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FT/Wipro Executive Dinner Forum 2019

The Change Challenge: Making the leap from incremental shifts to true business transformation

Davos |
Speakers include:
Catherine Bessant

Catherine Bessant

Bank of America

Barbara  Novick

Barbara Novick

BlackRock

Abidali  Neemuchwala

Abidali Neemuchwala

Wipro

Overview

We are at a unique intersection in history. A powerful set of interacting forces are reshaping our business and social realities. Geopolitics and trade dynamics are shifting. Established industries are being eyed-up by non-traditional players hunting for new territory to conquer. Transformative digital technologies are emerging at an unprecedented rate, blurring the boundaries between the physical and the virtual. Consumers aren't behaving like they used to. The result is that the old business lines, the old certainties, and the old tools don't work anymore. Business must change, or get swept away. But real change, change that is more than tinkering at the edges, is hard – and many businesses still struggle to make it happen.

What does the anatomy of a business in transformation look like? How is it actually done?

This curtain-opener dinner taking place on the eve of the WEF sessions will bring behind-the-scenes insights from the business leaders and thinkers mobilising human capital, cultural know-how and the latest technologies to bring about real change in their companies.

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Agenda - 21st Jan

  • 7:00pm
    Registration, networking buffet and drinks
  • 8:00pm
    Panel discussion
  • 9:00pm
    Panel discussion ends, networking drinks
  • 10:00pm
    Event ends

Speakers (4)

Catherine Bessant

Catherine Bessant

Chief Operations and Technology Officer
Bank of America

Catherine P. Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. Since 2010, Bessant has led Global Technology and Operations (GT&O), delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through nearly 95,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries. Bessant has held a number of senior leadership roles for the company. She was president, Global Corporate Banking; president, Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president, Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and president of the Florida market. She joined the bank as a corporate banker in 1982.

Bessant represents our employees on a number of important topics serving as executive sponsor for the company’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride executive board, the LGBT Ally program, and the Disability Advisory Council. In 2018, she was named No. 1 among OUTstanding LGBT+ Ally Executives, presented by the Financial Times.

Active in the community and region, Bessant received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, she was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine and was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal with the Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award. She chairs the North Tryon Vision Plan Advisory Committee.

Bessant recently led the formation of The Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Managed by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the council will convene the brightest minds
from tech, business, academia and government. 

Bessant serves on the board of directors of Zurich Insurance Group, is an independent member of the USA Field Hockey board of directors and is on the advisory board for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Along with Ross School faculty, alumni and students, she summited Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, in August of 2018. 

For the second year in a row, she is ranked No. 1 among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker. She also appears on Working Mother magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Working Moms” list of 2018.

Barbara  Novick

Barbara Novick

Vice Chairman
BlackRock

Barbara G. Novick, Vice Chairman, is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee, Enterprise Risk Committee and Global Operating Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, Ms. Novick headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role, Ms. Novick oversees the firm's efforts globally for public policy and for investment stewardship.

Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Ms. Novick was a Vice President leading the Portfolio Products Team in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation. From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Novick was with Morgan Stanley.

Ms. Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues. Ms. Novick serves as a Trustee of Cornell University and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Investment Company Institute. She is also a member of MSCI’s Editorial Advisory Board, Center for Financial Stability Advisory Board, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership Advisory Board and UJA-Federation of New York’s Finance Committee. Ms. Novick previously served as both Treasurer and Trustee of Westchester Jewish Center (1994 - 2012) and coached in the Westchester Youth Soccer League (1999 - 2015). Ms. Novick earned a BA degree, cum laude, in economics from Cornell University.

Abidali  Neemuchwala

Abidali Neemuchwala

CEO and Executive Director
Wipro

Abidali (Abid) Z. Neemuchwala is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Wipro Limited. He oversees over $8 billion in revenue and more than 160,000 employees serving clients across six continents.
Previously as the COO, Abid spearheaded several initiatives that helped create a more nimble and agile organization, and accelerated Wipro’s ability to not only respond to customers in the digital age, but also ensure deeper employee engagement.

Abid has over 25 years of experience in the IT services industry, with deep operational knowledge and broad strategic insight in building and scaling businesses. He is an advocate of change and believes simplification of processes, belief in people and customer centricity is the key to success. Prior to Wipro, Abid has held key leadership roles with Tata Consultancy Services, in business, technology, sales, operations and consulting. He was recognized as the BPO CEO of the year in 2010. In 2012, he was recognized for his contribution to the IT services industry by the Shared Services Organization of IPOC.

Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Co-founder, Initiative on the Digital Economy
MIT

Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at MIT, studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His most recent book, written with Erik Brynjolfsson, is Machine | Platform | Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future. Their 2014 book The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey business book of the year award.

He and Erik Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

He was educated at Harvard and MIT, where he is the co-founder of the Institute’s Initiative on the Digital Economy.

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Chair (1)

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business” (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar spent 6 years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center.  She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Discussion themes

Change drivers: How is the intersection of market, technology and socio-cultural forces impacting businesses? Does looking at global business through the prism of an intersectional and interacting set of dynamics illuminate forces at work in the business setting and broader system that have been overlooked previously?

 

Change resistors: How have our panel overcome the obstacles to change they've faced, from the naysayers in the boardroom to the structurally embedded reluctance within the corporate entity itself? What examples do they have of standing on the cliff edge of real transformation, and deciding to leap?

 

Change enablers: Implementing meaningful change hinges on adopting the right mix of digital technologies, including cognitive and AI. This must go hand-in-hand with a properly skilled-up workforce. And as the world goes digital, properly embedded cyber-resilience will also be central to enabling successful and lasting change. How can business leaders best enable the enablers of change?

Places at this elite dinner are limited and by invitation only.

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Venue

Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère
Promenade 89
Davos Platz 7270

Switzerland

Tel: +41 81 415 60 00

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Organisers (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 160,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

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