Senior Experts

Susanne von der Heyden

Top Executive Coaching

Susanne von der Heyden

“Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to see more clearly again”

Susanne enriches our team as one of our top executive coaches, drawing from 15 years of working experiences with organizations, teams and leaders in various industries, contexts and across all hierarchical levels.

As a certified business coach and change expert, she is not only in demand as a advisor in coaching and change training formats but was also awarded as “Business Coach 2016” in the category “Change Management Coaching” as part of an independent Coaching industry survey .

Her coachings convince through effectiveness in results and thus achieve a high recommendation rate. What makes Susanne successful is the combination of her wealth of experience & know how, her clarity in analysis as well as in feedback and finally her sense of humor – she is convinced that learning & growing can also be fun.

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Nina Plum, Dr.

Management Diagnostic & Development, Talent Management and Team Development

Nina Plum, Dr.

Nina is a freelance consultant and supports people, teams and organizations in finding and unleashing their potential. As a certified diagnostics expert, she offers services on the topics of (management) diagnostics and development, competence management and talent management. As a business coach, she supports managers in identifying and releasing their potential. Nina has done research on team diagnostics and team development and has completed various trainer and facilitator trainings and applies this knowledge especially in team development. In addition, Nina brings several years of experience in both strategic and operational HR work and combines the classical with the agile way of working. Doing so she supports as an OKR coach, teams and organizations in the introduction of Objectives and Key Results and also brings in her experience in managing (agile) transformations.
Nina has a degree in psychology and a doctorate in business psychology.

Kai Mahnert

Internal and external corporate communications

Kai Mahnert

For more than 20 years, Kai has been active in marketing and corporate communication. He has worked as a freelance market researcher, ran an academic marketing project office and spent several years as a consultant in an international agency for strategic communication. In March 2010, he founded Mahnert Beratung. In addition, he supports German and international consulting firms as senior advisor, communication expert and certified communication coach.

Kai earned his academic degrees in Europe up to the MBS (Master of Business Studies) in Marketing as a fellow of the National University of Ireland in Galway. He has taught in Germany and Ireland and currently holds a position as freelance lecturer with the Internationale Berufsakademie (IBA) in Bochum, Germany. He is a published author and co-author of business and marketing literature, a member of Mensa in Deutschland e.V. (MinD) and was adviser to the Marketing Club Ruhr (MCR).

Kai is a married father of two children and spends his spare time as a musician, martial artist and garden enthusiast. His passion – both professionally as well as in private – is the telling of good and original stories.

Anja Schmidt-Ott, Dr.

Leadership development, change facilitation and coaching

Anja Schmidt-Ott, Dr.

Anja is a business consultant, moderator, and coach, specializing in change and transformation. A founder of sencoj-consulting, Anja has worked for a variety of branches and industries, from financial to pharmaceutical, from logistics to manufacturing, from insurance to trade. Anja specializes in corporate development, leadership & employee communication, leadership development and change campaigning and has designed multiple workshops to facilitate change projects. She is also a certified mediator and coach and works as a hospice volunteer. Anja graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford

Valentina Paradiso

Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Valentina Paradiso

Valentina is a Senior Consultant at Methodos. She joined the team in 2018, moving to Milan after 5 years in the UK. Her experience lies in full-spectrum cultural change management programs, leadership development and corporate learning. In today’s environment, as organizations face unprecedented challenges while striving to improve the wellbeing of their employees, Valentina has embraced the opportunity to work with colleagues and clients to deepen self-awareness and unleash optimal mind-body synergies. She leverages on mindfulness, yoga and meditative techniques to help individuals and teams develop deep skill sets. She holds a MA in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh.

Michela Salvi

Design Thinking, face-to-face and digital collaborative events

Michela Salvi

Michela is a Senior Manager of the Group – Solution Designer and Facilitator in collaborative workshops for international organizations in different market sectors (Insurance, IT, services, luxury, pharma engineering, manufacturing, non profit organizations, healthcare, international agencies, etc.). For 15 years she has been involved in the facilitation of projects related to Strategic Planning, Innovation, Change Management, Culture and Values, Community Building and Curating, Communication and Training. Her expertise lies in creating open, inclusive programs designed to maximize participants’ involvement, sense of belonging, daily commitment and result-oriented approach.

Giuseppe Geneletti

New ways of working

Giuseppe Geneletti

Giuseppe Geneletti is Methodos Group’s head of the New Ways of Working. He brings 20 years of international business management experience, in the US and in Europe, and about 10 years of consulting experience, working with top clients across a range of industries.
His multi-faceted career has included significant assignments in business roles (marketing, business development and customer service), in strategic competency building roles (customer excellence, innovation and operational excellence) and in centers of excellence roles (HR, corporate communications, CSR).

In the last six years Giuseppe has driven key change projects with companies such as Pirelli, Prysmian, Assicurazioni Generali, Credit Agricole, Intesa Sanpaolo, GSK, MSC Cruises. The change projects focused on topics such as employee and stakeholder engagement, strategic and social media communications, new ways of working, digital transformation, corporate sustainability (ESG).

Giuseppe is a passionate, growth minded partner, combining business management and organizational change experience. Driven by relentless focus on scientific discovery and insights, he is capable to operate at all levels, get results and influence across organizational boundaries with agility, by building positive relationships with all stakeholders.

Elena Villa

Blended Learning

Elena Villa

Elena Villa is Senior Consultant and Expert in Training and People Development, as well as Blended learning. She joined Methodos Group in 2016 and is involved in all the phases of projects that aim for the development of managerial skills : from developing assessment centers to facilitate training sessions both online and in presence. She has experience working across all industries, from luxury brands to manufacturing companies. She speaks fluently and delivers training sessions in Italian, French, Spanish and English. She holds a Msc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economis (LSE). She is currently enrolled to become an ICF certified coach.

Sandra Fagbohoun

Design Thinking, Cultural Anthropology

Sandra Fagbohoun

Sandra is a consultant with Ascend Partners and was one of the Managing Partner of Methodos France. For overs 15 years, she has been involved in some consultancy activities. She first worked with local authorities and private local development organizations in France and in various African countries, and then with companies on change management and innovation development issues (medium-sized companies and large groups). She holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy, a Phd in Anthropology and has a Phd in Innovation Management in progress. She is a member of various Think Tanks in France, focusing on the issues of innovation, CSR and diversity management in companies. As university professor, she is also a regular speaker in executive programs.

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Pierre Crozier

Leadership & Organization Change

Pierre Crozier

Pierre is a managing partner and co-founder of Ascend Partners, a Paris based top management consultancy supporting executive teams in large-scale transformations in ‘home made projects’. He is a renowned expert in facilitating top management team alignment on company vision, transformation process, and roadmap, and ensuring buy-in and engagement of stakeholders in complex change projects over sustained periods of time. His specific focus is on designing organizations, company governance, HR and leadership policies.

Before founding Ascend Partners, Pierre was co-founder and managing partner with François Dupuy, of Mercer Delta Sas; the Change and leadership unit of the Mercer Group (now Oliver Wyman) in Paris. Before that, he was a partner at DRH, an organizational change consultancy. During his years at IDRH, Pierre was part of the leveraged buy-out of the firm in 1992, partner and co-head with Vincent Roger of the Industry / Services Team.

Celeste Coruzzi, Ph.D.

Leadership & Organization Change

Celeste Coruzzi, Ph.D.

Celeste is a Managing Director and Practice Leader of Veritas Partners, a Pearl Meyer consulting practice focused on leadership and organization effectiveness. Celeste has been advising organizations for more than 30 years in the areas of leadership and organization change. As an organizational psychologist, she works with CEOs, boards, and executive teams in major corporations on CEO and executive succession planning, board governance, organization assessment and strategic change, executive team coaching, leadership assessment and development, organization design, culture change, and performance measurement.

Celeste is Adjunct Full Professor at Columbia University, a role she has enjoyed for more than 20 years. She was faculty to the Columbia Business School executive development program and has been a board trustee to the National Organization Development Network and Editor-in-Chief of the OD Practitioner, its quarterly publication.

Celeste is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and on business program broadcasts and has published numerous articles and book chapters on leadership, empowerment, and organizational change. Celeste is a member of the American Psychological Association and is certified in The Leadership Circle, MBTI and Hogan Assessments.

Susan Sandlund, Ph.D.

Leadership & Organization Change

Susan Sandlund, Ph.D.

Susan is a Managing Director and Practice Leader of Veritas Partners, a Pearl Meyer consulting practice focused on leadership and organization effectiveness. For over 30 years, Dr. Sandlund has worked with Boards, CEOs, and all other levels of management on CEO Succession, senior team effectiveness, coaching and development of leaders and planned organizational changes across consumer product, manufacturing, airline, media, IT, healthcare, retail, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical sectors and not-for-profit organizations. Susan also spent five years as an Adjunct Full Professor at Columbia University.

Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, Susan was co-founder of Veritas Partners, a boutique consulting specializing in the area of CEO/Executive succession, leadership development and organization change. Prior to Veritas, Susan was a Partner with Mercer Delta Consulting Group (Now part of Oliver Wyman). Before joining Mercer Delta, Susan was a Senior Consultant with The Hay Group.

Susan is a frequent presenter at professional conferences on board effectiveness, CEO succession, leadership, empowerment, and organizational change. Susan is a member of the American Psychological Association and is certified in Hogan Assessments

Giovani Sgalambro

Digital transformation

Giovani Sgalambro

Giovanni is a co-founder and CEO of Accompany S.r.l., a Methodos Group company dedicated to strategy, digital transformation and related organizational change. Giovanni and his team bring multiple experiences in the field of Business & Technology strategy, Operation & Organization Strategy and Change Management & Digital Cultural Change, to build people centric tailored programs based on solid methodologies and data.

Prior to joining Accompany, Giovanni was Group CIO and VP Change Management Datalogic. Before joining Datalogic, he acted as Director Organization & Change and Digital Officer of Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti, a leading company at European level in the tissue industry. Before joining ICT, Giovanni was the service line leader Strategy & Change and Business Analytics & Optimization of IBM South Europe, leading major transformation projects with over 100+ companies.

Giovanni is Adjunct Professor of “Organizing and leading change” in the MSc in “Innovation and Technology Mgmt.” Catholic University Milan, and has been teaching in the engineering Faculty of Pisa and Castellanza (LIUC). Moreover, he is co-founder and Past President of Assochange, the Italian Association of Change Management, established in 2003.

Luca Argenton, Ph.D.

Behavioral Design & Adoption

Luca Argenton, Ph.D.

Ph.D. and Psychologist, Luca is the CEO and co-founder of Digital Attitude, a company that aims at maximizing the interaction between people and technology by making the adoption of new habits simple. In the last 10 years, he has been coaching and nudging individuals, and organisations to embrace the full potential of digital transformation through innovative solutions and approaches. Professor at different Master’s Degrees programmes dedicatd to Junior and Executive HR, he leads a course named “An Idea to change the world” at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

Livia Piermattei

ESG Transformation & Sustainable Business Governance, Integrated Thinking

Livia Piermattei

Livia’s experience has focused for over 30 years on sustainable business transformation. She holds various roles, as non-executive and independent Director; independent board advisor working also for the Italian SEC; top executive, board member and co-founder of an international strategic consulting boutique on change management, executive and board member in non-profit entities developing synergies between profit and non-profit.
At the same time, she researches and publishes internationally on ESG transformations and governance. Livia has a degree cum laude in Political Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza, is fluent and teaches in English, French, Italian.

Sabrina Paladini

Retail and Customer Experience

Sabrina Paladini

Sabrina is a Vice President and co-founder of Methodos Group, leading the Fashion and Luxury Division. For over 15 years, she has been involved in the fields of CRM and Clienteling projects aimed at involving organizations in the adoptions of technology related to Marketing operations. In the last 10 years she was leading several projects focused on Customer Centricity Strategy, defining Brand Promise and cascading the Customer Experience involving the retail.

Sabrina is a co-founder of Digital Attitude and Accompany, two Methodos companies in the field of Technology Adoption and Digital Transformation. Prior to joining Methodos, Sabrina worked at I&T (Information & Technology), OMAR s.p.a. (On line MRKT) and Allaxia Group (Market research and on line MRKT).

Sabrina has spent most of her professional life outside Italy, based in Spain and Belgium. She has a degree in Economics and International Commerce from The University of Bari (Italy) and a specialization in International Marketing from the University of Santander (Spain). She delivers in English, French and Spanish.

Emilio Galli Zugaro

Stakeholder Engagement

Emilio Galli Zugaro

Emilio is Chairman of the Methodos Group Milan, a leading European change management company.He founded the Orvieto Academy for Communicative Leadership, coaches executive and supervisory boards of DAX companies, and teaches Communicative Leadership at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and ESMT in Berlin. In 2017, “The Listening Leader” was published in London, which he wrote with his daughter, the psychologist Clementina Galli Zugaro. In 2018, his book “Ich bin so frei, raus aus dem Hamsterrad – Rein in den richtigen Job”, which he wrote with Jannike Stöhr, was published. From 1992 to 2015, he was responsible for global corporate communications at the Allianz Group.