CEO2CEO West – October 23-24, 2012 – San Francisco, CA

Join us on October 23rd-24th, 2012 in San Francisco for CEO2CEO West, a unique two-day summit combining panel discussions led by CEO leaders and expert resources with intimate
roundtables and working sessions that will challenge your assumptions, spark new ideas, and allow you to absorb and consider suggestions and solutions from peer CEOs.
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    “One of the best conferences I’ve ever been to. You assembled one of the best speakers and panel line-ups I’ve ever seen. Not only that, but they delivered as well.”
Eric Thomas,CEO, Equity Trust Company

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Unique insight into CEO issues
  • Actionable ideas and inspiration
  • New perspectives and updated assumptions
  • New relationships with a diverse group of peer CEOs

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Conference Information

Price: $1995
 Register by August 6, 2012 and save $300. Use promo code CEOWSAVE
Location: Hotel Monaco, San Francisco

Agenda at a Glance

8:00-8:30am Registration & Breakfast
8:30-9:00am Networking Breakfast
9:00-10:00am Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Innovation
Andrew Liveris, Chairman, President & CEO, Dow Chemical
Dow Chemical represents 105 years of successful industrial innovation and the revival of manufacturing in the U.S. on a grand scale. The company’s very mission is “to passionately innovate,” say CEO Liveris and backs that with $1B+ R&D spending annually. How does Liveris nurture a culture of innovation among Dow’s 50,000 employees? Liveris will share lessons on how to better develop and manage innovation in your organization.
10:00-11:00am Innovtion As Competitive Advantage
Michael Klayko, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems
Huge technological shifts are viewed by most companies as disruptive, but Brocade’s Michael Klayko embraces the chaos of the cut-throat technology industry. These changes drive Klayko’s #1 strategic priority: Differentiate through innovation. Klayko will discuss how to allocate resources and maintain a disciplined approach to product development – while encouraging creativity and a culture of discovery with commercial ends.
11:00-11:20am Break
11:20-12:30pm The CEO’s Role in Executing on Innovation
Michael Klayko, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems
Kimberly Popovits,President and CEO, Genomic Health
While innovation can occur anywhere, sustained innovation demands disciplined processes and strong culture led from the top. As CEO, what is your role –nurturer, motivator, referee? How do you spot and promote innovative talent–while ensuring that creativity doesn’t disrupt the positive behaviors you wish to preserve?
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:30pm Innovation Lab
Morris Langdon,Co-founder and CEO, Innovation Labs
Developing breakthrough solutions and executing on new strategic initiatives demands new thinking. Within organizational cultures, however, habits and patterns often resist change. Help lead your team to solve complex problems and create revolutionary solutions with new techniques and methods your will learn in this interactive lab.
3:30-3:50pm Break
3:50-5:00m Aligning People and Culture for Innovation
Jerre Stead,CEO, IHS
Thomas Erickson, CEO, Acquia
Of course it’s about the people, but the human element adds uncertainty and inconsistency, right? Not so when you develop effective processes and correctly align people. Understand how leading innovators set up and maintain their systems, incent the right behaviors and shape their own actions and priorities.
5:00-7:00pm Cocktail Reception, Hotel Monaco Ballroom

Day 2-October 23

7:00-8:00am Breakfast
8:00-10:00am Ex Officio Board® Meetings
Bob Grabill, CEO, Chief Executive Network
Bring your specific challenges to CEO peers in confidential, small group meetings. Over 22 years, Chief Executive Network has pioneered a unique, highly-efficient meeting format that provides clarity based on relevant, real-world peer experiences.
10:00-10:20am Break
10:20-11:00am The Realities (and Limits) of Strategic Innovation
Jeffrey Housenbold,CEO, Shutterfly
Disrupting and revolutionizing the way a 100+ year old industry worked is one thing, but ensuring your own long-term viability is another. Shutterfly changed photo development by combining Internet connectivity, speed and convenience with traditional, domestic manufacturing. Housenbold will share his best practices and insights on the realities of executing on an innovative strategic vision from Shutterfly and the five other high-growth businesses in which he served in leadership roles, including eBay and AltaVista.
11:00-12:00pm The Innovation Action Plan
Jeffrey Housenbold,CEO, Shutterfly
Robert Hohman,Co-founder and CEO,Glassdoor
This concluding panel discussion will address the realities of putting principles into action, including people, priorities, structures and more. What are the immediate steps you need to take that will provide payback and put you and your organization on the path toward sustained innovation?
112:00-2:30pm Lunch Excursion


Confirmed Speakers

Andrew LiverisAndrew Liveris — Chairman, President and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
Andrew Liveris led The Dow Chemical Company to record sales of $60 billion in 2011, a 12% increase over 2010, which translated to a 19% increase in earnings per share, the highest equity earnings in the company’s history. He is a 36-year veteran with the company in a career that began in Australia and spans manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and general management. An advocate for domestic manufacturing, Liveris serves as Co-Chair of President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the United States, and is the author of Make It in America. Andrew holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Jeffrey Housenbold — President and CEO, Shutterfly
Jeffrey Housenbold is a new-media visionary whose leadership drives the strategic direction and growth of, and He is the force behind Shutterfly’s industry leading transformation into a personal publishing and multi-brand company by giving consumers the tools to share their personal stories. Previously, Jeffrey was Vice President of Business Development & Internet Marketing at eBay, where he managed customer acquisition and retention. Formerly, Jeffrey held senior management positions with AltaVista, including Vice President & General Manager. Jeffrey earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Dean’s Fellow, and his undergraduate degrees, with High Honors in Economics and Business Administration, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael Klayko — CEO and Director, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Michael Klayko was named Chief Executive Officer and a Director in January 2005, with responsibility for the storage networking company’s vision, strategic direction, and operational management. Under Michael, Brocade has tripled in size to $2billion in revenue, and 4700 employees in six years. Michael joined Brocade in January 2003, following the acquisition of Rhapsody Networks for which he served as CEO and President. He has more than 30 years of experience in the storage, computer, and telecommunications industries. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio Institute of Technology.

Robert Hohman — Co-Founder and CEO, Glassdoor
In 2007, Robert Hohman co-founded Glassdoor with long-time friend Rich Barton. The site, a free career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time reviews, ratings and salary details about specific jobs or interviews for specific employers, was launched as a public beta in June of 2008. To date, the company has raised approximately $9.5 million in venture capital. Before creating Glassdoor, Bob was most recently president of Hotwire, a leading discount travel site and division of Expedia, Inc. Bob was one of the original team members of Expedia, and was part of the executive team that took it public in 1999. Bob started his career at Microsoft and worked as a software developer in a range of areas from Windows 95 to interactive television to online games. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University.

Thomas Erickson — CEO, Acquia
Tom Erickson joined Acquia as CEO in 2008, following 30 years of experience in the software industry, including leadership positions with pioneering software companies in the U.S., Europe and Australia. Tom began his career in 1980 in open source software, then called “public domain”, at Project Software and Development, Inc. Prior to Acquia, Tom was Chief Products Officer at Tele Atlas, CEO of Systinet. During the rise of the internet, Tom was the EVP International for webMethods, based in Sydney, Australia. Tom holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin.

Jerre Stead — CEO, IHS
Jerre Stead became Chief Executive Officer of IHS in 2006. Under his leadership, IHS has grown into a $1 billion-plus leader in providing information and insight services to businesses around the globe. Over his career he has served as CEO of Ingram Micro, AT&T Global Information Solutions, AT&T Global Business Communications Systems and Legent Corporation. Mr. Stead earned a BBS at the University of Iowa, and an advanced degree at Harvard University Advanced Management Program in Switzerland.

Kimberly PopovitsKimberly Popovits—Chairman, President and CEO, Genomic Health Inc.
Kimberly Popovits leads Genomic Health, a pioneering company focused on development and commercialization of genomic-based diagnostic tests that enable cancer patients and their physicians to make personalized treatment decisions. Under her leadership the firm achieved revenue of $206.1 million in 2011, a 16% increase over 2010 with margin improvements that allowed Genomic to record its second full year of profitability. Ms. Popovits became Chairman of Genomic Health in 2012, after serving and President and CEO of the firm since 2009. Prior to joining Genomic Health as COO in 2002, Kim served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales at Genentech, Inc. where she led the successful commercialization of 14 new therapies. She was named Woman of the Year in 2008 by the Women Health Care Executives organization. Kim holds a BA in business from Michigan State University.

richard flynnRichard Flynn—Group President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services
Richard Flynn was named CEO of Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services group in March 2010, achieving $482million in revenue in 2011, an 8% increase over previous year. Corporate Legal Services (CLS) focusses on legal and compliance solutions under the CT brand with leading share in the Compliance and Government, Lien Management, Brand Trademark Management and Legal Spend Management service sectors. Flynn has launched new business models and expanded CLS’ business’s global footprint utilizing his talent for developing new revenue through innovation within a company’s current scope of expertise. He created the Real Rate Report, a comparison of legal spending, by mining data that is a by-product of the firm’s legal invoice e-billing program, TyMetrix. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Flynn held several senior-level positions at American Express, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager for OPEN, the market leader of U.S. small business payment cards. Mr. Flynn received a BS in Finance and International Business from New York University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Morris LangdonMorris Langdon—Co-Founder and Partner, Innovation Labs
Langdon Morris, co-founder and a partner at Innovation Labs, is recognized around the world as an expert in innovation. To date he has authored or co-authored six acclaimed books on innovation. His most recent work, “Permanent Innovation: The Definitive Guide to the Principles, Strategies, and Methods of Successful Innovators,” explains that innovation is the process of creating new ideas and turning them into new business value. Permanent Innovation is the process of doing it continuously, as a matter of strategy, method, and habit. His recent clients include: NASA, American Heart Association, SAP, the Federal Reserve Bank of the US, France Telecom, Stanford University Medical Center, Cap Gemini, and many others. Morris is also Senior Practice Scholar of the Ackoff Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he is researching complex social and business systems.

Hotel Information

Hotel Monaco, San Francisco
A Luxury Kimpton Boutique Hotel
By Union Square and Moscone Center
501 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
Reservations: (866) 622-5284
Phone: (415) 292-0100

Special Chief Executive Room Rate – $249/night – hurry – take advantage of this special rate, and book your conference and room today. Space in San Francisco during October is already very limited.