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Andrea Klette Christenson Joins IESE's International Advisory Board
Austrian Entrepreneur Adds to the Impressive List of 34 Members From 15 Countries
September 23, 2004

 

IESE Business School has recently appointed the entrepreneur, Andrea Klette Christenson to its International Advisory Board (IAB).

Klette Christenson is managing partner and owner of Käthe Kruse Puppen, a luxury doll making company started by a German family in 1905. In 1989, the company experienced financial troubles and looked for an entrepreneur  to help them through the difficult times.  Klette Christenson and her husband acquired 70% of Käthe Kruse Puppen, and subsequently diversified the company's main product line of adult collectors' dolls to include play dolls, toys made of eco-friendly materials, accessories for babies' rooms, etc. 

More important, she propelled the company's international expansion, thus increasing sales substantially. Today, Käthe Kruse Puppen is one of the world's leading doll companies and a luxury brand in Germany, known for its high quality and meticulous attention to detail.  The Käthe Kruse Puppen museum is located in Donauwörth, Bavaria, where the company started. 

Klette Christenson's links with IESE go back more than two decades. In 1983, she received her MBA from IESE. Prior to joining Käthe Kruse Puppen, Klette Christenson worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the well-known general management consulting firm. Klette Christenson was a senior manager in the US-based company's Munich office, which was the first BCG office to open in Germany, and today serves as the company's cornerstone in Germany. Klette Christenson maintains links with BCG through its "business@school" initiative involving the German business community.

IESE's International Advisory Board comprises CEOs from multinational corporations in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The board's role is to advise IESE's management on changes in international politics, business and economics and their impact on the corporate world and management education.

Other members of the IAB board include:

Daniel Bernard
Carrefour
France

Rolf-E. Breuer
Deutsche Bank
Germany

Michel Camdessus
Banque de France
France

Jordi Canals
IESE
Spain

John Carter
Commercial Union HSBC
United Kingdom
 
José M. Castellano
INDITEX
Spain

Óscar Fanjul
Omega Capital
Spain
 
Johannes Feldmayer
SIEMENS
Germany

Victor K. Fung
Prudential Asia Investments
China

Roy Gardner
Centrica
United Kingdom

Toyoo Gyohten
Institute for Monetary Affairs
Japan

Janne Haaland-Matláry
University of Oslo
Norway

J. Gerhard Heiberg
Norscan Partners
Norway

Franklin P. Johnson
ASSET Management
United States

Hans Ulrich Maerki
IBM
France

Klaus Mangold
DaimlerChrysler
Germany
 
Carlos March
Corporación Financiera Alba
Spain
 
Rafael del Pino
Ferrovial
Spain

Mariano Puig
Corporación Puig
Spain

Franck Riboud
Danone
France

Juan Roure
IESE
Spain

Juan Antonio Samaranch
La Caixa
Spain

Marjorie Scardino
Pearson
United Kingdom

Johan Schrder
Radiometer
Denmark

Nicholas Shreiber
Tetra Pak International
Switzerland

Martin Sorrell
WPP Group
United Kingdom

Kees J. Storm
AEGON
Netherlands

Peter Sutherland
BP & Goldman Sachs
United Kingdom

Gaston Thorn
CLT-UFA
Luxemburg

Albrecht Woeste
Henkel
Germany

Luis Enrique Yarur
Banco de Crédito e Inversiones de Chile
Chile

Ermenegildo Zegna
Ermenegildo Zegna Holditalia
Italy

 



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