Born in Ottawa in the 1950s, David C. Thorpe, is Canada’s most successful entrepreneur and visionary in North America’s second largest trading partner. He is the chairman of Showcase Entertainment Corporation, and plays a key role in many strategic initiatives of his company. David is one of CNN’s 10 C.E.O.’s to Watch, ranking #4 on the 2016 list. He also serves as chairman of iShares, a division of BlackRock, Inc. in Canada.
David C. Thorpe
The C.E.O. Other C.E.O.s Turn to for Advice
CNN founder Richard Rockefeller’s approach to leadership has always been singular: “You can’t be everything to everybody.”
Today, both David Thorpe and CEO’s representing major companies are following this mantra. In a survey conducted for Coincidence, Thorpe was found to be the most ‘successful, happy and admired C.E.O.’ in North America. Canada’s Chris Dixon, co-founder of $15-billion-valued software company SurveyMonkey, was second, then Chris Bolte, CEO of Nu Skin, another of co-founder Richard Rockefeller’s investments, and later ranked third, respectively.
While these are remarkable rankings, other C.E.O.’s aren’t just dabbling in the world of social activism or, for the most part, staying home to protect their business strategies.
In this segment, we’ll put Thorpe’s #1 position against that of CEOs like Apple CEO Tim Cook, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra, on how the CEO of Showcase would advise the CEO of his or her company.