Global CEO Program: A Transformational Journey

Program Overview

The Global CEO Program: A Transformational Journey offers chief executives an opportunity to step back from the rapid pace of daily business to reflect on the most pressing issues facing their companies, while engaging with seasoned executives from distinct backgrounds, industries, and cultures.

This strategic management program is led by three top-ranked business schools — IESE Business School, the Wharton School, and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) — and participants will attend one-week modules on three continents: Europe, North America, and Asia.

The Global CEO Program challenges your business models, thinking, and practices, says Professor Harbir Singh.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

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.

2019–2020 Global CEO Program Modules

Module I
North America — The Wharton School, Philadelphia, U.S.
November 10–15, 2019

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

Module II
Asia — China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, China
February 23–28, 2020

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

Module III
Europe — IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
June 8–12, 2020

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

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.

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:

Mauro Guillen

Mauro Guillén, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; Director, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management

Raphael Amit

Raphael Amit, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Marie and Joseph Melone Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, family business, venture-capital financing

Harbir Singh

Harbir Singh, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions

Christian Terwiesch

Christian Terwiesch, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management

Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D management

Karl Ulrich

Karl Ulrich, ScDSee Faculty Bio

CIBC Endowed Professor; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Professor of Management; Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Environmental issues, product design and development, innovation

David Wessels

David Wessels, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Jerry Wind

Jerry Wind, PhDSee Faculty Bio

The Lauder Professor Emeritus of Marketing; Academic Director, The Wharton Fellows Program; The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Global marketing strategy, marketing-driven corporate strategy, new product and business development


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 TanasieCEO, 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 HajjarCEO, 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 SharmaCEO, 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 NoordaCEO, 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 JagerCEO, Zespri international (New Zealand)

Dates, Cost, & Location

November 10 - 15, 2019Philadelphia, PAFebruary 23 - 28, 2020Shanghai, ChinaJune 8 - 12, 2020Barcelona, Spain$47,000

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Tuition 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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