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FX risk expert Wolfgang Koester gives multinationals reason to feel more than lucky

FX risk expert Wolfgang Koester gives multinationals reason to feel more than lucky

July 2, 2019

True statement: Wolfgang Koester is a lucky, serial entrepreneur. He says so himself. But applying the words “lucky” and “serial entrepreneur” to Koester’s success story and business philosophy requires an expansion of terms, maybe even a redefinition of them. Koester built and sold two businesses, and he is helping to move a third company to another liquidity event.read more


TBird Kim Williams

Exploring the Unknown Paves Surprising, Remarkable Path

June 10, 2019

The incredible professional career of Kim Williams, Warner Bros. Entertainment executive vice president and chief financial officer, is a series of bold, confident steps into the unknown. Life, she says, really is about the journey — not the destination — that should be enjoyed, savored, and shared. That personal philosophy has worked well for Williams, who currently is part of a tripartite interim executive leadership team at Warner Bros. Since graduating from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1992, she has been on a professional journey with career stops that would be the final destinations of many executives’ dreams.read more


Getting the Most Out of Your Mentor Relationship

Getting the Most Out of Your Mentor Relationship

May 1, 2019

When students arrive at Thunderbird School of Global Management, it’s a given that they are about to begin a course of study that will empower them in the world of international business and start them on the road to become competitive as leadersin the global economy. And perhaps as valuable as what they will pick up in the classroom and what they learn through experiential courses, is that new students are joining the vast Thunderbird family and will have access to a rich source of mentors.read more


 It Takes Determination to Make English a  Global Tool for Corporate Growth

It Takes Determination to Make English a Global Tool for Corporate Growth

April 1, 2019

Most meetings that Keiko Claassen attends at ITT Motion Technologies are held in English. Even though her company is based in Italy and she’s Dutch and works near Rotterdam, every senior staffer is expected to conduct business in English. At one meeting a few years ago, Claassen, the company’s executive director of communications, realized that communication involves much more than just speaking the same language. She was the only non-Italian in the room and at one point her colleagues stopped speaking English – the common language between them – because someone had trouble following the conversation. “It was like watching a movie,” Claassen remembers.“As soon as they switched from English to Italian … you could see their culture come to life.”read more


Thunderbird and the American Express Leadership Academy: Teaching Leadership, One NGO at a Time

Thunderbird and the American Express Leadership Academy: Teaching Leadership, One NGO at a Time

January 23, 2019

Every year, Thunderbird and American Express host the American Express Leadership Academy. The Academy takes emerging leaders from non-profit/non-governmental organizations and helps them become more effective leaders, allowing them not only to have an increased impact on their organization, but also to teach others how to be more effective leaders. Launched in 2009, the Academy has now served over 296 managers from nearly 100 organizations.read more


Larry Fink: Greed Was Good; Purpose Is Better

Larry Fink: Greed Was Good; Purpose Is Better

January 23, 2019

Larry Fink, founder and chief executive of the world’s largest money manager, is freaking out. His 2019 letter admonishing CEOs to start thinking beyond their bottom lines led Barron’s to call him “the new conscience of Wall Street.” But business bosses from Warren Buffett to Sam Zell pushed back hard. They don’t need Fink to tell them where to buy their indulgences, as Medieval kings used to do.read more


The 12 Biggest Business Stories of 2018

The 12 Biggest Business Stories of 2018

December 26, 2018

Chief Executive Magazine looks back over a tumultuous and disruptive year for business. The list of things that mattered the most starts with Trump, Bezos, and Musk, not surprisingly.read more


The Year’s 20 Best Books For Business Leaders

The Year’s 20 Best Books For Business Leaders

December 17, 2018

The list of the 20 best books published in 2018, guaranteed to amuse, inform, astound, and occasionally, annoy. As the title suggests, these 20 outstanding reads are not ‘how to’ books about business, but about the deeper things you need to know to deal with the fundamental challenges of our complex and volatile world.read more


The Les Moonves Show: Sex and The C Suite

The Les Moonves Show: Sex and The C Suite

December 10, 2018

If you ever get to Rome, the Trevi Fountain’s 86 foot peak is awe-inspiring, but no more so than Les Moonves’ shooting star as the maestro of television for over 30 years. At Lorimar and Warner Brothers and then at CBS, he greenlit everything from “Friends, “ER,” “CSI” to “Survivor.” During his CBS network tenure, his name was attached to six of the ten most watched shows on television. He had the Midas touch and Wall Street knew it.read more


Demystifying The Fall Of Carlos Ghosn

Demystifying The Fall Of Carlos Ghosn

December 3, 2018

His epitaph will read “rampant greed brought about an untimely end.” But that would be giving Ghosn too little credit.read more