Alliance Keynote Speakers

The Alliance of Chief Executives brings CEOs together. In order to allow our members to interact with other successful CEOs, we are proud to have had the following Keynote Speakers share their experiences with us. For media and public relations questions, contact us.

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Eric Benhamou, Chairman, Palm, Inc.
Date: Friday, August 03, 2007
Location: Santa Clara

Eric Benhamou, Chairman of Palm, 3Com and Cypress Semiconductor led an interactive discussion about his 30 plus years of experience in building some very high profile, successful technology companies.

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Tom Miller, Managing Partner, The Trium Group
Date: Friday, June 08, 2007
Location: San Francisco

Tom Miller, CEO of The Trium Group, led a discussion on how his firm helps create brilliant organizations.  He defines “brilliant organizations” as those that create value for multiple stakeholders, adapt well to change, bring out the best in others, deliver results and are organizations where we’d like our kids to work.  Tom specializes in working with both large companies and early-stage businesses on vision, strategy, performance improvement and creating leaders and companies of the future.

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Martin McGlynn, CEO, StemCells, Inc.
Date: Friday, June 01, 2007
Location: Santa Clara

Alliance member, Martin McGlynn of StemCells, the first company to directly identify and isolate human neural stem cells from normal brain tissue, joined us for this regional Alliance Meeting.  Martin has spent several decades in the life sciences industry in Europe, Canada and the United States and will share his experiences in this developing area of biotechnology.

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Rick Cronk, Co-Founder, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007
Location: Oakland

Rick Cronk, Co-Founder of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream discussed his leadership philosophies and the "Dreyer's Grooves."  These "Grooves" create a work environment where each individual is empowered, involved and encouraged (indeed expected) to truly "make a difference" in Dreyer's success as a company. 

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Chip Conley, CEO, Joie de Vivre Hospitality
Date: Friday, April 13, 2007
Location: San Francisco

Chip Conley, CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of "Rebel Rules” and "Marketing Matters," discussed his philosophies on leadership from his newest book "How Great Companies Get Their MOJO from Maslow.”  Chip gave a brilliant analysis of how Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs enabled him to gain the commitment of customers, employees, and owners.  Our Alliance CEOs are still talking about Chip’s discussion.

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John Hamm, General Partner, VSP Capital
Date: Monday, February 26, 2007
Location: Oakland

Former CEO of Whistle Communications, John Hamm is the author of the highly acclaimed article in the Harvard Business Review on "Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Scale." John's presentation to the Alliance was "CEO Leadership." Over the last six years, John has worked with over 120 CEOs nationwide providing strategy and leadership advice.

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Bo Burlingham, Author, "Small Giants"
Date: Friday, December 15, 2006
Location: Oakland

Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big, discussed his study of CEOs that chose to march to their own drummer. Bo is also Editor at Large of INC Magazine and Co-Author of The Great Game of Business.

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Sam Saks, CEO, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Date: Friday, December 01, 2006
Location: Santa Clara

Sam is the CEO of Jazz Pharmaceuticals and formerly leader of Alza Corporation which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. He spoke to his fellow Alliance members about his leadership philosophies and vision for Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

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John Dillon, CEO, Navis
Date: Friday, October 20, 2006
Location: Oakland

John is the former CEO of Hyperion Software and Salesforce.com. He spoke to his fellow Alliance members about his experiences in the software industry that shaped his leadership philosophies and vision for Navis.

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Pascal Levensohn, Managing Director, Levensohn Venture Partners, LLC
Date: Friday, October 06, 2006
Location: Santa Clara

Pascal Levensohn shared his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of building effective boards.

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Jim Pouliot, CEO, CSAA
Date: Friday, June 16, 2006
Location: Oakland

Jim Pouliot shared his experiences with how his insistence on value-based behaviors in his organizations led to better performance and higher profitability.

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Bannus Hudson, Chairman/President/CEO, BevMo!
Date: Friday, June 09, 2006
Location: San Francisco

Bannus Hudson shared his unique philosophies on leadership and management gained through his experiences with growing LensCrafters and then revitalizing Beverages & More. Bannus grew LensCrafters from 20 stores to 800 and was responsible for changing the structure of the vision industry.

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Steve Newberry, President & CEO, Lam Research
Date: Friday, June 02, 2006
Location: Santa Clara

Steve Newberry shared his thoughts on value based leadership with us and explained how he has applied these values at Lam Research.

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Eric Benhamou, Chairman, Palm, Inc.
Date: Friday, May 05, 2006
Location: Santa Clara

Eric Benhamou, an icon in the Silicon Valley, has served as CEO of Palm from 2001 to 2003 and CEO of 3Com from 1990 to 2000. He shared his "Ten Lessons Learned as CEO" with us.

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Shelby Bonnie, Chairman & CEO, CNET Networks
Date: Friday, March 10, 2006
Location: San Francisco

Shelby Bonnie discussed how he co-founded CNET Networks in 1993, grew it into a premier interactive media company and survived the dot.com bust. We enjoyed an incredibly insightful discussion with Shelby about his views on how the convergence of technology and other global trends are changing the world.

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Jeff Rodek, Executive Chairman, Hyperion Solutions
Date: Friday, February 17, 2006
Location: Oakland

Jeff Rodek highlighted a number of critical times in his career and how he handled them. He touched on merger matters, methods of dealing with hard times, communication with his employees, and dealing with high turnover during the go-go IT bubble times in the late 1990s.

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T. J. Rodgers, President & CEO, Cypress Semiconductor
Date: Friday, February 03, 2006
Location: Santa Clara

T. J. Rodgers spoke about new technology and the development of environmentally friendly energy sources.

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Tom Friel, Chairman & CEO, Heidrick & Struggles
Date: Friday, December 16, 2005
Location: Oakland

Tom Friel talked with Alliance members about succession planning, market demand for CEOs, and his observations of CEOs. He also discussed small company succession issues.

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Ned Barnholt, Chairman Emeritus, Agilent Technologies
Date: Friday, December 02, 2005
Location: Santa Clara

Ned Barnholt was responsible for guiding Agilent through its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard Company in 1999, and helped to shape a corporate culture widely recognized as best in class on a global basis.

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Don Maruska, Author, "How Great Decisions Get Made"
Date: Friday, November 11, 2005
Location: San Francisco

Don Maruska, author of "How Great Decisions Get Made," discussed his ten-step process for one of the most important CEO tasks - making great decisions. Don's experience comes from founding and running three Silicon Valley companies: Health Advantage Ventures, Sun Medical Technologies and Spectra Biomedical.

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