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27 May, 2020 | (01 hr)

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“Every crisis provides opportunities” is a saying often heard these days. While many opportunities may seem a long way off, the best way for businesses to both manage the present and prepare for the future is to stay focused on innovating through the crisis.

In this webcast, innovation leaders from different industries share their experiences on how to make choices for the short term that are informed by identifying and accelerating future opportunities.

Join us as we address the following questions:

  • How is the crisis changing the ROI of pre-crisis innovations?
  • How is the crisis changing the innovation strategy in your organization or industry?
  • How to align immediate business pressures with the need to stay focused on future opportunities?
  • What are the critical elements of the culture in your organization which help you most to innovate through this crisis?

Who Should Attend: Global business executives across all functions


Richard Branton

Richard Branton
Former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Merck & Co.

Richard Branton is the former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Merck & Co., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. In this role which he assumed in June 2013, Richard was responsible for all aspect of the corporation’s information technology environment...Full Bio

Rolf Harms

Rolf Harms
General Manager, Corporate Strategy Cloud & AI

As General Manager Corporate Strategy Cloud & AI Rolf leads a team that supports Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT), with a focus on the Cloud and AI strategy, M&A, and transformational and disruptive opportunities.

Prior to Azure’s launch in 2008, he led a team ...Full Bio

Rita Shor

Rita Shor
Program Director, Product & Services Development Council, Co-Program Director, Innovation Leadership Council, and Applied Innovation Council
The Conference Board

Rita Shor is co-leader of the Innovation and Digital Transformation Institute, program director for the Product and Service Development Council, and co-directs the Innovation and Applied Innovation Councils at The Conference Board.

Past work for The Conference Board includes co-directi...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (Moderator)
Executive Vice President & Global Chief Economist; Program Director, CFO: Fortune 250 Council
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president and global chief economist of The Conference Board, a global business research think tank headquartered in New York...Full Bio

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