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UNITED KINGDOM- [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Joy Ferguson is passionate about enabling leaders and teams to excel in their work. Aiming for a world-class standard, she utilises her coaching skills and grasp of the dynamics of the global marketplace to enable business people to begin operating at the very highest level of which they are capable.
Joy holds a masters degree in counseling from the University of Reading. She is qualified in the use of the JCA Emotional Intelligence Tool and the Pearson-Marr Personal Branding Tool, and she’s an NLP Master Practitioner. She completed an 18-month coach/facilitator program at the University of Surrey, and she’s been trained in 1:1 and group coaching supervision at the Bath Consultancy. Joy also serves as a member of the visiting faculty at Henley Business School.
Joy’s corporate career began at British Telecom, where over 14 years she served in management roles including finance, procurement, and HR, and ended her tenure as an internal consultant, regularly coaching regional leaders and managing directors. She then moved on to Dun & Bradstreet where, as a senior learning consultant, she introduced innovative approaches to raising performance. At both BT and D&B she played key roles in reëngineering projects and change management initiatives. During her nearly two decades of corporate experience, Joy gained a nuanced grasp of the complex imperatives facing global business leaders. Her extensive experience now gives Joy quick credibility with senior executives.
As an independent professional since the late 1990s, Joy has worked with leaders and their teams within global companies throughout Europe. Clients have included British Telecom, Dun & Bradstreet, KPMG, Atkins, Johnson & Johnson, Barclays, Barclaycard, DSGi, Shell, Tesco, Harley-Davidson, Transport for London, Blackwell, Molnlycke Healthcare, and A.C. Nielsen.
Joy takes a systemic approach to her work, maximizing ROI for both coachee and organization. Coachees say that they appreciate her approachability and the relevance and longevity of the positive impact she’s helped them make. Her assignments typically include working with leaders who are new to their roles, who need to think more strategically, who need to handle change and conflict more deftly, and who are technical experts needing to master leadership and relational skills. Finally, Joy coaches executive boards to maximize their collective contribution and become more than the sum of a group of individuals.
Based in the U.K., Joy has a busy family life. She is active socially, has close community ties, and does voluntary work with young offenders.
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*Brian J. Guest gained extensive international experience during a career spanning 23 years, 16 of which found him outside of his native U.K. in 25 nations of Latin America and Asia (most recently in Brazil). He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. A former CEO, he is particularly experienced in the special challenges of developing markets.
Brian graduated from Cambridge University in natural sciences. More recently, he became a Certified Professional Coach through study at the College of Executive Coaching. Since relocating to his native U.K. in 2005, Brian has taken further certifications in several psychometric and 360º assessment instruments and graduated from the Chief Executive Office coach program in the U.K.
Brian began his career with KPMG (then PMM) and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981. His urge to travel led him to join AIG as an international auditor, and he soon was promoted to regional audit manager. Next, he worked in international finance at RSA and gained valuable management experience in dealing with businesses all around the world. Joining Commercial Union (now Aviva) in 1990, he gained general management experience as the regional manager for Latin America and, later, as general manager for Hong Kong with responsibility for Taiwan and Macau. In 1997, Brian joined HSBC in Brazil following its acquisition of a major financial services group there; he was named CEO of the insurance business, comprising 1,500 employees and premiums in excess of 400 million dollars. The outcome of these diverse business experiences is that Brian possesses finely-tuned expertise in leading and coordinating strategic and operational planning and management, M&A negotiation and post-acquisition management, multi-channel distribution, extensive restructuring, quality management, managing for shareholder value, risk management, cost control, and corporate culture change.
Brian has coached over 200 executives and high potential managers from over 25 different nationalities working across across six continents. Coachees have included regional presidents and country CEOs responsible for major businesses as well as senior functional managers. His coaching expertise includes performance management, communication skills, relationship and conflict transformation, authenticity, political savvy, influencing skills, managing upwards, time & energy management, motivating others, cross-cultural flexibility, strategic thinking, and career planning and development. His coachees are complimentary about the results and transformational change they have been able to achieve.
Brian and his Brazilian wife enjoy family activities with their three children as well as travel in order to experience new cultures, cuisines, and music.
*Sandra Henson has a passion for enabling one individual at a time to discover his or her authentic self and attain professional and personal transformation. She works with senior corporate executives, helping them lead with greater impact and attain improvements for their teams and organizations.
Sandra earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry from Bath University in 1980 and was awarded the Robert Bollam Prize for best in year. In 1993, she gained a diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the U.K.
Sandra's corporate career spans 17 years. After several years with ICI Public Health (where she was regional manager for the Far East) and Zeneca, she moved to Hydron Ltd. There she became head of sales and marketing, belonged to a core team developing and driving a new business strategy, and held P&L responsibility for the worldwide contact lens business. Following Hydron’s acquisition, Sandra became director of strategic marketing for Biocompatibles Hydron, developing both the core strategy for the combined product range and the future business direction to achieve sales targets. Her central roles in the acquisition process required her to support global teams and to deal extensively with integration challenges and “people factors.”
Sandra founded her own coaching business in 2000. With a nationwide group of coach associates, she coaches senior executives for higher performance, both individually and as members of teams. Much of her work involves helping executives to focus on their most critical leadership challenges, and to articulate and demonstrate a shared vision. Her coaching also includes supporting coachees through professional transitions such as excelling in a new or rapidly changing organization, and working in an unfamiliar national culture. Her clients include Barclays Bank, Dell, Wrigley’s, Coca Cola, Dun & Bradstreet, Centrica, The AA, and Marriott Hotels. Some of her coaching projects have involved as many as 60 directors.
Sandra is a founding member of the U.K. College of Coaching, a graduate of the Coaching Academy, and a master NLP practitioner “breakthrough coach.” She is qualified to administer Myers Briggs and Hogan psychometric profiling, and has advanced to Level B with the British Psychological Society. A contributor of articles on coaching to the Sunday Times, she has also appeared on national radio.
Sandra lives in Warwickshire with her partner, daughter, and pets. She enjoys interior design and art, and has trekked extensively, climbing some of the highest active volcanoes in the world.
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Tom Hoogewerf is a U.K.-based international management consultant with experience working in more than thirty countries and doing business with clients from at least sixty countries. He is fluent in French and speaks some German.
Tom’s bachelors degree in English and American literature is from the University of Sussex. In 1997, he graduated from the Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD), the U.K. lead body in human resources management. He is also internationally accredited as a change consultant and management development adviser.
Starting his career as a teacher and educational journalist in the U.K., Tom moved to the United States in 1980 and devoted two years to lecturing in the American Culture and Language Program at California State University in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he was employed for five years by two international telecom organisations, Inmarsat (London) and Eutelsat (Paris). As internal communications manager for these firms, Tom supervised the transnational teams that provided conference and documentation services to over sixty member states. He also managed intergovernmental meetings for up to thirty representatives from North America, Europe and Asia, and served as secretary to the main board as well as to various committees.
In 1993 Tom left Eutelsat and moved into management consultancy, working on change and people development projects for U.K. clients such as London Transport, Europcar, and Lombard NatWest Financial Services. In 1994, he provided training and consultancy to the National Bank of Slovakia as part of the U.K. government’s “Know-How Fund” development program. Beginning in 1995, Tom worked closely with government-sponsored Training & Enterprise Councils, helping them implement the national “Investors in People” quality standard.
Since 1996, Tom professional focus has been as an organizational development and cross-cultural consultant for global 1000 companies operating in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Recently he has been directing cross-cultural programs for companies in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Among his recent clients are GE Capital, Motorola, Conoco, Ericsson, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Kelloggs, and Cemex. In April 2000, Tom founded his own consultancy, which specializes in cross-cultural consultancy and cross-border management solutions, including for mergers & acquisitions.
Tom lives in London, where he enjoys theatre and night life. He likes running and swimming, and plays five-a-side football weekly. Passionate about writing, he’s just finished his first novel. He’s also interested in travel, film, and history.
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Ginger Irvine grew up in Boston and has a bachelors degree in history from Wheaton College. She became a globe-trotter thereafter, living in Korea and Belgium before finally settling in the United Kingdom some 25 years ago.
Since moving to the U.K., Ginger has been involved in both the non-profit and profit sectors. On the non-profit side, she has planned and managed volunteer work programs for AFS exchange students. She was a founder and first president of FOCUS Information Services, a non-profit resource organization created to enable expatriates to settle in the U.K. more efficiently. Through her FOCUS connection, Ginger became a founding member of the steering committee of the Women on the Move Conference, served as program chair for the London conference, and has attended all five conferences. And Ginger was a founding member and is now General Manager of TRIPITAKA, an international touring theatre company.
As an intercultural consultant working with companies such as National Power, Gillette, and Goldman Sachs to help smooth the transition of international assignees and their families, Ginger has gained broad experience with people of various nationalities relocating to and from many parts of the world. She also has worked for twelve years for a British seminar and conference company, setting its marketing strategies for management training courses.
Ginger and her husband Glenn count gardening and sailing as two of their passions. They enjoy visiting with first grandson Kobi, daughter Jen, and son-in-law Dietrich, who live in South London. Their younger daughter, Alex, a student at Tufts University, lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.
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FRANCE -[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Nancy Bragard, an American who has made her home in France for over 20 years, coaches and trains the globally mobile workforce and facilitates change in organizations with post-merger & acquisition challenges.
Nancy grew up in Rhode Island in an internationally-minded family that regularly hosted foreign students. She spent a year in Germany at age 14, learning the benefits and tough realities of living abroad. Following her university studies, she taught high school English in Togo for a year. After settling in France, Nancy began her career as resident director of a study-abroad program for American students. Over the years, graduate studies and summer workshops in intercultural communications and the MBTI led her to a freelance career in corporate consulting, coaching and training.
Committed to promoting high performance environment in the multicultural workplace, Nancy provides coaching and leads seminars in a variety of corporate contexts. She prepares French assignees for expatriation assignments and coaches incoming executives to facilitate professional transition and social integration. For example, among her recent assignments, Nancy coached an American executive new to Décathlon (a major French sports retailer and designer); the executive’s mandate was exposure to the French market and assimilation into the home office corporate culture, with the ultimate objective being his leadership of Décathlon USA. Another recent assignment was for Hill Rom (a products and service provider for the healthcare community); following her coaching of an American posted as site manager of the French subsidiary, Nancy was brought back to train senior and middle management in order to enhance local understanding of key drivers within the American corporate context – accountability, ownership, empowerment, risk-taking, and others.
In the context of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, Nancy focuses on building teams, developing strategies to capitalize on cultural diversity, and defining tools to optimize communication and motivation in the workplace. In addition to Décathlon and Hill Rom, her corporate clients have included Aventis Pasteur, General Electic, Glaxo Smith Kline, Crown, Thalès, Thyssen Krupp, and Delphi.
Truly astride two cultures and a flawless speaker of Parisian French, Nancy returns to the U.S. regularly to participate in intercultural workshops. She has three bilingual-bicultural children who loyally spend their summers in Nancy's native New England. The oldest child is now pursuing her bachelors degree at Boston University.
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*Anne-Sophie Colemont coaches corporate executives and their leadership teams who are committed to creating a sustainable, performance-oriented organization through their willingness to make creative adaptations. A native of France, she works both in French and English, and she has strong conversational abilities in Dutch.
Anne-Sophie received a masters degree in business psychology from Université Paris Diderot (known locally as Paris VII). She is qualified in the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, Leadership Efficiency Analysis, and Situational Leadership. She has completed professional training in individual and team coaching at Mozaïk International, Coaches Training Institute, and the Center for Right Relationship.
Anne-Sophie began her professional career during the late 1980s, working as an HR and training consultant for GIMCA, an innovation, management, and creativity group. Between the early 1990s and the mid-2000s, she founded and managed two consulting organizations, the first in France, the second in Belgium; this work drew her into large projects focused on leadership development, performance management, and change effectiveness. She then became a senior HR manager and member of the executive committee at Baxter BioScience in Switzerland; in this capacity Anne-Sophie aligned performance and well-being for the employees and supported executives through changes and reorganizations. Recently, in partnership with others, she founded a Paris-based coaching group that focuses on change and crises, transitions, energy management, and strategic leadership development.
As an entrepreneur and independent consultant, Anne-Sophie’s clients have included GSK, Sanofi-Aventis, Danone, GDF-SUEZ, Belgacom, Electrabel, Avanade, AG2R La Mondiale, Alstom, Fortis, and Renault, among others.
Anne-Sophie addresses the coachee as a whole human being, engaging his or her cognitive abilities; social, emotional, and visceral intelligences; behaviors, values, beliefs, and identity. She responds to the challenges leaders encounter by deciding whether to provide a support approach or a transformation approach. She explains that during her coaching, she invites her coachee to enlarge his self-awareness and awareness of others. Then, via a systemic exploration, the coachee gradually learns how to liberate his or her potential to make possible a more precise adaptation to the global business environment.
Anne-Sophie seeks balance in her own life, which is divided between her professional engagements and her most important work, raising two growing children and enabling them to become authentic human beings. She herself enjoys walking, skiing, sculpting, and painting. Conscious of being a Libra, she continuously seeks complementarities, for example between the feminine and the masculine, and between high and low energy as life-discovery cycles.
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*Françoise Koch has amassed years of executive and leadership experience in major corporations, including assignments abroad. She developed a passion for enabling the members of executive teams to not only attain their utmost potential but also lead organizational transformations.
A native of France, Françoise has studied in the U.S., where she gained an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. She also attained a post-graduate degree in human resources management from Middlesex University in the U.K. She holds executive and team coaching certifications from Transformance, and she is qualified in MBTI, Belbin, and Human Element.
From 1984 to 2000, Françoise held senior positions in the food industry. For the Nestlé Group in France, she led talent development and specialized in connecting training initiatives with the strategic needs of the business. Assigned to Poland, she served as marketing and sales director for a new Nestlé acquisition and distinguished herself by introducing a new business culture and practices. Later for Coca-Cola, she served in Poland as human resources director; her role was soon expanded to include all Eastern European nations. In this capacity, she worked with local management to build a new business culture and to drive major transformations. After developing Coca-Cola’s coaching practice in Poland, she returned to France to found her own consultancy.
Françoise specializes in coaching individual executives and executive teams, specializing in those that find themselves confronted with performance challenges. Her focus is on building a compelling team vision, on identifying behaviors for the attainment of that vision, and on revealing previously hidden talents among team members that can be leveraged to drive superior performance. Because of her high energy level, natural authority, ablilty to gain trust, and fearlessness in confronting coachees, Françoise has proved herself to be an executive coach who can swiftly enable leadership teams to attain high performance.
Among Françoise’s clients are L’Oréal, OTIS, Airbus, Danone, EADS, Red Bull, Phillips, Club Med, EDF, Sanofi Aventis, and Lafarge. Some of her work with these clients has involved the support of executives through periods of transition, such as those encountered in the midst of mergers and acquisitions. Her work also has included the facilitation of senior leadership training programs.
Françoise is married and the mother of four children. She loves to travel, especially for the purpose of visiting members of her family; they are based in the United States and in Asia. Françoise’s personal passions are books and jogging..
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*Marie-Pascale Martorell is a highly experienced business coach with a special interest in supporting executives through stressful periods of transition and change. The outcome for her clients is that they learn to use transition and change as an opportunity for professional breakthrough, gaining in interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and leadership performance. She also trains managers in dealing with crises.
A native of France, Marie-Pascale graduated from the Western Catholic University of Angers in 1983 with a bachelors degree in English and linguistics. In 1985 she completed a masters in business management at ESSCA, a major French business school; at that time she was also studying economics in the University of Vienna. Having lived in England, Mexico, Austria, and the U.S. in addition to France, Marie-Pascale has strong conversational abilities in Spanish and German; she works professionally in both English and French.
Marie-Pascale’s coaching expertise is built on a foundation of financial and management experience. Her responsibilities involved business affairs in Africa as well as in Europe. Her employers included Cacao Barry in the food industry, SG2 Gestion in the computer industry, and Allia in the sanitary-ware industry. As a financial controller during periods of large corporate reorganizations, Marie-Pascale held core positions that required collaborating with senior executives on budget planning and margin analysis.
A move to London in 1996 enabled Marie-Pascale to become an independent consultant specializing in sales and marketing. One of her successes was to introduce a niche French company to the John Lewis department store. Convinced that strong personal qualities such as confidence and interpersonal skills lead to optimal business performance, she focused on executive coaching. She received her certification from the International Coaching Institute in Geneva, and she became a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. To complement her coaching expertise, she also completed training in Gestalt therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Over the past seven years, Marie-Pascale has coached executives and managers from a wide range of companies including Bel Americas, Newedge, Amdocs, American Express, Barclays Capital, Crédit Lyonnais, EMC, Motorola, Pfizer, Unilog. She has also worked for DBM and Mondial Assistance as a subcontracted coach, and she has lectured at the ICHEC business school on management skills.
Having lived and worked in five different nations, Marie-Pascale has first hand experience of transition and change. Although her work is largely in France and Belgium, she currently resides in London with her Spanish-born husband, Rafael, an investment banker; they have four children. She is a runner and a marathon-finisher.
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*Laurent Oddoux has years of experience as a global executive, during which he drove the changes necessary to respond to complex corporate challenges. Today, as an executive coach and change-management consultant, he combines a solid business background with in-depth understanding of human behavior.
Laurent has a masters degree in business management from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen, and a second masters degree in change management and the sociology of organizations. He is also a certified gestalt therapist. He is well-known in the European academic world, including CRC/Groupe HEC, for his presentations on human capital management and coaching in crisis situations.
From 1993 to 2005, Laurent held a variety of executive positions with IBM, including vice president for Europe business consulting services and human capital management, vice president of the Israel global development initiative, director of worldwide go-to-market strategy, and director of business partner strategy and management. In these roles, Laurent amassed an enviable record of attaining excellent outcomes in his dealings with the CEOs and directors of firms of all sizes, from small private companies to multi-billion dollar publicly traded corporations. He learned to manage, with notable success, the entire sequence from business case development to solution launch, including the re-engineering of businesses at the local and international levels and the aligning of systems to enhance capabilities and sustain results.
Laurent is certified as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation. He views his coaching as addressing executives’ motivation and patterns of adaptation in order to maximize the effectiveness and durability of change. Laurent benefited enormously from being in charge of deploying internal coaches for IBM Europe. He not only gained vast experience in multicultural environments, but also came to understand how to support business leaders who are confronted with individual and collective performance challenges.
Laurent’s engagements have included leading European firms such as L’Oréal, OTIS, Airbus, Groupe La Poste, Pitney Bowes, Thalès. His work has involved both coaching and consulting to turn around complex situations, to support key managers as they transition to larger responsibilities, and to reinforce the identity and leadership skills of managers and executives.
Laurent spent six years with IBM in New York City, returning to France in 2001. As a result, he is fluent in English. He is the father of four children, all of whom love to travel across the world and personally experience new cultures.
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*Maureen Rabotin brings a deep interest in cultural and emotional intelligence to her practice as an executive coach, facilitator, and intercultural management consultant, accompanying her clients as they navigate the complex cross-currents of globalization. Her professional passion is to build bridges across cultural, linguistic, generational, and gender divides within the corporate world. She works with complete fluency in both French and English.
During the early 1970s, Maureen was pursuing an associate degree in radiology in Boston and became one of the very first people trained to operate the newly invented CT scanners. She was hired by Elscint, an Israeli-American medical diagnostics firm, to train doctors and technologists. Sent to Paris to deliver three weeks of training, she remained there and became the firm’s European product leader. Maureen later joined a French electronics company, R.A.B. Composants, and devoted four years to negotiating and managing supplier contracts in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and South Korea. In these ways, she gained experience in globally aligning a marketing strategy, motivating cross-cultural teams, and growing sales across a variety of nations, cultures, and mindsets.
In 1996, Maureen left the corporate world to pursue studies in the U.S. and Switzerland organized by the Intercultural Communication Institute. During the mid-2000s, she completed her studies in coaching, including cross-cultural coaching, at Mozaik International, and at Advantara Global Executive Learning and Coach Training Institute. Among Maureen’s licenses or certifications are: Leadership Architect Series, Voices 360, Hogan, International Profiler, and Trust in Teams.
During recent years, Maureen has been delivering leadership coaching and facilitation for corporate leaders as they navigate through M&A integrations, change management initiatives, and a variety of intercultural challenges. Her client list includes, among others, Johnson & Johnson, LVMH, Chanel, Bristol Myers Squibb, Sanofi-Aventis, UBS, Axa, Thales, AREVA, and Peugeot-Citroën.
An invited speaker throughout Europe on topics such as mindset transformation, Maureen is the author of Culture Savvy: Working and Collaborating Across the Globe, published by ASTD [link], and of articles in journals such as T&D, Choice, and Mobility, Inc. She serves on the boards of several professional organizations that address concerns such as women’s leadership, intercultural learning, and executive coaching.
Maureen has bases in both Paris and Florida, from which she travels and works extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her spouse is French and they have two grown children. In her free time, Maureen can be found enjoying a round of golf.
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*Bernard H. Sarfati has long harboured a passion for personal and professional development that ultimately led him to create a new concept: Architect of Education. An Architect of Education contributes more to an individual’s development than an ordinary coach, trainer, or counselor; he designs and constructs an entire environment of education in order to better enable business leaders to find and follow their unique developmental path.
Bernard holds masters degrees in computer science from Paris University of Technology and in IT management from Paris-Dauphine University. He has completed advanced business-related courses at both IMD and INSEAD. His training in human development and coaching occurred at IFOD in Paris. He also holds certifications in Assessment Centre, 360° Feedback, MBTI, and Hogan Profiling. Bernard now teaches advanced students at the University of Rouen, and in Paris at both the Institut Superieur de la Communication and the Institut de Gestion Sociale. He speaks French and English fluently, and Italian conversationally.
Prior to becoming a full-time executive coach and Architect of Education, Bernard worked for major global corporations such as Control Data, Xerox, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, and Hyperion. His early professional contributions occurred as a computer engineer and information technology specialist. Later, he served as a sales manager and finally as director of human resources for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During these two decades, Bernard gained in-depth experience in an intensely multinational and multicultural environment.
Bernard founded his own consultancy in 2003. His contributions occur in three directions: As a change manager, he enables senior leaders to understand employees’ resistance to change and to respond in appropriate ways. As a people developer, Bernard applies a variety of approaches to help people grow as individuals, managers, and leaders. And as an executive coach, he works with business leaders to “manage their loneliness,” develop their professional strategies, and upgrade their performance. Among his clients are Thales (Avionics, Airborne Systems, and Military Customer Service units), Total, CheckPoint Software AG, and Juniper Networks. One of his coachees, a CEO, wrote, “Bernard brings the executive from point A to point B, rather than giving vague recommendations on his/her behavior or reactions to the environment. This contributes to see quick improvements….”
Bernard is a fan of scuba diving, which he instructs, and golf. He lives with his wife and three children in Paris, which they all believe to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
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*Agnès van Rhijn takes a holistic and systemic approach to executive coaching, facilitating change through emotional intelligence and generative collaboration. She provides services with equal effectiveness in Dutch/Flemish, in French, and in English.
Born in France of Dutch parents, Agnès describes herself as a “self-made woman.” During most of her twenties, she lived and worked in The Netherlands, beginning as a secretary, moving up to personal assistant, then moving up again to office manager. In 1990, Agnès joined Heidrick & Struggles as the director of administration for Europe, in which capacity she oversaw¬ the company’s expansion from seven offices in five nations to 28 offices in 20 nations. Nine years later, Agnès joined Capgemini Consulting; she first managed the firm’s worldwide Strategic Consulting Forum, an international event. She then took responsibility for the Event Planning Department, and a year later was asked to take charge within France of Capgemini’s Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE). In that role she interfaced with more than 40 freelance knowledge workers and led a one-year project to establish a new location of ASE in Paris. Agnès is proud of the fact that Capgemini Consulting gave her the rating of “outstanding performer” nine years in a row.
During 2003, Agnès decided to become an independent consultant and began the process of learning to deliver executive coaching. She completed courses offered by the Coaches’ Training Institute (CTI) and the International Coaching Institute (ICI). She attained certification by the Behavioral Coaching Institute as a master business coach; by the Neuro-Linguistic Programming organization as a master practitioner; and by Reach Communications as a brand strategist. Finally, Agnès received training in appreciative inquiry from Shared Sun Studio in the United States.
Agnès’s personal client list includes, among others, Capgemini, KPMG, Hubtelecom, Rio Tinto/Alcan, SFR, Infovista, Axa Insurance, DHL Global Forwarding, and Novartis Santé Animale. She specializes in ethical and sustainable development and growth. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, the American Chamber of Commerce in France, and the Coaches Exchange. Her work has taken her to many of the nations on the Continent as well as to the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.
Agnès enjoys gardening, walking, and biking around her small village in eastern France. She takes advantage of Skype and her webcam to connect to her network, family and friends all over the world. Her son and daughter have both left home and are studying internationally.
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GERMANY--[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Nancy Glynn is one of only four GROVEWELL Senior Associates worldwide. She trains and coaches executives and teams as they increase their effectiveness in the global business arena. She draws on her experience as a senior executive, on her broad experience in Europe, and on her enduring belief in the transformative power of self-knowledge. Nancy trains and coaches in English and French; she speaks Dutch and German; she has lived and worked in Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S., and she’s worked in Finland.
An Irish national, Nancy gained an MBA degree from United Business Institutes in Brussels. She holds Business Coaching accreditation from Meyler Campbell and is an authorized user of the Coaching Across Cultures framework. In master classes with Harvard Professor Carol Kauffman, Nancy has studied the application of positive psychology in coaching. Finally, she is accredited in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Steps I and II, and is an authorized facilitator and team coach for the Team Diagnostic Assessment.
Nancy served in global businesses for nearly 20 years, much of that time as a senior executive in marketing and communications, and as a member of executive committees. Her responsibilities included global rebranding and repositioning; preparation for public listing of a 150-year old family-owned company; communications supporting mergers, divestitures, and acquisitions; post-merger integration of identities and brands; financial communications; and crisis communications. In addition, Nancy was a key executive involved in the design and implementation of learning and performance development programs, including executive coaching grounded in 360° feedback processes.
As a characteristic feature of her management experience, Nancy personally experienced multiple variations and degrees of cross-cultural transformation. Among these were the integration of major cross-border acquisitions, the restructuring of corporate portfolios, and the evolution of business models and processes brought about by crises and challenges. She gained her corporate managerial experience with IMS HEALTH, Ahlstrom Fiber Solutions, Agfa HealthCare, Dow Corning, and Burson-Marsteller.
As an executive coach, Nancy helps her clients achieve tangible outcomes. She works with individuals and teams as they navigate their way from a strategy towards implementation by bridging the gap between knowing-what-to-do and getting-it-done. Her experience has shown that a key success factor in business coaching is to link clear objectives with the personal and business contexts. Nancy’s coaching clients have included managers and executives at Akkanto, the MCPS-PRS Alliance, and others. She also coaches private clients in the throes of career transitions; having navigated two major career changes, she’s at ease with the challenges of such life events.
Nancy lives near Stuttgart and enjoys gardening, hiking, books, and films.
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Daniela Fehring works with global companies in Europe in support of their activities and investments in Asia, especially China. She also supports their Asian workforce in communicating and interacting more effectively with headquarters. She is fluent in Mandarin and English as well as German. Her passion is to enable Europeans and Asians to realize the advantages of collaboration through building on their differing perspectives.
Daniela, a Swiss national, was born in Rio de Janeiro, then moved to Switzerland as a child. After finishing secondary school, she worked for a year in Lyon, France, as au pair, then obtained her first degree from Zürich University, where she studied sinology. During the early 1990s, she attained a masters degree in sinology and history from the same university; completing her masters thesis involved research at the University of Wuhan.
Daniela was employed by Credit Suisse, helping to attain the bank’s management objectives in Shanghai and other locations in Southeast Asia. She then moved to Germany and founded her own consulting company in 1996, which specializes in preparing European managers cross-culturally before they relocate to Asia, then coaches them during their sojourn abroad. In addition, she works with their local Asian counterparts to give them a better understanding of effective strategies for collaborating with Europeans. Her work increasingly involves multinational and virtual teams, which she supports by enabling them to bridge emerging difficulties due to distance and cultural difference. Her principal clients include BASF, Siemens, BMW, Roche, Robert Bosch, Heraeus Holdings, and Lonza.
Daniela holds a university lectureship at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She gives regular workshops for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Frankfurt as well as for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. She is qualified in systemic consulting, and in the administration of the Intercultural Development Inventory and the Reiss Profile. Over the years she has been able to live in Japan and to carry out research on European expatriates living in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Her most recent research (2010) was on management competencies for the Chinese market. She has contributed several articles about China to German newspapers.
Married to a German national, Daniela enjoys long walks and jogging in the hilly landscapes near their home. She loves venturing into remote regions of distant countries in order to meet local people. She also has a passion for Latin American dancing.
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Olga Pang Stein is an intercultural trainer and consultant. Her mission is to facilitate effective communication among the members of multicultural teams. She finds this kind of facilitation especially important in the context of virtual (dispersed) teams. She also assists individuals in the transitions between cultures. Born to Chinese parents in Leningrad, she has lived and worked in Russia, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Germany, and the United States. She works professionally in English, German, and Russian.
Olga holds a degree in anthropology and economics from the Leningrad State University; her thesis focused on the rise of the economic influence of the Chinese population in Southeast Asia. She holds an MBA in finance and international management from George Washington University. Olga has completed a series of courses in intercultural competence for practitioners and trainers at the School of Applied Linguistics and Studies in Switzerland, and she’s also completed the course on global virtual teams at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Oregon. Currently, she is working towards being certified as a professional coach.
Prior to becoming an intercultural trainer Olga worked at the International Monetary Fund as well as for Creditanstalt, an Austrian investment bank. She worked in teams of experts visiting a number of developing countries and conducting political and economic analysis of the emerging markets. Earlier, at Tour Designs, Inc., she created, promoted, and sold specialized group tours to the USSR and Eastern Europe.
In 2002, Olga became an independent consultant focusing on intercultural training and business consulting. In this capacity she combines her unremitting interests in cross-cultural relations and business experience. She has conducted group and individual trainings for BBZ Bildungsstätte, LSI Berlin, Deutsche Telekom, John F. Kennedy School, Bankgesellschaft Berlin, Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund, and Schering.
Olga is on the Selection Committee of the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund that distributes educational grants to the women from developing countries. She enjoys talking with her children, cooking, Chinese paintings, and meditating in a traditional Chinese manner – contemplating an object or a natural scene and then, gradually, experiencing a deepening calmness. Olga and her very German husband, Klaus, are proud parents of two teenage boys. Currently they live in Berlin; but, she adds, moving is almost her family’s hobby.
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BELGIUM- [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Sabine Tobback, a Flemish native of Belgium, has devoted her professional life to the global human resources field, and in particular to executive coaching and career counseling. She speaks French conversationally and works professionally in English and Dutch/Flemish.
Sabine holds a degree in economics with a specialization in corporate management; her thesis concerned the impact of shared services within multinational companies. As a young graduate, she supported her father's international entrepreneurial business, which built aluminium factories throughout Africa and the Middle East. This gave her living and working experience in that world region.
ExxonMobil employed Sabine in its international human resources function for 12½ years. There she gained extensive experience in organizational development, search and selection, and recruitment and assessment for assignments abroad. She was responsible for managing 350 expatriate families (28 nationalities) who were living in Belgium. Sabine also worked internationally for ExxonMobil, focusing on employee development, career planning, internal counseling, job evaluation, job rotation, and upward mobility. Short assignments regularly took her to the United States, France, and The Netherlands. For several years she also managed ExxonMobil’s Early European Graduate Interchange Program, which offered international experiences to young graduates.
Early in 2000, Sabine founded her own consultancy devoted to enhancing the effectiveness of middle managers and senior executives. She offers executive coaching and career counseling as well as intercultural management expertise in human resources and leadership development. She personally provides long-term coaching for business leaders with respect to teambuilding, performance enhancement, time- and stress-management, and intercultural communication skills and relationship-building. Her client list includes Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GSK, Fortis, Tyco, Sofitech, Amylum, Total Fina, Schering-Plough, ExxonMobil, Dow, Shell, UCB, Phillips, MasterCard, Holcim, Areva, Electrabel, Cargill, Cummins, Alcatel Scientific Atlanta, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, JP Morgan, Henkel, Umicore, Heidelberg, ING, and Software AG.
Throughout her career, Sabine has gained training and experience with tools such as MBTI, DISC, OPQ, and several others, and she participates regularly in assessment and development centre exercises. She is a Certified Professional Coach. She leads open and in-house seminars on Franklin Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and Edgar Schein’s “Career Anchors” as well as others on topics such as virtual coaching, networking, behavior-based interviewing skills, social styles, core qualities, and emotional intelligence.
Sabine lives near Brussels with her French partner. They enjoy travelling all over the world. She spends most of her free time with her young nephew, who is also her godchild.
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THE NETHERLANDS- [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
Dinand Abels has extensive experience designing, leading, and directing complex change in business environments. He feels comfortable in situations where business people lose their way or stick too long to the beaten path. He brings to his work a keen sensitivity as a cultural bridge, developed early in life as he shifted between the U.S. and The Netherlands. He provides services with equal effectiveness in Dutch/Flemish as well as in English.
Dinand holds a masters degree in organizational sociology, with a specialization in project management, gained at the University of Utrecht. During the late 1980s he fulfilled his military service as an officer in the Behavioral Sciences Department at the Dutch Ministry of Defense.
From 1989 through 1993, Dinand worked as a consultant for two consulting firms: KHG Group (business process redesign for banking industry), and KSG Berenschot (training, organizational development, and restructuring for the aviation industry). After a sabbatical in Alaska during 1993, Dinand returned to The Netherlands as an independent consultant.
Dinand has directed projects and programs for multinational companies such as Genzyme, DSM, AHOLD, Maersk, AKZO NOBEL, Pharming, Norske Skog, Amsterdam Airport, Air France, and KLM. The aviation industry, together with life sciences, have been his special areas of interest. He also acts as a liaison between the industry and government agencies or other stakeholders. He regularly acts as an interim manager and temporarily becomes part his client’s organization, carrying responsibility for business results or implementation of crucial systems. Together with his client Air Traffic Control The Netherlands, Dinand took 2nd place in the ATOS 2009 Project of the Year competition.
Equally important is Dinand’s dedication to coaching international leadership teams in strategy-setting, leadership development, and the implementing of global programs in local settings. One of his specialties is first-hand assessment of leadership teams, after which he provides team coaching focused on alignment with business goals and strategy.
During nearly half a year in 1993, Dinand lived outdoors in Alaska, feeding his passion for arctic landscapes that originally had been inspired by Jack London's Call of the Wild. Now, each year, he treks, often with a friend, above the arctic circle in Europe; this is his own path to reflection and adventure. (He adds that, gradually, his preference is shifting towards warmer climates!) Most of the year, Dinand lives with his Dutch partner in the old city of Utrecht, on the remnants of the Middle Ages. -
*Michael Pantlin is an executive coach who enjoys helping leaders to conquer the challenges of change. He has a particular interest in strategic change in global organizations where multiple cultures need to be bridged. He provides services with equal effectiveness in Dutch/Flemish as well as in English.
Michael was born and bred in England before studying and living in the Netherlands. He holds a master of science in industrial engineering from the University of Eindhoven. Later, he completed a management course at the American Management Association in Chicago. More recently, after he’d become interested in executive coaching, Michael completed three courses: one in management and executive coaching at the School for Coaching; one in cross-cultural coaching with Rosinski & Company; and one that led to certification in the “Intercultural Readiness Check” instrument by Intercultural Business Improvement.
It was at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines that Michael spent his business career. He worked in many areas including operations, marketing, and information technology. He led numerous international partnership projects, which enabled him to develop a collaborative leadership style. Michael was lastly director of corporate strategy, in which capacity he was closely involved with KLM’s merger with Air France and the subsequent post-merger integration. Together with French colleagues, he enjoyed facilitating culture-bridging and joint leadership development. Given his extensive management experience, he can easily relate to business dilemmas that clients may be wrestling with.
Michael’s international working experience has given him in useful insights into the challenges of working in global organizations and with virtual teams. As an executive coach, he has had ten years of experience with senior managers in a wide range of Netherlands-based corporations: Delta Llyod, United Services Group, Rabobank, Shell, NetApp, Achmea, and SITA. In some of these engagements, he expertly made use of 360° feedback. Michael’s coaching clients describe his style using terms such as engaged, result-driven, pragmatic, culturally sensitive, bridge-builder, conceptually analytic, and reliable.
Michael is particularly interested in coaching managers in global corporations in which cross-cultural teamwork is critical for long-term success. Recently he expanded his portfolio to include coaching leaders in transition, in which cases he applies Elsner’s “eight tensions.”
Michael and his Dutch wife live in The Netherlands where they enjoy the both urban and outdoor activities; favorites are gardening, sailing, and cycling. They love visiting their children and grandchildren, who live nearby. Michael has a personal interest in the effects of climate change and resource conservation.
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SWITZERLAND- [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]-
Esther Knecht values personal growth and human diversity. Curious, energetic, and empathetic, she considers herself a transformational activist. Her passion is working with and inspiring people.
Esther received a bachelors in business administration and economics as well as an executive masters in human resources in her native Switzerland. She gained a second masters in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University, New York. She has also learned about people and their cultures by living in Canada, Italy, France, Guatemala, and the United States. She is fluent in German, English, and French, and conversational in Spanish and Italian.
For many years Esther worked in human resources. She led the HR department of the Rieter Group, a leading Swiss-based international organization in the automotive and textile industries. As an HR generalist, she focused on the global component of her role, implementing international training and development programs, leading benchmarking projects, and redesigning and administering an innovative expatriate policy.
As an HR business partner group leader for Credit Suisse, Esther coached and counseled senior managers in the private banking sector in the domestic and international markets. Part of her role was to help manage various restructuring projects. She acted as an internal advisor for outplacement as well as retention and talent development, for which she planned, implemented, and co-facilitated leadership development programs. Credit Suisse’s grounded decision-making process for the succession planning of senior managers included surveys, the MBTI, 360° feedback, and an assessment center.
As the director of human resources International for Winterthur Insurance (now AXA-Winterthur), Esther implemented the new HR strategy. She used the opportunity – in Switzerland, the U.S., Asia, and Europe – to apply her expertise to talent management, HR transformation, expatriation, consulting, coaching, and executive training facilitation. Together with her worldwide team, Esther conducted due diligence projects and linked HR with the organization’s strategic business plan. Her focus on long-term solutions made her a valuable partner and advisor for Winterthur’s regional CEOs worldwide.
More recently as an independent consultant, Esther turned her skills to diversity issues, leading workshops about the aging workforce, conflict resolution and cultural diversity. To deepen participants’ learning, she offers follow-up coaching to address individual issues. She also leads workshops on innovation throughout North America and Europe.
In her spare time Esther likes to dance, ski, and hike in the Swiss mountains. She loves to spend time with her family and good friends.
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*Andrew Price has a passion for understanding the business implications of human difference across personality, culture, organizations, gender, ethnicity, and age. He believes that the more fully the human condition is comprehended, the more effective business people can be – in other words, that depth of human understanding makes good business sense.
Born in Yorkshire, England (thus with a typical English sense of humor), Andrew holds bachelors degrees from Loughborough University, a postgraduate teaching diploma from Trinity College, and is currently completing a masters degree in organizational psychology at Birkbeck College of the University of London. For his masters, he is researching the ability of psychometric testing to accurately predict the behavior of people in corporations. He also has acquired certification in Emotional Intelligence, Firo B, MBTI, and Level AB psychometric testing.
In his mid-40s, Andrew has lived and worked in France, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Canada, and the U.S. as well as in his native U.K. Andrew brings sporting and entrepreneurial experience to his clients. A member of both the professional tennis and squash coaches associations of Great Britain, he reached the level of international coach. (He continues to use the “Inner Game” technique of Tim Gallwey to great effect in his global executive coaching.) Andrew founded, and directed for twelve years, business training centers in England and South Africa, providing language and teacher training, cultural consulting and leadership development programs. This experience of running his own businesses enables Andrew to understand the language of start-ups, marketing strategy, sales, customer relations, and management. As Director of the Eaton Consulting Group Switzerland, he worked in cultural integration projects with executives at all levels in companies such as Cisco Systems, Dell, Carlsberg, Michelin, Saint-Gobain, Credit Suisse First Boston, Nestle, and Novartis.
Andrew is experienced in addressing issues related to M&As, joint ventures, global leadership, conflict transformation, multinational teambuilding, and organizational change. His experiences over 20 years as a global executive coach, intercultural consultant, and corporate trainer have enabled him to effectively build strategies with his clients that generate practical and timely improvements in bottom-line results and interpersonal communication and that lead to more harmonious working relationships among colleagues and clients.
Outside work, Andrew enjoys sporting challenges. A pilot’s license and an advanced scuba diving certificate are evidence of his long-term interests. He lives in Switzerland with his partner Francesca, their West Highland Terrier, and -- as of February 2008 -- their brand new baby boy!
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Wahid Sharaf, a resident of both Egypt and Switzerland, has over three decades of experience working with a variety of global companies, most with bases or significant activity in the Middle East. His long experience in the field of global marketing has given him the insight needed to ensure sustained success in culturally diverse contexts. Born in Switzerland to a Swiss mother and Egyptian father and living bi-culturally, he truly understands this diversity. Intercultural Competence Coaching is more than a career choice for Wahid; it is a calling.
Wahid holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College in Massachusetts. Other qualifications include Intercultural Coach & Trainer from lnstitut für lnterkulturelle Didaktik in Germany; Brief-Individual Coaching from Weiterbildungsforum in Switzerland; and Conflict Management & Mediation from the Trigon Institute in Germany. Very recently, Wahid was (a) certified in Evidence-Based Coaching by the Fielding Graduate University in California, and (b) accredited at the ACC level by the International Coaching Federation. He is fluent in German, Swiss German, French, English, and Arabic.
As a marketing executive in a number of high-profile Swiss corporations, Wahid became a leader in business negotiation with companies in the Middle East and Far East as well as the rest of Europe. He personally oversaw the creation of multinational partnerships and fostered new sales and marketing opportunities. His diverse industry experiences – across banking, agro-chemical, pharmaceutical, aviation, and engineering – have made him a versatile and resourceful advisor to his clients. [At Wahid’s request, GROVEWELL is not naming any companies with which he has been associated.]
As a consultant and coach to executive teams of many international corporations, Wahid developed endeavors and solutions that promoted effective cross-cultural interaction between his clients and their culturally diverse markets. Leveraging cultural differences, his clients have become able to maximize success in a wide variety of complex circumstances. Building bridges between European, Middle Eastern, and Asian markets became second nature for him. Blending his broad industry and cultural knowledge with a 30-year martial arts journey enables Wahid to form a unique approach to cross-cultural competence coaching. Incorporating the philosophies of martial arts, especially Aikido, into each day has shaped his outlook, his thought process, and his service delivery as a consultant and an executive coach.
Wahid spends much of his spare time practicing his favorite sports, Aikido and horseback riding. He also enjoys reading – particularly world history – traveling, and photography.
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*Veronika Staudacher is dedicated to building bridges between individuals and groups from different cultures to insure the success of their collaboration across boundaries.
A native of the German-speaking region of Switzerland, Veronika had an opportunity at an early age to be immersed in Japanese culture and language in a public school in Kyoto. Later, she seized similar opportunities through university studies in French in Lausanne, and in English at the University of California at Berkeley. She is genuinely fluent in three languages and fluent as well across mindsets and cultures.
The University of Lausanne was where Veronika received her management degree, and the University of California at Berkeley was the site of her participation over several years in a technical research project. Then, in a corporate environment – Jelmoli, a department store chain – she served both staff and line functions and gained on-the-ground experience in the fields of marketing and market research, finance, administration, and sales. She also completed a series of training programs in personality assessment, team management techniques, and process-oriented psychology. Recently she obtained a diploma as a certified mediator.
Veronika is a pioneer in executive coaching in Switzerland. She founded her own coaching firm in 1991 and, during the 1990s, authored several German-language articles in I.O. Management and HandelsZeitung on coaching as a stand-alone management development tool. Through her coaching, she has strengthened businesspeople in several kinds of institutions and at a variety of organizational levels. Most of her work has focused on the coachee’s process of change and growth or on mediation in conflict situations. Among Veronika’s clients are the Swiss Post, the Swiss Television Network, and several international corporations including ABB, EDS, 3M, Roche, Siemens Nixdorf, and Zürich Financial Services.
Besides constantly developing her own skills as an executive coach, Veronika has been teaching at colleges such as ZHW Zürcher Hochschule Winterthur. She also engages in experimental projects such as introducing new coaching approaches – leadership circles, peer coaching, etc. – for the Swiss Television Network as well as designing workshops to enhance effectiveness through increased creativity.
Veronika’s commitment of over 20 years to non-profit organizations and her experience in politics are expression of her social involvement. She tries to “walk the talk” in her worklife balance, discussing with her two grown children topics such as one’s philosophy of life and the future of mankind.
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ITALY- [* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Dario Giarrizzo has a passion for leadership and organizational development that, following a 16-year career as an executive, he now pursues as a provider of executive coaching and organizational and team development in cooperation with global consulting firms.
Dario earned a degree in electrical engineering in 1987 from the University of Catania, followed in 1991 by an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan. He began corporate life as a researcher for IBM in Zürich. He then spent two years with McKinsey & Co. in Milan, working on strategic, organizational, and operational issues for large multinationals. In 1994, he joined the staff of a renowned Italian political leader and a member of the European Commission. In this role Dario led projects for the City of Catania that included the design and delivery of an extensive executive development program.
In 1997, Dario became the COO of SIFI SpA, a pharmaceutical company with activities throughout Europe and the Americas. His main responsibilities were to coordinate R&D, business development and licensing, manufacturing, new product development, and international marketing and sales. Among his accomplishments were creation and strengthening of strategic international alliances as well as major organizational changes to align strategy and organization. He paid special attention to SIFI’s people strategy, overseeing training and development activities at all levels.
In 2004, Dario became an independent consultant. Besides executive coaching for senior managers and top leaders, his engagements have included the development and delivery of programs and workshops focused on strategic leadership development, functional team alignment, personal mastery, change management, and leader-as-coach. His clients have included American Express, Banca Intesa, Gruppo Sanpaolo IMI, Enel, Citibank, Richardson Electronics, Chiesi Farmaceutici, and Finmeccanica.
Dario is a licensed user of Strategic Leadership Development™, a 360° assessment tool, and a certified user of the Computerized Assessment of Personal Potential. Dario has attended several leadership development workshops such as the McKinsey Facilitator Development Program (FDP) and, at IMD in Lausanne, Mobilizing People. He has completed the Foundational Coach Training Program and Mentor Coaching Groups at The Institute of Life Coach Training. Dario is an active participant in the European Facilitators’ Network that McKinsey & Company has established as part of its International Mindset & Capabilities Practice, and he is also an executive coach for IMD.
Dario loves nature, animals, classical music, and traveling around the world to get in touch with new cultures and to discover the beauty in this world.
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*Francesco Pimpinelli is an experienced executive coach who supports business leaders as they more effectively attain their personal and organizational goals. His approach to coaching – both one-to-one and in a team setting – integrates his strong competence in the area of personal development with his 20+ years of international management and corporate consulting experience. He coaches equally fluently in English and Italian.
Francesco received a masters degree in computer science from the University of Milan in 1985. His professional preparation for coaching includes a high performance coaching certification from Performance Unlimited and an executive coaching course at the Wharton School; he also holds certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (in which he is both a master and a trainer) and counseling. He is certified to apply the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Cultural Orientation Indicator. Finally, Francesco is an expert in Systemic Coaching, a methodology that applies an ecological approach as leaders improve their management of personal, relational, and organizational issues.
Francesco has a broad business background, developed as he worked for major international organizations including Olivetti, where he served as the key expert in educational technology; Gemini Consulting, where he worked as a management consultant; Oracle, where he was a sales director; and at the European Union, which he served as a consultant. He also worked briefly as a manager for a venture capital fund sponsored by Unicredit Group. In 2002, Francesco dedicated himself full-time to executive coaching and leadership development, working all across Europe as well as in his native Italy.
Francesco’s areas of strength include leadership, teamwork, relationship management, cross-cultural competencies, emotional intelligence, work-life integration, and career transition. He often incorporates 360º feedback into his coaching as well as personality and cultural assessments for individuals and teams. As one of his coachees remarked, “Francesco has excellent business management know-how and a lot of expertise in personal growth. The combination of these two qualities produces a very balanced and respectful approach that enabled me to make the next step” (to president of a global industrial company).
When Francesco is not busy with work he enjoys cooking for his friends, traveling, reading, or riding his bicycle. He loves to relax in the countryside of the pre-Alps close to Lago Maggiore, enjoying quietness and nature. Another of his interests is learning about human cultures, spirituality, and personal development. Francesco has created an impressive CD collection with music gathered from all over the world.
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SLOVENIA-[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Lidija Drobež is an organizational consultant and executive coach for clients in Slovenia and Croatia as well as throughout Europe. Because of her career in highly diverse settings, she is able to use her cross-cultural sensitivity and grasp of organizational issues to support teams and individuals as they address a variety of leadership challenges. With her natural intuitive style, underpinned with the expertise that only experience can bring, she facilitates each client’s journey toward the goals that make a difference.
Lidija received her first degree in sociology from Ljubljana University. She completed an Executive MBA at the IEDC – Bled School of Management, and a four-year postgraduate program in integrative psychotherapy at IPSA Institute in Slovenia. Lidija’s coaching accreditation is from Ashridge Business School. She is certified as a management developer by the European Foundation for Management Development, and she holds licenses for several assessment instruments.
Lidija’s career spans more than a quarter century of professional service within a variety of cultural and business/industrial contexts. She has lived as well as worked in Europe and the Middle East; her longest international assignments were in Germany, Egypt, and Greece. She is fluent in her native Slovenian as well as in English, German, and Croatian/Serbian.
Lidija began her career as a media researcher, then joined an airline company and worked in a variety of capacities in Slovenia and abroad. After completing her MBA, she spent seven years as a senior HR advisor with Nova Ljubljanska Banka, the largest financial institution in Southeast Europe. Her responsibilities included management development, talent management, corporate culture change, and the establishment of an employee pension fund.
In 2004 Lidija began her independent career as an executive coach and organizational consultant. Her clients were primarily in the manufacturing and service sectors. They included major global firms such as AT Kearney, AVL, Deloitte, Deutsche Telecom, Novartis, Renault, and SWECO as well as leading companies based in Southeast Europe such as Akrapovic, Gorenje, MOL, Nexe Group, and NIL. Besides executive coaching, she delivers 360° feedback and intensive developmental support for senior executives and high potential middle managers, both as individuals and within teams. In 2010, Lidija became a founding partner of a U.K.-based firm offering executive coaching as well as supervision and change consulting throughout Europe.
Lidija enjoys living in a multicultural family. She goes to sea when she needs to refill her energy. She is passionate about discovering new horizons.
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CZECH REPUBLIC-[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
Jérôme Dumetz, a native of France, is a specialist of cross-cultural management with a strong focus on Eastern Europe and especially Russia. He has experience as a cross-cultural researcher of Russian management, and he’s a member of the business faculty at Plekhanov University in Russia as well as an independent facilitator and consultant specializing in Russian management.
Jérôme holds a diploma in international trade from ISEA (France), a bachelors with a focus on cross-cultural conflict resolution from Hanzehogeschool van Groningen (Netherlands), and a specialist degree in Eastern European business from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics. He is certified as an intercultural facilitator by Berlitz, Prudential, and IOR. He is fluent in French and English, has a strong working knowledge of Russian, and knows some Spanish and Czech as well.
Jérôme’s first professional positions were in businesses based in San Francisco, Saint Petersburg, and Paris. More senior positions followed with Citilink Exclusive Personnel in Moscow, then Abvent North America in Montréal and San Francisco. In 2002 he became the international programs coordinator at the graduate school Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics.
Also during 2002, Jérôme began working as an independent cross-cultural management consultant. In that capacity, he has organized cross-cultural trainings for major global corporations such as Microsoft, Enel, Total, SuperJet International, Leroy-Merlin, NaDom, Auchan, or Ozon. In addition, he has been delivering cross-cultural coaching for managers at J.P. Morgan, PepsiCo, Danone, Alcoa, Servier, British Petroleum and others. Jérôme also is an invited speaker at events organized by the American Chamber of Commerce, the European Association of Businesses, and the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce.
Collaborating with the well-known Dutch interculturalist, Fons Trompenaars, Jérôme is a contributor to cross-cultural research focusing on modern Russian business management. Jérôme’s articles have appeared in the Moscow Times, the Moscow News, Passport, and the RBCC Bulletin. He’s the co-author of the first Russian-language textbook on cross-cultural marketing, and he’s completing a second textbook project on cross-cultural management. Currently, most of Jérôme’s professional activities involve facilitating seminars and teaching at the Plekhanov Academy and AIBEC (Russia), ESSEC and ESCE (France), FH Steyr (Austria), VŠE and Unicorn College (Czech Republic), Christ University (India), or FH Wuerzburg (Germany).
and the father of two daughters, Jérôme now divides his time
between Prague and Moscow, and he often can be found in his native Paris
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SWEDEN-[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
Magnus Augner has a passion for meetings between people. He believes that meeting others in a fully present and open way is a natural behaviour. However, as humans mature, they learn to follow rules about how meetings should occur. To step beyond these cultural limitations and help others to do the same is among the most inspiring and exciting things one can do.
Magnus holds a bachelor’s in science and a Ph.D. in theoretical ecology from Lund University; recently, he attained a bachelor’s in psychology from Stockholm University. Besides this academic education, Magnus has received training in therapeutic work for personal development, and in group-development work from the perspectives of team- and group-dynamics.
Magnus started out with parallel professional careers. After becoming an officer in the Swedish Army reserve, for 26 years he served in Sweden and in U.N. peace-keeping missions in the Middle East. In civilian life, he became a scientist studying decision-making in Sweden, the U.S., and the Netherlands. In 1997, Magnus was named as Head of Logistics & Operations at the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS). He planned and led expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic for seven years. All expeditions were staffed multi-nationally and entailed international coördination and negotiation. Magnus also has held several international commissions. Since 2006, Magnus has worked as a management consultant at Kontura International, where he addresses leadership, management development, and cross-cultural challenges.
Magnus’s executive coaching has mainly been focused on managers transitioning into new positions. For example, at the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat he coached scientists and staff members who were appointed as expedition or team leaders. At the Ängsbacka Centre, he coached participants in that organization’s leadership programme. He also has provided executive coaching for individuals who have sought his services privately.
In 2009, Magnus’s book on work motivation and management, Skapa mer inre motivation, is being published by Liber in its Exec series (www.liber.se). In addition, he has written some 30 scientific articles, most of which have been published in international, peer-reviewed journals. He also has written material for university courses in ecology and a Field Course Handbook for the SPRS.
Magnus lives in Stockholm, where he enjoys having nature close-by. From his perspective, what could be better than a night in a lean-to by the fire, fighting the mosquitoes? He also loves travelling to the tropics and to big cities, as well as meditation, dancing, and kick-boxing.
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SPAIN-[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
Beth Meriam is an organizational anthropologist who specializes in optimizing social behavior, and a leadership development coach and trainer who is passionate about aligning and engaging human values to leverage our full organizational and global potential.
Educated in the U.K. and China, Beth gained a First Class Honors Masters from the University of Edinburgh, winning the James Littlejohn Award for her research on leaders and cultural development. For her Ph.D. research at the Universities of Cambridge and Tibet, she undertook a pioneering project on leaders and organizational change in China. Fourteen years of work and research worldwide – in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe (41 months in nearly 50 countries!) – provides Beth with a thorough comprehension of human behavior in cross-cultural context. She specialises in Latin America, India, and China, speaks Spanish fluently, and is practised in several other languages.
Beginning in 2007, Beth directed a global consultancy’s bid to become Telefónica’s exclusive leadership training provider. The consultancy’s values-based program bested other contenders from around the world, enabling nearly 1,400 senior managers to effectively guide their teams and units through turbulent times. Beth also designed and delivered a successful global strategy development program in collaboration with 37 of Unilever’s most senior leaders as a key input to their corporate brand development. In 2009, Beth consulted to the U.K. Home Office on a global cultural database initiative. Finally, for Oxford Leadership Academy, Beth is responsible for the “Self-Managing Leadership” and “Strategic Focusing” trainings for global consultants.
To support and advance her corporate work, Beth is trained in Cultural Transformation Tools, MBTI, Action Learning/Evaluation, SenseMaker, Strategic Focusing, Self-Managing Leadership, Non-Violent Communication, and TEFL. A Cognitive Edge Accredited Practitioner, she has experience using both World Café methodology and CoVision’s collaborative meeting technology for virtual and large-scale global conferences.
Beth’s consulting is principally with established multinationals and government institutions. Recent engagements include interventions with Unilever, Telefónica, ING, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Watson Wyatt, Vedior, Crowe Chizek, the U.K. Department for International Development, and the U.K. Home Office. For business schools such as Columbia and IMD, she has served as an advisor on the development and integration of strategy and leadership programs. Beth’s first book, Inter-National Encounters, will be published by Global Oriental in 2010.
Beth has been an intrepid traveler and loves outdoor activities, including hiking and scuba diving. She recently relocated to Spain but maintains a residence near London.
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RUSSIA-[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
*Alla Kuznetsova is a Russian-born U.S. citizen who brings a well-honed cross-cultural perspective to her work as an executive coach, consultant, and business educator. Based in Moscow, she recently spent 14 years living and working in the U.S.
Alla earned two master’s degrees from Columbia University, one in 1994 in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs, and one in 2004 on organizational psychology and leadership from Teachers College. She also holds a master’s degree in foreign language teaching from the Moscow University of Linguistics.
Alla was the administrative director of Columbia University’s Genome Center from 1997 till 2002. In this capacity, she led a professionally and ethnically diverse team that was building a high-performance organization. She also took on the responsibility for coaching the senior faculty on leadership issues and cross-cultural competencies, and for mediating intra-staff conflicts. Alla’s prior work experience in Russia include coordinating numerous projects within the framework of a U.S.-Russian collaboration in cardiology. She was actively involved in the organization of international conferences and symposia, and managed various exchange programs sponsored by the National Institute of Health (U.S.) and the National Cardiology Research Center (Russia).
Alla recently co-founded a consultancy based in Moscow. She and her associates consult with global companies on issues of human resource development and training program design. Alla herself is an executive coach for senior leaders and managers of international and Russian companies. Her clients include TNK-BP, Conde Nast, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, GM, Bacardi, and Vimpelkom (Beeline).
In 2005, Alla completed professional coach training at Erickson College International (Canada) and a course in global executive coaching at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (Oregon). She is proficient in applying 360° assessments as well as the Survey of Influence Effectiveness (SIE) in her work. She consistently attempts to adapt her coaching style to each client’s cultural profile.
Alla is a member of the International Coach Federation and a vice-president of the Russian ICF Chapter. She is known in the global coaching community for her pioneering efforts in making executive coaching a success in Russia. She regularly travels to the U.S. to participate in professional events dedicated to development of human potential in organizations.
Alla has a bilingual-bicultural daughter who is at Reed College in Oregon. When not involved professionally, Alla reads the history of her native city, Moscow, and occasionally guides private tours through historic sites there.
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Jérôme Dumetz is thoroughly familiar with Russia, has lived there and still maintains a residence there, is on the faculties of Russian business schools, and has a strong working knowledge of Russian. His primary residence, however, is in the Czech Republic. For a full biography of Jérôme, please click here.
ROMANIA -[* = GROVEWELL-qualified executive coach]
Carmen-Aida Hutu is a management education and development professional. Born and based in Romania, she works nationally and internationally in both the corporate and academic environments.
After graduating with a master's degree in mechanical engineering, Carmen worked as an operations, design, and research engineer with several Romanian companies and research institutes, focusing on new technologies and socio-technical systems. In 1990 she began her academic career in the Department of Management at "Gh. Asachi" Technical University in Iasi, Romania. A Fulbright grant enabled her to obtain a masters degree in organization development from Loyola University in Chicago. She then went on to attain a Ph.D. at “Gh. Asachi” with a dissertation on the relationships between corporate culture and technology transfer.
Carmen is now an associate professor at "Gh. Asachi" Technical University, carrying out research on corporate culture, cultural diversity, intercultural communication, and leadership from the personal and organizational performance perspectives. She is also a visiting professor of management and a range of other specialties at the Canadian MBA program in Bucharest as well as four other MBA Programs around Romania. Carmen is extensively published, including Culture, Change, and Competition, winner of the 2003 Best Book Award from the General Association of Romanian Economists. Three of her numerous published articles are listed in the Global Leadership section of GROVEWELL's Professional Knowledge Center.
In the course of her work, Carmen has obtained and carried out grants for programs and projects focusing on HR training for technological-innovative business structures, organizational culture and E.U. integration, European dimensions of quality assurance, and several others. Her international project experience also includes, among more than a dozen others, two international joint-venture simulations, one focused on global technology management and the other focused on organizational effectiveness (both of these in conjunction with Cooper Union of New York).
Carmen has regularly consulted with a score of Romanian companies (private and undergoing privatization) and also provides her expertise to businesses throughout Europe. Her consulting, training, and institution-building contributions have focused internationally on the development of enterprises, quality and excellence in business and in education, and cross-cultural and minority issues in business. Carmen is vice-president of the Romanian Association for Sustainable Development and Performance.
Carmen loves classical music, opera, and eastern philosophies. Her son, Andrei, is the logistics director for a construction company and a student of economics. They both enjoy hiking and touring abroad.
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