Dr Elisabeth Marx

Elisabeth is a well-known international leadership expert advising the boards and executive teams of multinationals, family owned businesses and private equity firms in Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Her core expertise is CEO succession planning, top team development and board acceleration with a particular focus on international diversity. Her consulting approach is based on her research and writing on global team and leadership issues and challenges, also drawing on her former board search experience. She developed the concept of the ‘Culture Shock Triangle’  to develop international leaders and teams (the need to adapt to international work at the emotional, thinking and social level).

Prior to founding Elisabeth Marx Associates, Elisabeth was a partner in the board and advisory practice at Stonehaven. Previously, she was a partner in the board and leadership consulting practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Following her research on ‘Women on Boards’, she was invited onto the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Gender Gap and co-chaired the London Chapter of Women Corporate Directors for Heidrick & Struggles.

Her research into CEOs and Boards is frequently covered in the national and international press. She has been a regular management writer for the Financial Times and has written for The Daily TelegraphThe Observer and the Independent. She is also a consultant at INSEAD’s Global Leadership Centre where she works on a variety of programmes, including the Executive MBA, the AMP and company specific programmes. More recently, she has been guest lecturing at London Business School (LBS), where she has been teaching the core Organisational Behaviour course for the Executive MBA programme.

Elisabeth trained in psychology at the University of Marburg (Germany), gained her doctorate at Oxford University and was previously a lecturer in psychology at the National University of Singapore.

Her most recent book, ‘The Power of Global Teams’ was published in November 2013 by Palgrave MacMillan and was shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award. Her bestseller, ‘Breaking through Culture Shock’ was published in 2001 by Nicholas Brealey and translated into several languages.