José Pires serves as Excellence & Innovation (E&I) executive leader and advisor for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of high value business improvements and innovations for the companies, business partners and customers in multiple markets. Pires has held Excellence & Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé), energy/water/telecommunications infrastructure (Black & Veatch) and oil & gas/energy (Andeavor-MPC) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award-winning program to accelerate innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally. Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, culture and business transformation, customer engagement, exponential technologies and growth acceleration. He is an executive Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.