The Most Secretive CEO Summit of the Year
Microsoft’s Annual CEO Summit is a concentration of the most high-profile CEOS on the face of the Earth. The secretive, three-day conversation about emerging trends shaping global business, corporate leadership and technology collectively represents 12 million employees and $5 trillion in annual sales.the 130 CEOS and business executives joining the top ranks of Microsoft are, Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post Media Group, Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway, Mike Duke of Wal-mart Stores, Jeff Immelt of General Electric, John Donahoe of ebay, Reed Hastings of Netflix, Jonah Peretti of Buzzfeed, Alan Mulally of Ford Motor, Muhtar Kent of CocaCola Company, Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup, Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil, Jorge Paolo of 3G Capital and Ursula Burns of Xerox, to name just a few.
Microsoft’s CEO Summit started twenty years ago in 1997, when Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates recognized a need for business leaders to gather, share experiences and learn about upcoming technologies. According to Microsoft’s FAQ on the event, Bill Gates, “recognized a need for business leaders to gather and exchange experiences around leading global corporations, and to learn about new technologies that will have an impact on business in the future.”
On this year’s agenda at the CEO Summit which took place in Redmond, Washington, May 10-12, were topics ranging from-
“Navigating Market Volatility” -
Continued volatility is to be expected, given sluggish global economic fundamentals, national politics that are heavily influenced by antiestablishment movements, and other geopolitical instabilities.
“Driving Growth with Technology” -
The best companies are leveraging technologies to deepen connections to customers and employees alike as well as open up new sources of profitability, at times by entering adjacent businesses or leaping into new ones across traditional industry boundaries.