Frits Van Paasschen in Brief
Frits Van Paasschen is a top business speaker and change management speaker, author, and former CEO. He has served as CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Coors Brewing Company, and as Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. His book The Disruptors’ Feast details the forces that are disrupting the status quo and how businesses can evolve and thrive in changing environments. Frits also speaks five languages and holds dual U.S. and Dutch citizenship.
Move past the headlines and learn about the trends lines from a CEO who led 250,000 people at Starwood hotels and a global customer base. They modernized the business lead significant innovations plus he led extensive growth at Coors as CEO and Nike MD for Europe. Here is a client testimonial too: Carol Turner, CONECT’s Executive Director who’s been running CONECT events for over 20 years, said this in her wrap up:
“We agree that the conference was a great one this year, and the attendees and exhibitors seemed to love it too. The weather the best we’ve ever had, and the sunset at dinner was spectacular! Every panel was really well received, and the finish with Frits was exceptional. I’ve never heard such a buzz as people left the room regarding his fantastic extemporaneous presentation.”
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.