Our goal at SPARK is to help our customers, and the Sourcing industry overall, transform their organizations and step forward into a position of prominence. So, to set that innovative tone, we’re curating two full days of technology, techniques, and totally new ways to think about leadership. A key ingredient in that recipe is our dynamic list of speakers and keynotes for you to learn from. Today, I have the distinct honor of welcoming Jeff Immelt to that list of distinguished keynote speakers at SPARK 2019.
The 9th Chairman of General Electric (GE), Immelt served as CEO for 16 years, transforming GE into a simpler, stronger, and more focused digital industrial company. To accomplish that, he set out to completely revamp the company’s strategy, global footprint, and culture, positioning GE for the future. What was the effect of that change? During his tenure, industrial earnings doubled and GE returned $143B in dividends.
Jeff has written extensively on the practice of leadership and transformation, both on a global and local stage. In particular, I’ve found his comments on leading through cycles, helping teams navigate crises, and the impact of digital transformation incredibly helpful for our team here at Scout. At SPARK, Immelt will be diving into these topics and how Sourcing and Procurement can be that catalyst of change for any organization, and the impact this transformation can have to your company’s productivity, quality, and growth.
“It is always hard for leaders to drive change when the journey is unknown. It is easier to give up — and many will. But in this era, when new technologies will forever change customer value, the highest risk is a failure to lead.” – Jeff Immelt
I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jeff Immelt, one of the “World’s Best CEOs” per Barron’s magazine, and the long-time leader of “America’s Most Admired Company” to the SPARK Center Stage.
Register today and join us February 26-27, 2019, where his keynote will set the tone for this spectacular Sourcing show. Attend and learn from giants in the industry, and take home new insights, tools, and peer connections that will help you lead 2019 with a new tempo.