Fall 2016 Intersection Quarterly Review 2016 - Page 17

17 Interview with Kim Smith of Capgemini, USA Kim Serves as Capgemini’s Nothern American Chief Digital Office. Kim oversees the digital portfolio strategy, go to markets, digital marketing priorities, and digital employee experience for the North America geography. Additionally, Kim oversees the North America digital lab experiences including access to the full suit of Capgemini digital capabilities as well as start up engagement, accelerators, and offering. Kim drives the digital innovation agenda which empowers Fortune 500 organizations through technology to redefine themselves, radically grow, extend their reach by re-envisioning customer experiences, employee engagement, operational processes, and business models. Kim has held executive positions over 12 years at Microsoft Corporation, leading innovation through product and service offerings, strategic partnerships, acquisitions, product planning, engineering, strategic and technical consulting, and lifetime loyalty programs for Microsoft digital and cloud technologies and industry solutions. George: Today, Kim, we love to hear more about Capgemini’s unique mission on both a domestic and global basis. Could you tell us a few insights about that? ethical standards is something that Capgemini has always believed in and always stands for in everything that we do. The last thing is that the guiding principals really hooked me. I’ve never worked with people so consistently before on a day-to-day basis who truly embody those principals. The principals are: build and to establish roots and wings. I remember hearing someone speak years ago about what was important to them and how they drove success and what resonated with me was the fact that it’s really important to ... in a role like this when you’re trying to Kim: disrupt markets, when you’re trying to change the Absolutely. A little bit more about Capgemini. view, and change the way people are wired...to think Capgemini Group was founded in 1967 in France and differently and act differently and move more quickly are a French based company. We have more than • Honesty, having integrity in everything that you and be willing to take risk and be willing to fall down 180,000 people in over 44 countries, the world leader in do, and learn from those failures and come back up and consulting technology and outsourcing service. We • Boldness, and a flair for entrepreneurship. For a drive forward again in an environment where it’s taught work together with other global leaders in the company of this size to have a commitment to that failure is bad. I think that it’s most important to industries that they serve delivering both business and break new ground and have people think and act shift the center of gravity and build a foundation of technology but delving into digital and cloud based like startups, it’s really fascinating to watch and roots that people feel comfortable and confident and solutions that fit their needs and the needs of the incredibly exciting to be a part of. safe in taking on the change. customers they serve. We focus primarily on enabling • There’s a commitment to trust across teams, Secondarily, supply them with the blank the achievement of innovation and competitiveness across individuals, across organizations and canvas and slate to bring the best of who they are to through a multi-cultural organization. We are a truly and companies that is really key and it’s consistent everything that they do. I think that’s an incredible deeply focused on our collaborative business with my core values. opportunity for me which is being able give people experience which is a patented process that we use to • We give