Dr. Mirko Warschun is a Senior Partner and Managing Director with KEARNEY, where he leads the Consumer and Retail Practice in Europe. In more than 25 years of global professional experience (consulting, M&A, VC/PE), Warschun has deep functional expertise in CEO advisory, strategy, growth, corporate governance, and large-scale transformation - with an increased emphasis on digital transformation. In this capacity, he is a trusted advisor to CEOs and boards of several major companies in the consumer goods and retail sector. He is actively facilitating change as a mentor, advisory board member, and investor in startups around the world.
Warschun has a passion for consumer industries and digital business models and is frequently interviewed on trends in major business journals and digital media. He is regularly featured as a speaker, panelist, and moderator at leading industry conferences and board meetings. In addition, he is a member of the Strategic Board of CEMS – The Global Alliance in Management Education.
Warschun holds a Master in International Management from CEMS for his studies at the Stockholm School of Economics, a Doctor of Philosophy in Management from the University of Oldenburg, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cologne. During his career, he attended a senior executive program at the London Business School.
Areas of expertise
CEO advisory, Strategy and Growth, Corporate Governance and large-scale transformation.
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