Executives to investigate winning leadership skills for 2020 and beyond

Business, innovation and financial situations evolve over time, which requires an adaptation of leadership styles. Business professionals must keep up to ensure they continuously develop the most effective leadership skills to adjust to and facilitate changes. What skills are needed to ensure businesses thrive now, into the next decade, and beyond? Top business leaders and academics from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) will reveal what they have packed in their own leadership survival kit during the RSM Leadership Summit 2015 on Friday 2 October in Rotterdam.

Attendees of this year’s RSM Leadership Summit will be inspired by speakers Marijn Dekkers, chairman board of management at Bayer AG; Dorothee van Vredenburch, chief change and organisation and member management board at NN Group; and Merel van Vroonhoven, chairman of The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). They will share their experiences and views on the winning leadership skills to be successful in 2020 and beyond.


Academic perspectives

In addition to interacting with these influential senior leaders, the RSM Leadership Summit allows participants to discover the latest research and perspectives on the subject of leadership skills. RSM’s renowned academics, such as Professor Rob van Tulder and Professor Lucas Meijs will provide academic insights to the views of the executive speakers, and network with RSM’s business school community – alumni, students, VIPs, corporate relations, faculty and staff.


RSM Leadership Summit

The RSM Leadership Summit does what Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University promises to do: to provide a lively platform where today’s top business practitioners, RSM’s top academics, its valued alumni, and corporate connections come together for a day of high-level networking and the sharing of knowledge. The first RSM Leadership Summit was held in 2009. Since then, the popularity of the event – which also kicks off the RSM alumni reunion weekend, and features the RSM Distinguished Alumni Awards – has grown dramatically, attracting more and more participants each year. 


Business leadership

During previous editions of the annual RSM Leadership Summit, prominent business leaders such as Frans van Houten (CEO Philips), Guus Dekkers (CIO Airbus), Søren Hansen (VP IKEA Group), Ulla Kruhse-Lehtonen (Vice-president of customer insight and analytics Sanoma), Pieter van Oord (CEO Van Oord), Rene Hooft Graafland (CFO Heineken), Paul Smits (CFO Port of Rotterdam), Roland Schütz (CIO Lufthansa) and Chris Zook (Partner Bain & Company) discussed the latest ideas, trends, and models impacting business leadership. Past summits focused on topics such as business opportunities, and the risk and challenges with big data, reinventing the future, and creating value at the edge of technology.

This year’s RSM Leadership Summit business event will again be moderated by Dutch TV journalist Twan Huys. It will take place in the iconic Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam on Friday 2 October.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top-tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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