Fons Trompenaars

Fons TrompenaarsListed regularly since 2001 as one of the world’s most influential, living, management thinkers Fons Trompenaars is recognized the world over for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on the subject of culture and business.

As founder and director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, an intercultural management firm, he has spent over 20 years helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalization, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development. With his growing team of consultants he has translated this approach into innovative, practical and profitable results in all areas of international business for such companies as: BP, Philips, IBM, Heineken, Applied Materials, AMD, TRW, Mars, Motorola, General Motors, Dow Chemical, CSM, Telfort, Wolters Kluwer, Gerling NCM, Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, ABN AMRO, ING, PepsiCo, and Honeywell.

He has been awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Fons is the author/co-author of 10 books, including the best seller Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business, published by Nicholas Brealey (1993). This book has been translated into eleven languages (including Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and Russian) and the Dutch translation of this book was awarded “Book of the Year” by the Order of Experts and Consultants on Organization (OOA). Some of his other books include: the Building Cross-Cultural Competence (John Wiley, 2000), 21 Leaders for the 21st century (John Wiley and McGraw Hill, 2001), Did the Pedestrian Die (Capstone/Wiley) and the Culture for Business series, which comprises four books.

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