Canon's Kyosei: It's More Than Just Company Culture
About This Episode
While you've likely heard of Canon, you might not be familiar with the company’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei. In this episode of The Edge, Gerard Pieterse, Director People Development at Canon EMEA, joins host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek to discuss Canon’s Bike for Congo initiative as a shining example of a company shared value system committed to the greater good.
About Our Guest
With 30+ years of experience across mechanical engineering, product management and people development, Gerard Pieterse is currently the People Development Director for Canon EMEA. In his role, Gerard is responsible for all Canon EMEA Employees and Partners across the four domains of People Development, namely learning, leadership, performance and talent development.
Gerard spearheads Canon EMEA’s ambition to create a self-development and learning culture throughout the entire company, where employees take ownership of their own development and learning, and where managers are bringing the ambitions of the company and employees together for the best results.
About Our Host
As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle is responsible for the leading global marketing strategy for the Skillsoft group of companies, focused on driving growth, generating brand awareness and increasing demand for Skillsoft’s solutions among learners, customers and partners. Since joining the company in 2019, she has overseen customer marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and business development.
Michelle brings more than 25 years of marketing, branding and strategy experience to her role. Prior to Skillsoft, she held several executive positions of increasing responsibility in the high-tech sector, including as Chief Marketing Officer of IBM Watson, where she was responsible for marketing the company's artificial intelligence (AI) products and solutions. Michelle also served as the Global Head of Marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business, where she helped companies understand how to anticipate, plan for and ultimately make better decisions – with greater confidence - in the face of weather.
Michelle holds a Master's of Science from Simmons University.