Global C-Suite Program

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Today’s globally connected world requires advanced leadership skills and an unconventional approach to business that extends far beyond core functional competencies. Expanded global responsibilities, an increased focus on the customer experience, and demands for disruption and innovation require that top management think differently to succeed. With pressure to increase returns on capital, establish viable long-term partnerships, and develop winning strategies for multiple markets, the C-suite role has transformed significantly.

The modern C-suite role requires empathetic leadership, a focus on technology, and sophisticated management skills. The right blend of communication, collaboration, and strategic thinking will enable you to thrive as a global leader.

The Global C-Suite Program is an extraordinary opportunity to build your leadership abilities in a fast-paced landscape and develop a growth-oriented mindset. The comprehensive 9- to 12-month program aids your transition into the C-suite with the skills needed to address short- and long-term business challenges. It will help you emerge as an inspiring and enterprising C-suite executive ready to lead a values-driven global organization.

Program Highlights

  • Consolidate your functional, business, and communication skills to lead from the C-suite
  • Understand how to manage complex, multi-partner alliances and nurture strategic business ecosystems
  • Develop new approaches for global team building, strategy execution, and implementation
  • Focus on the demands of emerging markets and grasp new industry challenges
  • Plan and execute global strategy from a range of lenses including leadership, organizational culture, business challenges, and talent management
  • Recognize the drivers of corporate value and their tradeoffs: organic revenue growth, returns on capital, and long-term investing
  • Identify the factors that help your organization gain and sustain competitive market advantage


Duration: 9–12 months

Online + On Campus*

*Includes a two-day immersion on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, USA

The program fee is US$22,000 and covers teaching fees, all academic material, and access to online coursework. The fee does not include accommodation for the on-campus recognition ceremony and networking event, transport expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.

Organizations worldwide are undergoing massive changes in the way they function and conduct business. This paradigm shift has necessitated the need for C-suite officers who can focus on the demands of emerging markets and develop strategies to gain a competitive market advantage. The Global C-Suite Program from Wharton Executive Education has been designed to help senior executives sharpen their skills to lead in the evolving business environment."

Emilie Feldman Academic Director for the Global C-Suite Program; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Program Format

The Global C-Suite Program will enable forward-thinking executives like you to learn from a cutting-edge curriculum that reflects current industry trends. You will learn to formulate and execute global strategies, develop new approaches to manage global teams, and lead growth-focused initiatives. The program is divided into two components — 18 weeks of core modules followed by three online electives of six weeks each. It concludes with a two-day networking and graduation event on the Wharton campus in Philadelphia.

Three core modules

(18 weeks)

Global Strategy Executing Growth Strategies
Global Leadership

Three online electives

(Six weeks each)

Global Supply Chain Management Understanding the Brain: Using Neuroscience to Deliver Better Business Results
Executive Presence and Influence: Persuasive Leadership Development Corporate Governance: Maximize Your Effectiveness in the Boardroom
Driving Strategic Innovation: Leading Complex Initiatives for Impact Future of Work: Leading Modern Workplaces
Business Acumen for Executives Behavioral Economics: Consumer Choice and Decision Making

Two-day on-campus recognition ceremony and networking event

Who Should Attend

Are you an experienced executive preparing to step into a global leadership role from a regional one? Or have you recently become part of the C-suite and want to build momentum while making an impact with your broader responsibilities? If these are the opportunities you foresee in your current or future responsibilities, then the Global C-Suite Program is the right fit for you. The program is also suitable for general managers who execute business transitions during alliances and collaborate with global and regional stakeholders. Global executives in small- to mid-sized companies will also find this program to be ideal for accelerating their career goals.

Program eligibility criteria include:

  • A minimum of 12 to 15 years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)

Pathway to Wharton Alumni Status

After completing the Global C-Suite Program and subsequent open-enrollment programs, subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, you have a pathway to apply for Wharton Alumni Status.

Executives who successfully complete the Global C-Suite Program have the option of applying to the General Management Program (GMP). The GMP provides a further opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and business acumen with a flexible curriculum. The Global C-Suite Program provides one credit towards the six required to complete the GMP and earn alumni status. Learn more about GMP ».

Upon qualifying for Wharton Alumni Status, you will be eligible to receive:

  • Full access to become a member of 77+ Wharton Alumni Clubs
  • Invitation to attend future Wharton Global Alumni Forums
  • A Wharton email address

Please also note that participation in the Global C-Suite Program (a) will not result in a degree from, alumni status with, or earned credit at the University of Pennsylvania or the Wharton School (or, to Wharton’s knowledge, any other institution), (b) will not be recorded on a University of Pennsylvania or Wharton transcript; and (c) does not guarantee or suggest that a participant will be admitted to the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School, or to any other university or institution.

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Delivered in collaboration with program partner Emeritus:

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Gad Allon

Gad Allon, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Director, Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Operations management and operations strategy

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, mergers and acquisitions

Martine Haas

Martine Haas, PhDSee Faculty Bio

The Lauder Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, The University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Global collaboration, human and intellectual capital, information technology use, knowledge sharing, teamwork

Exequiel Hernandez

Exequiel Hernandez, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Max and Bernice Garchik Family Presidential Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Immigration, global networks, firm internationalization, innovation, corporate strategy

Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices

Michael Useem

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor Emeritus of Management; Faculty Director, Center for Leadership and McNulty Leadership Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance

David Wessels

David Wessels, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School