Alliance Data’s EVP And Chief Commercial Officer Valerie Greer: Partnership Is In Her DNA

Alliance Data (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of data-driven marketing, loyalty and payment solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. Valerie Greer joined the company as executive vice president and chief commercial officer in June of 2020 to help lead the company’s strategic transformation. We spoke recently about the recent transformation, trust and the role that partnerships have […]

Imperva’s CEO Pam Murphy: Pure-Play Cybersecurity

Cyber-security software firm Imperva was acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo in 2019. Subsequently, it took full advantage of the accelerated pace of digital transformation, bringing in Pam Murphy as CEO in early 2020. Murphy, the former COO at the world’s third-largest enterprise software company, Infor, was immediately faced with the pandemic. This interview has been […]

Serving The Under-Served: Samsara’s CPO Kiren Sekar On The Path To Hyper Growth

Recently named the second fastest-growing company in the Americas, Samsara provides a connected operations cloud to modernize physical operations. I spoke with Kiren Sekar, Samsara’s CPO, about the company’s growth, future and  culture. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Karen Walker: You’ve been the CPO at Samsara for six years. Can you talk about the evolution […]

The First 100 Days: BlueJeans By Verizon GM Eric Spadafora

Eric Spadafora just completed his first 100 days in the role of VP and General Manager of BlueJeans by Verizon – the cloud-based video conferencing and event platform that Verizon acquired in the first half of 2021. We spoke recently about Spadafora’s transition from leading a U.S.-based sales organization to general manager of a global […]

Rebel & Co.’s Founder Leah Hacker: Leading Innovation By Learning To Say Yes

Fast-growing strategy, research & innovation firm Rebel & Co. partners with clients such as Morgan Stanley and Tecovas to help them identify who their customers are, where to find them, what they need and how to deliver it best. I spoke with Leah Hacker, Founder and CEO, about the company, its methodology, and leadership. This article has […]

Salesforce CIO Olsovsky: Employee Experience Starts With A Leadership Mindset

Jo-ann de Pass Olsovsky climbed every rung of the proverbial career ladder to reach her position as CIO at Salesforce – and gives liberal credit to others for helping her up. Her broad experience gives her an uncommon appreciation of employee engagement and experience. I spoke with her recently about her leadership lessons, her experience […]

Markforged Rings The IPO Bell As Distributed Manufacturing Meets Its Soft Side

Shai Terem, the CEO of industrial 3D printing platform leader Markforged, recently led his organization through an IPO (NYSE: MKFG) via a merger with SPAC one, founded and led by tech investor Kevin Hartz. During the pandemic, distributed manufacturing – a key strength of a 3D printing platform – has seen a tremendous increase in demand to meet the […]

The Future Of Work: Distributed, Diverse, Accessible

I spoke with Paul Judge, Ph.D., a successful technology entrepreneur and investor, about finding and supporting today’s underserved founders, the leaders of tomorrow’s organizations. Judge has invested in over 30 tech startups as founder of Atlanta’s leading seed-stage venture fund. He’s now a managing partner of Panoramic Ventures, which just launched a new fund with a […]

Business Transformation: From Collapse To Clarity

What is it like to tackle a leadership challenge at an organization which is going through a series of compounding events that appear to be unresolvable? Jamie Lerner joined Quantum as CEO, President and Chairman of the Board in mid-2018. He has led a transformation that brought the company back from the brink of collapse. […]

The Slingshot Mentality: Resiliency For Leaders During Challenging Times

This article features a recent interview with Rahul (Raj) Bhandari, the author of the newly released book Slingshot: How Adversity Propels Leaders to Find Purpose, Be Impactful, and Create Change. Raj has been a successful CEO and investor, and led the M&A efforts for Thomson Reuters.  He was a founding team member of the $1 billion […]