Today we announce the addition of former leaders from P&G, Amazon, and the US Navy to its AIM10x Executive Council.
Digitally transforming processes within large enterprises requires the right technology, a solid strategy, and outstanding leadership. Therefore, o9 Solutions has brought together a network of the most visionary leaders to share valuable learnings, best practices, and knowledge through the AIM10x Webinars to help executives navigate and accelerate their digital business transformation. The main topics discussed are leadership, strategy, change management, Digital Transformation journeys, and how to leverage new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to reach your business goals.
“I am very excited that Tony Saldanha, Das Dasgupta, and Dave Koss joined the AIM10x Executive Council. They have a unique background and different perspectives on strategy and leadership: Tony with an IT Transformation point of view, Das from a data-science angle, and Dave with military-inspired planning and execution processes to enterprise settings,” said Chakri Gottemukkala, CEO at o9 Solutions and active member of the AIM10x Executive Council. “Regardless of your company’s strategy, learning from each of them can contribute to the success of any Digital Transformation Journey in operations and planning.”
Tony Saldanha spent twenty-seven years at Procter and Gamble leading global IT and shared services strategies, IT systems integration, and implementing technology-enabled business solutions. He is globally recognized as a progressive leader, staying ahead of disruptive technology capabilities and creating new business models that generate 10x business value in consulting and CIO roles for amongst others, the Gillette Business Unit. He is a corporate board member, advisor to Fortune 100 boards and CXOs on digital transformation, and best-selling author of “Why Digital Transformations Fail”. Tony is currently President of Transformant, an advisory company for digital and Global Business Services transformation.
Tony states: “I’m delighted to join o9’s AIM10x Executive Council. I first connected with o9 Solutions five years ago while at Procter & Gamble when I was on the lookout for disruptive solutions in supply chain. o9 was already very impressive then. I’ve recently had the pleasure of seeing a demo of their current product. It has exponentially improved features starting from that great base. What an amazing team! I’m looking forward to working together with o9 on guiding executives to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.”
Das Dasgupta is the Chief Data Officer of the internationally reputed advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, where he is currently leading Data Science & Advanced Analytics, and Digital Marketing and Advertising Technology portfolios. Prior to this role, he stood up Digital Transformation using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) at Viacom, a media conglomerate to increase productivity and drive out costs. Dr. Dasgupta’s past roles include a North American Leadership role at Amazon where he led Customer Experience, and Associate Partner role at McKinsey, where he designed and rolled out Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) processes for global large clientele.
Das states: “Data-driven decision making is my first passion, and the world of supply chain management is not new to it. Due to giant leaps in technology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities have taken global supply chain management to a new level of competence. Because of turbulence in the international supply chains during COVID-19, the crisis has been elevated to a new reality – one does not have an option but to plan for such crises, and continually replan in real-time to maintain supply chain agility. As someone who has the privilege of seeing both the supply and demand side, joining the AIM10x Executive Council gives me a unique vantage point to connect these ends and everything in-between with data, AI, and ML. While I see myself as a Data evangelist, the enormous value that o9 can unleash based on ‘connecting the dots’ excites me to be a part of this Executive Council.”
Dave Koss spent a 30-year career in Naval Aviation. He commanded multiple organizations – up to 5000+ personnel – to include Strike Fighter Squadron Fourteen, the Blue Angels, and the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific. He completed 6 international deployments and numerous combat missions in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. His dedication to subordinate development and commitment to successful execution led him to be decorated with the LCDR Mike Longardt leadership award, and numerous other decorations such as the Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with Combat V (2 awards) as well the Strike Flight Air Model (four awards).
Dave states: “I am humbled by the opportunity to join such a talented team. Having spent 30 years in the military, I have been a consumer of data, or what we would call intelligence. Having accurate and actionable data was critical to achieving mission success. Good data made our mission planning more effective and ultimately enabled better execution as we were able to more clearly see our friction points. As an organization that is predominantly forward deployed, a solid logistics chain also greatly enhanced our ability to sustain. I am eager to learn more about the transformational and innovative methods o9 Solutions provide and hope the planning, briefing, execution and debriefing skills I have acquired are value added.”
About the AIM10x Executive Council
The AIM10x Executive Council is a network of visionary leaders who have built significant operating experience at some of the world’s largest companies. Together they will set the vision for all aspects of an integrated enterprise – from supply chain to finance, sales, and product development, which will lead to global enterprises that are more efficient, sustainable, and profitable. It is part of the broader ‘AIM10x’ initiative sponsored by o9 Solutions, which has the goal of empowering a global community of professionals who are dedicated to digitally transforming planning and decision-making capabilities. The AIM10x Executive Council members are sharing their insights about leadership, strategy, change management, and Digital Transformation journeys through the AIM10x Webinars.