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Frits van Paasschen, Disruption Speaker

Frits van Paasschen

    • Seasoned Global Executive
    • Former CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts
    • Former CEO of Coors Brewing Company
    • Author of The Disruptors’ Feast
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Frits Van Paasschen: Thriving In Business | Mad Money | CNBC

Frits Van Paasschen: Thriving In Business | Mad Money | CNBC

Former Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen at Skift Global Forum 2016

Former Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen at Skift Global Forum 2016

Frits van Paasschen Speaker Biography


Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast, an Amazon #1 Bestseller. His thirty years of experience inside global companies has afforded him a unique perspective on the current trends that are impacting business around the world. Frits shares his deep understanding of the forces that are disrupting the status quo to help businesses evolve and thrive in changing environments.

Frits served as CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts from 2007-2015. Before that, he spent three years as CEO at Coors Brewing Company. Frits also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to working for Nike, he worked in finance in Disney’s Consumer Products Division. While Frits has a long history of executive roles, his career began in management consulting. At The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, he primarily served retail and consumer clients.

Advising on strategic direction is a passion of Frits’ and he has served on a variety of boards throughout his career. He has been a Non-Executive Director at Barclays (FTSE) and as a member of the Board of Directors of two NYSE-listed companies, Jones Apparel and Oakley. While at Nike, Frits served as Chairman of the European-American Industrial Council, and he later served on the boards of the U.S.-India and U.S.-China business councils. For several years, he was a member of the board of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International.

Frits holds a BA in Economics and Biology from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was also a Teaching Fellow in Economics. Originally from the Netherlands, Frits holds dual U.S. and Dutch citizenship. A passionate traveler, he speaks five languages and has visited more than 110 countries. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, including marathons and triathlons. He has been married 25 years and has three children.

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The Disruptors' Feast: How to Avoid Being Devoured in Today's Rapidly Changing Global Economy

Virtually everything about the way people live and do business is changing faster than ever before. Digital technology, global development, urbanization, and business disruption represent both a major opportunity and a threat in the global economy. Although individuals and organizations are aware that the world is changing, most are ill-equipped to face this level of disruption and volatility. This keynote is based off of van Paasschen’s bestselling book by the same title. This is a unique look into the trends that are shaping the world of the future, and a guide on how to avoid being eaten alive in a world that is changing exponentially. Frits’ experiences uncover the forces that are disrupting the status quo and driving change, and illustrate how the stage is being set for even greater disruption. In this keynote, Frits will reveal what individuals and organizations can do to prepare for this change and how to stay relevant in a tumultuous environment.

Inspiring Change and Giving Hope in the Exponential Age

We are all drowning in data and starved for wisdom in the hyper connected, competitive world. The Disruptors’ Feast by Frtiz van Paasschen is more than a business book. It is full of wisdom about how our lives are being transformed by technology and disruption. In a lively and intimate style, Frits van Paasschen draws on his experience as a global business leader to offer organizations advice on how to prepare for, and even thrive in, the exponential age while inspiring change and instilling hope in his audience.

Customized Advising on Strategic Direction Workshop

Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast: How to Avoid Being Devoured in Today’s Rapidly Changing Global Economy. Advising on strategic direction is a passion of Frits’. His thirty years of experience inside global companies has afforded him a unique perspective on the current trends that are impacting business around the world. In this highly customizable presentation, van Paasschen will share his deep understanding of the forces that are disrupting the status quo to advise your businesses or organization on how to evolve and thrive in changing environment.

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