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Biography: Donald Sull

Donald Sull


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"Thanks again for addressing our management team this past week. You were outstanding and the ground you covered hit home with respect to where we are as a company in transition. Feedback from my colleagues, well, is over the top--you were a big hit and the input gained will definitely contribute to our progress."
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Dr. Donald N. Sull has spoken at management symposiums around the world as an expert keynote speaker on business and management practice and strategy

Academic Professor

Don is a Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management and Faculty Director of Executive Education at the London Business School where he designed, directs and teaches an intensive week-long “boot camp” to help senior executives thrive in turbulent markets.

Best Selling Author and Award Winner

Don has published four books and over 100 case studies, book chapters, and articles, including several best-selling Harvard Business Review articles. Professor Sull has been identified as a guru by the Economist, which named his theory of active inertia as an idea that has shaped business management over the past century. Fortune listed him among the ten new management gurus to know.

He has won teaching awards at the London Business School and Harvard University. Don received his AB, MBA, and doctorate from Harvard University, and served as a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School before rejoining the London Business School faculty.

"I wanted to thank you for your outstanding keynote and share the sensational scores we have received for it...Comments included 'Superb keynote!' and 'One of the best presentations I've ever seen.' Your contribution to the Summit was invaluable."

His most recent book, Made in China: What Western managers can learn from trail-blazing Chinese entrepreneurs, (Harvard Business School Press, 2005) was named one of the top eight business books of 2005 by the Financial Times. His book Why Good Companies go Bad (Harvard Business School Press, 2005) was a finalist for the Academy of Management's Outstanding Management Book Award and translated into eight languages. Prof Sull's academic research awards include the Dively Award for outstanding dissertation and the Newcomen Prize for the best business history article.
Prior to academia, Prof Sull worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and as a management-investor with the leveraged buyout firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He is an active investor in several technology start-ups, and advises executives in multinational firms.

Television, Radio and Keynote Speaking Topics

Don is frequently interviewed by the BBC, CNN, and National Public Radio among others. He regularly gives speeches and training to large audiences at conferences, annual meetings and other events.

Keynote speaker at various management symposia around the world including:

  • World class in the Middle East for leading executives and politicians (Dubai)H
  • Harvard Business School Press Burning Questions (New York and Paris)
  • Siemens Business Leadership Forum (Berlin)
  • Commonwealth CEO Symposium (Taiwan)
  • Scandinavian International Management Institute (Denmark)
  • Vedomosti CEO Forum (Russia)
  • Exame Magazine CEO Forum (Brazil)
  • Institute of Business Distinguished Speaker 2005 (Trinidad)
  • Hurriyet Business Leader Forum (Istanbul)
  • Deloitte & Touche Global CFO Conference (US)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)
  • Industrial Asset Management Conference (US)
  • American Magazine Conference (US)
  • Irish Management Institute Leaders' Forum
  • Young Presidents Organization (various locations)

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