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Claudio Feser

Senior Partner, Zurich
Advises the top management of pharmaceutical, healthcare, and financial-services companies on leadership, strategy, organization, and corporate finance

About Claudio

Claudio founded McKinsey’s Athens office in 1999, which he ran for 6 years. On returning to Zurich in late 2004, he led our Swiss office—comprised of branches in Casablanca, Geneva, and Zurich—for a 6-year term. Between 2011 and 2017, he built McKinsey’s leadership development work and was a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council, McKinsey’s board of directors, between 2015 and 2018. Claudio is currently the chairman of the board of Aberkyn, a McKinsey subsidiary focusing on executive coaching and facilitation.

He is the author of the books Serial Innovators: Firms that Change the World (John Wiley & Sons, 2011) and When Execution is Not Enough (John Wiley & Sons, 2016). Claudio is also the coauthor of Leadership at Scale (Hachette, 2018). Further, he is the author of several articles in the areas of leadership and organization published in Nature and McKinsey Quarterly, among others.


Speech on strategy at ZurichMinds, YouTube, 2009

Published work

Leadership at Scale: Better Leadership, Better Results, Nicholas Brealey, December 2018

Unlocking leadership potential in turbulent times,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

What's missing in leadership development,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2017

When execution isn't enough: Decoding Inspirational Leadership, John Wiley & Sons, 2016

CEO succession starts with developing your leaders,” McKinsey & Company, May 2015

Decoding leadership: What really matters,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2015

Serial Innovators: Firms that Change the World, John Wiley & Sons, 2011

Past experience

Head of financial management information, Switzerland


INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

University of Bern, Switzerland
MS, business administration and economics