Twice a year Presidents Institute hosts the Copenhagen Summits attended by all members
of Directors Club and Directors Institute.
At this exclusive networking event, business leaders from various industries and countries will engage the audience in free-ranging conversations on the most salient global business and management strategies of our time.
The summits take place from 12:00-22:00 in Copenhagen and the speakers are all international chairmen, executives or heads of state with interesting stories and views on leadership, strategy, innovation etc.
Previous Copenhagen Summit: September 22, 2014
Former US Presidential Candidate
The Republican Party’s nominee for the 2012 United States presidential election and American businessman Mitt Romney joined the summit to share his thoughts on US economy and its impact on the global economy.
In 1984, Romney co-founded Bain Capital, a highly profitable private equity investment firm that became one of the largest of its kind in the US. In Scandinavia, Bain Capital is most well-known for their recent purchase of Nets. In 2012, TIME included Romney in its list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World". Romney is currently playing an increasingly significant role in campaign politics by endorsing several Republican Senate candidates – but so far he says he has no intention of running for higher office again.
CEO, NASDAQ OMX
As Chief Executive Officer of NASDAQ OMX, Mr Robert Greifeld leads the world’s largest exchange company operating 26 markets, including 3 clearing houses, 5 central securities depositories and technology that drives more than 70 marketplaces worldwide. Greifeld assumed leadership of NASDAQ in 2003 when the company’s primary business was operating one equity market in the U.S.
Mr. Greifeld spoke about NASDAQ OMX on the global capital market, how NASDAQ competes globally, and what his main challenges are whilst dealing with the global marketplace.
Board Member, Citigroup, Procter & Gamble, and Alcoa
Member of the Board of Citigroup, Procter & Gamble, and Alcoa. Member of the Advisory Boards for Rolls-Royce and BP. Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. President of Mexico from 1994 to 2000.
Ernesto Zedillo has an impressive career and experience from the business world as well as the political environment. Zedillo joined the summit to share his thoughts on the global agenda where he discussed challenges and opportunities that will arise whilst competing globally. In July 2013 Zedillo joined The Elders – a group of independent global leaders who work together on peace and human rights issues.
former CEO, Eastman Kodak Company
As CEO from 2005 to 2014, Mr. Perez has led Eastman Kodak Company through difficult times and from March ’14 he acts as special adviser to the company.
Kodak found itself in a struggle for survival when digital photography outpaced film in the early 21st century, followed by a bankruptcy in 2013. The company emerged from the bankruptcy and is still one of the most recognised brands in the world. Before joining Kodak, Perez worked for Hewlett-Packard Co. for 25 years, holding a variety of leadership positions, including corporate vice president and president of the company's consumer business.
Global Chairman, KPMG International
Veihmeyer was named Global Chairman of KPMG in February 2014 after holding various positions at KPMG during his 33 years with the firm. He is also CEO and Chairman of KPMG in the U.S. He joined us at the summit to talk about the ongoing competition in the accounting industry. With 155.000 employees in 155 countries and a revenue of $23 billion, KPMG is one of the leading firms in their industry.
Accounting Today Magazine has consistently named Veihmeyer as one of the “Top 100 most influential people in accounting” and in 2013 Corporate Responsibility Magazine honoured him as “Responsible CEO of the Year”.
CEO, 3M Company
Swedish-born Inge Thulin has served as Chairman, President and CEO at the American multinational 3M Company since 2012. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people and produces over 50,000 products.
Thulin has also held numerous leadership positions across the Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East regions within numerous businesses. He led 3M’s total international operations for eight years, prior to becoming Chairman, President and CEO. He talked about the advantages and challenges he experienced whilst applying the Nordic leadership style at a large American corporation.
News Anchor, Bloomberg Television
With her extensive experience from the international business world, Betty Liu moderated the summit and challenged the speakers during the Q&A sessions.
Betty is a news anchor for Bloomberg Television and hosts the daily morning program, “In the Loop”, bringing the viewers business and financial news. Formerly an anchor and correspondent for CNBC Asia, based in Hong Kong, she has covered the daily market action in the Greater China region including the China market meltdown in February 2007. In her new book "Work Smarts: What CEOs Say You Need to Know to Get Ahead", Betty compiles the wisdom of the world’s best CEOs into a fun, insightful, and practical guide for success.