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Wisdom Translated to the Digital Age
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Category: HBSHAA Webinar



Please join us as HBSHAA's Cecilia Gonzalo discusses "What I Wish I Would Have Known Then, That I Know Now" with our guests:

Ram Charan, Global Adviser to CEOs & Corporate Boards, Bestselling Author, HBS MBA 1965, PhD 1967
Fred Hassan, Director, Warburg Pincus, HBS '72

Moderator: Cecilia Gonzalo, Partner, Oberland Capital, HBS 2001


Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards. In his work, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable. Professor Charan has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. Ram earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School. He was among Business Week‘s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs. Ram has authored or coauthored over 25 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Three of his books were Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including Execution (coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002), which spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His newest book, Talent Wins, coauthored with Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey (Harvard Business Review Press, March 2018), is a guide to radically rethinking the management of talent, because human capability is the ultimate determinant of a company’s success. Especially in this digital age.

Fred Hassan works as a Director in Warburg Pincus’s New York global headquarters. Mr. Hassan was previously Chairman of Bausch & Lomb, until its sale in 2013, and serves on the boards of Amgen and Intrexon. Mr. Hassan is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Schering-Plough Corporation. Prior to joining Schering-Plough in April 2003, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia Corporation, a company that was formed in March 2000 as a result of the merger of Monsanto and Pharmacia and Upjohn. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Wyeth with responsibility for its pharmaceutical and medical products businesses, and was elected to Wyeth’s board in 1995. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hassan spent 17 years with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis) and headed its U.S. pharmaceuticals business. He received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Imperial College at the University of London and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Hassan has chaired significant pharmaceutical industry organizations including The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA). Mr. Hassan’s book, “Reinvent, A Leader’s Playbook for Serial Success,” was published by Wiley in February 2013. Mr. Hassan was awarded “Most profound impact on the world of business in the previous quarter century” by CNBC’s 2014 panel and was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year” 2019 in Florida for his family company, IM HealthScience.


Cecilia Gonzalo is a Partner at Oberland Capital, a private investment firm with over $1.2 billion in capital commitments since inception focused exclusively on investing in the global healthcare industry. Previously, Ms. Gonzalo was a Managing Director with Essex Woodlands, a healthcare-focused growth equity firm. Ms. Gonzalo previously worked for 12 years in the healthcare group of Warburg Pincus LLC, a global private equity firm. Prior to her tenure at Warburg Pincus, Ms. Gonzalo worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co as an Analyst in the firm's Investment Banking Division and Principal Investment Area. Ms. Gonzalo currently serves as a board member and Co-President of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association. Ms. Gonzalo earned an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


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