Cross Pollination: Pharma & Fashion

You may have read yesterday’s article in the Wall Street Journal or seen the posting on about William McComb, a drug industry veteran from Johnson & Johnson being chosen as CEO to lead one of America’s largest fashion companies, Liz Claiborne Inc.

What was it about Mc McComb that helped him win the appointment?

  • Led the turnaround of a product
  • Expanded multiple brands through new products and new advertising
  • Fortified ties with retailers
  • Has extensive operational and international experience in multiple industries
  • Posseses strong leadership skills, creative abilities and global brand expertise
  • Has an ‘amazing ability to protect the genius in an organization.’

As a leader looking for other leaders to join your team, consider casting your net beyond typical boundaries to find strong candidates.

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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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  1. Another example – head of marketing at Heinz was hired by Motorola to be CMO. Reasons cited in WSJ include abilities to bring new, creative products to market and manage a successful turnaround.

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