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 fifteen years, I have been fortunate enough 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 and change management. 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 works for Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon and is responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy and operations world-wide.
In addition, Nina currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Taulia, Inc., Appcelerator Inc. and K2 Partnering Solutions.
Founded in 2009, Taulia Inc. is a young, fast-growing company based in the Bay Area. They are the only SAP-certified partner that offers a web-based Dynamic Discounting solution that helps SAP customers uncover savings opportunities in their supply chains. The Dynamic Payment Platform/ Dynamic Discounting module and Taulia’s self-service vendor portal, together reduce Accounts Payable support overhead, improve supplier relations and generate significant cash savings for corporations.
Founded in 2006 and based in Mountain View, California, Appcelerator is a privately held, venture-backed startup with over $50M in investment from top tier institutional and strategic investors. Appcelerator makes Titanium, a leading mobile platform for thousands of companies seizing the mobile opportunity. With 427,220 developers and 50,224 applications deployed on 115,587,447 devices, the award-winning Titanium Platform leverages over 5,000 APIs to create native iOS and Android apps and HTML5 mobile web apps.
Founded in 1997, K2 Partnering Solutions is a Swiss-based, global provider of enterprise software consultants on both a contract and permanent basis with an exceptional history of delivering results on many of the world’s most challenging projects. Operating with international teams from UK, Switzerland, Germany, USA, Brazil, India, Singapore, China and Japan, K2 supports many of the largest
implementations of classic and cloud-based enterprise software connecting a global network of the finest specialists with clients throughout the world.
Previously, Nina worked at SAP where she last served as the Senior Vice President in charge of SAP’s Global Premier Customer Network (PCN). She led both the PCN Center of Excellence and SAP’s Global Executive Advisory Board. During her tenure, she was also 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. Finally, 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 software and services revenue, SAP’s Customer Education team was named the leading IT Education and Training organization in the world according to IDC’s Competitive Analysis Report, Worldwide IT Education and Training 2008 Vendor Analysis.
Nina has more than twenty years of sales and operations management experience with a deep understanding of the global high-tech industry having held various senior management positions at Oracle Corporation, Siebel Systems and Tandem (a Compaq company).
She has also been involved in a variety of industry associations including the:
- Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives, an exclusive membership organization for women in senior positions at high growth companies
- Professional Area Network for Women in Technology, a Silicon Valley-based, non-profit organization devoted to creating programs and educating professional women in technology
- Alliance of Technology and Women, an organization that encourages women and girls to enter technology fields.