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ABOUT THE AUTHORS of BREAKING AWAY: HOW GREAT LEADERS CREATE INNOVATION THAT DRIVES SUSTAINABLE GROWTH–AND WHY OTHERS FAIL


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Jane Edison Stevenson

"Innovation fuels the engine of growth, but only through leadership can the fuel reach the engine."–Jane Stevenson

Jane Stevenson is Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services at Korn/Ferry International, based in the Atlanta office. She is an industry expert on recruiting leaders of growth and innovation. A pioneer in the field, Jane was responsible for bringing in many of the first Chief Innovation Officers and CEOs who focused on growth through innovation.  Evangelical in her belief that sustainable growth is this generation’s business imperative, Jane is a marquee brand in her industry and was acknowledged by BusinessWeek’s  "100 Most Influential Search Consultants in the World" for the past two years. 

Jane is known for her strong global relationships in Fortune 500 C-suites and among boards of directors. She is an accomplished public speaker and is frequently consulted by Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal to discuss trends and issues relating to innovation and general management.

As an innovative leader in her own right, Jane is the architect of a number of ground breaking product offerings for boards and top executives, including Korn/Ferry’s C-Suite Succession offering.  She joined Korn/Ferry from Heidrick & Struggles, where she served on the management committee for many years and founded and led the firm’s venture capital and global marketing, sales and strategy practices. She was a founding member and is currently on the board of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation. 

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Bilal Kaafarani

"Courageous leaders build a culture that thrives on winning with consumers in the marketplace. They also are deliberate, decisive, and accountable for their actions, and they inspire, motivate, and influence others to deliver."–Bilal Kaafarani

Bilal Kaafarani is currently Chief Innovation Officer and Group President for Yildiz Holding (owner of Godiva, Ulker and 90+ other global brands), and Vice Chairman of Northstar Innovation in Istanbul, Turkey. As a global innovation executive at P&G, Kraft, FritoLay, PepsiCo International and The Coca-Cola Company, Bilal has experienced first-hand what is written about in Breaking Away. In addition, he was honored by BusinessWeek as one of the world’s "Top 25 Masters of Innovation". He has had the unique opportunity to work with some of the best brands in the world, and to experience the benefits and liabilities of many leadership styles and environments.


Innovation platforms developed under Bilal’s leadership include: Coca-Cola’s groundbreaking Freestyle fountain drink equipment, Glaceau’s international expansion of Vitamin Water, Minute Maid Supermilky Pulpy, Simply Orange’s new range of juice product offerings, Frito Lay’s transition from highly saturated fats (palmoline) to high oleic oils (sunflower) for Lays, Cheetos, Doritos, and Ruffles; the development of Sensations, Artesana and Sun Chips, as well as Marketplace Innovations on brands such as Kraft Natural Cheese, Jell-O, TANG, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Toblerone, Milka and Altoids, and the acclaimed Category Innovation platform that resulted in a wide range of highly successful, fat free products under the label of “Kraft Free”. 


Bilal was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” for Wayne State University’s College of Engineering in 2008. In addition to his academic achievements, he holds patents for a number of breakthrough food sector technologies. Bilal also served on the Innovation Advisory Board of Humana Corporation. 


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