Game Changers

Game Changer Insights

5 big questions on innovation as answered by...

Hicham Sabir, Open Innovation Leader for North America , Philips Lighting

Hicham Sabir, Open Innovation Leader for North America at Philips Lighting Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

There are two significant trends driving the growth of the lighting industry and new innovations in lighting technology.

The first is increasing demand for more energy-efficient light. According to the US Energy Information Association, lighting accounts for 10% of total electricity consu... Read more »

Nancy Selph, COO of Innovation & Data Governance, Deutsche Bank

Nancy Selph, COO of Innovation & Data Governance at Deutsche Bank Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

The idea of the lab presence itself is about giving people a space to come and think differently and engage with us. We run demand sessions with our business teams to get to the root cause of their challenges and then find solutions to meet those needs. It is the applied adoption of new technologies with a return on investment by decreasing risk, simplifying the environme... Read more »

Kim Smyth, Technology Innovation Director , AstraZeneca

Kim Smyth, Technology Innovation Director at AstraZeneca Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

My team operates in Silicon Valley with three goals: bring Silicon Valley perspective and knowledge into our company; find and incubate new partners (especially start-ups) to demonstrate the power of new technology and approaches, and build a West Coast presence that leverages technology as well as life science leadership.

My team sits in IT, so we serve all thera... Read more »

Martin Summerhayes, Head of Delivery Strategy and Service Improvement, Fujitsu

Martin Summerhayes, Head of Delivery Strategy and Service Improvement at Fujitsu Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Fujitsu is an organization that manufactures everything from telephony systems to PCs, mobile phones, enterprise servers, mainframes - and much more. It operates in a software development space and provides solutions for customers.

In Fujitsu, we hope to bring intelligence, big data, analytics, predictability, and predictive tools together to answer big quest... Read more »

Sean Shoffstall, Founder, Crave Metrics

Sean Shoffstall, Founder at Crave Metrics Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

I started Crave Metrics to focus on customer journey analytics. We are trying to solve misleading data with Crave Metrics by giving people a broader view of their campaign’s effectiveness across all their channels, because many marketers do not realize every campaign drives brand awareness and the end value that it creates.

Marketers look at a campaign and m... Read more »

Nicholas Vu , GM & SVP for Direct-to-Consumer, Adidas

Nicholas Vu , GM & SVP for Direct-to-Consumer at Adidas Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

It's global change: our entire company worldwide, as well as the North American team. We specifically set out three major strategies, which include speed, cities, and open sourcing, and it really has changed the behavior and frankly the entire game in which we play. Before, we would create products and push them out and try to sell to customers, in the traditional model. But... Read more »

Saum Mathur, SVP for Big Data Analytics and Information Management, CA Technologies

Saum Mathur, SVP for Big Data Analytics and Information Management at CA Technologies Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

The CA Technologies Business Analytics team is a global corporate team that provides business insights to stakeholders across the company, including sales, marketing, customer support, customer success, product engineering, HR, finance – you know: everybody.

The charter of my team is to help improve the top line of the company by changing our culture so that... Read more »

Amine Ayad, Head of Workforce Management, Bed Bath & Beyond

Amine Ayad, Head of Workforce Management at Bed Bath & Beyond Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

I really don't know whether we are changing the game or the game is changing us. Success in business, today, is all about the optimal intersection of the physical and digitals worlds, and the interaction between humans and intelligent machines.

If you really think about the retail industry, so many innovations have compelled companies to start to think different, ... Read more »

Scott Carr, CEO, Modria

Scott Carr, CEO at Modria Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We have created an online platform for online dispute resolution (ODR) that can resolve disputes of all kinds from eCommerce to relational disputes, and we are available to companies, government agencies, and ADR organizations, to deliver fast and fair resolutions across these categories. We have done a couple of things that I think are unique. One is that we built a conf... Read more »

Prith Banerjee, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric

Prith Banerjee, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Schneider Electric Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We deliver to our customers low and medium voltage products and automation systems that are all integrated in several end markets: buildings, data centers, asset intensive industries, and utilities. We have a host of innovations throughout those areas, and we invest 1.3 billion euros on R&D. It is about faster, cheaper, better, so why do we need that deep level of inn... Read more »

Sebastian Herzog, Co-Creator & Chief Strategist, Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Sebastian Herzog, Co-Creator & Chief Strategist at Lufthansa Innovation Hub Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Three main differentiating factors between the Lufthansa Innovation Hub and other corporate innovation activities are:

1. Talent: Instead of “just relocating” existing line-managers to a fancy tech-location – we managed the challenge to get significant amount of entrepreneurial talent on board. Currently 80% of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub consis... Read more »

Gautam Mahajan, President of Inter-Link; Founding Editor of Journal of Creating Value, Inter-Link

Gautam Mahajan, President of Inter-Link; Founding Editor of Journal of Creating Value at Inter-Link Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Value Creation is a distinctive mind-set. It is a mentality driven by enhanced self-esteem, awareness, and pro-activeness. It goes beyond just doing your job, it is doing something extra. Value Creation is executing proactive, imaginative, or inspired actions that increase the net worth of products, services, or an entire business. This creates better gains or value for c... Read more »

Otto Schell, Member of the Board of Directors, DSAG

Otto Schell, Member of the Board of Directors at DSAG Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Others try to be on the political side; some try to be advisors, but what we really offer is the practice. What we can deliver on is the knowledge and experience of 3000 company members – both large and also midsized.

We ask – are you prepared for 24/7? Are you prepared for changing from products to services? Are you really cyber-ready? I am talking a ... Read more »

Alex Blanter, Partner: Innovation and Product Development, Digital and IoT, A.T. Kearney

Alex Blanter, Partner: Innovation and Product Development, Digital and IoT at A.T. Kearney Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

This technological and business model transformation we are living through actually requires companies to innovate differently. The set of innovation practices companies could rely on to stay in the game – even recently – are no longer sufficient. In the past, and even the most recent past, the main philosophy was that innovation is a science – that you ... Read more »

Harry Barraza, Head of Open Innovation, Arla Foods

Harry Barraza, Head of Open Innovation at Arla Foods Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Historically, an export mindset, the focus on quality and the embrace of innovation have been competitive advantages for Arla.  In general, a strong export focus in Sweden and Denmark was a big difference from co-operative movements in other countries. In Denmark, for example, one driver was exports to the UK of butter and bacon, which originated two of the biggest c... Read more »

Andria Long, VP of Innovation, Johnsonville

Andria Long, VP of Innovation at Johnsonville Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We are a deeply entrepreneurial company, founded by a family of entrepreneurs and we are still family-owned today. It’s no accident that we are ranked number one in our category. Ideas are not the hard part; rather, the challenge arises from actually delivering on those ideas.

Everything can be made better, and I do mean everything. Differentiation is critic... Read more »

Tim Gilchrist, Fellow, HITLAB

Tim Gilchrist, Fellow at HITLAB Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

One of the areas I am most active in is the application of machine learning to health care, specifically interpreting individual’s social media feeds and determining their health status. This sounds odd but social media provides a unique environment where people openly discuss their personal lives: how they feel, what they eat, their activities, etc. Social solves a... Read more »

Francois Ragnet, VP, Innovation Development, Xerox Services

Francois Ragnet, VP, Innovation Development at Xerox Services Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Xerox has a long, well-known innovation tradition; it’s widely known for producing game changing inventions in particularly the 70s and 80s, with light lens copiers for instance, and the mouse. But, historically, we were not always so effective in capitalizing on those innovations. But while the culture has been maintained, and deepened to all levels, Xerox has tran... Read more »

Lance Lee, Head of Litigation and Arbitration, Lee International IP and Law Group

Lance Lee, Head of Litigation and Arbitration at Lee International IP and Law Group Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We are redefining the game in arbitration by incorporating innovative corporate growth strategies to resolve arbitrations.  Previously, the handling of arbitration was often perceived as a separate function of a company, outside of the company value chain.  In viewing a dispute solely as a dispute instead of a corporate growth opportunity, what organiz... Read more »

Pieter Nel, SVP of Operations, YouNow

Pieter Nel, SVP of Operations at YouNow Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Open communication and easy interaction between people of different backgrounds always have a net positive impact on society. We saw this at Mxit where we allowed millions of users to interact and communicate at a mere fraction of the cost of an SMS. Once again at YouNow, we are using the video medium to allow users from all over the world to socialize, meet friends and e... Read more »

Shannon Lucas, Director of Innovation, Vodafone Global Enterprise

Shannon Lucas, Director of Innovation at Vodafone Global Enterprise Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

The Vodafone Innovation team is fortunate to be positioned at the intersection of the world’s leading total telecommunications company, innovation and relationships with the largest global enterprises. Mobility is the heartbeat of today’s innovation. While not every innovation is built on mobile, mobility is transforming the way the world operates. This gives ... Read more »

Greg Smith, President, Blooom

Greg Smith, President at Blooom Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

The US retirement space has changed significantly over the last few decades. People of a previous generation were more likely to receive a guaranteed pension either from their employer or the government. Today, Social Security is not enough to provide a stable retirement, and guaranteed pensions have largely disappeared. So Americans have to fend for themselves and are le... Read more »

Charles Lusk, President & Co-Founder, Onsite Dental Solutions

Charles Lusk, President & Co-Founder at Onsite Dental Solutions Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We’re very proud of our title as the first fully dedicated provider of turn-key dental suites. We sought to create a care delivery model for dentistry that previously did not exist in the same form, quality and packaging for campus environments.  We wanted to bottle the magic of private dental practice and drop it into corporate settings in a way that is aesthe... Read more »

Steve Hoffman, Co-Founder & Captain, Founders Space

Steve Hoffman, Co-Founder & Captain at Founders Space Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We've been innovating on the incubator/accelerator model.  Instead of just adopting the standard 'Y-Combinator' model, which is meeting start-ups once a week for 3 months followed by a “Demo Day,” we spent 18 months interviewing start-up founders and asking them what they'd like us to do differently.  Here's what we learned: 

a) Three mo... Read more »

Niraj Jetly, COO and CIO, NutriSavings

Niraj Jetly, COO and CIO at NutriSavings Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

When we launched, there were several research sources which showed that the health of employees depends far more on what you eat than on how often you work out - yet there were very few solutions, if any, based on nutrition. You could attend seminars on how to cook healthier; you could get recipe books; you could be coached by dieticians. But you’d generally need to... Read more »

Clinton Phillips, CEO, 2nd.MD

Clinton Phillips, CEO at 2nd.MD Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Medical knowledge is doubling every two years and most people are receiving poor, conflicted medical information. 2nd.MD's first goal is to make the ability to reach medical specialists more easily accessible. For example, our member​s can now ​enjoy a video consultation with a top specialist from ho​me ​within three days, getting remarkable clarity an... Read more »

Kate Vitasek, Faculty, University of Tennessee

Kate Vitasek, Faculty at University of Tennessee Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

The University of Tennessee has been studying the nature of highly successful business relationships since 2003. Our research was originally funded by the United States Air Force with a goal to provide a pathway to long-term, collaborative success among business partners. We codified our findings into a methodology and business model that researchers coined as “Vest... Read more »

Mark Drasutis, Head of Innovation, News Corp Australia

Mark Drasutis, Head of Innovation at News Corp Australia Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

News Corp is actually where the customers are, and that’s the change. Its about innovating around the proposition that content is about “and,” not “or.” In the past, customers either bought a newspaper or consumed content on mobile, or on PC, or Tele, or listened to it on the radio. Now, they are consuming content in newspapers and on Twitter... Read more »

Mark Manney, CEO and Founder, Infobeing

Mark Manney, CEO and Founder at Infobeing Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

It is tempting to say that there is no industry sector for what we’re doing, but in fairness we might compare Infobeing.com to social media like Facebook, Ello, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. These sites offer a Web 2.0 experience that is becoming obsolete for a few reasons.

Social media contributes to information overload by providing a massive amount of irrelevant ... Read more »

Diana Stepner, VP of Innovation Partnerships & Developer Relations, Pearson

Diana Stepner, VP of Innovation Partnerships & Developer Relations at Pearson Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We help teams across Pearson gain insight into emerging trends - what we call developments “on the fringe.”  For example, over the last few years we have witnessed the consumerization of education. Students, teachers, and learners, for example, have similar expectations and behaviors in the classroom as they do outside.  As a result, they ... Read more »

Les C. Meyer, Chairman, Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group

Les C. Meyer, Chairman at Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

We guide clients toward viewing their organization, in all facets, with a mindful innovation (MI) approach. MI is a tuned in, creative-thinking leadership engagement process — coupled with a five-step systematic approach including assessment, culture, strategy, implementation and measurement — empowering CEOs to improve the health of the enterprise and its wor... Read more »

Nicole Alexander , VP of Innovation Practice, Nielsen

Nicole Alexander , VP of Innovation Practice at Nielsen Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

It should start from both the top and the bottom of an organization. Where leadership enables a culture of inspiring teams to develop ideas around change, provoke them to act on that change and then develop a framework that supports test/pilots to scale innovations that can be successful.

Read more »

Jorge Barba, Innovation Insurgent, Game Changer

Jorge Barba, Innovation Insurgent at Game Changer Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Leaders that want to build an organization that innovates consistently must provide three things to employees: freedom, support and challenge. Those are the key ingredients needed to accelerate innovation in any environment. In other words, you can put it like this: Have bold goals, get out of the way and reward people for trying. The last point is very important bec... Read more »

Thomas White, Co-Founder & CEO, C-Suite Network

Thomas White, Co-Founder & CEO at C-Suite Network Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Leadership must allow people to take risks without fear of being fired. Companies only innovate when they are willing to go outside the box. Out-of-the-box thinking allows organizations to see new opportunities and execute against those opportunities. Change happens when leaders realize they can no longer maintain their vision through status quo.

Read more »

Steven Bowman, Author & Global Business Advisor , No More Business As Usual

Steven Bowman, Author & Global Business Advisor at No More Business As Usual Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Your own personal leadership is essential. From our point of view, leadership is about strategic awareness, where you are willing to be aware of the future possibilities, are nimble enough to turn to advantage any of these possibilities, and wise enough to know that your personal points of view are what creates your reality. Leadership and innovation do not com... Read more »

Lilach Felner, Founder & Managing Director, I Trust U

Lilach Felner, Founder & Managing Director at I Trust U Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

First, the organization must be managed by strong leaders that know where the organization is heading, and have a clear purpose and clear goals. Second, in order to make the changes happen, the organization needs a management that "walks the walk", adheres to its values and lives by them. Essentially, an organization needs management that believes in the necessity of chan... Read more »

Sam Miller, Senior Counsel , Dykema

Sam Miller, Senior Counsel at Dykema Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

This is not an easy prospect by any means, particularly when working within an established and age-old profession. Change is seen as a threat to existing stakeholders in many cases, but law firms are beginning to realize that through pure market forces alone they will eventually be required to innovate in order to compete. I have found that having an internatio... Read more »

Robert David, Director of Corporate and Professional Programs , University of California, Berkeley

Robert David, Director of Corporate and Professional Programs at University of California, Berkeley Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Within UC Berkeley Extension, education innovation is highly valued. We tend to look for examples outside the organization and compare those with opportunities inside the organization, and then try to create an innovative approach to solving our objectives.  Then communicate the value internally and embrace the change. But that's all very theoretical until... Read more »

Thomas Buckholtz, Business Advisor and Innovation Consultant,

Thomas Buckholtz, Business Advisor and Innovation Consultant Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Let people pursue their natural curiosity and good intensions.  Nudge a person's curiosity, intensions, and pursuit toward outcomes that benefit the organization, its customers and other external constituencies, as well as the person's colleagues and self.  Help people overcome shyness about trying to make a difference.

Read more »

Wendy Mayer , Vice President, Strategy and New Business Innovative Pharma, Pfizer

Wendy Mayer , Vice President, Strategy and New Business Innovative Pharma at Pfizer Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

You have to have that enthusiasm and drive from the kind of grassroots level of the organization, but then they have to be supported and feel as if they have the ability to take action on those ideas from above. And so it's the combination of those two that really enables, I think, productive activity across an organization.

Read more »

Pieter de Villiers, Founder and CEO, Clickatell

Pieter de Villiers, Founder and CEO at Clickatell Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Building an organization or culture that embraces change is no easy task since both are a reflection of its people and most people do not like change -- we are, after all, ‘creatures of habit’. However, I’ve found if the change or innovation is focused on efforts that improve, enhance, or simplify things you are already doing, it is generally accepted by... Read more »

Chris Hummel, Chief Marketing Officer, Schneider Electric

Chris Hummel, Chief Marketing Officer at Schneider Electric Profile

1

How is your team Changing the Game in your industry space?

Innovation is something you don’t easily teach or even force on an organization.  It requires fresh and unique perspectives gained from either pulling people out of their traditional roles and comfort zones or by bringing in outside perspectives through new talent acquisition or external expertise.  At the same time, executive leaders must display and enco... Read more »

Innovators in the News

Curated by BPI Network staff More
  • Aug 8, 2017 Rajeev Behera Created Reflektive To Solve Employee Performance Management Problems More »
  • Aug 1, 2017 Association for Women in Science Elects New Board Members to Focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in STEM More »
  • Jul 27, 2017 Dimension Data to Announce New BEE Deal More »
  • Jul 25, 2017 News Corp’s Mark Drasutis Joins IAG As Chief Digital Officer More »