Leading the Sustainable Transition
16:30-17:30 JST / 09:30-10:30 CEST
What is the role of business in tackling the urgent sustainability challenge we face? What can corporate leaders do to help us address them? We are honored to have Mr. Takeshi Niinami, CEO of Suntory Holdings and Member of IESE International Advisory Board, to discuss how business leaders can forge the path to a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive world.
Tak Niinami is Chief Executive Officer, Suntory Holdings Limited since October 2014. Mr. Niinami started his career in 1981 at Mitsubishi Corporation. He was appointed President and CEO of Lawson, Inc. in May 2002, and Chairman, Representative Director in May 2014. He serves on the Industrial Competitiveness Council of Japan, as an economic advisor to Prime Minister, and is also a member of the Tax Commission of the Government. He is Vice Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (JACE), and is also Chairman, Committee on Agricultural Reform of JACE. He is a member of Industry Partner of World Economic Forum. Mr. Niinami is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.
Fabrizio Ferraro is Professor of Strategic Management at IESE Business School. He holds a PhD in Management from Stanford University. His research explores the emergence of responsible investing in mainstream financial markets and is supported by a five-year grant (2011-2015) of the European Research Council (ERC). Previously he has studied the institutionalization of the Global Reporting Initiative and his work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science among others. He received the 2005 IESE Prize for Excellence in Research and the 2006 Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Review. He serves or has served as a member of the editorial board of Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Discovery, and European Management Review. At IESE he teaches classes for MBAs and Executives on strategic decision making, strategy execution, and power. He also taught executive programs and/or consulted for firms such as ENEL, Oracle, Banco Santander, Henkel, Nestlé, Puig, Lavazza, and Gonzalez-Byass.