Rita McGrath
Expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile business environments
Author of The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business

Rita McGrath is a globally recognized management thinker, a leading expert on strategy and growth in uncertain and volatile business environments, and an acclaimed business author. She believes the new path to winning means capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively and then moving on quickly once they are exhausted.

McGrath was recognized as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50 in 2013, and was named one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company magazine. She is also an Associate Professor of Management at Columbia Business School and a fellow of the Strategic Management Society. A regular on television and radio, she authors a column, “The Entrepreneurial Strategist,” for Inc. magazine.

Follow her on Twitter: @rgmcgrath


Jim Goodnight

Jim Goodnight

Since he co-founded SAS in 1976, Jim Goodnight has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. The worldwide leader in business analytics, SAS has more than 13,800 employees who support customers at more than 65,000 sites in 140 countries. The company’s 2013 revenue was $3.02 billion, its 38th consecutive year of growth and profitability. He considers his employees to be his most valuable asset and has created a world-renowned workplace model. In 2012, SAS ranked No. 1 on the elite World's Best Multinational Workplaces list from Great Place to Work. Goodnight has a PhD in statistics and speaks internationally on leadership, education and innovation.


Mikael Hagstrom

Mikael Hagstrom
Executive Vice President of SAS Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific

Mikael Hagstrom leads SAS’ Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions, which represent more than half of SAS’ revenue. Hagstrom oversees an expanding global team of 5,000 professionals in 48 countries and is responsible for capturing current market potential while preparing the organization for the future. He is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union Executive Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the US Council for International Business, a member of the board of directors on the Atlantic Council, and frequently speaks on the multinational business climate at the World Economic Forum and OECD.

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Follow him on Twitter: @mikaelhagstrom


Jim Davis

Jim Davis
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, SAS

As Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Jim Davis provides strategic direction for SAS products, solutions and services, and presenting the SAS brand worldwide. He helped transform SAS from a tools provider to a software solutions provider.

A respected thought leader, Davis co-authored the book Information Revolution: Using the Information Evolution Model to Grow Your Business.

Since joining SAS in 1994, Davis has pioneered many key initiatives, including global projects that incorporate customer feedback in the development process. Today, he continues to refine the model for continuous collaboration and innovation, enabling SAS to meet the global demand for business analytics.

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Follow him on Twitter: @davis_jim


Jon Briggs

Jon Briggs (conference moderator)
Broadcast journalist

Jon Briggs has been a broadcast journalist for the BBC and ITN for 30 years. His credits include anchoring BBC Radio 5’s Breakfast News show, reporting for BBC Radio 4’s current affairs programmes, and chairing London’s top weekly political discussion programme for LBC.

A highly experienced conference moderator, Briggs has hosted more than 300 international events for many of the world’s largest companies, from Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover, to Pernod Ricard and Ericsson.

He is also one of the best-known commercial voices in the UK. Recognised as the voice of the BBC’s Weakest Link quiz show and as the English voice of Apple’s Siri iPhone® assistant. Briggs also owns Excellent Talent, which represents 200 of the UK’s top artists.

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Follow him on Twitter: @jon_briggs


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