Charles Gancel

Charles Gancel, French, is a co-founder of ICM and has been a Managing Director of the company since its creation in 1983.

Before joining ICM, Charles worked six years for the advertising agency Idéodis in Paris, acquiring considerable experience in advertising and corporate communications.

For over fifteen years Charles has helped international companies achieve cultural transformation using leadership development and alignment to generate commitment to change. He helps executives and managers working in decentralized, matrix organizations to develop innovative, clear and consistent management processes. Charles conducts cultural audtis and employee surveys that allow executive teams to make decisions for how to best implement new strategies. He also intervenes in situations of crisis management, in particular after a merger or an alliance.

Charles has worked with companies in Europe, North America and Russia. His clients include sanofi-aventis, sanofi pasteur, Hydro Building Systems, OCDE, UCB, Messier-Dowty, La Poste, BNP Paribas, etc… Charles has written and presented numerous articles including Cross-Cultural Management, Traps and Gaps (1990),  Management Training in Russia (1993), Successful Integration for Successful Acquisition (La Tribune April 21, 1998), The Pioneer and the Peasant, a Franco-American Cultural Comparison (Les Echos November 4, 1998). He is co-author of Successful Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances – Strategies for Culture Bridging, (McGraw Hill, London, May 2002).

Charles works in French and English.


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