CEO Insights

Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Summit

Annual Summit: June 20-21, 2018 | New York City

Welcome to the Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Insights page. This page will feature interviews and commentary from Bloomberg Breakaway events, including insights from CEOs who lead companies with a significant appetite for growth. We’ll highlight the biggest trends, opportunities, and challenges that are impacting their businesses and industries today.

Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Insights

2017 Breakaway Summit Interviews

On May 2-3, CEOs gathered in New York City for the second annual Bloomberg Breakaway Summit to discuss important issues for fast-growing enterprises. 

Jay Kaplan, Synack

Synack, CEO and co-founder Jay Kaplan talks about the challenges facing the cybersecurity industry and using hackers for positive purposes.

Rosa Whitaker, The Whitaker Group

The Whitaker Group President and CEO Rosa Whitaker discusses the paucity of internationalist talent and vast investing opportunities in Africa.

Bob D’Loren, Xcel Brands

Xcel Brands CEO Bob D’Loren talks about the rapidly changing retail environment and the need for supply chain speed.

Scott Wells, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas

Clear Channel Outdoor Americas CEO Scott Wells discusses the chase for the connected consumer and the need for digital fluency.

John Bostock, Big Ass Solutions

Big Ass Solutions COO John Bostock talks about building brand awareness, attracting the best and brightest talent and training workers.

Rao Mulpuri, View

View CEO Dr. Rao Mulpuri explains smart glass technology and how it is disrupting the industry as well as creating a corporate culture to retain talent.

Keith Cargill, Texas Capital Bancshares

Texas Capital Bancshares President and CEO Keith Cargill talks about the regulatory environment and efforts to redefine relationship banking.

Bill Diotte, Mocana Corporation

Mocana Corporation CEO Bill Diotte discusses the importance of private companies and the government working together on cybersecurity solutions and cultivating talent.

Ben Brock, Astec Industries

Astec Industries President and CEO Ben Brock explains how a strong U.S. dollar impacts sales and why infrastructure is a global competitive advantage.

Mohamad Ali, Carbonite

Carbonite CEO Mohamad Ali discusses the impact of data proliferation and reaching out to underserved communities for tech job opportunities.

Breakaway Q&A

Over the past year, we’ve conducted in-depth interviews with CEOs who are leading fast-growing companies across industries. Read their stories here.

Matthew Rizai, Chairman and CEO, Workiva:  Rizai discusses balancing growth with cash and why he feels it is so important to invest in your workforce.

Jim D’Addario
, CEO, D’Addario & Company, Inc.: 
Read what drove this CEO to move production back to the U.S. from China.

Harry West, CEO, frog: West discusses his constant travel, industry disruption, and the global war for design talent.

Don Joos, CEO and President, ShoreTel, Inc.: Joos discusses business growth, competition, and the risk of standing still.

Barry Myers, CEO, AccuWeather: Myers talks about his experience of fast growth in a family business and the importance of public-private partnerships.

Tom Phillips, CEO, Dstillery: Phillips discusses the explosive growth of data, privacy, and smart growth.

Bloomberg Breakaway Roundtable
The First 50 Days: Trump and Global Trade

On March 9, CEOs gathered in New York City to talk about the impact the Trump administration is expected to have on global trade and how it will affect business. The CEOs were joined by trade experts Victoria Espinel, President and CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance, and Joshua Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution.

Read the full roundtable report  here and read more comments on China and the administration’s proposed border tax here

Breakaway Roundtable Takeaways
Senior executives weighed on the Trump administration’s approach to trade and how a shift to bilateral trade agreements might impact their business. They also examined modernizing trade agreements, border adjustment taxes and the need for repatriation.

Mark Kuhr, Synack
Synack Co-Founder and CTO Mark Kuhr talks about the importance of modernizing trade agreements to include digital data.

Brett Goldberg, TickPick
TickPick Co-CEO and Co-Founder Brett Goldberg explains how a shift to bilateral trade agreements could impact his global expansion plans.

Walter Johnsen, Acme United Corporation
Acme United Corporation Chairman and CEO Walter Johnsen discusses how his company could absorb a small border adjustment tax.