CEO Roundtable: Getting Ready for More Success in 2020

Posted by: Doug Bruhnke - Global Chamber on Friday, December 20, 2019

Business leaders face the annual opportunity of recapping the year and reformulating in the new year. We spoke with three successful and extraordinary CEOs on getting ready for 2020. 

What tips can help you and your business wrap-up the year and get ready for 2020? What are some global opportunities in 2020?

How can your business benefit from a fresh look for more growth and success?

Global markets are ever-changing, and with 85% of business opportunities happening outside the U.S., business leaders have a lot of good things to think about and ultimately focus on. Listen to this globinar discussion HERE.

Topics included building an executive team, celebrating and enhancing partnerships, the ATHENA Leadership principles, leadership overall, digital transformation, technology overall and growing business around the world.

Thank you to these three leaders for sharing ideas to learn and grow!

  • Anurag Kumar - Co-founder/CEO of iTexico: "How Digital Innovation Is Driving Growth"
  • Jim Ratcliff - Chairman of Board of Directors & President/CEO of Rowpar Pharmaceuticals
  • Andrea Connor - President at ATHENA International

Speaker Biographies

Anurag Kumar - Co-founder and CEO of iTexico. Anurag is a seasoned, entrepreneurial global business growth leader. He has expertise in services and outsourcing experience in Mexico-based Nearshore IT, India based IT, digital transformation solutions, professional/consulting services, and mobile solutions.

Anurag's is co-founder of iTexico, a multi-year fastest growth company leader. Anurag has proven leadership skills and experience in launching, leading and managing global teams. He has held executive positions with Dell, IBM Global Services, KPMG, Unisys, TCS and start-ups in the US, Mexico, UK, and India.

Like Doug Bruhnke of Global Chamber, Anurag is a graduate of the 2nd oldest EMBA program in the world at Michigan State University! Anurag also has an MS from Wayne State University and a BS from IIT Delhi. He is a charter Member and former President of TIE Austin, Member and Central Texas Angel Network.

Jim Ratcliff - Chairman of Board of Directors & President/CEO of Rowpar Pharmaceuticals.
James L. Ratcliff is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Rowpar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, maker of the ClōSYS brand of oral care products. Rowpar distributes its brand domestically through dental supply companies and mass retailers (CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and Amazon), and internationally (Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia, and South Africa. It also maintains private label license distribution in Europe, India and the U.S.  Rowpar was recipient of the Corporate LiveWire Award for Innovations in Oral Care for North America in 2017 and 2018, and globally in 2019 for its ClōSYS brand of oral care products.Rowpar is also the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Exporter of the Year Award. 

From 1989 to 2000, Dr. Ratcliff served as senior research scientist, professor and director, Center for the Study of Higher Education at the Pennsylvania State University.  From 1979 to 1989, Dr. Ratcliff was professor and program head for higher education at Iowa State University.  Dr. Ratcliff is author of 120 articles, books, book chapters, is co-inventor on over 36 patents and patents pending.  He is active member of the Arizona Business Leadership Arizona Biotechnology Assn., American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health, American Education Research Assn., and the International Association for Dental Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Washington State University, a M.A. in History from Washington State University, and a B.A. from Utah State University.


Andrea Conner - President at ATHENA International. Andrea is a change agent and strategic relationship builder. Through her success in global leadership roles spanning four countries, she promotes corporate social responsibility, leadership development, and gender equity. As President of ATHENA International, Andrea leads the organization in its mission to support, develop and honor women leaders. In doing so, she brings an international approach and global awareness of the challenges facing women’s educational and equal opportunity advancement.

A servant to the global community, Andrea serves on the Board of the Sias International University Foundation that supports a private post-secondary school in rural China, and is a Governing Body Board Member for the Raleigh Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. She is a consultant for the World Academy for the Future of Women and previously worked on assignment for United Nations Women-Beijing.

Andrea holds a master’s degree in Global Leadership from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Edinboro University. Currently residing in North Carolina, Andrea advocates fiercely for issues important to the advancement of the world’s women and global citizenship.



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