Chief Executive Network (CEN) is where CEOs fast track the learning curve.
Throughout the 1980s, after leading numerous CEO groups, organizational expert Dr. Ronald E. Wiley came to the realization that executive effectiveness was dramatically improved in those rare cases when CEOs met with industry peers. Wiley recognized that industry focus gave CEOs not only outside perspective, but also specific, actionable ideas based on directly relevant, real-world experience. Chief Executive Network (CEN) was launched by Wiley on this principal in 1990.
In 1994, then-CEN member Bob Grabill took over the reins of CEN and professionalized the organization. Grabill has overseen the organization’s dramatic growth, subsequently introducing the Senior Executive Network (SEN) for the direct reports of CEN members.
Since then, Chief and Senior Executive Networks have conducted over 500 membership meetings and conferences, resulting in billions of dollars of value creation for members.
Chief Executive Network and Senior Executive Network are today composed of over 550 members spanning a variety of industries. The Chief and Senior Executive Networks employ over 15 process leaders who average over 20 years of business expertise and are personally chosen for their professional facilitation skills. The result: a dramatically accelerated learning curve for member CEOs and their organizations.
Robert R. Grabill, Chairman
Bob has over 35 years of management experience, more than two-thirds of which has been in general management. This experience includes President and CEO of a mid-size manufacturing company, Division President for sales and operations of a $250M fiber optics based carrier, and head of global operations for a $100M specialized equipment manufacturer. He also held several positions in middle management with a Fortune 100 company.
Bob was a member of the Chief Executive Network prior to becoming its President and is the founder of the Senior Executive Network (SEN). Every year, Bob speaks to hundreds of CEOs and senior executives regarding the importance of differentiation and competitive advantage.
Bob has an MBA in marketing from the University of Missouri and degrees in Civil Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Wayne Cooper, CEO
Wayne is the Executive Chairman of Chief Executive Group, LLC, which publishes Chief Executive magazine and produces ChiefExecutive.net, events, and research. He is also the CEO of the Chief Executive Network.
Wayne is an experienced CEO and entrepreneur. Prior to his involvement with the Chief Executive Group, he was the Chairman and CEO of Kennedy Information. He and his team have also transformed the Institute of Finance and Management, Pyramid Research and Media Publishing International. He was also the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Vizeum, a web-marketing services company.
Wayne has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Stanford University.
Rob Grabill, President
As President, Rob is responsible for supporting the existing CEN member base and growing the Network with high-caliber, high-achievement new members.
In addition to helping set the direction of the organization, Rob is skilled in sales management, meeting facilitation, contract negotiations, public speaking, social media and executive memory skills.
Rob has held positions of increasing responsibility with CEN. He began in 2003 as Meeting Manager, was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing (2004) and then to Director of Sales & Operations (2007). He became VP of Operations in 2009, COO in 2012, and was promoted again in 2015 to his current position.
Rob has a degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University and lives in Chicago, IL.