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Shalom “Shal” Jacobovitz, CEO of CiVi Biopharma and Former CEO of the American College of Cardiology (Part 2 of 2)

Shalom Jacobovitz

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 second of two episodes featuring Shal, he shares the lessons he has learned from his experience with governance reform and changing the culture of a company. Shal also highlights the importance of innovation, and the role of inclusion and encouraging employees to share alternative opinions in keeping an organization at the forefront of its industry. He has some great advice on how leaders should shape their vision for their companies, so be sure to tune in to find out more. Welcome to The Culture Gap.

Key Takeaways

[:43] Daniel introduces his guest for this episode — Shalom “Shal” Jacobovitz.

[1:10] What was the process that Shal went through with regards to governance reform at ACC, and what did he learn from it?

[5:49] Shal also changed the culture at the staff level. How did he change the culture to be more innovative, and how did this play out on the staff side as the governance process was transforming at the board side?

[9:27] Can innovation be incentivized?

[10:20] What has Shal learned about groupthink?

[12:21] What is in Shal’s consciousness about the Me Too movement?

[15:01] What is a biopharma company?

[15:54] In his role at Biopharma, Shal gets to set strategy and design a culture from the ground up. How will he align strategy and culture as the company expands?

[18:59] What are some behaviors that Shal is setting in motion now, that he hopes will continue to retain as the company grows?

[21:46] How is Shal thinking about his vision for his company?

[24:43] What advice would Shal give to his younger self, starting out in his professional career?

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Learn more about:

Shalom Jacobovitz on LinkedIn

CiVi Biopharma, Inc.

American College of Cardiology

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter, by Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie

Me Too Movement on Wikipedia

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