Disruptive Innovation

AESC European Conference 2018

November 8, 2018
Today's businesses require bold, visionary leadership.
November 8, 2018
08:00 to 17:30

Digital technology continues to disrupt organizations worldwide—as well as entire industries—transforming the global economy and changing the required DNA of today's top executives. An ever-shifting business climate that commands constant innovation also demands a new breed of leadership.

Executive search and leadership advisors are poised to help leaders across all industries move beyond the sustainable innovation models of yesterday. AESC's European Conference is the premier event for our profession and will deliver critical content to help trusted advisors, and the clients they serve, stay at the forefront.

Join us in London on November 8. This event is open to clients, AESC Members and nonmembers. The conference is from 8:00 - 17:30 followed by a book signing and cocktail reception from 17:30 - 19:30.

Experience an immersive program of inspired speakers, thought-provoking sessions, provocative questions and networking with global peers.

Register to explore:

Today's disruptive brands and the leaders driving them.
The D's of disruption: digital and diversity.
The innovative organization of tomorrow.
Leadership for a new age: The DNA of tomorrow's C-suite executive.
What's now, new and next for our profession.
And much more!


08:00 to 19:30
2018 AESC European Conference
08:00 to 09:00
Registration and Partner Exhibits

Meet representatives from AESC partner organizations and learn about services that can help propel your business forward and best serve your clients.

09:00 to 09:10
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Emanuela Aureli
Chair, AESC Europe and Africa Council and Consultant
Spencer Stuart
09:10 to 10:00

Innovation is the holy grail and Hayley Barnard brings her expertise on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership to help leaders understand all the differences in innovation. Gain a deeper understanding of unconscious bias and uncover how to best help clients, and your own firm, with blind spots. Haley will outline opportunities for trusted advisors on how to navigate the gender pay gap and offers clear examples to demonstrate the business case for inclusion.

Hayley Barnard
Co-Founder and Managing Director
MIX Diversity Developers
10:00 to 10:25
Collaboration—The Key to Strong Market Standards

AESC Members from the DACH region will share impactful approaches in collaboration that strengthen the profile of the profession and the AESC in the local marketplace.

Christine Stimpel
Heidrick & Struggles
Clare Mahon
Managing Director, Europe & Africa
Alexander Wink
Senior Client Partner
Korn Ferry
Franco A. Parodi
Parodi & Associates
10:25 to 10:35
Presentation of the AESC Award of Excellence
11:05 to 12:00
Ethics in the Age of People-Learning Machines

Humans are creating new forms of life which will become very clever, very fast. From our dizzying era of machine intelligence, we are quickly headed for a future of machine personhood. Intelligent machines are beginning to understand the needs, drives, and even values of humanity. Examining the emerging field of machine ethics, entrepreneur, engineer, faculty member at the Singularity University, and senior advisor to The Future Society at Harvard University, Eleanor "Nell" Watson will take us on a fascinating journey. We will explore how best to program our humanity into machine intelligence in a way that respects differences of opinion and creeds, and yet provides adequate protection for humans and machines.

Nell Watson
AI & Robotics Faculty Singularity University; Founder
12:00 to 12:10
Presentation of the Future of the Profession Award
13:30 to 14:20

AESC CEO Karen Greenbaum will present new original research on the Fourth Industrial Revolution's impact on C-suite roles. Examining culture transformation, digital transformation and transformational leadership, how will we prepare our clients to disrupt among the disruptors?

Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
14:20 to 14:30
Presentation of the Commitment to the Community Award
14:30 to 15:20

Today's best CMOs are disruptors. They are increasingly the change agents within an organization, responsible for a relentless customer-first approach, leveraging data analytics to drive innovation, and often transforming the entire business model. CMOs are also increasingly drivers of culture change — their success measured by the impact they have on corporate culture. A panel of CMOs from some of today's most successful brands will share with us the evolution of the CMO role in an Industry 4.0 environment, the role of CMO in shaping culture, and how we as a profession can adopt a CMO mindset as our profession innovates on behalf of our customer.

Grant Duncan
Leader of UK Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice
Spencer Stuart
Kerris Bright
Chief Customer Officer
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Elke Guhl
Chief Marketing Officer
Swiss Life Select
Jessica Spence
Chief Commercial Officer
Carlsberg Group
Sarah Warby
Chief Growth Officer
Emma Woods
Marketing and Customer Director
15:50 to 16:00
Presentation of the AESC Lifetime Achievement Award
16:00 to 17:20

How do you win the business and the heart of your customers in a world driven by Artificial Intelligence? As we enter phase 3 of digitalization—a world of automation, bots and Artificial Intelligence—the benefits to customers will be HUGE. Customers will enjoy a world of faster than real-time customer service, hyper-personalized offerings and the most seamless user interfaces ever. In his latest book, Steven helps companies to achieve these customer benefits. He discusses three investment axes to achieve the perfect customer experience, how you can leverage data to improve experiences and strategies for companies to fight the digital commodity magnet. Finally, Steven outlines how you can augment employee intelligence levels.

Steven Van Belleghem
17:20 to 17:30
Closing Remarks
Paul Benson
Chair, AESC Board of Directors and Regional Market Leader
Korn Ferry
17:30 to 19:30
Book signing and Cocktail reception
"Extremely relevant and content rich. Learned a lot! ... Inspiritional, provocative, outstanding!"
Emanuela Aureli
Spencer Stuart, London
"It was a really nice event I highly enjoyed. Therefore, I would say a big 'thank you' for everybody involved in the organizing...The topics were highly relevant and interesting for all of the guests."
Peter Kiss
Russell Reynolds Associates


Le Meridien Piccadilly
21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH United Kingdom
Le Meridien Piccadilly
21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH United Kingdom

Special group rate during November 7 - 9, 2018 is available until October 12 and is subject to availability.


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