Jonathan Becher, President, San Jose Sharks

Jonathan Becher, San Jose Sharks

President

Biography

Jonathan Becher is president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks hockey team and three ice sport facilities in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Becher spent a decade at SAP in a variety of senior roles, including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Digital Officer.

A three-time CEO, Becher is a frequent speaker at technology industry events, and is a regularly published author on a variety of topics, including the popular blog Manage By Walking Around  http://jonathanbecher.com

Becher was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s most influential CMOs, most social CMO in The Huffington Post, and a top CxO on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine.  He is the Board Chair for the Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum, and is the sole independent Board Member of both Trintech, the leading cloud-based financial Record to Report (R2R) solutions, and Pixlee, the leading visual platform for user-generated content.  He is also an adviser to several early-stage companies.

Previously Worked

Chief Digital Officer, SAP

Jonathan Becher Content

 
What does digital disruption mean for sports and how do teams turn fans into customers? CXOTalk explores these topics with Jonathan Becher, who is president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks hockey team and three ice sport facilities in Silicon Valley.
 
A key part of the Chief Digital Officer role involves managing tensions because the need for organizational stability and predictability relative to the desire for disruption and change.
 
Although optimizing operations for continuity brings many benefits, digital transformation requires experimentation and investing in innovation and change. Organizations may struggle with innovations that disrupt existing ways of doing business.
 
Building links across departments and silos is an essential part of digital transformation.
 
Because digital transformation goes beyond technology and product development into business model change, customer experience must play a central role for every digital business.
 
Culture is as important as business transformation and technology in a digital transformation. Part of the change requires embracing experimentation.
 
B2B selling is no longer just organization to organization, or a deal between one lead decision maker and a sales guy. It’s becoming more people-to-people.
 
Jonathan Becher is the Chief Digital Officer of SAP. Previously, he was CEO at companies such as NeoVista Software, Accrue Software and Pilot Software. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Duke University.