Chief Marketing Officers from various industries gathered in Chicago on March 14th for Argyle Executive Forum’s 2014 Chief Marketing Officer Leadership Forum to discuss effective marketing strategies and innovative practices for the upcoming 2014 year.

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Gunjan Aggarwal, Vice President and Head of Human Resources, North America at Ericsson recently joined a panel at Argyle Executive Forum's 2014 Human Capital Leadership Forum: Spring Event in San Francisco, titled "Talent Strategy and Keeping Employees Engaged." Today, Aggarwal further discusses Ericsson's talent on a global scale.

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Ken Wilcox, EVP of Customer Service & Sales at Republic Services, and Phil Moehlenpah, Managing Director of Worldwide Services for FedEx Services, both articulate the importance of big data and analytics and how to best utilize this growth as a way to improve business practices and drive customer engagement.

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Colette LaForce, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD, discusses AMD’s employee-led brand transformation, the evolving role of the CMO, and what excites her most about the future of AMD.

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On February 11, 2014, human resources professionals joined the 2014 Redefining Employee Engagement in Today’s Results-Driven World Virtual Event. Argyle Executive Forum brought together HR professionals to discuss changes in employee engagement and how HR professionals can best adapt to these changes in order to ensure successful HR practices. Perspectives were given by Gary Harrison-Ducros, Vice President Labor Relations for Frito-Lay; Donna Howard, Chief Human Resources Officer for Sonic Healthcare USA; Sumeet Kapoor, Senior Vice President HR Strategy & Change Management for Huntington Bank; and Razor Suleman, Founder & Chief People Officer for Achievers.

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by Lily Robertson

Despite criticism in recent months that the election process is too politically motivated, Jim Yong Kim, the US-backed candidate for the World Bank presidency, has been announced as the new leader replacing current president Robert Zoellick. Korean-born Jim Yong Kim was formerly the 17th President of Dartmouth University.

His leading opponent was current Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who posed the first real threat to a U.S candidate in the World Bank’s history according the The Guardian. Her financial background, as well as former role as Managing Director within the World Bank were considered by some to be a better fit than Kim’s background which is primarily as a public health expert rather than economist.

Despite losing out on the role Okonjo-Iweala has confidence that the U.S’s influence on the process will change in the future, saying in the article, “We have won important victories … We have shown what is possible. Our credible and merit-based challenge to a long-standing and unfair tradition will ensure the process of choosing a World Bank president will never be the same again. The hands of the clock cannot be turned back.”

In an interview with the BBC Kim said his background as a physician meant his focus will be on evidence instead of ideology to solve problems. “If we can focus on the evidence of what is actually working and adapt those evidence-based interventions to local context, I think we can be very successful.”

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