'I've never had so many photos taken of me before," exclaims former Mead Johnson Nutrition CEO Stephen Golsby with a chuckle as he repositions himself with an air of compliance while a photographer snaps away. Given his status as a retiring CEO, you'd think he'd be used to this. Perhaps it is exactly this humble demeanour, coupled with his leadership and managerial qualities, that have led to phenomenal success at the helm of a major international company.
"People see me as being very strategic, very focused, with the ability to simplify complex issues and communicate clear visions with focused priorities for people in a way that they can understand and find compelling," the 57-year-old says. "I think that any global business is inherently complex. In all of the 50 countries that [Mead Johnson] operate, every day there are new challenges and issues arising. You need to bring in the right talent and empower them with the leadership morals and values that you want them to deliver to the table."
Golsby decided, after much consideration, it was the right time to retire from the company, and in the middle of last year he set April 30 as the departure date to allow an orderly transition to new leadership. Instead of seeing naps as the best thing about retirement, Golsby has opted for semi-retirement and will serve on the board of directors for two US companies, Mead Johnson Nutrition and a Vietnamese food manufacturing company. He also acts as an adviser to the Thai Union group and the Thailand Board of Investments. Talk about retirement Nirvana.
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