About the authors

Thomas Keil

Thomas is a Full Professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland where he teaches strategy and international management. Thomas holds a DSc (Tech.) and Lic. Tech. from Helsinki University of Technology and a Dipl. Wirtsch. Ing from TH Darmstadt. Previously he taught at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada and at Aalto University in Finland.

Thomas’ research focuses on the CEO agenda in multinational corporations, specifically CEO succession, strategic renewal and transformation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate entrepreneurship and innovation.

His work has been published in leading Thomas’ research has won several awards and has been published in leading practitioner journals, including the Harvard Business Review and the MIT Sloan Management Review and has won several international awards.

An internationally recognized authority on CEO succession, Thomas has taught executives from Asia, Europe, and North America and has been invited to speak at headhunters’ conferences. He has been an active advisor to small and large corporations across a wide range of industries.

Outside work, he enjoys a happy family life with his wife, their children and their dog.

For Thomas’ academic work go here.

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Marianna Zangrillo

Born in 1974, Marianna is a transformational leader, a business angel and an author.

She has spent the past 20 years working in senior roles across industries, including Nokia, Kemira, Swissport, and Infront Sports, where she has been driving significant transformation initiatives to drive operational excellence, higher ROI and increased corporate performance. In those roles, Marianna has led teams and projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.

Marianna has also been teaching at leading European universities including Aalto University and the University of Zurich and has been speaking at various practitioners’ conferences.

In addition to that, she has conducted research on CEO succession, which has been published in MIT Sloan Management Review, LBS Business Review, I by IMD and her new book “The Next CEO”.

Marianna holds a Master of Laws (Italy, 1999), a LLM in Contract and Commercial Law (Finland, 2000), a MBA in International Management (U.K., 2005) and a PhD in Supply Chain Management (Finland, 2017).

Marianna believes in the importance of a good balance between personal and professional life and outside work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their children and their dog.

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Thomas: thomas.keil@business.uzh.ch
Marianna: mazangrillo@gmail.com

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