18 June, 2012 | ()

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The 2012 Conference Board CEO Challenge®— Voices from the Front Lines

In this new series of webcasts, we’ll hear from corporate practitioners on the front lines of addressing the top-ranked challenges. Executives from across the enterprise will join lively discussions of what they believe will be the most critical strategies for meeting these challenges.

During a time of increased global competition, rising uncertainty, and unpredictability, companies are seeking to rebound, rebuild, and reinvent themselves. To do this, CEOs see innovation of products, processes, organizational designs, and business models as their most critical challenge. Innovation platforms seek creative ideas and answers to meet societal needs, solve market failures, and become driving forces as their businesses intersect with society. According to the CEOs who responded to the 2012 edition of the CEO Challenge survey, the race to innovate defines today’s global business environment.

Audience: Directors and executives who are responsible for new business development, innovation, research and development and anyone who plays an important role in the innovation process


Bart van Ark, Ph.D.

Bart van Ark, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president, chief economist & chief strategy officer of The Conference Board. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels and Beijing who produce a range of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts and in-depth global econo...Full Bio

Jim Lichtenberg

Jim Lichtenberg
Program Director

Jim Lichtenberg is a Program Director for The Conference Board Digital Stragegy Council.  His expertise is in e-business strategy. Lichtenberg has successfully completed business-building assignments for clients such as Prudential, Nestle, John Wiley, AT&T, and DuPont. His articles on te...Full Bio

Barbara Spurrier

Barbara Spurrier
Administrative Director, Center for Innovation
Mayo Clinic

Barb Spurrier received an undergraduate degree (BA in Economics) from St. Olaf College and a Masters in Health Care Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota. She held various administrative training positions at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Abbott No...Full Bio

Karl Sanchack

Karl Sanchack
Director, Innovation
Lockheed Martin

Karl Sanchack, a results oriented leader focused on growth and innovation, is Acting Director for Innovation at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Reporting to the Corporate Vice President, Business Innovation, Mr. Sanchack leads a global research & development team focused on leveraging new ideas ...Full Bio

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