Mr. Rosso has been Chairman of World Economic Forum USA Inc. since April 2006. Mr. Rosso served as Chairman of CNH Global N.V. from November 1999 until his retirement in May 2004; was Chief Executive Officer of CNH Global N.V. from November 1999 to November 2000; and Chief Executive Officer of Case Corporation from April 1994 to November 1999 and Chairman from March 1996 to November 1996. He is also a director of ADC Telecommunications, Inc., Bombardier Inc., and Eurazeo.
Question: What is the significance of Davos?
Jean-Pierre Rosso: Davos is one meeting of—that the World Economic Forum conducts out of maybe 20 meetings during the year around the world. But Davos is so called here Annual Meetings. So it is the largest of our meetings and it is the meeting, which is attended by the highest level of participants: CEOs, heads of state, academia, civil society, international organizations, and so every component of society is represented there. And the purpose is to talk about the major issues confronting us on a global basis.
Question: What is the impact of the World Economic Forum?
Jean-Pierre Rosso: I think the effects have been very, very positive because the forum promotes dialogue between various stakeholders. The forum is just a platform that brings together people from all the components of society [to] sit down around the table and talk about the issues. And that is pretty unique, because in today’s world, it is hard to hard to achieve any thing with out gathering all the stakeholders together. It will achieve first understanding of the issues, awareness of some of the issues and the forum positions itself as a catalyst to reaction, so we are not ourselves involved directly into doing something, but we are [a] catalyst throughout those dialogue, those discussions, those meetings, things come out of there and being put in place, either directly by some of the participants or by a group of participants. We have meetings in Asia, we have meeting in Latin America, in Africa, in the Middle East, in Europe, in the States. So and we have annual meetings which major one being there was the other one being in China every year and really the whole world is represented as well as whole, because, I said compelling society from every where.
Date Recorded: 03/19/2008