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Frits van Paasschen – Virtual Keynote Speaker

Top Change Management Speaker, Global Executive, Investor, Board Member, Advisor, and Amazon Bestselling Author

Frits van Paasschen is a top change management virtual keynote speaker, bestselling author of The Disruptors’ Feast, and the former CEO of Coors Brewing Company and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Most recently, he became a board member of J.Crew. Frits is a frequent keynote speaker and advisor with a focus on disruption and strategy. He also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

  • Frits van Paasschen – Virtual Keynote Speaker`s Keynote Speaker Fee Fee range is for U.S. events, depending on location and organization type

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    Dutch, English, German, Italian, Spanish

  • Frits van Paasschen – Virtual Keynote Speaker`s Keynote Speaker Fee Fee range is for U.S. events, depending on location and organization type

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    Dutch, English, German, Italian, Spanish

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

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Are digital technologies, global development, urbanization, and industry disruption presenting your business with unprecedented challenges? Do you feel ill-equipped to face this level of disruption and volatility? Drawing from his bestselling book The Disruptor’s Feast, Frits van Paasschen gives a unique look into the trends that are shaping the world of the future, and provides a guide on how to avoid being eaten alive in a world that is changing exponentially today. 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.

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Virtual Keynote: Inspiring Change and Giving Hope in the Exponential Age

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Virtual Keynote: Customized Advising on Strategic Direction Workshop

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About Keynote Speaker Frits van Paasschen – Virtual Keynote Speaker

Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast, an Amazon best-seller. His thirty years of experience inside global companies affords him a unique perspective on the trends reshaping the global economy. Frits sees the accelerating pace of disruption as being driven by climate change, digitization, and human inequality. His work as a keynote speaker, investor, board member, and advisor focuses on helping organizations thrive in times of rapid change.

Frits serves on the boards of two public companies that have navigated global change exceptionally well, Williams-Sonoma and Royal DSM. He is also an investor and board member of three high-growth “unicorns”: Convene (where he also serves as chair), citizenM Hotels, and Sonder. Additionally, he is on the board of J.Crew Group. His work as an advisor spans several
roles, including working with TPG Capital, Russell Reynolds Associates, The Red Sea Development Company, and Indian School of Hospitality, as well as startups, namely BigSpring (a remote-learning platform), Jabbrrbox (technology-equipped workspaces), PlacePass (a travel-services marketplace), and Rewyre (a prop-tech platform).

Frits spent more than a decade as a Fortune 500 CEO, first at The Coors Brewing Company and then at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. He also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s GM (president) of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Nike, he worked in finance in Disney’s Consumer Products Division. His career began at Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, where he primarily served retail and consumer clients.

Frits has been a non-executive director at Barclays PLC, Jones Apparel, Oakley, and Apollo Hotels. Frits has also served on numerous other advisory boards, including the European- American Industrial Council (as chairman), the U.S.-India and U.S.-China Business Councils, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority, and 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 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 nearly 120 countries. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, photography, and collecting antique maps. He has been married since 1990 and has three children.

Testimonials

Frits tells a captivating story of how technology and big data have transformed businesses and our daily lives.  As CEO of Starwood, Frits had a unique, ringside global view of this continuing phenomenon and offers prescriptions for businesses to succeed in this environment.  I would highly recommend Frits as a compelling keynote speaker at any industry conference whose participants are challenged by disruption.

Rob Shepard

Vice President of Strategic Logistics Solutions International Forest Products

Frits served as the anchor for our closing day of content and was one of the hits of the conference. His knowledge and engaging style let to an interactive general session that drilled down beyond high-level trends to identify reasons for those trends and what could happen next. Frits’ unique take on leadership and technology culled from stints as a CEO in two major business classes gave our attendees an honest, sincere—and sometimes humorous—look at how disruptions can affect them on a daily basis.

Jeff Higley

Editorial Director/VP, Digital Media & Communications - STR

Frits is an extremely engaging and insightful business mind, grounded in years of real-world experience at the highest levels of leadership in global brands.  He’s seen the forces shaping global economies first-hand, and brings those insights to life in ways that are very relevant and actionable, including to our audience of  venture capitalists and early stage tech company CEOs.  Our group left inspired and energized by his wisdom and advice.

Curt Roberts

Partner, Kickstart Seed Fund

The conference was a great one this year… the finish with Frits was exceptional. I’ve never heard such a buzz as people left the room regarding his fantastic extemporaneous presentation.

Carol Turner

CONECT’s Executive Director

In his role as CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Frits van Paasschen had a prime perch from which to observe the global economy, where he responded to and profoundly influenced how, why, and where people travel for business and pleasure. The Disruptors’ Feast is a fascinating and astute collection of stories and data that explain the unprecedented change and speed necessitated by today’s shifting plates in the geopolitical and technological landscape.

Danny Meyer

CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group

“Frits van Paasschen draws on his experience as a global business leader to offer advice on how we can prepare ourselves and our institutions to thrive and make sense of a tumultuous world.”

Arianna Huffington

co-founder, The Huffington Post

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