Panel Information

Panel Name:

The Use of Power and Influence during the Process of Innovation

Event Location:
Kresge Auditorium
Event Time:
8:45AM - 9:45AM

Joe Chung, Redstar Ventures - Moderator
Alon Girmonsky, BlazeMeter
Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai Technologies
Kazuhiro Gomi, NTT America, Inc.
Panel Description:

Today's CEOs are faced with an increasingly complex relationship with IT. While IT was often seen as a cost center in the past, today's CEO is much more likely to see their IT organization as a tool with which they are able to guide and change their organization.

This promise is often fraught by not only technical obstacles but individual and collective resistance inside of organizations. To overcome this, CEOs need to obtain buy in from both the resources charged with instituting these changes as well as with other members of the organization who will utilize the results of these changes. On this panel CEOs will share ways in which they have driven change throughout their organizations, how they have worked to retain the original vision and gain buy-in, and how they have also been influenced by their teams to change the vision at times.