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Marta Kowalska-Marrodan, based in Prague, Berlin, and Bratislava, guides leadership teams in Germany and Central and Eastern Europe. She advises entrepreneurs, family businesses, and private equity firms on CEO succession and senior leadership development. Marta is active in Egon Zehnder’s Assessment and Development, Financial Services, Consumer, and Energy practices.

I enjoy working with clients to unleash top executives’ potential. I am passionate about helping people grow professionally, by encouraging them to build on their strengths and learn to use the power of authenticity and vulnerability.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Marta led her own business organizing international conferences. She was also a journalist and news producer with Interpress Press Agency in Warsaw and covered the founding of Poland’s first non-Communist government. Marta began her career with Wang Laboratories and oversaw the company’s sales and services activities in Poland.

Marta has an MA in languages and history from the University of Warsaw and an MBA from Ashridge Management College in the U.K. She enjoys cross-country skiing, golf, biking in the mountains, and reading.

Marta Kowalska-Marrodán ist auf Mittel- und Osteuropa, insbesondere die Tschechische und Slowakische Republik, Polen, Rumänien sowie Bulgarien spezialisiert. Sie berät Unternehmer, Familienunternehmen und Private Equity-Firmen in Fragen der CEO-Nachfolge und der Entwicklung von Führungskräften. Darüber hinaus engagiert sich Marta Kowalska-Marrodán in den Praxisgruppen Financial Services, Consumer und Energy sowie in der Family Business Advisory und begleitet Unternehmen bei der Besetzung von CMO-Positionen und Top-Juristen.

Vor ihrem Eintritt bei Egon Zehnder leitete Marta Kowalska-Marrodán ein eigenes Unternehmen in ihrer Heimat Polen und organisierte internationale Konferenzen zur Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit mit europäischen Institutionen im Zuge des EU-Beitritts des Landes. Als Journalistin und TV-Nachrichten-Produzentin bei Interpress in Warschau baute sie schon früh ein internationales Netzwerk auf und berichtete über die historischen Veränderungen in Polen besonders im Jahr 1989. Ihre berufliche Karriere startete sie bei Wang Laboratories, zuerst als Praktikantin in Wien. Später wurde ihr die Geschäftsleitung der Niederlassung von Wang in Polen übertragen, wo sie die Bereiche Vertrieb und Service aufbaute und leitete.

Marta Kowalska-Marrodán erwarb einen M.A. in Sprachwissenschaften und Geschichte an der Universität Warschau und studierte Betriebswirtschaft (MBA) am Ashridge Management College, UK.

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Interview with René Obermann, Deutsche Telekom AG

Interview with René Obermann, Deutsche Telekom AG

"There are so many options that trial and error is very much the order of the day."

Interview with Wanda Rapaczynski, Agora SA

Interview with Wanda Rapaczynski, Agora SA

"You just have to speed up and jump."

Five dimensions of successful organizations

Five dimensions of successful organizations

What is the impact of VUCA on the shape of our organizations? Change is no longer sufficient – instead, there is a need for transformation. In the complex world of VUCA every layer of the organization needs to be empowered to find multiple answers to multiple questions.

Navigating a New World of Uncertainty

Navigating a New World of Uncertainty

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity. These four characteristics, or VUCA for short, increasingly define our world. Large organizations must grapple with disruptive change in technology, competitor dynamics, and consumer expectations – along with high levels of market volatility and increasing uncertainty and complexity in politics and regulation.

Taking a step into the unknown: embracing continuous learning

Taking a step into the unknown: embracing continuous learning

In a world of VUCA, how will we lead our organizations, our teams, and ourselves? If we are to succeed in an environment of profound change, we will have to let go of old routines and worldviews. Thinkers in many fields – economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists – are calling on us to reject rigid patterns and embrace a new, more experimental approach.

Authentic leadership: create some magic, go beyond the rational

Authentic leadership: create some magic, go beyond the rational

The development towards more conscious leadership can be a painful and uneasy process. For leaders who have spent a lifetime placing rationality and mathematical calculation at the forefront of their decision-making, perhaps the toughest shift required is to make more space for emotion and intuition.

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