Working as a principal consultant, first for the international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman and now independently, Annette Thum has designed and implemented innovative leadership development projects, created team events, led change processes, and coached over five hundred executives worldwide. Her style is direct and supportive, and her pragmatic approach serves her in identifying new and effective client solutions.
Prior to her consulting role, Annette gained valuable management experience in the media business as well as in her ten years at Daimler. There, among her other assignments, she headed a three-year culture change project with Freightliner LLC in the US. She completely reorganized the learning landscape and worked closely with the board to create a new vision and value model for the company that supported the business strategy. She also drove various strategic PMI projects, led the International Transfer Center for Africa & Europe, and successfully consulted with different Daimler business units as an executive management development director.
Annette enjoys working within the corporate environment and strongly believes in cross-sector collaboration. Therefore, she also serves NGOs and governmental organizations, working to bring different parties together. She has supported various health centers in Rwanda with trainings on management and leadership and recently returned from Ethiopia, where she facilitated an emergency-planning meeting with one hundred participants for the UN World Food Program.
Annette also serves as faculty and coach for Duke Executive Education. A native German speaker, she is fluent in English and has familiarity with both French and Spanish.