Kaihan Krippendorff

Strategy and innovation expert, founder of Outthinker, former McKinsey consultant, author of four business strategy books and sought after keynote speaker.

Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of Outthinker, a former McKinsey consultant and the author of four business strategy books including his most recent "Outthink the Competition". Kaihan specializes in serving financial service, technology, and retail firms who recognise the need to move away from traditional linear models to embrace agile, digital strategies for the modern world. Kaihan has worked with some of the largest global brands including Microsoft, ABC TV, Johnson & Johnson and AIG.

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Kaihan Krippendorff is a top business strategy speaker, the founder of Outthinker a growth strategy consulting firm. He is a former McKinsey consultant and the author of four business strategy books including his most recent book "Outthink the Competition".

He is also consultant with Wharton Executive Education, faculty member of Florida International University, teacher of design strategy at Parsons School of Design, and a lecturer at business schools throughout the US and internationally.

Kaihan specialises in serving financial service, technology and retail firms who recognize the need to move away from traditional linear models to embrace agile, digital strategies for the modern world. He has worked with some large global brands including ABC TV, AIG, BNY Mellon, Citibank, Pershing, TIAA, Realogy, Microsoft, VM Ware and Johnson & Johnson.

As a speaker, Kaihan brings a holistic, global perspective to his talks on business strategy, strategic thinking and innovation.

Over the past year, he has presented keynote speeches for the following global brands including the Consumer Electronics Association, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Harvard Business Review, Wharton Business School, National Restaurant Association, Produce Marketing Association, FORTUNE Growth Summit, Young Presidents’ Organization, Entrepreneurs' Organization, Institute for Management Studies, American Gear Manufacturers Association, Precision Machined Products Association, American Bar Association, and Metals Service Center Institute.

He conducts in-house, private talks for companies such as GE, VMware, McDonald’s, Microsoft, L’Oreal, Nestle Purina, Kraft, and United Technologies. He has co-headlined conferences with Jack Welch, Robin Sharma, Stephen M. R. Covey, Marshall Goldsmith and Tony Sheih among other leading speakers.

Kaihan has been featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio.

He earned a Master of Business Administration at Columbia Business School, a Bachelor of Science in finance from Wharton Business School, a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Doctorate of Science in Economics.

He speaks three languages and has lived or spent significant periods of time in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific.

Speaking Topics

  • Outthink the Competition
  • Intrapreneurship: Driving Innovation from Within
  • Innovating Beyond Product or Innovating Across 8 Dimensions
  • Strategic Acumen
  • Mental Agility
  • The Strategic Power of Doing Good


"Kaihan’s groundbreaking work on strategy development changes the game for organizations facing an increasingly competitive environment." - Shannon Wallis, Global Director, Leadership Programs, Microsoft

"Kaihan is very good at understanding the underlying patterns of strategy, then he trains the group to start recognizing these patterns, with time the strategic level of the group starts rising, generating breakthrough ideas that unleash untapped value." - Juan Mijares, Regional Director of Strategy, Wal-Mart

"Kaihan has the unique ability to frame questions in such a way that energizes a diverse group of leaders in strategic business planning. Through his guidance we were able to look at strategic issues for our board in unique ways that will have immediate application. He was quick to understand our issues and our mission and was an immense help in developing our strategy." - Mary E Power, CAE Executive Director, Society for Human Resource Management

"Kaihan provides practical methods to systematically analyze and intelligently manage the competition. This does not mean copying or even responding to the competition. It means precisely the opposite." - Marc Speichert, Chief Marketing Officer, L’Oreal USA (now Managing Director, Google)

"We’ve exposed thousands of executives of growth firms around the world to Kaihan Krippendorff’s concrete and practical stratagems for dealing with competitive threats and he’s been universally well received by our tough and discerning audiences." - Verne Harnish, CEO Gazelles inc., Founder Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Author “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits”

"Instant information, immediate price comparison, and an expanding breadth of customer choice are thrusting business leaders into a new era of competition. Kaihan’s fresh message opens minds and motivates strategic change in an era that demands change." - Robert Bloom, US CEO, Publicis Worldwide, Retired: Author of The New Experts and The inside Advantage

"Kaihan shows that with a bold idea, anyone can change the world." - Mohammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

"We invited Kaihan to address a global body of our top talent. He delivers cutting edge business concepts with his own unique tools in a way that inspires leaders to think differently. His professional approach, innovative concepts and deep knowledge of strategy holds up against the most sophisticated and experienced audiences." - Robert Cancalosi, Director of Global Customer Leadership, GE

"Kaihan, has an innate ability to captivate his audience. He brings a fresh, unique and passionate perspective on strategy and leadership, his style is brilliant and engaging and he is clearly a rising star." - Kal Mistry, SVP, VITAS Healthcare Corporation

"Kaihan’s speech for the Professional Convention Management Association left us inspired and wanting to change the world." - Anna Klapper, Brand USA

"We have had outstanding feedback from Kaihan's sessions [at IMEX Frankfurt] and it was an honour to have him take part." - Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group

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