Big Thinkers

Fresh ideas from the world of business

Globetrotting is the best education for IBM’s Greg Land

Written by John Kultgen | July 17, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Business Transformation, Travel and Transportation

“At one point my siblings thought I was a CIA operative, because I’d go to a place like Johannesburg or Dubai on 24-hour notice.” more

Serving variety: how Wimbledon’s content chief courts fans

Written by Justine Jablonska | June 27, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Customer Experience, Media and Entertainment

A billion fans engage with Wimbledon in any given year, and it’s up to Alexandra Willis to decide what the majority of those fans see and hear. “My role is to be the guardian of Wimbledon’s external voice,” Willis said. Willis is head of communications, content and digital at The All England Lawn Tennis Club. more

IBM’s Steve Canepa is innovating for a 5G world

Written by Arzi Rachman | June 24, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Media and Entertainment, Telecommunications

This story is part of Big Thinkers, a series of profiles on business leaders transforming industries with bold ideas. more

IBM’s Jeannette Garcia is making the world a better place through chemistry

Written by Justine Jablonska | May 13, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Energy and Utilities, Environment

From revolutionizing plastics recycling to shifting chemistry modeling, Jeannette Garcia's work has cross-industry, global impact. more

Research director Bola Rotibi focuses on the people behind the technology

Written by Rich McKay | March 6, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence, Big Thinkers, Telecommunications

UK-based Creative Intellect Consulting’s research director and founder is turning the conversation around network transformation from product to people. more

Nation Waste CEO Maria Rios sees opportunity everywhere

Written by Justine Jablonska | February 26, 2019 | Big Thinkers, IoT, Manufacturing

This story is part of Big Thinkers, a series of profiles on business leaders transforming industries with bold ideas. “When I see waste, I see opportunity,” Maria Rios begins. “That’s my slogan.” She’s calling from the library of her alma mater, the University of Houston, where she’s now a board member. The university is where more

TELUS’ CTO is tackling telcos’ bad customer experience rap

Written by Jordan Teicher | January 29, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence, Big Thinkers, Telecommunications

Ibrahim Gedeon sees his work as CTO as an integral part of the TELUS customer experience. more

IBM’s Luq Niazi believes a smarter supply chain can lead to a better planet

Written by Jordan Teicher | January 25, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Blockchain, Retail and Consumer Products

Niazi is driven by a sense that business challenges are human challenges, and that strong leadership at the enterprise level can benefit society as a whole. more

What’s retail’s future? Just ask NRF’s Matthew Shay.

Written by Jordan Teicher | December 21, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence, Big Thinkers, Retail and Consumer Products

In this interview with IBM, Shay reflects on his tenure at NRF and describes the powerful forces shaping retail today. more