Friday, April 11
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Second Keynote Speaker: Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly acclaimed business advisor, speaker and author who has coached some of the worlds' most successful CEOs. For 35 years, he has worked behind the scenes at companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, Home Depot, 3M and Verizon. Starting his business career as a teenager working in the family shoe shop in India, Charan earned an engineering degree, then MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School. He graduated from Harvard with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, later serving on the Harvard Business School faculty.

Charan is known for practical, real world perspective and his expertise runs deep in several business areas, including:

  • Profitable Growth
  • Business Acumen
  • Leadership
  • Tools for Changing a Social System
  • Corporate Governance
  • Global Matrix Organization
  • Execution: Discipline of Getting Things Done
  • Innovation
  • Succession & Leadership Pipeline
  • Building Top Management Teams

Charan is also a well-known author, whose books include Execution, and Confronting Reality written with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy. Charan's other books include Boards That Deliver, What the CEO Wants You to Know, Boards at Work, Every Business Is a Growth Business and Profitable Growth. He also tailors his books for specific client companies such as Gateway, Ford and EDS. His newest book, released in January 2007, is titled Know-How.

The SEMA National Education Conference, scheduled April 9-11 in Nashville, is a concentrated, two-day leadership program developed exclusively for automotive specialty equipment executives. With the knowledge shared at this conference, you'll discover how to lead your company to new levels of success. You'll receive real-world skills for immediate application, targeted information presented specifically for the automotive specialty equipment industry and inspiration to make the necessary changes needed to more easily and effectively meet the challenges of a rapidly changing future.

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