Global Senior Management Program—Chicago and Madrid

Gain a global perspective and international network in this two-part management program co-created by Chicago Booth and IE Business School.

As a senior leader, you need a global strategic vision to navigate your firm through the challenges of the international playing field. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the IE Business School have partnered to create a one-of-a-kind opportunity for senior managers to develop a global understanding, advanced leadership skills, and international growth strategies in a two-part program hosted online and at Chicago Booth's campus. 

The Global Senior Management Program (GSMP) combines the academic rigor and cutting-edge research of these top-ranked business schools with real-world relevance and applicability to enhance your leadership skills and analytic abilities for today's global markets.

Senior leaders will hone their skills in this intensive program through a variety of experiences including lectures, case discussions, simulations, self-assessments, and meetings with outstanding business leaders.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Expand your current view of the global business world and discover how to draw on international perspectives to better forecast future trends.
  • Cultivate the advanced management skills needed to develop innovative strategies and implement change in global organizations.
  • Explore the latest research and advancements in strategy, finance, operations, marketing, and human capital.
  • Build your international network with fellow business leaders, industry leaders, and internationally renowned faculty.

This program is aimed at members of the management committee and administrative councils, presidents, company owners, managing directors, vice presidents, country managers, and other senior managers who are responsible for creating a strategic vision with an international focus. Participants will be carefully selected in order to form a group with similar concerns, while maintaining a balanced mix of business sectors, international vision, and cultures.

Pradeep K. Chintagunta

Joseph T. and Bernice S. Lewis Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing

Pradeep K Chintagunta is interested in empirically studying consumer, agent and firm behavior. He has studied packaged goods, pharmaceutical, technology and online markets to answer questions related to pricing, advertising and channels of distribution. More recently, he has started working in “development marketing” – studying the role of marketing in economic development. “I am interested in studying how marketing practices can impact small businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises in emerging economies and how we can leverage marketing knowledge to improve health outcomes.”

Chintagunta is on the advisory editorial board of Marketing Science, and is the Editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics. His research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, the International Journal of Research Marketing, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the Journal of Econometrics.

In addition to being a finalist for the O'Dell award in both 1996 and 2001, Chintagunta is the recipient of the Hillel J. Einhorn Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been named one of the Chicago Booth's top professors by BusinessWeek.

"Teaching across programs such as full-time, evening, weekend, XP, and international XP exposes me to a variety of perspectives and experiences that I can then integrate into my subsequent teaching and research." He hopes his students learn that there is always more progress to be made.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Banaras Hindu University in 1984, a postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management in 1986, and a PhD in marketing from Northwestern University in 1990. In addition to teaching at Chicago Booth, he has taught courses at the Harvard Business School and the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1995.

Pradeep serves on the advisory boards of Operation ASHA and MuSigma. He collects vintage electronics, enjoys traveling, movies, and spending time with his family.

Gregory D. Bunch

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Greg Bunch draws on a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, manager, consultant, alderman, and teacher. He is the founder of Masterplan International Corporation, a strategy consulting firm. He was also a partner at Brandtrust, a brand strategy consultancy. Greg co-founded a healthcare software start-up in the Bay Area. He has served on corporate boards for financial services, healthcare, retail, franchising and marketing firms.

He works with Fortune 50 companies, family businesses and start-ups in the areas of innovation and strategy. He has worked with a broad array of companies including Abbott Labs, American Express, Danaher, Dover, ETS, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, McDonalds, PepsiCo, State Farm and Yum! Brands.

Greg was an alderman in the City of West Chicago, serving on the infrastructure, public safety and development committees.

Greg has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to strategy, creating customers, and innovation. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in philosophy and an MDiv from Harvard University.

Ram Shivakumar

Adjunct Professor of Economics and Strategy

Ram Shivakumar specializes in industrial organization and financial economics. His research has appeared in the California Management Review, Journal of International Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the Journal of Sports Economics, Emerging Markets Quarterly and the Journal of Industrial Economics.

Shivakumar received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Madras, India, a master's degree in financial mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in economics from Indiana University.

Shivakumar is an avid crossfit, yoga and golf enthusiast.

John Burrows

Senior Lecturer in Leadership, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

John Burrows is senior lecturer in leadership at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an associate fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He also teaches healthcare leadership in a newly launched double masters degree program in health policy taught jointly by the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics & Political Science. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Before entering academia, John’s career spanned the public, private, and NGO sectors. He originally came to the USA from the UK to volunteer at the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Project. During college he interned with other anti-death penalty groups and also at the Cato Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC. Later he joined Arthur Andersen’s Office of Government Service (OGS) and led engagements with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

John later switched into the private sector, where he was a partner with the consulting firm Accenture and held senior roles in sales and marketing at enterprise software companies including Siebel and Oracle. He negotiated, sold, managed, and implemented complex, multi-national, multi-million dollar projects around the globe, and gained experience building and growing operations in the UK, USA, and Japan, grappling with all that entails: BD, IJVs, M&A, etc. During his PhD studies John served as an advisor for Houses for Africa, a social enterprise firm based in Cape Town, South Africa.

At the University of Chicago and Oxford, John teaches leadership, negotiations, strategy, decision-making, and organizational psychology to MPP, MBA, and MA students, and to senior executives in open enrollment and custom executive-education programs. Custom executive education clients of John's include AbbVie, Alfa, American College of Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, Aon, BBVA, Brainlab, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), Civil Service Bureau of Hong Kong, Edelman, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), Kiewit, Kuwait University College of Business Administration, Merrill Lynch, State Farm, Syngenta, Trelleborg, and Workiva.

For three years now, John has also taught each cohort of the University of Chicago's International Innovation Corp (IIC) Fellows Program. The IIC recruits top-performing graduates of leading host-country universities and US based institutions and organizes them into teams of up to 3-5 Project Associates. Project Associates train for 5 weeks in skills required to translate their academic and professional knowledge into on-the-ground contributions. The IIC embeds each team within a government, non-profit, or foundation office in India or Brazil to work on an innovative development project with a discrete, tractable scope for 1-3 year projects. Last year, John taught in the University of Chicago Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program which offers top global undergraduate students a 4-week experience with rigorous training on data analytics and public policy.

John is a sought-after speaker across industries but especially within healthcare. He has presented to the American College of Surgeons (ACS), including to their Board of Regents, and delivered a grand rounds lecture to the University of Chicago’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. John has also delivered keynote speeches for the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS).

John currently serves on the advisory board of Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE), which builds communities of senior executive to tackle many of the world’s greatest challenges, and consults with clients across industries and geographies.

John received a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an A.B. from Vassar College.

Susan Lucia Annunzio

President and CEO, The Center for High Performance

Susan Lucia Annunzio is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for High Performance (CfHP). She is a strategic advisor to CEOs of leading global companies on strategy attainment and business transformation. Susan partners with senior executives to increase their ability to simplify complex strategic decisions through enhanced collaboration and creativity. She is a globally recognized speaker and thought leader on shaping and maintaining high-performance business environments. She has a strong track record helping leaders maximize returns on strategic, financial and human-capital investments.

Previously, Susan ran the research-based high performance consulting subsidiary of Hudson Highland Group, Inc., a leading international professional staffing and talent management solutions firm.

Under her direction, Hudson Highland completed the most comprehensive global study of knowledge workers ever conducted regarding the factors that accelerate or stifle high performance. Susan has presented on this study at such prestigious venues as the World Economic Forum, The International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change at the University of Greenwich, and Vacature’s 2004 “Talent Economy” launch event in Belgium.

Susan has been an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. She has been a guest lecturer at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France, Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Instituto Empressa in Madrid. She also has taught at General Electric’s Crotonville Corporate Training Center.

She is the author of Contagious Success (Portfolio, 2004), a dynamic management book that revealed a global standard for high performance. Contagious Success was voted Fast Company’s Readers’ Choice selection in January 2005. Additionally, Susan authored two more prominent business books: Communicoding (Fine, 1990; Penguin USA, 1991) and Evolutionary Leadership (Simon & Schuster, 2001; Fireside, 2002).

She has been a guest on numerous local and national television and radio news programs and has been quoted extensively in the business press, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC, USA Today and Bloomberg.

Susan is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group. She also works with the Metropolitan YWCA of Chicago and The United Way.


Gareth Jones

Professor of Leadership, Visiting Professor of IE Business School

Jones's career has spanned both the academic and business worlds. He began as a university academic in economic and social studies at the University of East Anglia before moving to London Business School, where he joined the Organisational Behaviour group.

During this period he directed the school's Accelerated Development Programme. At this point the attractions of a "real" job in business proved too great and he joined Polygram, then the world's largest recorded music company. Appointed senior vice president for Polygram's global human resources, his responsibilities covered more than 30 countries. In 1996 he reverted to academia when he became the B. T. Professor of Organisational Development at Henley Business School at the University of Reading, where he also served on the Board of Governors. His most recent job was as director of human resources and internal communications at the BBC. He also is a visiting professor at INSEAD and a fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School.

Jones's research interests are in organizational design, culture, leadership, and change. He has published several books, including The Character of a Corporation: How Your Culture Can Make or Break Your Business, co-authored with Rob Goffee and most recently, Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?, also with Rob Goffee, and published by Harvard Business School Press in February 2006. This latest leadership title was based on an article of the same name which won the prestigious HBR McKinsey Award in 2001 for the best article in Harvard Business Review. Other articles have appeared in the European Management Journal, Human Relations, and in Harvard Business Review. Gareth serves on the editorial advisory board of People Management magazine.

In addition, Jones is a founding partner of Creative Management Associates (CMA) a consultancy focused on organizations where creativity is a source of competitive strength. He is also a trustee of The Work  Foundation.

Mia de Kuijper

Professor of Scenario Planning & Power Nodes, IE Business School

Mia de Kuijper is an accomplished executive with experience in such companies as Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo, AT&T and Royal Dutch Shell. She teaches Scenario Planning—focused on the development of scenarios for one’s company in order to change mindsets, evolve leadership styles and achieve substantive change, as well as Power Nodes— which studies the modern sources of competitive advantages of one’s own company as well as of competing organizations.

Edgar Mayoral

Professor of Implementing an Internationalization Strategy, IE Business School

Edgar Mayoral combines an extensive academic background in strategy with a wide professional experience in the banking sector. He teaches General Management, and Strategy Implementation courses to the Executive MBA in IE Business School, as well as Executive Education advanced programs.

“Experience is crucial when helping students to go beyond the theory and develop wining strategies that can be successfully implemented”, says this Aeronautical Engineer, that switched form aircraft designing to complex derivative transactions in the financial markets after an MBA in IESE and Kellogg School of Management. Among his areas of interest are internationalization, banking and automobile industry, as well as personal strategy. 

He has been working in the banking sector for more than twenty years in different senior positions. Since 2008 he works in Santander Consumer Finance as Executive Vice President, global head of the autofinance business, being member of the Executive Committee and reporting directly to the CEO. Among others, he heads the captive partnerships with car manufacturers, where Santander Consumer Finance has become the leading player in Europe. He started his professional career in private banking and rapidly moved to the wholesale business, having spent many years in front office positions in marketing, sales and structuring in global markets, with a wide international career in New York, London and Madrid.

He has set up several new business lines, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and participated in international diversification processes. He has been Managing Director, head of strategy and business development for the Global Banking and Markets Division in Santander Group. “The wholesale banking business is a privileged place to get to know a wide range of customers, corporations and institutions in the most relevant sectors, being an active player in their strategic development”, he says.

Associate Research Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 1986 to 1989.

Professional experience: Executive Vice President. Global Head of Auto Finance Business. Member of the executive committee. Santander Consumer Finance. 2008 to present.

Managing Director, Head of Strategic Planning and business development. Global Banking and Markets. Santander Group. Madrid, 2003-2007.

Executive Director, Head of Sales for Global Corporates. Santander Group, Global Markets, Madrid, 2002 to 2003.
CEO, Centradia, London, 2000 to 2001.
Vice president, Structured Derivatives, Santander Financial Products, New York, 1994 to 1999.

Andrew McCarthy

Professor, IE Business School

Andrew is a designer, innovation consultant and Design Thinking facilitator. He studied philosophy, political science, and the history of science and mathematics before becoming a creative director. Andrew has worked in his native New York and internationally as an art and creative director in multinationals and advising corporations on creativity, strategy, innovation processes, and Design Thinking. He also teaches the same as an Associate Professor at IE. Andrew is an innovation, design, and user advocacy officer with a handful of startups and tech development companies. He speaks and moderates at conferences and his voice has been featured in ads and audiobooks.

Joseph Pistrui

Professor of Entrepreneurial Management, IE Business School

Joseph is a member of the faculty of Entrepreneurial Management and was previously the Dean for Executive Education and at IE Business School based in Madrid.  Additionally he holds a Visiting Fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, where he lectures and researches issues related to new enterprise formation and innovation as part of the LSE’s Department of Management.

He has more than 25 years of management experience, first working for Bristol-Myers Squibb in the United States (eleven years) and later working with global organizations such as AstraZeneca, BBVA, Bosch, BT, Citi Group, DT, Financial Times, HSBC, Microsoft, Rio Tinto, Royal Dutch Shell, Siemens, Thomson Reuters, Unilever, Vestas, and others (fourteen years to date). Joseph´s contribution to these organizations has been based on his distinctive ability to navigate between the practice of management and a wide-ranging set of management theories

Joseph holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ferris State University. He was born in Detroit, Michigan USA and has lived and worked in Europe since 1993 and currently resides in Madrid, Spain.

Online Module

  • The 21st Century Leadership Challenge
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Implementing a Global Marketing Strategy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Strategy
  • Competitive Advantage of Social Capital
  • Implementing an Internationalization Strategy
  • Design Thinking

Chicago Module

  • Going Global: The Context of the 21st Century Economy
  • Building a High-Performance Environment
  • Managing Stakeholders and Corporate Reputation
  • Scenario Planning and Power Nodes
  • Leading Your Most Talented Employees

I'm amazed at the quality of the professors. Many of them are best-selling book authors. The way the teaching has been approached is very interactive and challenges a lot of the conventional norms and conventional thinking.

—Shahril Azuar Jimin, CEO, Etiqa Takaful Berhad

The reason I decided to pursue this program was that I got an invitation for next year for my 10th reunion meeting of my MBA. It shocked me that it is already ten years since I did my MBA so I decided to look for a way of pushing forwards, getting senior managers as peers and to get what is going into the classes and concepts to be prepared for the next ten years. This is why I am here and I was picking from top universities around the world and what a great combination between Chicago and IE Business School. These two weeks have been lovely.

—Christian Ponce, CEO, Diners Club Peru

I started my company, the Grupo Lauman, when I was 17. We are the owners of the El Financiero, the most important newspaper in Mexico and have a partnership with Bloomberg and we have created the TV Channel from financials and business from Mexico to LATAM. I came to IE Business School because I don’t have time for an MBA. My personal experience is that I feel now clearer in my way of thinking and where I am driving my company, my group and the people working with me and now I understand better the route I will follow for the next couple of years.

—Manuel Arroyo, President, Grupo Lauman

The main reason for me to attend this program was to refresh my skills and learn about best practices in terms of organization or leadership and be prepared to embrace the industry shift and new industry trends in my core business. It has been a very rewarding, enlightening experience to learn from peers that are coming from all over the world but also to learn from fantastic lectures from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and IE Business School.

—Yanik Cantieni, Managing Director, Automotive Industry

I decided to join this program because I was looking for professional and personal development. I have found that this program has been very meaningful and that I have fully achieved my goals. Topics and professors are excellent but I would highlight colleagues and the team as the best part of it. We all are very different but we can complement each other so well that this has been an amazing experience.

—Paula Aranegui, Online Manager, Meetic

The GSMP has helped me understand how I can shape the future of my organization by changing the way I manage and being able to respond to new challenges in the market. Also it’s helped me focus on how I can lead my team and help them perform better.

—Robin Bew, Editorial Director & Chief Economist, Economist Intelligence Unit

I would recommend this program to anyone who really wants to gain global insights. In every sense of the word, the Global Senior Management Program is indeed as global as it could possibly be.

—Victor Eromosele, General Manager Finance/CFO, Nigeria LNG Limited

These have been two intensive weeks dedicated to important things and not just the urgent ones, which is what we usually do. The topics are amazing and the right ones.

—Fernando Olalla Merlo, MD /CFO & Head of HR, Deutsche Bank

In the increasingly globalized knowledge-driven economy, it’s very important to get the frameworks to analyze, assimilate and utilize the knowledge content available around us. I spent time with some of the finest professors I could ever think of, learned some incredibly useful frameworks to understand the business around me.

—Narayan Raja Venkateswar, Head Sales, Marketing, M&A, Xchanging

To have the faculty from the United States during the Chicago experience and then having the faculty from Spain and other countries in Madrid has been extremely enlightening and rich. It’s exceeded my expectations.

—Carolina Pulido Guerrero, Corporate Channel Category Sales Development, Nestle Colombia