Exclusive outtakes from industry leaders
Last week, President Obama went to Cleveland to meet with small business owners to hear about their successes and setbacks. One of the prominent themes of that meeting was innovation. In his closing remarks from the forum, Obama cited multiple examples of innovation in companies he sees moving the economy forward, such as Ashlawn Energy, a company that Obama says is "poised to manufacture a next-generation energy storage system in Painesville [Ohio] that will improve efficiency."
While we wait to see which companies will shape our future, an example of one company that transformed the U.S. economy over 100 years ago is Alcoa, the world's leading producing of aluminum. The current head of that company, Klaus Kleinfeld, will be at Thomson Reuters tomorrow to discuss how to thrive in a new global economy as part of the Reuters Future Face of Finance Summit. But before we get ahead of ourselves, there's a lot to learn from Alcoa's past -- and present day -- success.
On March 1, Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld sits down with Global Editor-at-large Chrystia Freeland as part of our Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event "Thriving in the New Global Economy."
WHO IS KLAUS KLEINFELD?
Kleinfeld, 53, was born in Bremen, Germany. He studied at the University of Goettingen, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration, and the University of Wuerzburg, where he gained a PhD in strategic management.
On March 1, Reuters Global Editor-at-large Chrystia Freeland sits down with McKinsey & Company Global Managing Director Dominic Barton. In anticipation of the event, here's some helpful background on Barton and McKinsey:
Barton grew up in a small town in Canada. Out of his high school class of 200 students, Barton was one of just six to go on to attend college. Barton graduated from the University of British Columbia and went on to study at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar and received an MPhil in Economics. He came back to Canada and joined McKinsey in their Toronto office in 1986. In 2000, he was given the chance to lead McKinsey's office in Korea and decided to take the offer despite being told by many mentors not to take it. He was so successful in his role, that in he then became the chairman of Asia, based in Shanghai, from 2004 to 2009.
Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Co. stopped by the set of Chrystia's Davos TV show in late January to discuss the global economy along with Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations and Bob Shiller of Yale University. Hear why Barton's worried about inflation in emerging markets, why the U.S. should be pitching China's sovereign wealth fund on infrastructure projects in America and where is the "Florida of China":
Generations of Americans have clocked in to work each morning confident that their daily toils would afford them a better standard of living than their parents. But that central promise of the American dream may now be under threat.
According to a productivity and competitiveness report from the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., the U.S. economy requires dramatic productivity gains to ensure that future workers will benefit from economic growth. How to achieve these gains will be the focus of a discussion between Reuters global editor-at-large Chrystia Freeland and McKinsey’s global managing director Dominic Barton for a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event on March 1, "Thriving in the New Global Economy."
Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland will conduct a live interview with the Global Managing Director of consulting company McKinsey & Co.