CEOs Talk About 2020 Leadership And The Future

by Robert Reiss
Sep 30, 2020 12:00 PM ET

Probably the most frequently mentioned quote I’ve heard during this pandemic is by Lenin, "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen". Clearly, 2020 has dramatically escalated business transformation – both in terms of challenges and opportunities.

To gain insight, on August 27, 2020, I moderated a panel of leaders in: financial services, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure, technology and telecommunications to talk about leadership during the pandemic and their view of the future. Many ideas emerged including: 5G, ESG, BlueJeans video-conferencing, and the virtual customer experience. The panel was:

-      Fred Crawford, President, Aflac Incorporated

-      Gina Drosos, CEO, Signet Jewelers (Kay’s Jared, Zales etc.)

-      Dave Hopping, CEO, Siemens Smart infrastructure

-      Sampath Sowmyanarayan, President, Global Enterprise Verizon Business

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