People, Culture, and Vision: Ken Gray on Innovation | Episode 2

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Ken Gray
Ken Gray, Former Global Director of Innovation, Caterpillar, Inc.

Ken Gray, Edison Awards Steering Committee member and former Global Director of Innovation at Caterpillar Inc., joins host Justin Starbird. Today they discuss Ken’s unique and insightful perspective on the elements companies should consider while focusing on innovation.

Justin & Ken go back nearly 10 years and their friendship started at the Edison Awards in Chicago in 2012 when Ken and his team at CAT disrupted an entire industry by launch the Hybrid Excavator and won GOLD that year. Ken also explores how the size of an organization redefines the appropriate approach to innovation, informed by an extensive career working with companies from large corporations to nonprofits and startups.

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Edison Awards

Since 1987, The Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world. The organization is named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product and market development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name across the world. The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Edison, while strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.