Operations Buzz

In Conversation: Saatchi & Saatchi’s Bob Seelert

March 4th, 2010

by Ram Ganeshan

In this edition of the Thought Leadership Project, I talk to Bob Seelert, who for the last 12 years has been the Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s leading creative ideas companies. His journey from small-town Connecticut to being CEO of five companies in three different industries, and a member of the board of directors of nine companies in the United States, England and France, reads like a script for “The Great American Success Story.”

He talks about leadership, the importance of excellence in execution, and his favorite brand.

In Conversation: United Company’s James W. McGlothlin

February 16th, 2010

by Ram Ganeshan

In this edition of the Thought Leadership project, I talk to James W. McGlothlin, the Chairman and CEO of the United Company. The United Company is a diversified business with interests in coal, golf courses, real estate developments, mine mill industrial support companies, pharmaceutical manufacturing businesses, electric furnace steel operations located throughout the U.S. as well as other interests in several miscellaneous companies.

In April 2009 Metinvest acquired The United Coal Company (one of United Company’s subsidiaries) for approximately $1 billion.

He gives his insight on leadership, advice to the entrepreneur, and, as a veteran of the coal industry, his ideas on the US energy policy.

In Conversation: ProLogis’ K. Dane Brooksher

January 28th, 2010

by Ram Ganeshan

In this edition of the Thought Leadership Project, I talk to K. Dane Brooksher who recently retired as the CEO and Chairman of Prologis. ProLogis is a leading global provider of distribution facilities, with more than 475 million square feet of industrial space in markets all across North America, Europe and Asia.

He talks about leadership, challenges of growing and going global, operations and sustainability.

A Day in the life: Steve W. Nerheim Jr.

January 20th, 2010

by Ram Ganeshan

Steve Nerheim is the First Vice-President of a Financial Services Company. A recent graduate of the Executive MBA program of the Mason School at The College at William and Mary, he talks about his job, his typical day, and how he uses some of the operations tools he learned in school. This is the first in a series called the “Day in the Life” where senior managers let us in on their typical day.


Operations Buzz is a resource that explores what it takes to run smart and sustainable business operations. Thought leaders, articles, and visuals add to the knowledge base. Professor Ram Ganeshan of the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary edits this site.