Episode 3: Shalom “Shal” Jacobovitz, CEO of CiVi Biopharma and Former CEO of the American College of Cardiology (Part 1 of 2)
Shalom “Shal” Jacobovitz is currently the CEO of CiVi Biopharma, a brand new start-up, in his 4th CEO position. Shal was born in Israel, raised in Montreal, has lived around the world, serving in various organizations. He started his career in sales and marketing and has largely been in the field of cardiology and the pharmaceutical industry, eventually becoming the CEO of the American College of Cardiology from 2013 to 2018.
In this episode of The Culture Gap, the first of two episodes featuring Shal, he reveals the strengths that have allowed him to become a “serial CEO,” and his key takeaways from his time as CEO of various organizations. Shal also shares his thoughts on the role of the CEO in shaping strategy and culture, and how empowerment plays into it. He has some valuable insights about the future of membership societies, so be sure to tune in to find out more. Welcome to Culture Gap.
[:43] Daniel introduces his guest for this episode — Shalom “Shal” Jacobovitz.
[1:24] Who is Shal?
[1:58] Shal is in his fourth CEO position. How did he end up as a “serial CEO”?
[3:20] Who are some of the people that helped to shape Shal’s values as a person and a leader?
[5:56] Shal shares his father’s teachings about fear and resilience as a weapon against fear.
[6:48] Why did Shal get involved with cardiology?
[9:30] Sales and marketing are where Shal started out in his career. Who were some mentors who taught him the basics of sales?
[13:12] What did Shal think the job of a CEO was before he stepped into his first CEO role?
[14:23] What is Shal’s definition of a CEO and what is their job?
[16:20] What has Shal learned about bureaucracy and hierarchy and what it does/doesn’t do to accelerate ideas within a culture?
[19:27] What is Shal’s reaction when people fail even when they have been empowered? How does he incentivize failures as learning moments?
[20:55] Why was Shal interested in the position of CEO at the American College of Cardiology?
[23:18] Shal shares his experience of the ACC helping the Chinese government?
[24:28] In his time leading a non-profit organization, what has Shal learned about membership and what is the future of membership societies?
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