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Per-Ola Karlsson

Middle East

Renowned expert on strategy, operating model design, and leadership; extensive experience working with leading companies in both Europe and the Middle East.

Per-Ola Karlsson is a Partner with Strategy& and the leader of the firm’s Industrial Manufacturing and Automotive and Financial Services practices in the Middle East. He has over 30 years of consulting experience.

He is a member of the Strategy& management team and previously led the firm’s people and organization strategy practice.

His main areas of expertise include strategy formulation, organization development, corporate center design, and governance. In addition, he frequently supports companies in the areas of change management and capability development.

Per-Ola has extensively served clients across Europe and the Middle East within automotive and industrials, as well as transportation. He has also served clients in institutional investments, private equity, real estate, and financial services.

Along with his client work, he has authored multiple articles and reports. Some of Per-Ola’s published work includes:

  • 2016 CEO Success study: Are CEOs less ethical than in the past?
  • How GCC companies can become global competitors: Adopting a capabilities-driven strategy to avoid growth traps
  • From the Outside In
  • 2015: Not the Year of the Woman CEO

In addition to his firm-wide roles, he currently leads Strategy&’s activities in Dubai. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Booz & Company, and as the managing director of global practices, as well as of the firm’s European business.

Per-Ola holds an M.S. in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, an M.S. in systems engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and an MBA from INSEAD.

May, 2014 strategy+business

The Lives and Times of the CEO

March, 2014 World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Arctic

Five Arctic Myths

January, 2014 World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Arctic

Demystifying the Arctic

August, 2013 strategy+business

Is the Arctic the Next Emerging Market?

August, 2013 Global Economic Symposium

What Will Success Look Like in the Arctic

May, 2013 strategy+business

Captains in Disruption

May, 2013 strategy+business

“It’s Time for a Change”

May, 2013 strategy+business

Portrait of the Incoming Class

August, 2012 strategy+business

The Business Case for the European Union

May, 2012 strategy+business

CEO Succession 2011: The New CEO’s First Year

May, 2012 strategy+business

Navigating the First Year: Advice from 18 Chief Executives

May, 2011 strategy+business

CEO Succession 2010: The Four Types of CEOs

May, 2010 strategy+business

CEO Succession 2000-2009: A Decade of Convergence and Compression

May, 2009 strategy+business

CEO Succession 2008: Stability in the Storm

June, 2008 strategy+business

CEO Succession 2007: The Performance Paradox

  • Strategy
  • Capabilities-Driven Strategy
  • Organization development
  • Corporate center design
  • Governance
  • Change management
  • People capabilities

Main industry focus

  • Automotive/Manufacturing
  • Energy and utilities
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

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