Nina Nets It Out
Leadership is not the end point; its task is to create an environment in which other leaders can flourish. Over the past two decades, I have been incredibly fortunate to witness an amazing amount of change and innovation in the organizations for which I have worked, as well as those of clients and partners. While some of these advancements have been driven by the clever implementation of technology, lasting business benefit requires a broad, systemic approach. There needs to be a focus on education, learning, knowledge transfer, change management and commercialization. And this all needs to be matched with business process, innovation and “people” programs — with inspired, inspiring leaders at the helm.
To that end, my blog provides current and aspiring leaders with a forum for ideas and discussion. I will be investigating ideas, innovations and approaches to leadership, and welcome your thoughts on these topics or any others that affect the “nature of work”. The life of a senior executive is both challenging and exciting, opening doors and opportunities not afforded to everyone. I want the “net” of these experiences to be shared and hope that this blog can, in some small way, contribute to the continued advancement of women and men in the corporate world. So let the conversation begin.
Nina Simosko is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of Akerna Corporation. Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN) is an enterprise software company focused on compliantly serving the cannabis, hemp, and CBD industry. The Company’s mission is to create the world’s most transparent and accountable supply chain by building a cannabis technology ecosystem connecting data points from seed to sale to self.
Previously, she served as President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world’s largest ICT companies. Focused on fostering strategic innovation, NTT i3 worked with established enterprise companies interested in investigating new approaches to evolving into technology-first, digitally-driven businesses. Before that, Ms. Simosko was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy, planning and operations world-wide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of SAP’s Global Premier Customer Network (PCN).
At SAP, she led both the PCN Center of Excellence and SAP’s Global Executive Advisory Board. During her eight year tenure, she was a part of SAP’s Global Ecosystem & Partner Group which was charged with continuing to build and enable an open ecosystem of software, service and technology partners together with SAP’s communities of innovation. Additionally, she served as the Global Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide Customer Education organization, responsible for driving more than half a billion euros in global education software and services revenue.
Currently, Ms. Simosko serves on the advisory boards of the Universal Web and deepsense.ai.