Best Boss Series: Elena Lokteva, Operating Partner, UK

Elena Lokteva is a co-founder of SI Capital Partners, an independent investment company. An accomplished CEO/CFO and Operating Partner. Elena has 17 years board experience across Europe and the Middle East in PLC and PE-backed companies. She excels at value creation within start-up, growth and turnaround situations. Through a combination of detailed strategic planning, discipline in finance and diligence of execution, she delivers ROI of 300% on average. Her zone of expertise is within the Automotive, Agri- and Food sectors across manufacturing, distribution, and retail. She holds a CPA (US), MA in Economics and Audit and an MSc in Biotechnology.

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Best Boss Series: Nora Connolly, CBS Interactive, Group Sales Director, UK

Nora has been working at CBS Interactive in London for 5 years now, prior to that, living and working in New York City. She is a strategic, consultative senior sales leader with 12+ years of experience in digital advertising. She is well versed in both branded content integration and data/audience targeting with a deep understanding of the digital and mobile ecosystems with an ability to connect and build relationships with agency and client decision makers of all levels.

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Best Boss Series: Tony Danker, CEO, Be The Business, UK

Tony Danker is Chief Executive of the Be The Business, a new business-led organisation created to close the UK’s productivity gap. Be The Business was set up in 2017 by the Productivity Leadership Group – a group of senior business leaders chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield. Tony was previously the Chief Strategy Officer at Guardian News & Media (GNM), where he had responsibility for the Guardian’s strategy, business development and analytics functions. Prior to this role he was International Director, responsible for GNM’s international expansion. Before joining GNM, Tony spent two years in public policy and was a Special Adviser in HM Treasury. He previously spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company, with expertise in government and organisational consulting. In 2004 he completed the mid-career Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Best Boss Series: Tracey Jacobson, Former US Ambassador, USA

Tracey Ann Jacobson is a diplomat, leader, mentor and advocate. She recently concluded a 30-year government career including 14 years at the senior levels of the Foreign Service and three assignments as U.S. Ambassador. She plans to continue sharing her international and diplomatic experience with up-and-coming foreign policy professionals through mentoring and training.

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Best Boss Series: Obadiah Khwinana, HR Director and Business Coach, South Africa

 

Obadiah is a seasoned Business and organisational executive who has a working experience spanning over 30 years in the labour market. He has worked in a number of strategic positions ranging from people and talent management, organisational development and effectiveness as well as strategic planning and execution. In his working life he has in-depth senior and executive management experience having championed a number of very successful strategic organisational improvement projects. He has worked in most business sectors, ranging from manufacturing, telecommunications, mining as well as the broader public sector. Obadiah has several business degrees including an MBA. As well as University based executive programs, he also specializes in leadership and management development and is an experienced executive and management coach. He brings a wealth of experience and specialised knowledge to clients that engage with him.

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Best Boss Series: Béatrice Dautzenberg GM, L’Oréal

Béatrice has studied Business and Marketing in France and Spain before joining L’Oréal 14 years ago. She has worked in France, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium and Canada across Sales, Operational Marketing, Co-Development with the Labs, International Strategy, Business Development & General Management. She is passionate by the endless opportunities offered by Techs, Digital, CRM (data-to-personalisation) and Artificial Intelligence to transform the way we collaborate, work and live. Béatrice believes in the power of Collective Intelligence & Leadership and explores with her team new ways of working & innovative tools to leverage it. Béatrice is proud to be part of a group that promotes Sustainable Growth with a long-term strategy and strong commitment in Ethics, Diversity and in projects that get positive impact on People Lives and on local communities.

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