Every company and organization has its superstars. That top 10 to 15 percent of the organization that are the workhorses, the engines of growth. The best. These are the people leaders love to have on their teams. These superstars are the secret to the success of any company. They disproportionately drive results and deliver the famous “80 for 20” — 80 percent of the output coming from 20 percent of the people.
James Michael Lafferty is a Retired CEO of Procter & Gamble, a Former CEO of Coca-Cola, a former CEO of British American Tobacco and the current CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding*.
James’ life story is a story of overcoming challenges. A professional track and field coach, James started in Procter & Gamble as a fitness instructor, before making his way into P&G’s famed “Brand Management” program, where he worked for 24 years, rising rapidly through the ranks to become, among other things, the first-ever General Manager for P&G’s “Near East” business—and set up the initial distribution models in these challenging markets that exist to this day and have made P&G the market leader by a wide margin. James was subsequently CEO for P&G’s operations in Poland/Baltics, Philippines, and Western European Paper.
Not content to rest on his laurels, James is an active CEO who is also constantly training others how to achieve massive success. He’s conducted seminars and training for the world’s leading corporations, including P&G, Coca-Cola, HP, Newell Rubbermaid, Nestle, Microsoft, GE, Hershey’s, HSBC, Wal-Mart, Target, Intuit and many other global organizations.