The Primacy of Stakeholder Relationships with IDG CEO Mohamad Ali

  • April 28, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual event (Zoom link provided in email confirmation)


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Stakeholders - very distinct from ‘shareholders’ - are increasingly popular to talk about for businesses. But, how are business leaders actually thinking about all of their stakeholders? Which ones are getting more attention? Who is being underserved?

In this session, come hear our own Julie Hall, CEO of Communitas interview Mohamad Ali, CEO of IDG, discuss Stakeholders from his unique vantage point. He will be talking about how IDG approaches its own stakeholder relationships. Further, he will be commenting on the trends he sees in the technology and media spheres that IDG covers and how those arenas are increasingly embracing stakeholder-centered thinking.



Mohamad Ali, CEO, IDG, Inc.

Mohamad Ali was appointed Chief Executive Officer at International Data Group, Inc. (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, events and research company, in July 2019.

Prior to this role, Mohamad was CEO of Carbonite, a publicly traded data-protection and security firm, where he grew the company’s revenue four-fold, to more than a half-billion dollars in four years. Before that, Mohamad served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett-Packard where he played a pivotal role in the company’s turnaround and led the decision process to split HP into two companies. At IBM, Mohamad acquired and integrated various companies to create the firm’s $8 billion analytics software unit. At Avaya, he oversaw the $2 billion services group and served as head of the company’s research labs.

Mohamad holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a B.A. in History and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, all from Stanford University. He currently serves on the board of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) and Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC). Previously, he was on the board of Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB) and City National Bank (NYSE: CYN).

Mohamad was honored as 2018 CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, was a member of the 2018 Public Board of the Year by The National Association of Corporate Directors New England, was named a 2011 All-Star by Massachusetts High Tech magazine, was named a 2008 40 Under 40 honoree by Boston Business Journal, and was a finalist in America’s prestigious 1988 National Science Talent Search.

Julie Hall, Founder and CEO, Communitas Global

Julie Hall is Founder and CEO of Communitas Global, a Purpose and Values-oriented management consultancy whose mission is to help exceptional leaders turn Purpose and Values into transformational impact and competitive advantage. Intensely interested in the human experience and its intersection with sustained management change, she guides individuals and organizations through transitions by excavating, operationalizing and communicating their values. She developed Communitas Global's Return on Responsibility™ model to help measure how human-focused efforts, like diversity and inclusion, can impact a more important bottom line.

A career marketer, she spent over 25 years working in advertising and public relations at global agencies with multinational brands including McDonald's, Coca Cola, Nestle and Proctor & Gamble. Her book, The New Launch Plan:152 Tips, Tactics and Trends from the Most Memorable New Product Launches (BNP Media 2010) is used in business schools around the globe as a roadmap for how to prepare for and execute a successful new product launch.

She has been published in the Harvard Business Review and is a frequent contributor to business publications and journals. As a dynamic and engaging speaker and facilitator, she is often asked to speak on the topics of leadership, purpose, values and their crucial role in transformative change. She has presented at many corporations and universities including MIT, Harvard Business School and Brown University.

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