Our Purpose

Bring together purposeful CEOs to help build high performing organizations and a better world

Many CEOs in Orange County believe that community engagement is part of their responsibility as a leader. Moreover, best practices from other regional economies teach us that CEOs working together can help build both a competitive ecosystem and higher quality of life.

The CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County (CLAOC) was forged by the leaders of some of the most prominent companies in the county to help shape a positive future for the residents of Orange County. Vibrant communities require cross-sector collaboration to create new opportunities and solve complex challenges. CEOs have the convening power and resources to bring the right people together. We are a diverse community, and it’s too easy to work in silos without a common endpoint in mind.

CLAOC is not intended to duplicate the efforts of other groups, but instead to help build a vibrant collaboration of multiple stakeholders in higher education, government, business and non-profit to help address the major issues uniquely facing Orange County.

CLAOC works with community partners to establish more effective regional systems and dismantle silos. As the community becomes involved and shares their input, strategies and focus areas shift. In the long run, we hope to hand off established initiatives to the community as they become sustainable.

Guiding Principles

“CEOs collaborating together can help build both a competitive ecosystem and higher quality of life.”

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson and Dick Gochnauer helped bring our CEOs together. They are both involved with a non-profit called the Higher Ambition Leadership Alliance, which formed out of Harvard Business School and is now an independent entity. The center works with CEOs to help build higher performing companies and a better world.

Our Staff

Douglas Wilson, Chair

Mark Percy, President

Jasmine Pachnanda, Senior Vice President, AI SoCal Initiative

Amy Kaufman, Senior Vice President, Experiential Learning and Talent Development

Laurie Smith, Director, Education Programs and Partnerships

Peggy Wolff, Director, Special Programs

Franciska Castillo, Director, Talent Strategies and University Relations

Nye Davidson, Director of Marketing and Communications

Gustavo Chamorro, Community College Senior Advisor

Kristina Horn, Coordinator, Artificial Intelligence SoCal Initiative

Karly Simpson, Executive Assistant

Our Advisory Group

Ranjeet Banerjee, CEO, Cold Chain Technologies

Don Beall, Chairman Emeritus/Retired Chairman and CEO, Rockwell

Ken Beall, UCI Applied Innovation Board and Managing Member, Dartbrook Partners, LLC

Richard Davis, Retired CEO of US Bank

Omar Ishrak, Former Chairman and CEO, Medtronic

Scott McGregor, Retired CEO of Broadcom

Paul Merage, Chairman, MIG Investments

Robert Schult, Retired President of Nestle USA , and Co-founder, VMG Partners

Keith Strier, Vice President Worldwide AI Initiatives, NVIDIA

Executive Committee
Doug Holte, CEO and CIO
Julie Hill, Retired CEO, Costain USA
Dick Gochnauer, Retired CEO, Essendant
Tim Ward, McKinsey & Company, Senior Partner
Harley Rouda, Trident Holdings, CEO
Doug Palladini, Former Global Brand President, Vans
General Members
Stuart McClure, Founder of Cylance
Ru Weerasuriya, Co-Founder, Chief Creative, and Executive Officer, Ready at Dawn