Opening Keynote–Great People Decisions

Wednesday | February 1 | 2012 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 PM

After 25 years in an executive search practice, Claudio Fernández- Aráoz is convinced that nothing is more important to success in management than making great people decisions—because everything you achieve depends on the people you’ve chosen. After circling the world at least 10 times a year as a consultant and speaker, meeting thousands of CEOs, senior executives, middle managers, and young professionals, he has realized two things: (1) The most successful leaders are incredibly focused on people decisions, and (2) most leaders find these decisions brutally hard, in part because they didn’t study how to master them. In this keynote session, Fernández-Aráoz will explain why great people decisions matter so much, why they are so hard, and how you can master them. He will also discuss how important it is for business schools to properly educate their students in these crucial leadership skills.
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Senior Adviser, Egon Zehnder International

Bio: Claudio Fernández-Aráoz is an expert on hiring and promotion decisions whom BusinessWeek has repeatedly named as one of the world’s most influential search consultants. A senior adviser to the executive search firm Egon Zehnder International, he has been a member of its global executive committee for more than 10 years and has led the firm’s management appraisal practice, its professional development,and the development of its intellectual capital. A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, he wrote Great People Decisions, which has been adopted by major organizations and incorporated into the curriculum of leading business schools. He consults with the CEOs of large companies in the Americas, Asia, and Europe as well as with civil services and governments around the world.