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Sarah Schwab

Partner

Sarah Schwab is a Partner at Decision Strategies International (DSI), a firm devoted to helping organisations become more strategic and leaders more adaptive. DSI provides executive development, strategy consulting and organisational transformation for large organisations in all major continents.

Sarah thrives on partnering with organisations to increase how they bring the “outside in” to improve the future orientation of their strategies AND their leaders’ capability of executing their strategies well. Known for her client engagement and advocacy skills, she is passionate about building resilient, outward-focused businesses and inspiring leaders to ever greater performance through executive development.

Sarah brings to DSI extensive European, US, Middle Eastern and South East Asian experience. This international exposure, combined with her versatile style allows her to be effective in a wide range of business contexts – from C suite dialogues in Budapest, high potential leader development in New Dehli to front line leader training in Doha. Through these interactions, Sarah has gained invaluable experience in developing leaders who manage operations in fast growing, culturally diverse, complex and often volatile markets.

Prior to joining DSI, Sarah was an Executive Director and General Manager at Thunderbird School of Global Management where she led a significant expansion of Thunderbird’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She and her team orchestrated many large scale, high impact executive education programs for corporations seeking transformational change. Sarah helped leaders improve their global mindset and strategic leadership capabilities, often using immersive techniques and assessments to help participants develop greater external focus and experience managing environments, teams and individuals very different from themselves.

Before joining Thunderbird’s management team, Sarah was a Managing Director at the Corporate Executive Board where she ran their EMEA Finance and Strategy Division. Sarah and her team were responsible for driving faster, more effective decision making for more than 1000 CFOs, Chief Strategists and SVP Operations and their teams worldwide. In addition to her operational responsibilities, Sarah also personally managed the European CFO Thought Leaders network where she worked closely with the CFOs of some of EMEA’s largest companies.

Earlier in her career, Sarah worked in manufacturing and supply chain in the semiconductor industry including several different roles at Motorola Inc. in the USA. Sarah received a BSc (Hons) from Aston University, Birmingham, and an International MBA with distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1998. She has three children, a very supportive spouse and in her spare time, you will find her skiing or watching football where an ideal weekend will include great powder snow and a win for Liverpool FC!