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SSA & Company: Advanced Analytics, Leadership, and Future Growth

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Advanced Analytics, Leadership, and Future Growth With global GDP growth slowing, CEO tenure decreasing, and a talent shortage emerging, CEOs and management teams look to challenging—but exciting—opportunities provided by data and digital. The promise of new technologies and data tools to create faster, more comprehensive solutions has existed for decades, but today it has become a reality for most companies. The possibilities have increased exponentially—but just as importantly, costs have dramatically decreased. Despite cost and capability improvements, as well as investments in data analytics and new technologies, few companies have seen transformative results. Boards, CEOs, and management teams must ask themselves: How does this ever-expanding data resource directly or indirectly drive growth? SSA & Company hosted roundtables—convening leaders at Fortune 500 and private equity firms—to discuss opportunities and pitfalls of big data strategy execution. The private meetings were led by…

SSA & Company: Leadership in the Era of Big Data

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In November 2016, SSA & Company (SSA) convened 25 senior executives across various industries—including manufacturing, construction, financial services, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, private equity, and technology—in Philadelphia to discuss leadership strategies to generate business value from digital and advanced analytics. The discussion featured Deb Henretta, former Group President of Global e-Business at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and SSA Senior Advisor, and Michael Schrage, Research Fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business. Jason Meil, Managing Director of New Products and Innovation at SSA, moderated the discussion. Despite investments in data tools and new technologies, few companies have seen transformative results. SSA’s recent survey of nearly 70 senior executives at Fortune 500 companies (in NYC, Chicago, and Philadelphia) revealed that leaders rate their companies as just middle of the road in data maturity (average of 2.5 out of 4). In our playbook, we have captured…

SSA & Company Activate Analytics: Leadership in the Era of Big Data

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In May 2016, SSA & Company (SSA) convened 20 senior executives across a variety of industries – including consumer packaged goods, insurance, financial services, industrials, technology, and private equity – in Chicago to discuss big data leadership strategies. This luncheon is part of SSA’s Activate Analytics series: conversations designed to help business leaders harness the full potential of advanced analytics to drive efficiencies and innovation for growth. The discussion featured Deb Henretta, Former Group President of e-Business at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and SSA Senior Advisor, and Michael Schrage, research fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business. Jason Meil, Managing Director of New Products and Innovation at SSA, served as host and moderator. Deb Henretta is one of the most successful Fortune 100 executives of the past decade. She spent 30 years working for A.G. Lafley at…

SSA & Company: Leadership Strategies for Return on Data Analytics

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In May 2016, SSA & Company (SSA) convened 20 senior executives across a variety of industries – including consumer packaged goods, insurance, financial services, industrials, technology, and private equity – in Chicago to discuss big data leadership strategies. This luncheon is part of SSA’s Activate Analytics series: conversations designed to help business leaders harness the full potential of advanced analytics to drive efficiencies and innovation for growth. The discussion featured Deb Henretta, Former Group President of e-Business at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and SSA Senior Advisor, and Michael Schrage, research fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business. Jason Meil, Managing Director of New Products and Innovation at SSA, served as host and moderator. Today, growth has become more complex than ever. With declining global GDP, an emerging talent shortage, and a shortened timeframe to achieve results, CEOs…

SSA Ideas Luncheon: Building a Data-Driven Culture

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In November 2015, SSA & Company (SSA) convened over 30 executives across a variety of industries – including financial services, industrials, media, and private equity – in New York City to discuss pragmatic ways of embedding data and advanced analytics into a company’s leadership and culture. The luncheon featured Deb Henretta, Former Group President of e-Business at Proctor & Gamble (P&G), as speaker. Dave Niles, President of SSA and G100 Companies, hosted the event and Jason Meil, Managing Director of New Products and Innovation at SSA, served as moderator. At this meeting, we were delighted to hear insights from Deb Henretta, whose work transformed P&G’s business models to win in the digital economy, where nearly half of its $83 billion sales are transacted or influenced. Over her 30 years with P&G, Deb led a number of large global businesses, including…

Chicago Continuous Improvement Roundtable: Applying Continuous Improvement to Supply Chain Services

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OVERVIEW In March 2014, SSA & Company partnered with HAVI Global Solutions (HGS) to host a roundtable on Applying Continuous Improvement to Supply Chain Services. The roundtable and simulation exercise featured HGS representatives Scott Saunders, SVP of Supply Chain Services, Ken Shearer, SVP of Sales & Business Development, Eli Carmeli, SVP of Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions Operations, Cherryl Choi, Senior Manager of Global Supply Chain Integration, and Liz Harada, Director of Business Process. John Rodgers, Senior Managing Director of SSA & Company, moderated the discussion. BACKGROUND HAVI Global Solutions is the supply chain management firm that partnered with McDonald’s to manage its replenishment and supply chain performance and bring McDonalds’ supply chain to #2 in the world, after Apple and ahead of Amazon. HGS’ view of a global supply chain is not linear.  Instead, a global supply chain strategy takes…

South Florida Continuous Improvement Roundtable: Practicing Operational Excellence in the World of Broadcast Media

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In March 2014, SSA & Company, in partnership with Univision Communications Inc., hosted a group of operations leaders in the South Florida area for a discussion on Practicing Operational Excellence in the World of Broadcast Media. The roundtable featured Angel Garcia, Vice President of Operational Excellence of Univision. The discussion was moderated by John Rodgers, Senior Managing Director of SSA & Company. Continue reading

Organizational Change Management and the New Continuous Improvement Model: New York City Ideas Luncheon Playbook

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In July 2013, SSA & Company, in partnership with Marsh Inc., hosted a group of executives from the Insurance industry in New York City for a discussion on organizational change management. The roundtable featured Claude Wade, Chief Operating Officer of Marsh US and Canada. The discussion was hosted by Dave Niles, President of SSA & Company and G100 Companies, and moderated by John Rodgers, Senior Managing Director of SSA & Company. BACKGROUND Continuous improvement is becoming increasingly important – partly because driving efficiencies is critical in today’s flat market – but mainly because of a dramatic shift in business strategy. For years, companies followed a playbook of creating and protecting one sustainable competitive advantage, and the continuous improvement efforts to support that model focused on improving existing processes. By contrast, today’s leading companies employ a much different growth strategy –…

Creating a New Private Equity Business Model with Lean Six Sigma

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A Discussion with Former Motorola CEO Chris Galvin and SSA & Company President, David Niles When Chris Galvin decided to explore the real estate investing market for a new private equity fund, he wanted to make sure of one thing: whatever he did needed to be significantly different than the rest of the market. In some ways, his entire career was based on innovation. His father Bob was the legendary CEO of Motorola, and Chris was at the helm of the business when it developed the breakthrough Razr product. As a pioneer across multiple industries, Motorola served as a business incubator – investing in a number of disruptive technology companies. Chris wanted to push this legacy of innovation into his new private equity venture, Harrison Street Partners. He knew that the “follower” strategies other funds had adopted might work for…

Attracting and Developing Talent – Houston Energy Dinner Playbook

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Recently, G100 Network and SSA & Company, in partnership with Spencer Stuart, hosted a group of Fortune 500 CEOs and talent experts from the energy industry in Houston for a discussion on attracting and developing talent. The roundtable featured Douglas Foshee, former Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Corporation. The discussion was co-chaired by Jim Berrien, President of G100 Network, and Tom Simmons, Global Energy Practice Leader of Spencer Stuart. Below we offer some key insights shared at the meeting. BACKGROUND When Doug Foshee came to the helm as CEO of El Paso in 2003, the company was a mess. It was involved in the California energy crisis and knee deep in litigation and investigation; strategic decisions were questioned; debt accumulated; the company lost its investment-grade credit rating; a public proxy fight arose; investors lost faith in…