This panel will feature Harvard Business School Emeritus Professor James Cash and three world-class directors with significant experience on over 50 public and private boards during periods of digital transformation and disruption. The panelists and a subset of their boards are Pamela Craig (Merck, Akamai, VMWare, Walmart), Ann Fudge (Novartis, Unilever, GE, Infosys), William Meaney (Iron Mountain, State Street, Quantus, Zuellig) and Nigel Travis (Office Depot, Blockbuster, Papa John's, Dunkin', Advanced Auto Parts). The panelists will share their experiences and insights related to digital transformation and disruption. Our Panelists:
Ann Fudge is Former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of pre-eminent companies across the full range of marketing communications. Young & Rubicam Brands companies include Y&R (advertising), Burson-Marsteller (public relations/public affairs), Wunderman (direct and database marketing), Landor Associates (brand consulting and creative design), Sudler & Hennessey (strategic healthcare communications) and Cohn & Wolfe (public relations) among others. Prior to Young & Rubicam Brands, Ms. Fudge served as President, Beverages, Desserts and Post Division – a $5 billion unit of Kraft Foods. She served on Kraft’s Management Committee and has managed many businesses including Maxwell House Coffee, Gevalia Kaffe, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, Post cereals, Jell-O desserts and Altoids. Before joining General Foods, she spent nine years at General Mills, where she began as a Marketing Assistant and rose to the level of Marketing Director. She serves on the Board of Directors of Northrop Grumman and Novartis.
Ms. Fudge is a trustee of the Brookings Institution and served on the Boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Finance Committee of the Harvard University Corporation, and is Chair of the U.S. Program Advisory Panel for the Gates Foundation. She has served as Vice Chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers, on the Board of Catalyst, the NY Philharmonic and on the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has also served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Liz Claiborne, Allied Signal, Honeywell, Marriott International, Infosys and General Electric.
In February, 2010 President Obama appointed Ms. Fudge to serve on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform which issued it’s Report, "The Moment of Truth", in December, 2010. She has also served on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board of the U.S. State Department.
Ms. Fudge has received the Matrix Award for Advertising from New York Women in Communication and was a recipient of the NY Executive Council’s Ten Awards for leadership and innovation in business. She was named one of Time Magazine’s Global Business Influentials. Among her other honors are Leadership Awards from the Minneapolis and New York City YWCA, an Alumni Achievement Award from Harvard Business School, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Ebony magazine, and a Legacy Award in Business from Black Enterprise magazine. She has been profiled in Black Enterprise, Business Week and The New York Times, among others and named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business. Ms. Fudge received her BA from Simmons College and her MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Ms. Fudge is married and has two sons and five grandchildren.
Pamela J. Craig served as Accenture’s chief financial officer from 2006 through 2013. She served in a variety of leadership roles at Accenture during her 34 years with the company. Ms. Craig currently serves on company boards: Akamai Technologies, a worldwide provider of internet optimization services where she is currently chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee, Merck & Co., Inc. where she is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance Committee, and Progressive (Insurance) Corporation. Pam served on Walmart's Board of Directors from 2013 to June 2017. She did not stand for re-election in 2017 due to her brother-in-law's promotion at a Walmart supplier causing her to no longer be independent per NYSE rules. Ms. Craig is also an Advisory Board member of Spencer Stuart, a global executive search and recruitment firm.
Ms. Craig is actively involved in charitable organizations. She is Vice Chair of The Committee of 200, a membership organization of women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators and Chair of the C200 Foundation. Pam also chairs the Board of Comprehensive Development, Inc., a non-profit that provides academic and social service support to at-risk New York City high school students. Ms. Craig has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Smith College and an MBA from New York University Stern School where she serves on the Board of Overseers for the school.
William Meaney President & CEO Iron Mountain and serves as a director on the company's board. He previously served as CEO of The Zuellig Group, a $12 billion primarily business-to-business conglomerate based in Hong Kong that saw sales triple during his tenure from August Prior to leading The Zuellig Group, Meaney spent a number of years in the airline industry, serving as the chief commercial officer and managing director of publicly-traded Swiss International Airlines from December 2002 to January 2004 and executive vice president of South African Airways from 1998 to 2001. Earlier in his career, Meaney served as: the acting CEO of South African Vaccine Producers; the founder and managing director of Genhro Management Consultancy; and a principal of Strategic Planning Associates, now part of Oliver Wyman. Meaney's first career was as a CIA operations officer. He is a member of the Asia Business Council, and he holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of State Street Corporation; and is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital President's Council and the FM Global Advisory Board.
Dr. James I. Cash is a James E. Robison Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Emeritus of the Harvard Business School, where he first joined the faculty in 1976 and retired in 2003. He taught in all the major HBS programs, and served as Chairman of Baker Library, Chairman of the MBA program and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Publishing Company at various times during his tenure at the school. He participates on a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards, including Chubb Ltd., The Boston Celtics and The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. In the past he has served on the Boards of Wal-Mart, General Electric, Microsoft, Sprint, Scientific Atlanta, State Street Corp, Alcon Labs, Knight Ridder, Tandy (renamed Radio Shack), Partners Healthcare, Mass General Hospital, The Gardner Museum, the Museum of Science and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a BS in Mathematics, while being named an Academic All-American in basketball. Later he received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University's Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Accounting from Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management.