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

Wednesday, September 25  
8:30am-12:30pm  Golf
1:00-7:30pm  Attendee Lounge Open
3:00- 4:00pm Opening Program 
4:30- 5:30pm Making Connections: First-Time Attendee Reception
5:30-7:30pm Opening Reception 
Thursday, September 26  
8:00am-6:00pm  Attendee Lounge 
8:00-9:00am Networking Breakfast 
9:15-9:45am Soundbites
10:00-11:00am Education Session Plenary 
11:15am-12:15pm  Education Session Breakout
12:15-1:45pm Networking Lunch 
2:00- 3:00pm  Education Session Breakout
5:00-6:00pm  *Chair's Reception 
7:00-9:00pm  Closing Reception at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
9:00-10:30pm TMA After Dark
Friday, September 27  
8:00-10:30am Grab n' Go Breakfast and 1:1 Meetings


*Invite only | Agenda subject to change. View the full agenda

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The Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave. East
Cleveland, OH 44114

Reservation Deadline: September 3, 2019
After the cut-off date, room reservations will be accepted based on hotel availability at the best available rate. 

Room Rate: $209/night plus taxes
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Group Booking Code: TMA
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