Nenad and his businesses currently advise global and regional directors of over 500 multinational corporations (approximately 90% of clients are multinationals from the Fortune 500 and FT 500 lists). He is the founder and president of Global Success Advisors (global business and economic advisory) and founder and president of the EMEA Business Group (advisory for regional executives running Europe, Middle East and Africa).
He previously co-founded CEEMEA Business Group which also focused on Central Eastern European markets. The advisory focus is on helping executives understand economic/business/political outlooks for virtually all countries around the world, global economic/geopolitical trends and on helping companies build strategies for sustainable growth internationally, and especially in emerging markets.
Nenad is the author of acclaimed books such as “The Future of Business in Emerging Markets: Growth Strategies for Growth Markets”, “The Global Economy”, lead author of “Emerging Markets: Lessons for Business Success and Outlook for Different Markets” (two editions), and a contributor to the book “The Future of Money”.
He is one of the world’s leading authorities on economic and business issues that concern multinational corporations seeking faster growth internationally. He performs hundreds of speeches per year at various corporate meetings on issues ranging from global, regional and country level economic/business outlooks to best business practices for international growth. In corporate circles he is well-known for not using any notes or power point slides while speaking and engaging in discussion.
Nenad is a former Executive Vice President of The Economist Group (Economist Intelligence Unit) where he spent nineteen years between 1990 and 2009, advising multinationals on economic and business issues and managing several business units globally (including Economist’s corporate advisory and government-related businesses). He chaired over 100 Economist Government Roundtables with Prime Ministers/Presidents and their cabinets throughout Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
He is guest faculty at Duke Corporate Education (globally no. 1 provider of corporate education) and a number of corporate universities/learning programs. Nenad was until recently the Supervisory Board member of the Center for Creative Leadership (globally no. 1 provider of leadership education). He studied economics, international business and finance in Vienna. Nenad lives with his wife and three daughters near Vienna, Austria. He spends his rare free time mostly with his family, but occasionally sneaks out to play basketball, tennis and golf.
“Our global leaders regularly invite Nenad Pacek to talk for several hours in front of our Top Executive Leaders including our CEO and CFO, about global economic and business trends and particularly emerging markets both from the business and economic perspective. Both our CEO and our Top Executive Leaders have all been very impressed and have used Nenad’s input when reviewing Tetra Pak’s long term strategy. Nenad’s unusual depth and breadth of both economic and business knowledge makes him very unique and adds a lot of value to any global company who wants to get a better understanding of global economic and business trends. He is a great, extraordinarily knowledgeable and engaging speaker who looks equally competently at past, present and the future of the world economy, its regions/countries and international business strategy issues. Nenad shared with us his views on an incredible number of countries without written notes, which made the sessions very dynamic. The business discussions which were triggered were fantastic and Nenad gave us very good input what we need to consider to continue to be successful in international business in the future. We will continue to seek opportunities and events, where we can get Nenad’s input to anticipate market and strategic changes and to feed our strategic business plans.”
Ralph Hägg, VP Global Learning & Organisational Development, Tetra Pak
“Thanks Nenad for sharing your insights. Your fact-based and clear headed review was extremely valuable. You have always proven to be a focused and productive counsel to us. We do appreciate the guidance and energy you stimulate with us.”
Richard Goodmanson, Global Chief Operating Officer, Du Pont
“Nenad, on behalf of Honeywell Aerospace I would like to thank you for sharing your expertise on emerging market strategies and managing through challenging times. This was a wonderful educational experience for our global leaders. Your breadth of knowledge and willingness to engage in honest dialogue about difficult issues provided us with the most thought-provoking session we had in the history of our Executive Forum in Arizona. I was so impressed that I forwarded your material to Dave Cote, the CEO of Honeywell.”
Rob Gillette, CEO Honeywell Aerospace
“Nenad is a passionate and thought provoking speaker! He presented his views of the EMEA economic development to our global Executive Committee headed by Charles Bunch, our CEO. His comprehensive and insightful views on the region and particularly on EU provided us with very useful information for our strategy session. Nenad's no slides, no paper presentations are fascinating and demonstrate his great understanding of the different factors that drive the long term evolution of the global economy and business.”
Jean-Marie Greindl, President EMEA, PPG Industries
“Nenad Pacek is a great speaker and one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on subjects such as business and economic trends in emerging markets and global economy. Both me and Microsoft leadership team in Europe have learned a lot from Nenad with whom we have worked for more than a decade.”
Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman, Europe, Microsoft
“Nenad, your contribution to our “accelerated growth” in-house meeting in Switzerland was brilliant. All experienced Nestle directors were particularly pleased to interact with an external speaker who definitely knew what he was talking about and was inspiring at the same time! I have always enjoyed your continuous valuable inputs and I am looking forward to the next meeting.”
Laurent Dereux, Regional Director, Nestle
“Nenad, thank you for taking the time to meet with our senior leadership team in Boston. Your exceptional economic and geopolitical insights into our key markets provided our team with a better understanding of how best to align our strategic business development priorities. We look forward to our continued partnership.”
Paul Mongillo, Vice President, Global Capabilities, Raytheon
“Nenad, thank you for joining our leadership team and sharing your perspectives. Your personal insights on economic prospects in Europe and Russia/CIS and successful corporate strategies were enormously helpful to our team. I do think it would be helpful if our team had access to your insights on a more regular basis.”
Alexander M. Cutler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eaton Corporation
“I had no choice but to invite Nenad Pacek again to our annual global advisory board meeting. Our advisory board members simply insisted we invite him again. He was back by popular demand!”
Marc Luet, Global Operations VP, Visa
“If you want to have strategic business views and understanding of economic issues, you are in the right place with Nenad Pacek. He and his businesses are the one key source which has provided me and my colleagues with a solid platform to achieve both of these objectives.“
Arvind K Sachdev, Vice President, Colgate Palmolive
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