Innovation Governance is the unglamorous “management side” of corporate innovation. Venture Capital firms employ healthy governance (e.g., Monday am weekly sessions by all partners), as do private equity firms seeking a balanced portfolio. With innovation maturity comes a need to manage innovation with foresight, strategy alignment, and proper power lines and authority to stop projects, alter priorities, and advance investment in others.
Imaginatik is the world’s first full-service innovation firm. We have 16 years experience building innovation into a sustainable competence at some of the world’s largest and most respected companies. Through a mix of consulting and advisory, hands-on innovation projects and program management, and award-winning enterprise software, we provide the complete set of innovation products and services to turn your innovation program into a repeatable competitive advantage.
Luis F. Solis, President of Imaginatik North America. Luis is a pioneer in the diffusion of innovation strategy and enterprise B2B software in global organizations. He has taken companies public, started ventures, and turned-around software companies. A graduate of Stanford University’s Business and Law Schools, Luis recently authored “Innovation Alchemists: What every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer.”
Deborah Arcoleo, Director, Advanced Innovation Center at The Hershey Company. Deb has over a decade of experience with the strategy, process and tools for the “fuzzy front end” of innovation, as well as managing innovations through stage gates to launch. She has led Innovation Centers of Excellence for two companies, building on her earlier career experience in consulting and organizational change. Prior to Hershey, Deb held innovation roles at Campbell Soup Company, J&J Consumer Group of Companies, and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.
James Euchner, VP, Global Innovation at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Jim is responsible for new growth trajectories for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He previously held senior management positions in the leadership of strategy, innovation and IT at Pitney Bowes and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). He holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell and Princeton Universities, respectively, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.