Archive for September, 2008

Cheryl Perkins of Innovationedge to present at Consumer Goods Technology Growth and Innovation Forum

September 18, 2008 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Press Releases

Neenah, Wis. (September 18, 2008) Cheryl Perkins, Founder and President of Innovationedge, a global strategic innovation consultancy based in Wisconsin, will be speaking at the Consumer Goods Technology Growth and Innovation Forum. The forum will be held from September 24-26, 2008, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Florida. Perkins will moderate a panel titled “A Cross-Functional Approach To Innovation” from 3:40-4:30 on Thursday, September 25.

News Facts
•    Cheryl Perkins, Founder and President of Innovationedge (www.innovationedge.com), was named one of the Top 25 Champions of Innovation by BusinessWeek magazine.
•    Perkins was named as a top executive driving vision within the consumer goods industry (Visionaries 2006) by Consumer Goods Technology magazine.
•    Panel speakers for this session include Hal Carper, SVP of R&D, Tyson Foods Inc.; Rob Everett, Global Director of Emerging Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Mary Beth Robles, Vice President External Development, Colgate-Palmolive Company; and Nik Modi, Associate Director/Senior Analyst, USB Equities.
•    With companies striving to foster a culture of innovation, top down support is critical. The panel of executives representing marketing, IT and finance will discuss how each function touches the innovation process and what affect it has on success.

Quotes
“It’s important for senior-level executives to build capabilities and an innovative culture to deliver new products, services and customer experiences on an ongoing basis,” said Cheryl Perkins. “This panel will discuss how to innovate by reaching outside their function, company and industry to achieve a sustainable innovation pipeline.

Blog: www.innovationedge.com/blog

About Innovationedge
Innovationedge is a global strategic innovation consultancy based in Wisconsin. The team’s fearless champions of innovation break barriers to help executives define their business strategy, develop new capabilities, design a winning organizational structure, and deliver breakthrough innovations through a robust growth pipeline of solutions and new-to-the-world innovations. The company also gives inventors an edge by crafting winning business propositions and creating strategic corporate partnerships that deliver commercial success. For more information, visit www.innovationedge.com.

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Podcast 009 – Sustainable Strategies and Solutions

September 12, 2008 Pat Clusman No Comments » Podcasts

Speaker: Cheryl Perkins

Cheryl Perkins, founder and president of Innovationedge, shares her insights on sustainability. In this Podcast, Cheryl starts by defining sustainability, including a holistic view of being “green.” She addresses the importance of making sure the economic, social and environmental systems that you leverage are sustainable. Cheryl  offers examples of companies that have taken green to the next step, including Wal-Mart, Unilever and IBM. She concludes by discussing how businesses can be profitable with their green initiatives, emphasizing balance and holistic solutions. She also encourages analyzing your business strategy, product portfolio and operating practices.

2 Sept 08: Marketplace Magazine

September 2, 2008 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Media Coverage

How to speak the language of alphamoms: Marketplace Magazine, September 2, 2008

marketing to alphamoms, innovation

Michael Italiano Joins the Innovationedge Team

September 2, 2008 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Appleton, Wis. (August 13, 2008) — Innovationedge, a global strategic innovation consultancy, has announced the addition of Mike Italiano to their innovation strategy team. As Director of Business Development, Italiano will help clients create new products, services and business models by leveraging structured open innovation techniques to discover, analyze and define new partnerships, alliances, and business propositions.

“As a new leader on the Innovationedge team, Michael will provide an in-depth understanding of our clients’ needs, market trends, and innovative business propositions that generate outstanding experiences for their customers,” said Cheryl Perkins, president and founder of Innovationedge. “We are pleased that his expertise and excitement for new inventions, brokering, and deal structuring will broaden our market reach and positively impact our current and future clients.”

Italiano is an experienced professional with over 16 years of leadership experience in strategic business, cross-functional team leadership, deal-structuring, negotiation and execution, and strategic alliance management. He is passionate about creating value through business development and open innovation.

Prior to joining Innovationedge, Italiano held many senior management positions, including leading Kimberly-Clark’s Business Development, Global Alliances and Technology Acquisitions team. Prior to his tenure with Kimberly-Clark, Michael was Director, Corporate Development with Schwarz Pharma, Inc. where he was involved in a series of high-value transactions leading up to the ultimate sale of the Schwarz Group. Italiano began his career with Deloitte & Touche and subsequently spent several years in various financial positions with Cooper Power Systems, Inc., a division of Cooper Industries.

Italiano earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Although no longer currently practicing finance and accounting any, he is both a Certified Pubic Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.

About Innovationedge:
Innovationedge is a global strategic innovation consultancy based in Wisconsin. The team’s fearless champions of innovation break barriers to help executives define their business strategy, develop new capabilities, design a winning organizational structure, and deliver breakthrough innovations through a robust growth pipeline of solutions and new-to-the-world innovations. The company also gives inventors an edge by crafting winning business propositions and creating strategic corporate partnerships that deliver commercial success. For more information, visit Innovationedge.com.