J. LeRoy Ward

Executive VP - IIL

Four Things Project Sponsors Can Learn from Activist Investors

Carl Icahn, William Ackman, Nelson Peltz. These names, and others, send shivers down the spines of CEOs and their Boards of Directors. Why? Because activist investors take large “positions” in underperforming public companies and then urge management to cut costs, restructure operations, change leadership, and adopt new business models. They do this for one reason: to increase the value of the company so they can earn a substantial return on their investment.

What does a project sponsor have in common with an activist investor? Plenty. After all, a project sponsor is an “investment manager” too. In this compelling presentation, LeRoy Ward will identify the four things that activist investors do that project sponsors should also be doing to increase their project’s return.


LeRoy is Executive VP for Enterprise Solutions for IIL, Inc. He is a respected global expert in project, program, and portfolio management working as both a practitioner and consultant to government and industry worldwide.

LeRoy is a popular speaker who presents on universal and timeless topics in the field and whose insight, commentary, and sense of humor are enjoyed by a wide range of audiences.

He has authored nine books and more than 40 articles in project and program management. In 2013 he was awarded the Project Management Institute’s Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award.


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