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Executive Transition Program

Executive Transition Program (ETP.21)

Module 1
Duration: 8 Days
area Stockholm (Sweden)
Dates: 15. - 22. Nov 2024
Module 2
Duration: 5 Days
area Berlin Brandenburg
Dates: 10. - 14. Feb 2025
Module 3
Duration: 5 Days
Dates: 12. - 16. May 2025
28,500 €

Succeed in the transition to general management

The Executive Transition Program (ETP) prepares experienced senior-level managers and functional executives for the next stage of their career; the transition to general management. 

Advancing to the highest levels of an organization represents a major shift in responsibilities. It demands a new way of business thinking, advanced managerial skills and technical knowledge, as well a fundamental change in the way that you lead yourself and others.   

The ETP will take you on a transformational journey, equipping you with tools that will allow you to: 

  • Manage complex cross-functional activities and decisions on a global scale 

  • Adapt to the increasingly dynamic and quickly evolving needs of the modern business environment 

  • Lead in your general management role with advanced leadership skills

Executive Transition Program (ETP.21)

Module 1
Duration: 8 Days
area Stockholm (Sweden)
Dates: 15. - 22. Nov 2024
Module 2
Duration: 5 Days
area Berlin Brandenburg
Dates: 10. - 14. Feb 2025
Module 3
Duration: 5 Days
Dates: 12. - 16. May 2025
28,500 €

Your profile

  • You are a senior manager or functional-level executive 

  • You are leading (or preparing to lead) a business unit or regional subsidiary; or are in charge of a new product, market, or major project initiative. 

  • You have a confident command of written and spoken English


  • Build the confidence to lead others your way, through peer and group coaching as well as once-in-a-lifetime experiences that allow you to step out of your comfort zone in a supportive, "safe" environment

  • Fill gaps in your foundation, with top speakers, competitive activities, and simulations that challenge you to confront and master the complex responsibilities of a general manager  

  • Improve your ability to interpret what is happening across your organization and the wider market

  • Get ready to manage a transnational organization by simulating future business scenarios 

  • Alumni benefit from continued support and growth opportunities with the exclusive ETP Salon and gain access to a growing network of top-level leaders and change-makers.


  • Prepare for how your general management role will feel, what its demands will be, and how you can accelerate your transition.

  • Advanced general management competencies​

  • Business functions and their interdependence from a larger ecosystem perspective​

  • Deep leadership skills for a sustainable future​

  • Leadership presence and self-leadership mastery​

  • Individual transformation and transition management   


Student voices

ETP participants discuss the program’s biggest highlights


The impact of the ETP

Read the interview with ETP alum Jens Delventhal as he shares his experience with the program and the impact it has had on his career.

ESMT blog

Find out more about the ETP

Insights from Jan Hagen, program lead for Executive Transition Program

In the news

ETP experiences

ETP alumna Kate Gaynor on how her ETP experience helped her to manage a hospital in China during a global pandemic.

Meet our teaching staff

The programs have been 
designed – and will be led –
by ESMT faculty members 
and ESMT visiting faculty. 
They will also guide and 
advise you throughout 
your studies.


 “One of the things that attracted me to the Executive Transition Program (ETP) was the excellent reputation of the program across leading, global blue chip companies, given the success of many who have completed ETP in the past. Beside ESMT’s attractive location within Europe, I liked a lot the school size: not too small to work all the time with the same people, yet not so big that you feel lost in the crowd. Reflecting on the impact of the three subsequent ETP modules including peer coaching and alumni events, I easily can leverage my personal learnings for a general manager role beyond the duration of this program.”

Rosa Meckseper, SVP, Head of Corporate Strategy, Continental

“The teaching staff conveyed information concisely and accurately and had the ability to fully engage a roomful of learners—challenging us, giving us feedback, and providing “real world” role-playing exercises.

I enjoyed the presentation style with lots of opportunities to ask questions and talk about real-life examples which made the program really enjoyable and informative. It was a practical program that I have benefitted from, both personally and professionally.”

Delice Javalera, VP of Quality and Continuous Improvement, NAI Group


The move from functional to general management requires a fundamental change in capabilities, skills, and attitudes. ETP gave me the opportunity to learn, experiment, develop, and build a network of great people – while preparing for my transition.

Michael Kiesewetter, Chairman of the Board, Investitions- und Förderbank Niedersachsen NBank
ETP participants in spring 2022

ETP class of 2022


Payment is required before the program begins and includes all program materials, daytime catering at ESMT campus (lunch and coffee breaks), and some dinners. Please be aware that travel, accommodation expenses, and daytime catering during program modules held outside our campus (or in other locations) are not covered.

General terms and conditions

Our general terms and conditions for open seminars and information about application and cancellation policy can be found here.

Read our general terms and conditions

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Management

Having completed the Executive Transition Program, you will receive the ESMT Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Management, a prestigious recognition of your professional development.


More information

Scholarship opportunities

To increase the number of female executives, ESMT Berlin awards two full scholarships and two partial scholarships in cooperation with 30% Club (value €14,250) for women in leadership positions.

Learn more

Your program advisor

​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Head of Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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