Join Guru Hariharan, Founder & CEO of CommerceIQ, where he tells the stories of Fortune 500 leaders and unpacks the stories and decisions they made along their path to success.
Jim Sanduski, President, Sharp Electronics
Jim Sanduski started his career in the mailroom at a bank in Omaha — when he was just a junior in high school. He was an aspirational teen and took advantage of opportunities that stretched and challenged him, like studying abroad in Japan for two years.
It was interesting to talk to Jim and learn about how influential some of those early experiences were in shaping his career path, which led him to key roles at iconic consumer electronic brands, including Sony, Samsung, HP, Panasonic and now Sharp.
Kevin George, Former CMO and President (Beam Suntory, Harvest Health, Mosaic)
Kevin George’s resume is beyond impressive—CMO of Harvest Health, President of Mosaic NA, Global CMO of Beam Suntory, to name a few of his most recent roles—but even more impressive is the path he took to get where he is. Kevin’s story proves that the journey has an immense impact on how successful you will be when you arrive at your “destination,” however high up the corporate ladder you hope to climb.
Hubert Joly, Former CEO of Best Buy
Throughout his career, Hubert led a number of important business transformations, most notably that of Best Buy. Now he is a Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author of the recently released book The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism.
Kal Raman, Chief Digital Officer, Samsung
Kal Raman has had an illustrious career, working alongside iconic entrepreneurs like Sam Walton at Walmart and Jeff Bezos at Amazon.
In between he's started and sold a number of companies, including Founding Drugstore.com at the heart of the dotcom boom, and later jumping into the Daily Deals craze as COO of Groupon.
Kal's story is incredible. He lost his father as a teenager, forcing his mother to take care of him on just 420 rupees a month.
Today Kal is the Chief Digital Officer at Samsung.
Doug Straton, Chief Digital Officer, The Hershey Company
Doug Straton is a nonconformist who sets his own rules. This rebellious approach to life is less anti-authority and more a character trait that drives his ambition to seek innovative solutions and build them from the ground up.
I talked to Doug about his fascinating journey from starting a fraternity at Michigan State to his post-college path through both startup and corporate cultures, and how those experiences led him to his current role as Hershey's Chief Digital Officer.
Ben Gadbois, CEO of Instant Brands
Ben Gadbois arrived in the United States from Canada at age 17, not speaking a lick of English. He went on to help Spin Master go Public as their Global President & COO and now is CEO of Instant Brands.
Please consider visiting Cal's Angels (https://www.calsangels.org/) a local Chicago-area organization that Ben and his team at Instant Brands are fond of supporting. This nonprofit focuses on pediatric cancer—raising awareness, granting wishes and funding research.
Great takeaways for leadership
Enjoy the candor of the guests and thought leadership. A must listen
All these have been super insightful! So many people from diverse backgrounds! So many things to learn!