James Michael Lafferty
James Michael Lafferty (born 1963) is an American businessman, speaker, consultant, psychologist, and social media influencer. He is known for his story of starting as a fitness trainer in the Procter & Gamble Company in 1984 and progressing through marketing to become a division CEO for P&G, Coca-Cola, and British American Tobacco. He is also an Olympic athletics coach, keynote speaker and trainer, columnist, and women's rights advocate. Further, he is a marathon runner, an honorary coach, and consultant at the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, and on the board of the Medical Wellness Association. He supports Filipino orphans and women's empowerment programs around the world. He transformed the Management Board of Fine Hygienic Holding, where he currently serves as the CEO, to include 30% female members.
James Michael Lafferty is married to Carol Lafferty and has five children - Michael, Morgan, Kristen, John-Patrick, and Kenji. Kenji is Lafferty's only adopted child. Kenji was an abandoned Filipino orphan, and after a period of foster care with the Lafferty family, was officially adopted by them.
Lafferty started off his career as a corporate fitness trainer. As a professional track and field coach, he has coached Olympic-level track and field athletes in the United States, Nigeria, and the Philippines for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He also coached the Nigerian marathon team in the 2012 London Olympics.
He coached 3-time Olympian long jumper, Marestella Sunang who returned from childbirth in 2014 to set a new national record in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and provided her with a team doctor, strength coach, masseuse, dietician and sports psychologist, among others.
Lafferty has also coached Ernest Obiena, Esther Obiekwe, and Kristy Abello - all national level athletes in their various countries. He has co-founded a marathon titled, “The Bull Runner Dream Marathon” which takes place every year.
Lafferty began his career in 1985 with Procter & Gamble, sprinting through various strategic leadership roles that include General Manager for the Near East region, Chief Executive Officer of P&G for Poland and the Baltic States, Vice President of Paper in Western Europe, and CEO of the company's operations in the Philippines.
After Procter & Gamble, Lafferty continued his career journey as the CEO of Coca-Cola Nigeria and as the CEO of British American Tobacco in the Philippines. He also worked as a consultant for P&G, Coca-Cola, HP, Newell Rubbermaid, Nestlé, Microsoft, Intuit, L'Oreal, General Electric, Hershey, Wal-Mart and many other Fortune 500 companies.
Teacher and Columnist
His column on “Why Diversity is still a business challenge” was a finalist under the CMMA Best Business Column category.
Adopt an Olympian program
Lafferty aimed to gather CEOs for his “Adopt an Olympian” program. The objective of the program was to help the country win the elusive gold, preferably as early as 2016. With the help of the program, one CEO funds the full range training of one Filipino athlete. Along with financial support, the program assists in the setting up of an entire system involving selection and hiring of a coach, yoga instructor, dietician, sports psychologist, as well as the design of an appropriate training program.
Administering CPR at the airport
Lafferty was widely covered by Filipino media after he saved the life of a stranger, Romeo Silva, in October 2006. Lafferty administered CPR after the man collapsed at the Nagoya Airport, Japan due to a heart attack.
He has also been interviewed by Barbara Be about how he started his career and reached the position he is in today. The interview was titled "Climbing the Ladder". He also appeared on Expat Insights with Raju Mandhyan where he talked about winners and champions. He has was a speaker at AESC and Tissue World 2005.
Awards and recognitionEdit
Lafferty has been awarded CEO of the year 6 separate times in his career by various organisations and government-affiliated associations. Recently Lafferty is the winner of the 2019 Burj CEO Of the year Middle East Award as well as GCC 2019 CEO of the year, and Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Visionary 2019 Award. He has been listed in the 2019 Top 50 International CEOs list by Forbes Middle East.
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