Charles “Chic” Thompson is an internally renowned speaker and author on creativity. During the last 30 years, he has given more than 4,500 presentations and has teamed up with talent ranging from Tony Robbins and Steven Covey to Cirque du Soleil and Second City Improv. Currently, Chic is the Founder and Executive Director of WAGiLabs, a social innovation incubator where kids share ideas and work together to make the world a better place.
GCA members have unique accomplishments making the total GCA network important as a force for global positive change. All members carry a certain reputation with them, and they are some of the most sought after individuals in the world. GCA’s admission process is very selective, ensuring GCA only accepts the best and brightest. Companies and institutions look for GCA Game Changers as Board Directors, Board Advisors, potential employees, consultants and more.
Ken Robinson is a seasoned executive with a great breadth of experience. He joined Exelon in August 2016 as senior vice president of audit and controls. Additionally, he is a member of the Exelon Executive Committee, which sets strategy and direction for the company.
Viviane Vicente Bencie is passionate about creating an environment of respect, logic and beauty, and instilling in others a behavior that makes business interactions more meaningful and pleasant. Her belief is that such behavior should occur naturally, without transpiring a feeling of "following rules" with no real purpose, and that acting in that way mitigates the pressure and stress of professional dealings.
Rob DeMartini is the President and CEO at New Balance Athletics, Inc. He joined the New Balance team in May 2007, bringing with him extensive knowledge and experience from a diverse background in consumer products and business. Drawn to New Balance for its commitment to brand authenticity and responsible leadership, DeMartini achieve his first order of business in 2007 by guiding the company’s leadership team in the development of a responsible growth strategic plan. The plan nurtured and cultivated the unique culture of New Balance while also driving aggressive global growth.
The alarm has sounded about the dire global implications of the U.S. decrease in corporate income tax rates that began with the start of 2018, raising the specter of the ‘beggar thy neighbor’ trade wars during the Depression when countries slapped on high tariffs to protect their home turfs. Just days after the enactment of the new U.S. tax law, European leaders suggested they may challenge Washington’s move in the World Trade Organization; China announced it would slash its corporate income tax on foreign investment to zero retroactive to January 2017; and Russia proposed to eliminate fully its already low tax on capital repatriated from abroad.
Tom Belthoff is an energetic, resilient and committed executive with unquestionable integrity and a strong work ethic. For 19 months, Tom excelled as the CFO of a group of privately held companies with over 300 employees. In addition to his overall CFO responsibilities for all accounting, technology, HR, cash management and banking for all the companies, Tom renegotiated numerous contracts, changed employee benefit plans, improved various operational workflows and restructured the liability insurance programs, all resulting in significant dollar savings and improved employee morale.
Pauline Brown is a long-time leader in the luxury goods sector. She has spent her entire career acquiring, growing and leading premium global brands. Currently, Pauline is on the Faculty at the Harvard Business School, where she has introduced a new interdisciplinary course called “The Business of Aesthetics.”
Women in Technology named Maryam Alavi their 2017 Women of the Year: Medium/Mid-Size Organization & Educational Institution. She is the Dean and Professor at the Schellar College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Nutanix (NASDAQ:NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that it has appointed Sherry Lautenbach as Senior Vice President of Americas Sales. Lautenbach will be responsible for leading sales execution and strategy for the company’s largest geographic region.