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Wooden Way Leadership

A Business Management Seminar Based on the Leadership Principles of the "Coach of the Century"


Seminar Description

Who Should Attend

William S. Kane

Global HR Executive, Organizational Change Expert, Author

William S. Kane is an accomplished human resources executive, administrative head, and management advisor with an unparalleled record of achievement in leading large multinational and small-scale organizations through successful strategic initiatives, i.e., start-ups, turnarounds, M & A’s, and enterprise-wide re-positioning, by articulating vision, identifying business imperatives and tactics, embracing values, and building and aligning workforce capabilities.  

Since beginning his career in the Industrial Chemicals Group of FMC Corporation, where he helped introduce “multi-craft trades” into a labor environment, Bill’s functional accomplishments include:

  • As part of the first “pre-packaged” bankruptcy filing in the state of NJ, supported a $400 million technology company’s transition from Chapter 11 to profitability in 16 months.

  • Led the return to profitability of two major manufacturing divisions at Frigidaire ($1 billion sales; 3,500 employees).  Results included record volume, enhanced RONA, and annual savings that exceeded $20 billion.
  • Designed the global corporate blueprint for Electrolux (Frigidaire’s parent), a leading appliance company ($17 billion sales; 110,000 employees; 60 countries; 500 product lines), which resulted in stream-lined global product lines, consolidation of operations, eliminating duplication, expanded spans of control, and shared services.  Over $1 billion in cost savings were attained.
  •  Designed a customer-focused, matrix management structure to stabilize and grow a $2 billion fragrance and flavor company.  Over $40 million realized in savings, and foundation laid for M & A integration.

  • In a “start-up” environment for a major Japanese life sciences concern, led the efforts to create the mission and strategy required to conduct clinical trials, as well as to go to market for a pharmaceutical compound.

Today, Bill is the SVP and General Manager of HR & General Affairs, and a corporate officer for Sumitomo Corporation of America, an investor, business partner, and “holding company” in wide-ranging industries.  He provides functional guidance and expertise to over 90 regional subsidiaries/affiliates.  

An advocate for shared learning, Bill is an Advisory Board member of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), a partnership of the Smithsonian and the National Academies, whose mission is to improve the K-12 learning and teaching of science for students throughout the world.  Locally, he is an adjunct professor in the MAOB at Fairleigh Dickinson University, lectures at Montclair State University, and teaches various business topics at Rutgers University in their Advanced Leadership Development Program and their Global Executive Master’s program.  He is also a long-standing mentor in the in the nationally-recognized LEAD program of “Women Unlimited, and in the “Beyond the Banks” program at Rutgers.

Bill is the author of The Truth about Thriving in Change, published by Prentice Hall in 2008, which has been translated into Chinese, Russian, and Arabic.

Active in community and professional organizations (CHRS, NJHRPG, SHRM, and NAOM), Bill's perspective on corporate responsibility has been featured in USA Today, National Business Employment Weekly, The Star Ledger, The Financial Times, and on NJN and Blog Talk RadioHe has also appeared at NJ gubernatorial press conferences, NJ congressional hearings, and forums sponsored by the NJ DOL.

Bill collaborated with John Wooden, UCLA's Coach Emeritus, and Andy Hill to create and conduct management training seminars for corporate clients, civic groups, schools, and individuals seeking to lead their teams toward optimized and sustained performance (see www.WoodenWayLeadership.com).

Bill has completed his doctoral course work at the Fielding Graduate University.  He holds three master’s degrees: an M.A. from Fielding in human & organizational systems; an M.B.A. in management and an M.A. in organizational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College. 

Bill is a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  He may be contacted at wmskane[at]aol.com.