Gordon Hewitt is an internationally acclaimed business school Professor of Strategic Management. Born and educated in Scotland, he was appointed as Visiting Distinguished Professor in Strategic Management at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. For many years his research, teaching and consulting interests have spanned the fields of corporate competitiveness, business strategy, and the value added of executive leadership in dynamic, complex markets. At the Ross School he consistently received the highest participant ratings in Executive Education programmes.
His ideas, often developed in partnership with the late CK Prahalad, have been at the leading edge of global thinking about corporate value-creation, corporate innovation, and corporate transformation in a “game changing” world. He has developed pioneering methods for analysing disruptive dynamics in markets, extending the boundaries of conventional strategy models. Gordon’s academic awards include his recent appointment as Professor of Strategy Practice at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.
In his private consulting capacity, he has extensive experience of working at CEO and Board level with many major global corporations. He has delivered business strategy and top leadership sessions for companies such as Pfizer, Philips, Shell, IBM, Sony, Honeywell, PwC, Credit Suisse, Astra Zeneca, Verizon, Ericsson, Intel, Bosch, Telstra, HSBC, Deutsche Post/DHL, Time Warner, Humana, Syngenta, Biocon, PepsiCo, and Six Digital Exchange
Still resident in Scotland, Gordon’s consulting work is conducted on a global basis. He has been a member of the International Advisory Board to Scottish Enterprise and was appointed Chairman of Court, the Governing Board, at the University of Abertay Dundee from 2003 to 2010. Gordon was invited to join Pfizer’s Healthcare R&D Global Innovation Advisory Council in 2017. Recently he was appointed as Global Advisor to Switzerland’s Six Group on establishing in Switzerland the world’s first coordinated and regulated system for digital assets.
Amongst his civic and public honours in the UK, Gordon Hewitt was awarded the title of CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for his work in the field of international business. He is also a peer-elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), Scotland’s National Academy of science and letters.
“Gordon has a very rare ability to cut through the fog of strategy and help executives and leadership teams see the challenge of framing a strategic agenda through new eyes. I’ve experienced it personally and have seen Gordon have massive impact time and again with boards, CEOs and executive teams in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.”
Mark Johnson, Director Westfield Group and HSBC Australia, and former CEO of PwC Australia
“Great coaches make people achieve more than they thought possible. I have worked with Gordon Hewitt for over 20 years and as he coaches the business brains for your executive team they will identify real dangers as well as opportunities for your business.”
John Stewart, former Deputy CEO of Barclays Bank
“Gordon has ground breaking, leading edge and pragmatic ideas that thoughtful leaders can quickly use to their advantage... leading companies in the world have used his ideas to dramatically increase their competitive position.”
Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor of Human Resource Management, University of Michigan
“It was so very nice to see you in the British Airways Lounge at Heathrow last week. The work you did with us sticks with me to this very day. Priceless!“
Elizabeth Bierbower, former President of Humana, now independent Board Director
“It was a great pleasure to have you speak during our Investors Conference. I have thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and as such I have referred you to the Royal Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi for a speaking engagement during their Ramadan program”
Mohammed Alardhi, Executive Chairman of Investcorp Group, Bahrain
"Many of your concepts have stuck with me which is sometimes unusual for conference goers. You make an impact."
Chairman, Baker Tilly International
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