PwC US Chairman and Senior Partner
Core innovation and information technology change the business inside and out.
US CEOs are on a hunt to uncover untapped value in their businesses and industries.
Going beyond the good experience to an ’always-on’ customer experience.
With companies trying to get closer and closer to customers, everything from R&D to supply chains is ripe for transformation.
Alliances are strategic for a time when innovation capacity will determine growth prospects for many mainstream businesses.
Addressing skills gaps is more than hiring new talent. CEOs taking a fresh look at the talent within.
"Nearly every one of our customers sees their future growing outside of their home country. They’re trying to figure out how to access these other countries, from developed countries to emerging markets and back the other way. Because we’re positioned in both, we can help companies move their products to new markets."
"LyondellBasell has a very strong growth program, and we have quite a bit of confidence in it. I can say that for this reason: the United States is where we’re doing most of our investing over the next few years. The reason for that is the boom in shale gas. Because of shale gas, we have cheap natural gas feedstocks and, as a result, our products are generally cheaper than our competitors’ products in all regions except the Middle East."
"We do have forward momentum in the economy. It’s not what it should be. The reason it hasn’t rebounded in a much more vigorous way is that we’re bearing the burden of too much uncertainty in almost every area, whether it’s in the financial area with banking regulations, Basel III and Volcker rules, uncertainty on tax reform, or healthcare uncertainties with the Affordable Care Act. It makes it more difficult to plan and to have general confidence with so many things still to be determined, five years after the onset of the financial crisis."