hospital operations
Specific areas of opportunity:
• Facilitation as an enabler: Utilize a facilitative skillset within a team environment in growth and problem solving initiatives
• Assist in Implementation Planning with expertise in Project Management (Mechanics), Project Leadership (Culture), Change Management (the acceptance of change) and Multi-Generational techniques
• Apply Data Analytics to aid in data-driven decisions. Help to determine appropriate measurement systems and data analysis techniques
Recently established ‘Frank Solutions’ as DBA to assist in formally pursuing opportunities in achieving business-driven outcomes
Ashutosh is a seasoned Transformation, Strategy and Quality Management professional with experience in Telecommunications, Information Technology (IT) and Financial Services.
He has strong expertise in leading change management and driving business transformation using continuous improvement methodologies like Lean, Kaizen and Six Sigma.
As a Transformation expert, he has led end-to-end improvement projects bringing in more than 50 Million Euro savings globally.
He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (CMBB), Certified Manager for Quality & Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Process Professional (CPP), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Certified Business Excellence Assessor (CBEA) on EFQM model, and a Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
As a trainer, he has trained more than 3000 experts in various continuous improvement methodologies (lean/ kaizen/ six sigma).
Ashutosh is recognized as an expert in Lean Six Sigma and has been a leading panelist and key speaker at multiple international forums globally.
Maria Thompson is a senior technology operations leader with international experience in innovation, change management, and organizational capability improvement. She facilitates teams to creatively solve problems to generate strategic patent portfolios and new product and service designs. She has introduced new processes, technology, and culture change to organizations, resulting in creativity, quality and productivity improvements. She’s an accomplished innovator and patent-holder skilled at fostering alliances with senior management, strategy, legal, research, marketing, engineering & services personnel. She’s successfully improved the innovation capability of organizations ranging from five to 5000 staff across AT&T Bell Laboratories, Motorola and now Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (ITW).
Since early 2014, Maria partners with ITW business innovation leadership in a Senior Director role to accelerate organic growth with a global innovation process framework. In addition to harmonizing business stage gate processes with the Innovation Framework for continuous improvement, she facilitates innovation tool workshops, expedites cross-Segment communications and creative problem solving, and enables best innovation practice sharing with an annual global Innovation Summit. Workshop topics include: Facilitating Small Teams, Customer Interviewing, Value Proposition derivation, Go To Market Strategy and Planning, and Structured Brainstorming.
She holds an M.S. in Math and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and B.S. Computer Science with a Statistics minor from Iowa State University.
Priya leads global operations for Trust and Safety across Google. In her role, Priya works with all product teams across Google to fight spam, abuse and fraud and deliver a safe user experience. In her time at Google, Priya has streamlined global operations across multiple teams and partnered with product, operations, finance and legal teams to drive transformations. She leads the Googlewide deployment of “gLean” a program to coach Googlers about adopting lean within Google’s highly dynamic and fast paced environment. Prior to Google, Priya spent 10 years in management consulting at Bain where she advised healthcare, technology and consumer goods companies on global growth strategies and operations improvement. Before her career in consulting, Priya worked for GlaxoSmithKline and focused on global manufacturing and with Unilever on marketing and supply chain. In addition, Priya was a public accountant with Ernst & Young. Priya holds an MBA from Wharton and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Priya has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and US. When she is not at work, Priya loves spending time with her family, introducing her kids to the joys of camping, trying out new vegan recipes and searching for the elusive perfect cappuccino in the US (It is a little known fact that Australia has some of the best coffee in the world and the quest to find it in the US continues...)
Priya leads global operations for Trust and Safety across Google. In her role, Priya works with all product teams across Google to fight spam, abuse and fraud and deliver a safe user experience. In her time at Google, Priya has streamlined global operations across multiple teams and partnered with product, operations, finance and legal teams to drive transformations. She leads the Googlewide deployment of “gLean” a program to coach Googlers about adopting lean within Google’s highly dynamic and fast paced environment.
Prior to Google, Priya spent 10 years in management consulting at Bain where she advised healthcare, technology and consumer goods companies on global growth strategies and operations improvement. Before her career in consulting, Priya worked for GlaxoSmithKline and focused on global manufacturing and with Unilever on marketing and supply chain. In addition, Priya was a public accountant with Ernst & Young. Priya holds an MBA from Wharton and is also a Chartered Accountant.