SOURCE: ExecCatalyst

August 02, 2011 13:23 ET

ExecCatalyst Announces Speakers for Catalyze 2011

Top Silicon Valley Leaders Headline Unique High-Tech Industry Event

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2011) - ExecCatalyst™, a leadership development firm focused on high-tech, today announced the speaker lineup for Catalyze 2011, a unique evening industry leadership forum taking place on Wednesday, August 17th, at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley in Palo Alto.

Catalyze 2011, sponsored by ExecCatalyst, will focus on the topic of "Succeeding in the Era of the High-Tech Leadership Paradox." As new software delivery models including SaaS, cloud computing, and open source further accelerate the pace of high-tech, leaders must explore new approaches to continue to balance tactical delivery with strategic planning. Speakers will discuss the three unique characteristics of today's successful high-tech ventures, as well as practical approaches to addressing the High-Tech Leadership Paradox.

Featured speakers at this invitation-only event focused on high-tech executive leaders include:

  • Tom Kippola, Managing Director, The Chasm Group - Tom Kippola joined The Chasm Group in 1993, together with industry-acclaimed Geoffrey Moore. He specializes in the creation of breakaway strategies and business models for small and large high-tech companies.
  • Heidi Melin, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Taleo - Heidi Melin is a marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience at leading hardware and software companies.
  • Michael Nieset, Managing Partner, Heidrick and Struggles - Michael Nieset is responsible for the firm's Internet and New Media practice. For nearly two decades, Michael has built the leadership teams of disruptive technology innovators.
  • Jeff Russakow, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Yahoo! - Jeff Russakow is a seasoned transformational leader who began his career with McKinsey & Company, and has since led large organizations at leading companies including SAP, Adobe, and Symantec.

Catalyze 2011 is an invitation-only event for executive-level high-tech professionals in Silicon Valley. To request an invitation, please visit:

About ExecCatalyst
ExecCatalyst™ provides leadership development and executive mentoring programs for high-tech companies building their next wave of executives. Unlike other programs that are rooted in theory or unstructured, intermittent advice from personal networks, ExecCatalyst services are application focused, context aware and real-time, ensuring the fastest development of leaders who are best prepared for their company's most demanding roles. The founders of ExecCatalyst are proven successful high-tech executives with first-hand experience leading strategy and operations for Oracle,, Siebel Systems and Business Objects, as well as fast-growth startups.

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