Chris Zook is a Partner in Bain & Company's Amsterdam office and has been co-head of the Global Strategy Practice for the past 15 years. He specializes in helping companies find new sources of profitable growth.
He is the author of six books with Harvard Business Review Press in the past ten years including his most recent book, "The Founder's Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth," a Washington Post bestseller, published in June 2016 and recently listed as a top read for CEOs according to Fortune’s CEO survey. He is also author of "Repeatability: Build Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change," published in March 2012. Among his other best-selling books are "Profit from the Core: a Return to Growth in Turbulent Times" (HBRP, January 2010), an updated edition of his 2001 book, "Profit from the Core: Growth Strategy in an Era of Turbulence," "Unstoppable: Finding Hidden Assets to Renew the Core and Fuel Profitable Growth" (HBRP, May 2007) and "Beyond the Core: Expand your Market without Abandoning your Roots" (HBRP, November 2004).
Chris has received accolades for his work on strategy such as:
- Times of London "Top 50 Business Thinkers,"
- FT Guide to Strategy "One of most interesting strategic thinkers working today,"
- Top 100 business books of all time award,
- FT and Economist "Books of the year" list
He's been a featured guest on renowned business broadcast outlets, including NPR, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV. He is also a frequent author in "Harvard Business Review," and other business publications.
Chris is a frequent speaker at a wide range of international and business forums including the World Economic Forum, the World Knowledge Forum, the Forbes' CEO Conference, the BusinessWeek CEO Conference, and the Economist Summit.
He received a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Williams College, an M.Phil. in economics from Exeter College, Oxford University, and earned master's and doctorate degrees from Harvard University.
He presently splits his time between homes in Amsterdam and Boston.
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