Category: CEO in Action

Chris Policinski – Land O’Lakes

Chris Policinski President and CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc. Headquarters: Arden Hills, Minnesota Education: Undergraduate Degree, University of Notre Dame; MBA, New York University My Philosophy: Financial performance is the outcome of effective strategies, well-executed by an engaged workforce. Fueling performance and growth Land O’Lakes, Inc., operates in one of the greatest growth industries of our… Read the full article

Patrick C. Dunican Jr. – Gibbons P.C.

Patrick C. Dunican Jr. Chairman and Managing Director, Gibbons P.C. Headquarters: Newark, New Jersey Education: JD, cum laude, Seton Hall University Law School; BA, Iona College First Job: Paperboy Interests: New York Yankee baseball, New York Giants football My Philosophy: Individuals affiliated with an organization should sublimate their egos for the good of the entire… Read the full article

John F. Brock – Coca-Cola Enterprises

John F. Brock Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia Education: BS and MS, chemical engineering, Georgia Tech First Job: At age 18, spent the summer cleaning 10,000-gallon tanks at a paper mill in Moss Point, Missouri. Best Advice: In life and in business, be clear about what you’re going to do… then… Read the full article

Michael W. Lamach – Ingersoll Rand

Michael W. Lamach Chairman and CEO, Ingersoll Rand Headquarters: Swords, Ireland Education: BS in engineering, Michigan State University; MBA, Duke University First Job: Sales engineer What I’m Reading: The Adversity Advantage by Paul G. Stoltz, PhD and Erik Weihenmayer; Winter of the World by Ken Follett My Philosophy: Engaged people deliver great customer experiences. Great… Read the full article

Sam Jones – Data Morphosis

Sam Jones Data Morphosis Headquarters: London, England Education: The University of Salford First Job: Paper round in Salford at 6 a.m. every day of the week What I’m Reading: The Godfather by Mario Puzo My Philosophy: You only fail when you stop. Challenging the status quo Diversity and inclusion is a subject that is very… Read the full article

Kelly Ortberg – Rockwell Collins

Kelly Ortberg CEO and President, Rockwell Collins Headquarters: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Education: BS mechanical engineering, University of Iowa First Job: Making pizzas at Pizza Hut at age 15 What I’m Reading: Lead by Gary Burnison My Philosophy: There is no greater power in getting a large organization aligned, focused, and excited about the future. My… Read the full article

David F. Melcher – Exelis

David (Dave) F. Melcher CEO and President, Exelis Headquarters: McLean, Virginia Education: BS in civil engineering, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Master of Business Administration, Harvard University; MS in public administration, Shippensburg University First Job: 2nd Lieutenant, Army Corps of Engineers, Platoon Leader What I’m Reading: Duty by Robert M. Gates Best Advice: Be… Read the full article

Sheila Bassi-Kellett – Government of the Northwest Territories

Sheila Bassi-Kellett Deputy Minister, Department of Human Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories Headquarters: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada Education: Honours Bachelor of Arts, Queen’s University; Master of Arts, Royal Roads University First Job: A colourful bar in Yellowknife, where I learned the most about human behaviour and teamwork My Philosophy: Diversity brings richness and strength.… Read the full article

Ellen M. Lord – Textron Systems

Ellen M. Lord President and CEO, Textron Systems Headquarters: Providence, Rhode Island Education: Master’s degree in chemistry, University of New Hampshire; BS in chemistry, Connecticut College; Textron Six Sigma Black Belt First Job: Analytical chemist What I’m Reading: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian Toll Best Advice:… Read the full article

John Taft – RBC Wealth Management U.S.

John Taft CEO, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota Education: BA, Yale University; Master’s degree in public and private management from Yale School of Organization and Management First Job: Reporter for the Taos (New Mexico) News What I’m Reading: The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin My Philosophy: Leave the world a better place than… Read the full article