Per-Ola Karlsson is a Partner with Strategy& and the leader of the firm’s Engineered products and services practice in the Middle East. In addition, he oversees the practices for financial institutions and real estate 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 on both a European and a global basis.
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
- 15th annual CEO succession study: The value of getting CEO succession right
- A culture of success: Using culture for world-class results in GCC companies
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.