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.
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.
Dr. Pamela (Pam) Drew is a globally focused P&L executive with a distinguished and progressive career path that includes top-level executive positions with world-class aerospace and defense companies. She is a highly accomplished and respected business leader with a proven track record of successfully leading businesses of large scale and complexity, with as many as 8,000 employees and annual business volume of up to $3 billion in annual revenue.
Nomi Bergman currently is a Senior Executive Officer of Advance/Newhouse Companies. She recently served as President of Bright House Networks until its recently completed merger with Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Bright House Networks, headquartered in Syracuse, NY, was the sixth-largest owner and operator of cable systems in the United States and the second-largest in Florida. The company had 8,500 employees and served approximately 2.5 million customers.
Kathleen DuBois is an accomplished and innovative leader in marketing, fundraising and strategic planning specializing in transformational growth for nonprofits, academic and healthcare institutions and entrepreneur-owned corporations. She has an expertise in leading large-scale marketing and fundraising campaigns. She's captured regional and national awards for creative design, digital media, and constituent engagement. She's also served on Capital Campaign projects up to the $250M level.
Susy Korb is a brand marketer who infuses business strategy with vision, creativity and innovation. Known as an energetic and enthusiastic leader, she establishes compelling narratives that create lasting emotional bonds. She is results oriented, agile and adept in a wide variety of working environments. Most recently, she was the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at TOMS, an apparel and fashion company. Here, she established a marketing strategy based on shared humanity, empathy and joy to unlock future growth.
Nick Donofrio, had recently retired from IBM after a 44-year career. He was an EVP who led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008. His most recent responsibilities included IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, as well as Environmental Health & Product Safety. Also reporting to Mr. Donofrio were the senior executives responsible for IBM's enterprise on demand transformation.
Nick Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008. Nick was also vice chairman of the IBM International Foundation and chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. Nick's most recent responsibilities included IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, as well as Environmental Health & Product Safety.
Michael Thatcher is a Technical Development Strategist who excels in using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to facilitate social and economic change, as well as assisting public policymakers that support development through ICT. He has a strong technical background with architecture, design and implementation experience, leading teams with multiple cultures and effectively communicating and explaining complex concepts and ideas to audiences.
Part II of Nick’s story focuses on his 44 years at IBM, and the evolution of his career. During his tenure he worked for seven of IBM’s eight CEOs. In 1967 when Nick joined IBM, Thomas Watson Jr. was the CEO of IBM. The following represents one of our numerous discussions with Nick. In Part II we examine Nick’s distinguished career with IBM, the company he loves more than any other. We pick up where we left off in Part I, and now it is the early ’70s. Having moved his family to Burlington, Vermont, Nick finds that the business of technology is changing very quickly. We start by inquiring what it was like at IBM during his early years: