CEOs and the Board Work Together on Digital Transformation:
Innovation is at the heart of digital transformation. Companies are creating and deploying new digital solutions, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, at an ever-increasing pace to meet the needs of customers and drive operational efficiencies. To accelerate innovation and transformation, however, you need strong internal capabilities and strategies to manage risks increased by digitization. More than ever, board visibility and effective governance of innovation are critical to the success of your organization’s transformation.
This program discussed benefits and risks related to innovation and digital transformation and the role of the board in strengthening innovation capabilities.
Attendees gained insights from our CEO panel on:
The importance and implications of innovation and digital transformation
The key components of innovation and how to maximize organizational growth through innovation
Aligning change and risk management strategies with overall business strategy
Building strong governance and a culture of innovation
Based in Silicon Valley, Roy Nicholson is a principal within Grant Thornton LLP’s advisory practice. He leads the national Digital Transformation and Management team, which works closely with senior leaders and technology executives on digital services and innovation, IT strategy and architecture, data strategy and management, agile and program management, and IT integration and separation.
Nicholson has more than 20 years of management consulting and software company leadership experience focused on technology strategy, product and custom development, and systems implementation. He has worked in a broad range of technology areas including custom application development, ERP, enterprise content management, process automation, and complex systems integration programs in industries including financial services, life sciences, utilities, and energy and engineering.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Nicholson was vice president of Professional Services for the Enterprise Content Management division of EMC and a partner at IBM Global Business Services.
John Vigouroux has over 30 years of experience as a serial and parallel entrepreneur specializing in software. He is an eight-time president/CEO who has successfully piloted and exited both private and public technology companies, including two unique big data and artificial intelligence software incubators. John is currently founder, chairman, and CEO of WeR.ai, a data science company that builds enterprise-class artificial intelligence/machine learning applications and Solves(TM) at the MVP use case level quickly and for a fraction of the cost. He also sits on a number of advisory boards, including for NarrativeWave, an industrial internet of things software provider. John has also held leadership roles at Adobe, Cisco, and GE.
Marten Mickos is the CEO of HackerOne, the leading provider worldwide of hacker-powered security. He has over 30 years of experience in building pioneering and disruptive technology businesses in the fields of open source, telecom, and cloud software. Previously, Mickos was the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, acquired by Hewlett-Packard, where he served as SVP and GM of the cloud business. He was also the CEO of MySQL AB from 2001 to 2008 and led the database division at Sun Microsystems, and he served on the board of Nokia from 2012 to 2015. Mickos has also held board positions at the Node.JS Foundation, Electrosonic, RightScale, and Mozilla Messaging. He holds an MSc in Technical Physics from Helsinki University of Technology. He is a sought-after speaker, commentator, and guest columnist worldwide on topics of cybersecurity, leadership, technology, and disruptive business models.
Stacey Ferreira is the CEO of Forge, the talent sharing network that empowers businesses to share part-time hourly employees, and co-author of 2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers & Changing the World. Previously, she was the co-founder of MySocialCloud, an SSO company whose investors included Sir Richard Branson, Jerry Murdock, and Alex Welch. In 2013, she and her brother (and co-founder) sold MySocialCloud to Reputation.com.
Ferreira has served on the board of Watermark, a Bay Area organization dedicated to women in leadership, and has received recognition for her entrepreneurial achievements in addition to her other accomplishments at a young age, including being a U.S. State Department Speaker on Entrepreneurship, a Singularity University speaker, and one of 20 Fellows selected for the 2015 Thiel Fellowship.
Ferreira has been featured on and contributed to several news outlets, including the cover of Seventeen Magazine, The Huffington Post, Women 2.0, Business Insider, and TechCrunch, and she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30.