Client Success Stories

Client Success Stories

Thunderbird Executive Education has provided programs and solutions for global organizations around the world.

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Thunderbird Partners with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

For the past four years, the relationship between Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) and Thunderbird Executive Education has evolved from content provider to trusted partner in the talent management and development of WWL’s global leaders. In the fall of 2010, Thunderbird was uniquely positioned to assist WWL in the retention and development of their top talent to continue organizational growth and market impact. As a result, the Global Leadership Development Program (GLDP) was created and has now been delivered to a cadre of over 50 WWL leaders drawn from multiple geographies and roles to further promote collaboration and cross-cultural understanding. Thunderbird’s ability to customize and adapt its program content has proven to be an asset as WWL experiences a period of great transition and change as it prepares to create clearer alignment and efficiency within all of its business units around the globe. Read more…


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Thunderbird Executive Education has been an educational partner with Exxon Mobil Corporation since 1990, and currently delivers three unique programs to its management—currently 250 program days—throughout the year. Read more…


American Express Leadership AcademyAmerican Express & Thunderbird team up for leadership academy

Emerging leaders from 10 international social sector organizations to build personal, business and leadership skills at 2014 Leadership Academy

Having increased the leadership skills of 150 managers from over 50 international nonprofit organizations in the Academy’s five-year history, Thunderbird School of Global Management is once again teaming up with American Express to offer the 6th Annual American Express Leadership Academy, May 4-9, 2014, at the Thunderbird campus in Phoenix, AZ.  Read more…


Saudi conglomerate SABIC taps Thunderbird for custom Executive MBASaudi conglomerate SABIC taps Thunderbird for custom Executive MBA

(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia)—Instruction started this month for a custom Executive MBA that Thunderbird School of Global Management will deliver during the next two years for 28 high-potential managers from Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), the largest public company in Saudi Arabia. Working closely with senior leaders from the petrochemical conglomerate, Thunderbird professors will teach customized business courses in English at SABIC Academy in Riyadh and at Thunderbird’s campus near Phoenix, Arizona. Read more…


Transformational leadership in a transformational classroomTransformational leadership in a transformational classroom

Beautiful rugs and floor cushions replaced traditional classroom tables and chairs when high-potential supervisors from Saudi Aramco gathered in May 2013 for a Thunderbird Executive Education program in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia. The comfortable environment caught participants by surprise when they entered the room. Passersby heading to other events at the company’s Leadership Development Center even paused to peer inside, often asking if they also could partake in the class. Once the program content was explained, these observers would nod their heads in approval. Some even contemplated changing the layout of their own offices to evoke a similar environment.  Read more…


Thunderbird helps Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak EnergyThunderbird helps Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy

It is always a pleasure to hear from alumni, and all the more so when they are calling upon Thunderbird Executive Education to provide assistance to their current employer. Such was the case when alumnus Todd Myers ’88, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Cloud Peak Energy, called to inquire how Thunderbird could help their employees with cultural versatility skills. It may seem at first glance that the focus of Cloud Peak Energy’s (NYSE: CLD) business would require little in the area of cultural versatility skills. After all, leaders of this domestic U.S. coal producer with a pure-play focus on the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana would not appear to have any reason to concern themselves with different cultures. However, as with many aspects of the U.S. coal industry, a second glance is revealing and rewarding.  Read more…