9 episodes

As President of the International Institute for Management Development - better known as IMD - Jean-François Manzoni has a direct line to some of the world’s most interesting and successful business leaders. In this new podcast, he shares that opportunity with you.In each episode, we’ll hear from a different CEO about the path that brought them to the C-suite, the insights they’ve gained at the top -- and the advice they’d like to pass on to the next generation.New episodes every other Thursday.

The CEO Dialogue IMD

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As President of the International Institute for Management Development - better known as IMD - Jean-François Manzoni has a direct line to some of the world’s most interesting and successful business leaders. In this new podcast, he shares that opportunity with you.In each episode, we’ll hear from a different CEO about the path that brought them to the C-suite, the insights they’ve gained at the top -- and the advice they’d like to pass on to the next generation.New episodes every other Thursday.

    Stefan Larsson

    Stefan Larsson

    Whether you live in London, Stockholm, or Seattle, there’s a good chance that Stefan Larsson has had something to do with your wardrobe.
    As the recently appointed CEO of PVH Corp. he oversees an impressive catalog of brands, including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. And now he has his sights set on revolutionizing sustainability in the fashion world
    In an interview with IMD President Jean-François Manzoni, Stefan opens up about his analytical fact-based approach to business, and what the future holds for the world’s most successful fashion brands.

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    Links:
    Read our new magazine, I by IMD, here.
    Discover IMD's leadership programmes here.

    • 33 min
    Severin Dressen

    Severin Dressen

    Business is full of animal metaphors: bull markets, cash cows, and fat cats abound. But for IMD alumni Severin Dressen, the natural world is a far more literal part of his day-to-day work.

    As the CEO of Zurich Zoo, he's taking a proactive role in tackling the worldwide loss of biodiversity. Since the Zoo reopened, visitors have flocked in, and Severin says that it's his responsibility to educate others about the importance of sustainability; whether that be through elephant conservation projects in Thailand, or in Zürichberg itself.

    In an interview with IMD Professor David Bach, Severin opens up about his first year in office.  Highlights of this episode include details on the shifting face of conservation, how changing where we conduct our meetings can change outcomes, and what Severin thinks we can learn from the animals.

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    Links:
    Read our new magazine, I by IMD, here.
    Discover IMD's leadership programmes here.

    • 25 min
    Søren Skou

    Søren Skou

    As one of the most influential and enduring figures in international shipping, Søren Skou has weathered his fair share of crises. But is almost 40 years at Maersk, perhaps no period has been more challenging than the coronavirus pandemic.
    As the CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk, and a graduate of the IMD business school, Søren has gained unique insights into global trade. This week, he tells IMD President Jean-François Manzoni about the future of international commerce and how he's keeping up with changing customer demands.
    Highlights of their conversation include some tips on remaining agile; how to maintain position in a rapidly digitizing industry; and the key components of leadership.

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    Links:


    Read our new magazine, I by IMD, here.


    Discover IMD's leadership programmes here.

    • 24 min
    Pascal Soriot

    Pascal Soriot

    Pascal Soriot has been described as the hottest CEO in Pharma. After almost a decade at the helm of AstraZeneca, the company has seen a remarkable turnaround - battling falling sales to become one of the most valuable companies on the FTSE 100.


    For many, the drugmaker is synonymous with its coronavirus vaccine, but the source of Astrazeneca’s success traces back long before the pandemic. This week, Pascal Soriot tells IMD President Jean-François Manzoni about the future of the pharmaceuticals industry and the need to build a greener and more sustainable world.


    Highlights of  their conversation include a lesson on how to fend off corporate takeovers; some tips on CEO survival; and Soriot’s view on how COVID has changed consumer attitudes to healthcare.

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    Links:


    Read our new magazine, I by IMD, here.


    Discover IMD's leadership programmes here.

    • 24 min
    Mark Schneider

    Mark Schneider

    Mark Schneider is arguably the most powerful man in the food and beverage industry. As CEO of Nestlé, he oversees the biggest company in the sector - with 270,000 employees, a $350bn market cap, and a gigantic portfolio of brands that includes everything from Perrier to Purina.


    It would be simple to keep things moving in the same direction. But, as the softly-spoken German-American reveals to IMD President Jean-François Manzoni, the company is approaching a once-in-a-generation moment of change.


    Among key takeaways in this episode, discover why Schneider thinks recovery from the pandemic will be a several-year process; what the future of nutrition could look like; and why decision-making remains the hardest part of his job.



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    Links:


    Read our new magazine, I by IMD, here.


    Discover IMD's leadership programmes here.

    • 31 min
    Jørgen Vig Knudstorp

    Jørgen Vig Knudstorp

    When Jørgen Vig Knudstorp became CEO of the LEGO Group in 2004, the company was on the verge of ruin. Sales were falling, debts were piling up, and innovation had slowed to a crawl.


    What happened over the following decade has been called the greatest turnaround in corporate history. 


    Among key takeaways in this episode, discover how Vig Knudstorp split the company’s recovery into three manageable chapters; why he believes in the power of “paradoxical leadership”; and why the LEGO Group we know today is more like a forest than a manicured garden.


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    Links:


    Read our new magazine, I by IMD, here.


    Discover IMD's leadership programmes here.

    • 38 min

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