Keynote: Frits van Paasschen

FRITS VAN PAASSCHEN

Seasoned Global Executive, Author, Former CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Former CEO of Coors Brewing Company

 

Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast. His 30 years of experience inside global companies has afforded him a unique perspective on the current trends that are impacting business around the world. Frits shares his deep understanding of the forces that are disrupting the status quo to help businesses evolve and thrive in changing environments.

 

Frits served as CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts from 2007-2015. Before that, he spent three years as CEO at Coors Brewing Company. Frits also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to working for Nike, he worked in finance in Disney’s Consumer Products Division. While Frits has a long history of executive roles, his career began in management consulting. At The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, he primarily served retail and consumer clients.

 

Advising on strategic direction is a passion of Frits’ and he has served on a variety of boards throughout his career. He has been a Non-Executive Director at Barclays (FTSE) and as a member of the board of Directors of two NYSE-listed companies, Jones Apparel and Oakley. While at Nike, Frits served as Chairman of the European-American Industrial Council, and he later served on the boards of the U.S.-India and U.S.-China business councils. For several years, he was a member of the board of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International.

 

Frits holds a BA in Economics and Biology from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was also a Teaching Fellow in Economics. Originally from the Netherlands, Frits holds dual U.S. and Dutch citizenship. A passionate traveler, he speaks five languages and has visited more than 110 countries. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, including marathons and triathlons. He has been married 25 years and has three children.

ConferenceAgenda

Tuesday, September 24  
9:00-11:00pm Party in the USA – Pre-Show Party co-sponsored by TMA Ohio
Eliot's Living Room (Hilton)
Wednesday, September 25  
7:30-8:30am  TMA Golf Scramble Registration and Breakfast 
Canterbury Golf Club
8:30am-12:30pm  Great Balls of Fire TMA Golf Scramble at Canterbury Golf Club**
11:00am-1:00pm  R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – Inaugural TMA NOW and IWIRC Lunch and Fireside Chat with the Judges**
Nuevo Cleveland (Sponsored by 50 Words LLC)
11:00am-1:00pm Hungry Like the Wolf Cleveland Food Tour**
West Side Market
1:00-7:30pm  Come Together Attendee Lounge Open
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
1:00-7:30 pm Registration Open
Lakeside Foyer (Level 3)
2:15-3:00pm I Feel Good Mimosa Bar sponsored by FTI Consulting
Lakeside Foyer (Level 3)
3:00-4:15pm Main Stage: Opening Program: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet – Mega Trends in the Economy 
sponsored by KeyBank
Hope Ballroom DE
4:30-5:30pm Into the Groove First-Time Attendee Reception sponsored by Melcap Partners
Center Street A
5:30-7:30pm The House is Rockin' Opening Reception sponsored by Huntington Business Credit and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Hope Ballroom A-C and Foyer
9:00-11:00pm Forever Young TMA NextGen Late Night**
The Corner Alley

Thursday, September 26

 
6:00-6:15am Born to Run TMA 5K Run/Walk Registration brought to you by Fleet Feet Cleveland
Hilton Lobby (Ontario Side)
6:15-7:15am Born to Run TMA 5K Run/Walk** brought to you by Fleet Feet Cleveland
Downtown Cleveland
8:30am-6:30pm Registration Open 
Lakeside Foyer (Level 3)
8:00am-5:00pm  Come Together Attendee Lounge 
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer 
8:00-9:00am Walking on Sunshine Networking Breakfast sponsored by Gordon Brothers
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
 
9:00-9:15am Main Stage: We Will Rock You Opening Remarks
Hope Ballroom DE
9:15-9:45am Main Stage: A Star is Born – Finding Your Firm's Next Rock Star
Hope Ballroom DE
10:00-11:00am Main Stage: Under Pressure Plenary: Crisis Communications in the Digital Age
Hope Ballroom DE
11:15am-12:15pm 

Education Breakout: Spotlight – Turnaround Strategy in Sexual Abuse-Related Restructuring Cases
Center Street C

Education Breakout: Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Multilateral Negotiations sponsored by Riemer & Braunstein
Center Street B

12:15-1:45pm

Main Stage: This Is How We Do It – Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Dambisa Moyo***
Hope Ballroom DE
2:00-3:00pm 

Education Breakout: ABC, Easy as 1,2,3 – ABCs vs. Bankruptcies vs. Article 9 vs. Receiverships sponsored by Candlewood Partners
Center Street C

Education Breakout: Welcome to the Jungle – Music, Entertainment, and IP
Center Street B

3:15-4:15pm Main Stage: Closing Program: We Are the World – International/Cross-Border Restructuring
Hope Ballroom DE
4:15-5:00pm Just What I Needed Moscow Mule Bar sponsored by Ashby & Geddes
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
4:30-5:00pm Celebrate! LGBT Reception 
Eliot's Bar
5:00-6:00pm  We Are the Champions Chair's Reception* 
Eliot's Living Room
6:30-7:00pm Transportation Loading for Closing Reception sponsored by Ritchie Bros.
Hilton Lobby (Ontario Side)
7:00-9:30pm  Final Countdown Closing Reception at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sponsored by Ritchie Bros.****
9:30-11:00pm Encore Performance: Pump Up the Jam TMA After Dark sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Upper Level/Patio)
Friday, September 27  
8:00-10:30am Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Grab n' Go Breakfast and 1:1 Meetings 
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
8:30-11:30am When I Ruled the World Joint TMA Executive Board/Board of Trustees Meeting*
Center Street BC


Agenda subject to change. View the full agenda

*Invite only 
** Extra cost to attend 

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