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2018 Conference | Bridging the Strategy Execution Gap
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Bridging the Strategy Execution Gap

Across sectors of our disrupted economy, there is growing awareness that, as key leaders formulate strategy for their organizations, a gap in understanding, performance, and execution often occurs for those charged with implementing the initiatives flowing from the strategy. This gap invariably translates into unwanted costs, lost opportunities and the failure to execute.

Strategic planning and management practitioners, consultants and academicians share a strong interest in mitigating problems that arise when a well-planned strategy fails at execution. In fact, many other professionals share our identical interest (e.g. project management, talent development, quality, finance, strategic alliance, business architecture, risk, organizational design, marketing and communications, constituent/community engagement, philanthropy, program evaluators etc.). Specific objectives for the conference are to feature a cross-section of professional perspectives, learn from every person who attends the conference, and ultimately report out the insights captured.




Ismael Roig is senior vice president, chief strategy officer for Archer Daniels Midland Company, and a member of the company’s Executive Council. As such, he controls and advances the implementation of ADM’s corporate strategy, leads the process of corporate strategic and resource allocation planning, manages ADM’s corporate mergers & acquisitions and business development activities, and oversees the company’s efforts to improve the efficiency and environmental footprint of its operations.

Roig joined ADM in 2004 and previously served as president, Asia-Pacific. Before that, he was the company’s vice president, Planning and Business Development. Prior to joining ADM, Roig spent 11 years with General Motors Corporation in various finance and control positions in Brazil, Singapore and Belgium.
Roig holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, also in the United Kingdom. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst® credential

Daniel Kotecki is currently the Assistant Vice President of Operational Excellence at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a national provider of cancer care with a network of five regional medical centers that are committed to providing patient centered care to cancer patients and their caregivers. In his role, he is responsible for ensuring the effective execution of strategic enterprise-wide programs and initiatives as well as deploying the CTCA Operational Excellence System across the organization.

Since graduating from Illinois State University with degrees in both Biochemistry and Chemistry, he has spent his career driving strategy development, deployment, and performance improvement in pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare organizations. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (LSSMBB) and received a Lean Leader Certificate from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2008. 

While at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Daniel has led the Operational Excellence team, first at the Midwestern hospital and then at the enterprise level, helping to deliver increasing levels of business impact, with approximately $2.3M in 2014 and growing to $32.4M by 2016.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife, Connie and their three children Kahley, Kerrigan, and Caden. He also supports several charitable causes such as the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County where he currently serves as a member of the organization's Board of Directors.

Ricardo Viana Vargas is a specialist in project management and strategy implementation. Over the past 20 years, he has been responsible for more than 80 major transformation projects in several countries, covering an investment portfolio of over 20 billion USD. He is currently the Executive Director of the Brightline Initiative™, a coalition of leading global organizations from business, government and not for profit sectors, dedicated to provide a knowledge and networking platform that delivers insights and solutions to successfully bridge the gap between strategy design and strategy delivery. From 2012 to 2016, Ricardo was the first Global Director of the Infrastructure and Project Management Group with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Ricardo has written fifteen books on the subject of project management, and also host one of the most relevant podcasts in the field, the 5 Minutes PM Podcast, with more than 4 million views.


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