Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Global CEO Program: A Transformational Journey, you will:

  • Rethink your business vision and management approach as a global leader
  • Focus on a specific business challenge faced by your organization
  • Identify new insights and perspectives
  • Reflect on actions geared to your organization’s needs for greater impact

Experience & Impact

Designed for a truly international learning experience over three non-consecutive weeks, the Global CEO program offers a unique forum for the exchange of ideas among senior executives from diverse backgrounds, industries, and cultures. The program employs a wide array of teaching approaches. For example:

  • Expert faculty members guide in-depth discussions and provide highly informed views on global markets.
  • Participants engage in interactive discussions, individual learning, case-based learning, peer coaching, role-plays, and group exercises.
  • Small- and large-group discussions, team projects, and study groups promote the exchange of ideas and experiences and stimulate fresh thinking.
  • Interaction with other highly successful business executives who come from different parts of the world enables participants to formulate new goals and strategies.
  • Daily learning logs maximize program benefits and boost effectiveness.

2022 Global CEO Program Modules

Module I
North America — The Wharton School, Philadelphia, U.S.
March 13–18, 2022

  • Developing breakthrough marketing strategies
  • Capturing profitable growth through strategic financial decisions
  • Identifying and selecting opportunities through innovative processes
  • Linking operations to profitability

Module II
Europe — IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
May 15–20, 2022

  • Expanding your global footprint
  • Negotiating across different cultures
  • Structuring your organization through corporate governance policies

Module III
Asia — China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, China
July 10–15, 2022

  • Understanding the factors that shape the global landscape
  • Defining strategies to take into account cross-border differences
  • Designing new business models

Due to our application review period, applications submitted after 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday for programs beginning the following Monday may not be processed in time to grant admission. Applicants will be contacted by a member of our Client Relations Team to discuss options for future programs and dates.

Who Should Attend

Participants are of diverse cultural backgrounds, come from a wide range of industries, and represent the private and public sectors. Participant titles include:

  • CEO, COO, and President
  • Owners and Principals
  • Board Members

The Global CEO Program typically attracts chief decision makers and C-level senior executives with commensurate general management experience in companies with global or regional operations. Participants should be fluent in English for business purposes and willing to share their experiences, viewpoints, and expertise with fellow participants.

This program is ideal for individuals from companies working in areas affected by an uncertain and complex world, such as financial services, telecommunications, health care, and consumer goods, as well as firms impacted by increased pressure from globalized market forces.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs unless otherwise indicated.

Plan your stay in Philadelphia

Plan Your Stay

The Wharton segment of this program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


The faculty, drawn from each of the three participating business schools, represents a distinguished academic team. Faculty members are recognized globally for their teaching contributions and as business executives, consultants, advisors, directors of corporate boards, and authors of numerous books, case studies, and academic papers.

CEIBS Professors:
Rama Velamuri
Jianmao Wang
Juan Antonio Fernandez
Willem Burgers

IESE Professors:
Julia Prats
Marc Sachon
José Luis Nueno
Toni Dávila
Pankaj Ghemawat
Pedro Videla
Pedro Nueno

Wharton Professors:

Kevin Kaiser

Kevin Kaiser, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Adjunct Professor of Finance; Senior Director, Harris Family Alternative Investments Program, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, managing for value, private equity, financial distress

Sigal Barsade

Sigal Barsade, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Organizational culture, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, organizational change, teamwork and leadership

Emile Feldman

Emilie Feldman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Michael L. Tarnopol Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate strategy, diversification, divestitures, firm scope, spinoffs

Joao Gomes

Joao Gomes, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance; Professor of Economics; Chairperson, Finance Department, Senior Vice Dean of Research, Centers & Academic Initiatives, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Macroeconomics and financial markets, quantitative corporate finance, corporate investment and financing

Michael Platt

Michael Platt, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Director, the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative; James S. Riepe University Professor, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School; Professor of Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach

Kevin Werbach, JDSee Faculty Bio

Professor and Department Chairperson of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Business, legal, and social implications of the internet and communications technologies

Lyle Ungar

Lyle Ungar, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Computer and Information Science, the School of Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Genomics and Computational Biology, Perelman School of Medicine; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, the Wharton School; Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Statistical natural-language processing, deep learning, mining social media to better understand personality

Bilge Yilmaz

Bilge Yilmaz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Wharton Private Equity Professor; Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Harris Family Alternative Investments Program, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, alternative investments, game theory, political economy


There is a huge value with the cross-program project, which we can’t even quantify. The feedback sessions are powerful in many ways.”

Carmen Tanasie CEO, Omnicom Media Group

I chose the GCP program because I was looking for a program that provides a lot of depth into many disciplines in business today, and also a global outlook with a glimpse into the future.”

Mansour Hajjar CEO, Allied Enterprises (UAE Chalhoub Group)

Peers are some of the most interesting and experienced people you could have as co-participants. So learning from them is great. It’s a good course for senior executives or those trying to get to CEO positions. The way it’s designed is smart because by locating the program in places like Brazil, the U.S. and China, you get the flavor of these markets – and a sense of adventure, too.”

Sanjay Sharma CEO, Tata Interactive Systems

This is the ideal program for people looking to broaden their business outlook and deepen their understanding of global trends and market behavior. Learning and sharing experiences with a culturally diverse group of peers increased the value of the program exponentially for me.”

Hans van der Noorda CEO, Benelux of ING Bank

The GCP provided an exceptional learning experience. You are transformed by the enriching perspectives of a culturally diverse group of peers and leave the program armed with practical solutions to address your unique business challenges as a global leader.”

Lain Jager CEO, Zespri international (New Zealand)

Date, Location, & Fees

March 13 – 18, 2022Philadelphia, PAandMay 15 – 20, 2022Barcelona, SpainandJuly 10 – 15, 2022Shanghai, China$49,000

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Hotel Information

Fees includes three non-consecutive sessions. All sessions are required for completion.

The program fee includes tuition, teaching materials, and accommodations. Travel expenses are not included.

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