4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration/Networking/Wine and Appetizers
5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Program and Peer Exchange
6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Wine Reception
CES® is "the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.” CES®2019 was held from January 8 to 12 in Las Vegas, and on March 13, the NACD Northern California Chapter held our third annual program moderated by Maureen Conners, board director of Fashion Incubator SF and former board director of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK). Conners discussed the trends we should be thinking about and the questions we should be asking as directors in the year ahead. She also discussed insights from her NACD Directorship article, "The Innovation Era's Implications for Boards."
In addition to Ms. Conners, attendees heard from Erin Essenmacher, chief programming officer for NACD; Malcolm Harkins, chief security and trust officer at Cylance and former vice president and chief security and privacy officer at Intel; and John Hotta, board director of FIRST Washington Robotics, Kaiser Permanente Washington Advisory Board member, and NACD Master Class teacher on innovation and disruption.
Our panelists spoke about the potential strategic impacts of several important innovations and global technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, retail tech, voice, digital money, health care, robots, and self-driving cars. The program concluded with a Peer Exchange Session during which board directors discussed what this all means for their boards. Each group focused on a different question and shared their observations with the whole group.
Key takeaways to bring back to your boardroom included:
New technologies that could disrupt industries and impact shareholder value
Some of the strategic opportunities and risks accompanying these technologies
The key questions directors should be asking at each board meeting
How boards should prepare to answer questions about these issues for proxy and shareholder communications
Maureen is CEO of Conners Consulting, a Board Director at Fashion Incubator San Francisco, a former Board Director at Deckers (NYSE: DECK, makers of Ugg) and a mentor for start-ups at Plug and Play Tech Center and The Silicon Valley BeautyTech Accelerator. She is a visionary leader and former executive at Gillette (P& G), Levi’s and Mattel – who helped build world-class brands, launched many new products and helped increase shareholder value. Maureen advises CEO’s and Boards on strategy and new technologies for increasing global revenue growth. Her article on The Innovation Era’s Implications for Boards was published in NACD Directorship magazine. She is a speaker on the topic of new technologies and their strategic impact. Her recent talks have been at CES, Deloitte’s Board Director Symposium, NACD Board Events, The High Tech Retailing Summit, The Ecommerce Retail Summit, The Wearable Technologies Conference and at The Newco Event on Fashion, Retail, and Tech. She has an MBA from Wharton and attended The Stanford Board Directors’ College Program. She is also on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and the NACD Northern California Chapter Board.
Erin Essenmacher serves as the chief programming officer for NACD, responsible for content development and oversight of NACD’s more than 60 in-person and virtual programs each year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in writing, research, outreach, and broadcast and non-broadcast production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV. She is the past chair of Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C., and Gandhi Brigade and serves currently on the boards of Docs in Progress and EILEEN FISHER Inc.
John Hotta is a corporate board director (independent director). He has expertise in technology and has served on board advisory committees. The Financial Times named Hotta as one of the Agenda Digital 50. He began his career conducting artificial intelligence research at the RAND Corporation and in technology leadership roles at Microsoft, Accenture, and AT&T. He teaches NACD Master Class sessions on innovation and disruption for public company directors and has provided guidance as part of NACD Board Advisory Services. He has also earned designations as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance Fellow. Hotta serves on the boards of the Seattle Foundation, FIRST Washington Robotics, the NACD Northern California Chapter, Kaiser Permanente Washington (Advisory Committee), and, previously, Swedish Healthcare and Martha Graham. He has expertise in technology, mergers and acquisitions, and operations. His firm, Capital Expert Services, helps board members and C-level leaders change their organizations and culture to optimize technology and unleash innovation. Hotta is an active leader in the Digital Directors Network for technology directors and Ascend Pinnacle for Asian corporate directors.
Previously, Harkins was vice president and chief security and privacy officer (CSPO) at Intel. In that role, he was responsible for managing risk, controls, privacy, security, and other compliance activities for Intel’s information assets, products, and services. Before becoming Intel’s first CSPO, Harkins was the chief information security officer reporting into the chief information officer. He also held roles in finance, procurement, and other business operations. He has managed IT benchmarking and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance initiatives. Harkins acted as the profit and loss manager for the Flash Product Group, was responsible for the delivery and support of Intel’s finance and HR systems as the general manager of Enterprise Capabilities, and worked on an e-commerce hosting venture.
Harkins taught at the CIO institute at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and was an adjunct faculty member at Susquehanna University in 2009.