The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast
Identifying, attracting, and retaining leaders for hyper-growth environment: An interview with Karishma Patel Buford, chief people officer at Spring Health
In this podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Josh Clarke speaks to Karishma Patel Buford, chief people officer at Spring Health, which provides comprehensive mental health solutions for employers and health plans. Beauford discusses how the role of HR leader is evolving as a strategic business partner and how she identifies leaders who can fit into and thrive in a hyper-growth environment, as well as what else leaders should be considering in terms of leadership capabilities for fast-growing companies. She also shares how her team is managing fatigue, what policies she is implementing in order to combat burnout, and how she is working to retain employees.
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The evolution of the chief medical officer: A conversation with Dr. Vidya Raman-Tangella, chief medical officer at Teladoc Health35:41In this next episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Phyllis Schneble speaks to Dr. Vidya Raman-Tangella, the chief medical officer at Teladoc Health, a global leader in providing telemedicine and virtual care across a wide range of needs. Dr. Raman-Tangella discusses the evolving role of the chief medical officer, from a “luxury investment” to a person integral to helping to de-risk the organization and create enterprise value. She shares how she has seen the internal purpose, applications, and impact of the role change, as well as how the external nature of the chief medical officer is changing, noting its involvement in investor relations, M&A, and partnerships. She also discusses health equity, stakeholder management, the teams that fall underneath her role in a large scale and growing health tech company, and her perspective on balancing speed, quality, and value. Finally, she shares the leadership capabilities that have helped her balance her role as a practicing physician with her role as a corporate chief medical officer.
Crypto leadership & talent: An interview with King Leung, InvestHK24:28In this next episode of our series, “Crypto leadership & talent: Evolution of control functions,” part of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ William Bown and David Hui speak to King Leung, head of financial services and fintech at InvestHK, a department of the Hong Kong SAR government responsible for foreign direct investment that attracts and supports overseas enterprises and investors to expand and scale their business in Hong Kong. King shares his first exposure to the crypto and digital assets sector and what drew him to this space, and then discusses Hong Kong's relationship with the crypto industry: how that relationship is evolving, how Hong Kong is trying to find the right balance between stability and allowing innovation to thrive, how the industry can both attract and develop talent, and what kinds of digital asset organization are looking to come to Hong Kong. He also offers some insight into where Hong Kong is in its plans to develop central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and what specific skill sets and capabilities will be most important for future leaders in this space to help their organizations meet their strategic goals.
Disruption and innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry: An interview with GSK’s chief commercial officer Luke Miels22:15In this episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Charlie Moore speaks to Luke Miels, the chief commercial officer at GSK, a global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in London. In this interview, Miels discusses the changing healthcare industry, both from an R&D perspective and from a commercial perspective, highlighting the changing digital and AI environment and sharing how the profile of the successful leader is changing as a result. He also discusses some tips for collaboration between R&D and commercial teams, the challenges of change management, and GSK’s culture journey. Finally, he offers advice for leaders and aspiring leaders looking to build a career within a pharmaceutical company.
Navigating leadership and challenges in the supply chain function with Linzell Harris, former SVP of global supply chain and strategy at AstraZeneca12:37In this episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Carlos Garcia speaks to Linzell Harris, former senior vice president of global supply chain and strategy at AstraZeneca. Harris reflects on the supply chain disruptions he’s experienced over his 35 years in the discipline and shares how the leadership challenges have changed over time. He also shares how he would energize and motivate his teams to understand how much value can come from the latest supply chain technologies and what helped him accelerate digitization initiatives, and discusses how the expectations of his external networks evolved and what effect that had on the supply chain function. Finally, he shares advice for executives aspiring to become chief supply chain officers.
Leadership for the future in fashion, luxury, and design: An interview with Matteo De Rosa, CEO of Métiers d'Art25:50In this next episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Chiara Berlendi speaks to Matteo De Rosa, the CEO of Métiers d'Art, a division of luxury company LVMH. De Rosa discusses how diverse teams benefit organizations and shares how his own wide range of experiences, from entrepreneur to CEO, working in China and across Europe, and in organizations of a variety of ownership structures, have helped him become a better leader. He also offers advice to his younger self as well as to people within Métiers d'Art who aspire to be leaders in the company one day.
Digital assets focus: Navigating regulation and finding the right talent28:36In this episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Guy Shaul and Tom Clarke are joined by Najam Kidwai and Michael Zhao, cofounders and managing partners at C1, a newly launched fund focused on secondary investments and digital-asset-related companies and infrastructure. Kidwai and Zhao discuss the genesis of C1 advisors and the conditions that led to the timing being right. They also share where they believe think the crypto industry has gone wrong in recent months, what they will be expecting their portfolio of companies to focus on in order to navigate regulation today and as it evolves, and what they think the industry needs to be conscious of when thinking about the right talent for leadership teams.
Diversity, leadership, and business growth: An interview with Ying McGuire, NMSDC CEO & president25:23In this episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Jennifer Streitwieser speaks to Ying McGuire, the CEO and president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC is the longest-operating business growth engine for the broadest group of systematically excluded communities of color in the United States. In this interview, McGuire discusses the untapped potential of minority business enterprises and shares her perspective on leading through the significant transformations within organizations brought about by technology, data, emerging markets, and economic dynamics. She also discusses how critical culture and change management are in navigating transformations and what specific leadership skill sets and capabilities will be most important to help the National Minority Supplier Development Council meet its strategic goals, and offers advice for other aspiring, underrepresented leaders.
Integrating AI into industrial companies: A conversation with Arun Narayanan, former chief data officer at Anglo American30:59In this episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Sam Burman speaks to Arun Narayanan, the former chief data officer at Anglo American, about the significance of getting culture right when it comes to driving a digital transformation. Narayanan shares how he came to be the chief data officer of mining company Anglo American and when AI became part of the role, providing some practical examples of how he applied both data and AI to solve problems within the company, navigating the path of buy, build, and partner. Finally, Narayanan offers advice to leaders who are currently wrestling with their approach to both digital transformation and AI and shares his view on the implications that come with these developments and how leaders can adapt for the future.
Navigating global transformation and leadership: Insights from Luis Lozano, president at Toyota Mexico35:42In this episode of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast, Heidrick & Struggles’ Lewis Adams speaks to Luis Lozano, the president of Toyota Mexico. Adams and Lozano discuss leadership through the transformation currently taking place within the automotive industry, moving from traditional automotive to broader mobility. Lozano shares what he sees as the biggest opportunities and challenges over the next five years and what leadership skill sets and capabilities will be critical for him as he leads through the transformation and disruption, and what types of leaders he is looking for as well. Lozano also shares how his Mexico strategy plays into the broader global strategic development plan in Toyota, how he plans to achieve his vision of Mexico becoming an innovation center in developing new ideas, and expands a bit on some of the ways he and his teams are integrating and prioritizing diversity and inclusion into the business—focusing particularly on challenges unique to Mexico.