Cesare Mainardi
Cesare Mainardi

Adjunct Professor of Strategy

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Cesare R. Mainardi is Chief Executive Officer of Booz & Company and has been a partner of the firm since 1993, having joined the Cleveland office in 1986 after graduating from business school.  Prior to his election as CEO in April 2012, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Booz & Company and Managing Director of the North American business. In his 25 years with the firm, Mr. Mainardi has helped several of the world’s largest companies achieve major multi-year strategy-driven transformations, spanning multiple functions and geographies to build capabilities, create change, and drive growth.

Mr. Mainardi has been a principal architect of the firm’s differentiated approach to capabilities-driven strategy and capabilities building. He has co-authored the books The Essential Advantage and Cut Costs and Grow Stronger, both published by the Harvard Business Review Press, and also co-authored several articles on business strategy published in leading journals such as the Harvard Business Review and strategy+business, including “The Coherence Premium,”  “The Right to Win,” and “The Capabilities Premium in M&A.”

Mr. Mainardi received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, in addition to a Master's degree in manufacturing engineering and Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, also from Northwestern University.

Print Vita
MME, Mechanical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
BS, Industrial Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Other Professional Experience
Chief Executive Officer, Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company), 2014-present
Chief Executive Officer, Booz & Company, 2012-2014
Chief Operating Officer, Booz & Company, 2011-2012
Managing Director, North America, Booz & Company, 2008-2012
President, North America, Booz Allen Hamilton, 1986-2008

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Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Strategic Decisions: A Guide to Making Winning Choices (STRT-960-5)
This course was formerly known as MGMT 960-A
This course focuses on a different approach to strategy that is capability centered -- the premise that organizations will succeed in markets and offerings that best match what they are great at doing. Through case studies and current examples, the class will cover both the logic for why a capabilities-driven approach to strategy works - and how through effective execution it leads more often to success. Senior executives from winning companies leveraging this thinking will provide an inside view of what it is like to develop and execute this type of strategy approach.