C200, in collaboration with IG, interviewed six members to discuss the effect COVID-19 is having on their businesses, how they are navigating unprecedented challenges, and the importance of leading with empathy.
These six women, leaders in their respective industries, share how they are finding balance and thinking ahead in today’s “new normal.”
Mithu Bhargava, SVP & GM, NCR Corporation
As the SVP and GM of Global Professional Services at NCR Corporation, Mithu Bhargava is balancing running a global organization, clients whose businesses have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, and employee safety as top priorities. Through all of the challenges, Mithu understands the need to be agile and adaptable, especially when strategizing for the future, and the importance of leading with empathy during these uncertain times.
Alison Gutterman, President & CEO, Jelmar LLC
Although she has seen a spike in demand as a result of COVID-19, Alison Gutterman, President and CEO of Jelmar LLC, still faces the challenge of leading staff through a global pandemic. As a mother of two, Alison understands the importance of work-life balance, especially during these trying times. She believes the current remote environment is not only driving increased productivity from her employees but also allowing them to get more in touch with their families.
Hannah Kain, President & CEO, ALOM Technologies Corporation
Stay focused and help others through this crisis — that is the mission of ALOM Technologies Corporation President and CEO, Hannah Kain. ALOM is managing the global supply chain needs of clients who are experiencing differing effects of COVID-19. Hannah is dedicating more time than ever to communicating with her clients and her staff about health and wellness and job security.
Merrilee Kick, CEO, Buzzballz / Southern Champion LLC
Merrilee Kick, CEO of Buzzballs / Southern Champion LLC, was asked by the government to pivot operations at her distillery and begin producing hand sanitizer for front-line workers. Because her business was deemed essential, Merrilee felt it necessary to provide transparent communication to employees and to build camaraderie in a vulnerable situation.
Savannah Maziya, Executive Chairperson, Bunengi Holdings
Managing in a critical environment while remaining calm is a skill Savannah Maziya, Executive Chairperson at Bunengi Holdings, will have by the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Savannah has faced many unexpected challenges recently, including working against the clock to get thousands of employees home safely amid an impending lockdown and travel restrictions. Savannah believes women, as natural multi-taskers, are built to lead through times of crisis.
Rani Yadav-Ranjan, Global Head, AI Technology and Innovation, Ericsson
When thinking of a world post-COVID-19, Rani Yadav-Ranjan, Global Head of AI Technology and Innovation at Ericsson, predicts not only a shift in business trends but a shift in the way companies use technology to reimagine their work environments. Currently, Rani’s team at Ericsson is working diligently to figure out how AI can help move the world in the right direction in the fight against COVID-19.
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