September 21st, 2009
James W. Keyes
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Blockbuster Inc.
James W. Keyes is chairman and chief executive officer of Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B), one of the world's leading providers of in-home movie and game entertainment with reported worldwide revenues of almost $5.3 billion in 2008 and more than 7,400 stores throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.
A 21-year veteran of 7-Eleven Inc., the world's largest chain of convenience stores, Keyes served as its president and CEO from 2000 until 2005. Under his leadership, the company experienced record sales and profits and implemented new retail systems technology that improved product assortment decisions in every store. He also ushered in a new era for 7-Eleven through the introduction of a host of new electronic services.
Prior to serving as president and CEO, Keyes held a variety of positions at 7-Eleven, including chief financial officer and executive vice president and chief operating officer. Keyes retired from 7-Eleven upon the sale of the company in 2005.
Keyes graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelors degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and earned an MBA from Columbia University.
Keyes serves on numerous civic boards, including the national board of governors of the American Red Cross, the Dallas Center for Performing Arts, The Dallas Symphony Association, the Cooper Institute, the SMU/Cox School of Business and the Dallas Education Foundation. A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award in 2005 and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008, Keyes was also the founder of the Education is Freedom foundation, which provides college scholarships for hard-working young students.
What Can Consultants Learn from a Successful Turnaround Artist?
The role of innovation in the turnaround process
Have you ever wondered how top turnaround CEOs approach a troubled organization, with the goal not only of company solvency, but of reenergizing and transforming an entire industry?
Jim Keyes, former CEO of Seven Eleven and current CEO of Blockbuster, has found that in chaos, there is frequently opportunity. Twenty to thirty years ago, with the advent of big box stores and their aggressive marketing and price strategies, industry pundits predicted the rapid demise of the convenience store industry. But today, convenience stores, led by Seven Eleven, are thriving. Now, pundits are saying the same thing about video stores. But not Jim Keyes. He brings new life by changing the business models and the introducing new products.
Join Jim Keyes as he shares his methodology and the dynamics of turnaround challenges at Seven Eleven Corporation and Blockbuster. Jim will also touch on the role of philanthropy in building a company culture.
This fascinating recount of turnarounds includes:
How to build new products that transform businesses
How to quickly assess existing in-house talent
Tapping into customer preferences at the point of sale
The role of innovation in industry revitalization
The approach to transformation a turnaround CEO takes is similar that of a consultant. Join us at the September Management Consultants’ Forum, and learn insider strategies from the best.
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