C-Circle – Management Execution – Going Beyond the Vision to Achieve Results

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Aricent Altran Group
3979 Freedom Circle
Suite 950
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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ACG Silicon Valley’s C-Circle, now in its eighth year, proudly announces that it has attracted a following of approximately 400 CEOs and C-level executives and achieved a regular attendance of 35 executives per session.


Management Execution

Every year entrepreneurs come up with great ideas. Every year they spend countless hours creating and re-creating detailed business plans, strategic plans and slick PowerPoint presentations and slide decks. Often most of this effort goes to waste as entrepreneurs fail to follow through on their own well thought-out plans, get bogged down with analysis and risk mitigation or are paralyzed by company inertia. Strategy is determining “what” to do but execution is all about making it happen. Unfortunately, according to some studies, eighty-percent of companies fail at the execution phase.

Please join our discussion on Management Execution – Going Beyond the Vision to Achieve Results as we discuss this critical competency every company should master.

  • What is business “execution”?
  • What are the keys to successful execution of strategy?
  • What are some examples of companies that do this well?
  • What role does culture play in the ability of a company to execute its strategy?
  • How does a company develop a “culture of execution”?
  • What are some of the main challenges to business execution?
  • What are the signs of poor execution?
  • What are some of the tools used to enable business execution?
  • Are there any new developments in this area? What are they and how do they help?
  • How can organizations overcome the forces of inertia?
  • What is the role of risk-taking in execution?
  • How do executives balance the need “to put out fires” with the need to execute the business plan?
  • How does an organization balance the objectives of holding employees accountable with the desire for employees to be willing to take risks?
  • What organizational structures facilitate converting “understanding” into “action”?
  • What organizational structures impede action?
  • How can strategy be connected with goals of each employee?
  • What is the best process to set company priorities?
  • What is the role of “key performance indicators” in execution?
  • How are these developed?
  • How should the company’s strategic plan be communicated to employees?
  • How does a company balance the need for communication with employees, yet avoid too many meetings?
  • In terms of execution, are the available business analytics tools helpful or a hindrance?
  • We hear the statement “culture eats strategy”, where does execution fit into this statement?


Guest Experts


Gene Tange

PearlHPS, Inc.

Gene Tange is the CEO & Founder of PearlHPS Inc. Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of Fortelus, the first fully automated Human Capital Analytics tool, later acquired by Deloitte. Gene is a pioneer and thought leader in predictive analytics and how high performance organizations significantly eclipse traditional business outcomes.

Earlier in his career, Gene was a C-level executive of three multi-billion dollar global technology and healthcare firms where he has extensive acquisition experience with all phases of the deal (50 deals worth $5B), corporate transformations (lean, agile, focus factory redesign) and hyper-growth experience (3x revenue growth at the billion dollar level achieved in less than 5 years).

Gene has a BS Business from SJSU and a Presidential MBA from Pepperdine University.


Professor Terri Griffith, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University

Dr. Terri Griffith is a Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Her key stakeholders are students of the university, executives who participate in SCU’s Silicon Valley Executive Center, and a global community of organizations and leaders striving to better understand and integrate technology into their work.

Terri just completed a five-year cycle of administration for the Business School: two years as Chair of the Management & Entrepreneurship Department and three years as Associate Dean — with a concurrent year as Chair of the University Coordinating Committee.

Terri’s Ph.D. is from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. She did her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. Her research is published in management, engineering, and information systems journals. She has served as a Senior Editor for the journal Organization Science and as an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly. Some of this work was funded by the National Science Foundation. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive and has been named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.


Glenn Hoogerwerf

President, Software Services & Offerings
Aricent (Altran Group)

Glenn Hoogerwerf is the President, Software Services & Offerings for Aricent. Aricent is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers in the digital era. For decades, Aricent has helped companies do new things and scale with intention.

Glenn is a seasoned technology executive with over 25 years of experience in software development and consulting across the software, hardware, videogame, energy and telecommunication industries ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. He is an established expert in building technology companies, rapidly growing hi-tech consulting practices and scaling product development having served executive roles across engineering, business development, marketing, finance and operations up to Chairman and CEO.

Prior to Aricent, Glenn was with HCL Technologies, where he launched the Product Testing Services business and was client partner for $1B+ partnership with Microsoft. Previously, Glenn held executive leadership roles with Amazon, SureFind Corporation, Tandem Computers, Halliburton and GTE Telecom, and founded Vesta Labs and VMC Consulting.

Glenn earned dual B.S. degrees in Applied Mathematics / Computer Science and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon. Glenn also attended Stanford University where he participated in Master’s studies in Computer Science and received an executive certificate in “Marketing to High-Technology Companies.”




James C. Chapman


Jim is a partner at Rimon P.C. where he focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He counsels publicly traded and privately held clients on public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and related transactions. Jim also represents venture capital firms, angels, and family offices in their investments. With 30 years of experience in corporate and securities law, he has represented clients in over 300 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.

Although he has been involved in transactions all over the world, Jim was also an early pioneer in representing companies in cross border transactions between the US and China. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies investing and raising capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. enterprises acquire Chinese companies, transfer technology, enter into joint ventures and operate, in China. Jim has also been involved in negotiating resolutions to some of the most high-profile disputes involving US companies operating in China.

Jim’s US-China experience extends to a wide variety of industries including media, mobile, software, semiconductor, alternative energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He has been recognized by Finance Monthly Global Awards, ACQ5 Global Awards and Corporate Live Wire as “China Investment Attorney of the Year” for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and by Corporate Intl Legal Awards and Global Law Experts as “China Investment Attorney of the Year- California” for 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Rimon P.C, Jim was a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a leading international law firm.