NACD and Brunswick hosted an exclusive peer-to-peer cocktail reception on August 26, 2019. Harvard Business School professor, Eugene Soltes, discussed what drives wealthy and powerful business leaders to commit crimes in pursuit of more, why most compliance efforts fail to prevent them, and what boards can do to help improve culture and prevent wrongdoing.
Professor Soltes is a leading voice on business ethics, corporate compliance, and culture. His academic research focuses on corporate misconduct and fraud and how organizations design cultures and compliance systems to confront these challenges. He recently published a book called Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal.
Ash has over 15 years of international experience in communications consultancy across a diverse range of sectors and industries.
He is currently the head of Brunswick’s San Francisco office, advising across all areas of corporate and financial communications and overseeing a team of about 40 people. He focuses his client advisory work on corporate reputation, financial situations (M&A, IPOs, shareholder activism and debt restructurings) and crisis communications.
Ash joined Brunswick in 2004 and has worked extensively in the US, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He spent five years in the London office, relocated to the UAE for five years, and moved to the US in 2014. Ash has advised over 200 companies including a number of the world’s industry-leading organizations such as Airbnb, Air Liquide, Diageo, Facebook, Google, Intercontinental Hotels Group, lululemon, Nvidia, Pinterest, Rolls-Royce, Thomson Reuters, Time Warner, Saudi Aramco and Southwest Airlines.
Prior to Brunswick, he worked in the creative industries for various film and television production companies. Ash is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive MBA Program for Leadership Development.