Claudio Fernández-Aráoz is a top global expert on leadership and talent, family businesses, and personal growth. He was ranked by Bloomberg as one of the most influential executive search consultants in the world and selected by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading thinkers on talent.
He is one of the most highly acclaimed global speaker in large business conferences and global leadership meetings in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
An Executive Fellow for Executive Education at Harvard Business School, Claudio teaches at the school’s comprehensive leadership executive programs for company owners, CEOs, senior executives, and general managers.
He worked for McKinsey & Co. in Europe, and for over 3 decades for Egon Zehnder, as partner and member of its global Executive Committee for over 10 years.
While at Egon Zehnder he founded the firm’s Assessment and Development practice, and served as global leader of its Professional Development, People Processes, and Intellectual Capital Development.
He selectively advises and coaches global CEOs, company owners, next generation family leaders, and managing partners of professional service firms.
His latest book, “It's Not the How or the What but the Who”, was the winner of the Axiom Gold Award for the best HR book in English in the whole world. His previous bestselling book, “Great People Decisions”, has 15 international editions in all major languages and was adopted by several of the world’s top business schools.
He is also the author of several bestselling Harvard Business Review articles on leadership and talent, family businesses, and personal growth, including the cover articles “21st Century Talent Spotting” and “Leadership Lessons from Great family Businesses”, as well as “Turning Potential into Success: The Missing Link in Leadership Development”, and “The Definitive Guide to Recruiting in Good Times and Bad”.
Claudio earned a master’s in science in Industrial Engineering from the Argentine Catholic University (Gold Medal, highest GPA ever in that university) and an MBA from Stanford University, where he also graduated with honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar.