Virgin Unite Mentors CEO and Co-Founder Mark Thompson to Deliver Keynote Address
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2014 –
KANA® Software, A Verint® Company (NASDAQ: VRNT), today announced that Mark Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors—Sir Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation—will keynote its Connectcustomer conference taking place September 21-24 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco. Conference attendees will include practitioners from today’s most respected brands that leverage KANA customer engagement optimization and customer service solutions to support their customer engagement strategies.
This year’s agenda features product- and industry-specific sessions, hands-on workshops, executive and staff discussions, a solution showcase and networking opportunities to help commercial and public sector attendees optimize their customer engagement for measurable and meaningful business results. Registration details are available on the KANA website.
Engaging Speakers, Optimized Content for KANA Customers
Mark Thompson—a leadership coach, best-selling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer—will deliver this year’s Connect keynote. His presentation will examine cultural, strategic and entrepreneurial approaches for generating memorable and profitable customer engagements as he relates success tenets to real-life business examples. Mark was recently selected by the American Management Association as one of the World’s Top Executive Coaches and the #1 Thought Leader on Developing a Culture of Innovation and Engagement. As CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Thompson guides the organization’s executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation network. He also is the former chief of staff and chief customer experience officer for Charles Schwab, where he served as executive producer of Schwab.com with assets of $1.4 trillion. Thompson has held a board of directors seat for Best Buy, Korn Ferry International and Interwoven (now owned by HP), and his passion for Broadway production has earned his plays five Tony awards and 10 nominations.
In addition, Jacob Murray-White, general manager of customer solutions and engineering, Salmat, will present a KANA customer keynote outlining benefits and successes tied to Verint/KANA customer engagement technology across a wide variety of industries, including financial services, government, insurance, retail, transportation and utilities.
Additional Connect 2014 presenters including Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, The Hartford, the City of Milwaukee and Xerox, will also take the stage to share success stories and best practices.
Leading several conference workshops will be R. Ray Wang, principal analyst, founder and chairman of Constellation Research Inc.; Kate Leggett, principal analyst with Forrester Research, Inc.; and Esteban Kolsky, principal analyst with ThinkJar. These industry experts will provide perspective on market trends tied to customer engagement and the impact of scaling customer service personalization in today’s business environments.
Connect 2014 will explore key themes, trends and drivers around incorporating customer engagement optimization into business strategies; reducing total cost to serve; managing the shift across digital channels; web self-service and mobility; serving and engaging millennial customers and employees; and actionable analytics.
Conference attendees also can schedule one-on-one discussions with KANA subject matter experts to augment their conference experiences, and can follow KANA Connect commentary throughout the event on Twitter @KANASoftware and #KANAConnect.
Rounding out the event, KANA will feature honorees from its Customer Awards program that profiles innovation and excellence in the areas of best agent experience, best citizen experience and technology innovator of the year.
Also on hand will be KANA partners and conference sponsors, including Layered Tech, IBM and Wipro.
KANA®, A Verint® Company, is a leading provider of cloud and on-premises customer service solutions. KANA helps global organizations—including many of the Fortune 500, mid-market businesses and public sector agencies—optimize their engagements with consistent and contextual customer journeys across agent, web, social and mobile experiences. Using KANA solutions, organizations can reduce operational costs, increase resolution rates and improve brand loyalty. Learn more at www.kana.com.