Growing group of visionary leaders spearhead the Leadership Vanguard

The Leadership Vanguard has been strengthened by the addition of two new co-chairs as well as its first Indian partner.

The Vanguard’s founding chairman – Remi Eriksen, group president and CEO of DNV GL – has been joined by two stellar co-chairs: Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; and Ajay Banja, president and CEO of MasterCard.

The Leadership Vanguard is, perhaps, the only initiative on the planet where senior leaders from across industries and around the world collaborate intensively to incubate commercial solutions to the problems that threaten the future of growth.

The seeds of the Vanguard were, in fact, sown in the office of Paul Polman some four years ago, with Ajay Banga also having inputted in the initiative’s conception. But their joining as co-chairs is set to take the Vanguard from strength-to-strength as it enters its third year.

To launch their new co-chairmanship, we asked Paul, Ajay and Remi to share their thoughts on the Vanguard’s potential. You can listen to the audio clip here.

In the words of Ajay Banga: “Vanguard is a brilliant idea whose time has come. […] We’re at early stages of what we’re doing here. But we’re onto something. […] Without the seed that comes from Vanguard, you’re not going to get the plant.”

Tata Consultancy Services has also joined the Leadership Vanguard 2017, becoming the initiative’s first Indian partner.

The Vanguard recently held its first Exchange in India in New Delhi: hugely relevant at a time when India is seeking to leverage its demographic dividend and establish itself on the global stage.

Osvald Bjelland, chairman and CEO of Xynteo, said: “Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO of TCS, has joined a community of visionary leaders committed to reinventing growth by reinventing leadership.

“Together, we are building a tribe of future-fit leaders ready to collaborate and learn from one another from across industries, sectors and boarders. Our partners for 2017 include DNV GL, EDP (Energias de Portugal), Ericsson, International Committee of the Red Cross, MasterCard, Unilever and Woodside – I’m excited by what we can achieve by combining forces next year and beyond.”