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Leading in an exponentially changing world
Leading in an Exponentially Changing World
What does it mean to lead in today’s world? What does it take? Professor Henrik Bresman speaks with Elcin Barker Ergun MBA'92D, Group CEO of Menarini Group on her leadership journey, and how she led a global pharma company to leverage its strengths and revitalize its commitment to purpose.

Jun 14, 2022 12:00 PM in Paris

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Elcin Barker Ergun MBA’92D
CEO & Board member @Menarini Group
Elcin Barker Ergun worked in Global, Regional and Local Leadership roles in Pharma Industry for more than 20 years in Innovation, Commercial and Finance Leadership. She joined Menarini Group in 2019 as Group CEO and Member of the Board of Directors after an expansive International career in the US, Europe and Emerging Markets. Menarini is a Global top 30 pharmaceutical company present in 140 countries with > 17,000 employees. Elcin entered Pharma Industry with Glaxo Smithkline as subsidiary CFO. She then joined Serono as General Manager, and took roles of increasing seniority over the years in Merck Serono as Senior Vice President, Regional Head of MEA, Russia, CIS followed by Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer when she was based in the group’s headquarters in Germany. In her last role at Merck, she was based in Boston for 3 years as Executive Vice President, Head of New Businesses leading the external innovation led growth of new businesses.
Henrik Bresman
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour @INSEAD
Henrik Bresman is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He studied economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, philosophy and Japanese at Lund University, Sweden, and financial management at Keio University, Japan. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Bresman is an expert on distributed leadership and high-performance teams. He is the co-author of the top-selling book X-Teams: How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (published by Harvard Business School Press), which examines how teams at all levels can take on strategic leadership roles and change the direction of their firms. It also documents how top management can unlock the talent of the organisation to create an infrastructure for innovation across their company.in MBA teaching, and has won the INSEAD best teacher award multiple times.