Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for building business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, and advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. Under his leadership, Google has dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
Elon Musk is a successful entrepreneur and inventor. At 41, the entrepreneur’s credentials include an impressive list of accomplishments including founding PayPal and serving as founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He has been referred to by Forbes Magazine as one of the most powerful people in the world.
Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg is a renowned and accomplished America businesswoman. Forbes named Sheryl as one of the top ten most powerful women in the world. She also serves on the boards of director of Starbucks, eHealth Inc., Walt Disney Company, Brookings Institute, One Campaign, and Women for Women International. She previously served as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. Sandberg released her first book in March entitled, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”. The book focuses on gender equality in the workplace.
Jim McNerney is the chairman of the board, president and chief operating office of The Boeing Company. He also serves as the chairman of the Business Round Table and on the board of directors at Proctor & Gamble and IBM. During his time at Boeing, McNerney linked up with Helena-based Summit Aviation through one of our jobs summits. It’s now a called “Boeing-Helena” and supports more than 200 jobs in Montana.
Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips Ryan Lance graduated from Great Falls High School and earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech University. Lance previously worked for ARCO, an American oil company. He serves on the boards of both the American Petroleum Institute and the Independent Petroleum Association of America, is an advisory board member of Montana Tech and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Safra Catz is President of Oracle Corporation and on the board of directors for Oracle and HSBC Holdings. Forbes list Safra as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. During her tenure at Oracle, she has overseen dozens of mega deals like the 2011 $1.5 billion acquisition of Bozeman, Montana based RightNow Technologies and the $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2009.
Fred Smith is the founder, chairman and CEO of FedEx. After serving in the Marine Corp doing two tours of service in Vietnam, Smith founded Federal Express in 1971 with his own money. He started the business with an initial 25-city network and 14 jets. He has since grown FedEx into a global delivery service with 660 aircrafts and 90,000 vehicles.
Richard Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer for Delta Airlines. He is credited with leading Delta to earn Fortune Magazine’s “Most Admired Airlines” list and has been recognized with the 2013 Tony Jannus Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Commercial Aviation. Delta is an important partner for Montana businesses providing roughly 50 flights to and from the state daily.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Jon Huntsman, Jr. is an international businessman who also served as Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore. As Governor of Utah during the national economic recession, Huntsman led the state to the top spot for job creation and earned recognition from the Pew Center as the “Best-Managed State.” He is the chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and is the co-chair of “No Labels” – a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans and all political affiliations dedicated to promoting a new political model of problem solving.
Alan Mulally led the Ford Motor Company’s transformation into a profitably growing automaker serving customers around the world through the One Ford Plan, in what has been referred to as one of the “greatest comebacks in business history.” Mulally is a widely respected business leader named by Fortune Magazine as “Businessperson of the Year,” one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine, one of “The 30 Most Respected CEOs” by Barrons magazine, “Person of the Year” by Financial Times, “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, “Person of the Year” by Aviation Week magazine and one of “The Best Leaders” by BusinessWeek magazine.
Meg Whitman has served as HP’s president and chief executive officer since September 2011. Ms. Whitman’s major decision during her first year as CEO has been to retain and recommit the firm to the PC business. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of HP since January 2011. Previously, Ms. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay Inc., from 1998 to March 2008. Ms. Whitman was named the 15th most powerful woman by Forbes and was number 3 on Fortunes “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”