Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School, Madrid

Lucy P. Marcus was recently appointed by IE Business School as Professor of Leadership and Governance. She also serves on the International Advisory Board of IE.

I sat down with the team at IE Business School to talk briefly about how I look at leadership, what it means to be “connected” and what I hope students learn in my class.

Press Release:

Lucy P. Marcus Joins IE Business School as Professor of Leadership and Governance

CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting and a member of the IE International Board, Lucy P. Marcus joins the faculty at IE Business School as Professor of Leadership and Governance.

The Anglo-American board chair and non-executive director who challenges conventional wisdom both inside and out of the boardroom, Marcus has been recognized for setting the agenda on future proofing boardrooms and companies around the world. She speaks and writes about corporate governance, ethics and leadership for the Harvard Business Review, Reuters and other leading global publications.

As adjunct professor, Marcus will teach in a variety of programs at IE Business School, including the flagship International MBA and the IE Brown Executive MBA, the latter being a unique program for senior managers taught jointly by faculty from IE Business School and Brown University.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Lucy P. Marcus to the IE Business School faculty. I am confident that our students will learn a great deal from her real-world expertise and thought leadership in governance, investment, and entrepreneurship,” said Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School. “Having worked in a number of sectors – from software and the internet to government and financial services – Lucy will bring an invaluable perspective into the classroom.”

“I’m so delighted to be teaching at IE Business School. It is more important than ever to bring the discussion of what it means to be a leader inside and outside of the boardroom to help build strong organizations to the classroom,” said Lucy P. Marcus. “Boards need independent directors with skill, vision and commitment and boardrooms need to be addressing new agenda items for difficult economic times, and students need to explore this now.”

Marcus also serves as non-executive chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund Investment Panel, and non-executive director and chair of the board audit committee of BioCity Nottingham. She is co-founder and served as a judge and chair of the board of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards, and is also on the board of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. She is the co-founder and chair of “Leadership in Conflict” which is working to develop leaders in conflict and post-conflict zones.

Marcus has been recognized for her ground breaking work in leadership and governance. She was the recipient of the 2011 Yale University “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” Award, and was selected for one of the 2011 National Association Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100 lists for promoting boardroom excellence. She has been shortlisted for the 2011 “Thinkers 50” list of most important living management thinkers, and for the Thinkers 50 “Future Thinkers Award”. She was also recently voted one of 6 of “Britain’s Best Connected Women” in the UK Institute of Directors’ Director Magazine.

Marcus was also a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship Program, and a fellow of the British-American Project. The Independent newspaper ranked Lucy as 43rd in their “Most Powerful Britons on Twitter” and she has been featured as “Director of the Month” in Director Magazine. Marcus also serves on the Steering Committee for The Wall Street Journal Task Force on Women in the Economy. She is great demand as a speaker on global economic trends and best practices for corporate governance and leadership, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, technology, and women in business.

A dual American and British citizen, she holds a B.A. from Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts) and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England).


The International Advisory Board of IE Business School acts as a counselling body aimed at maintaining and promoting levels of academic excellence, quality and prestige at IE. Members of the Board advise the Executive Committee on strategic objectives and on the development of new initiatives. Thus they play an important role in achieving the IE Business School mission: To serve the needs of the business community, providing an education model for corporate leaders and lawyers at every stage of their careers based on an overall global approach with a special focus on entrepreneurship and a firm commitment to innovation, information technologies and applied research projects.

Recognised as one of world’s top business schools, IE Business School has an urban campus in Madrid and a 400-strong faculty and a student body from over 65 countries on its master, doctorate and executive education programs.

In January 2009, the full-time MBA Program of IE Business School was ranked third in Europe and sixth in the world in the 2009 edition of the annual Financial Times ranking of full-time MBA programs. In September 2008, IE Business School’s MBA programs were ranked 10th in the world and 5th in Europe the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual ranking. IE Business School’s Executive MBA Program was ranked No. 1 in Europe and No. 15 in the world according to the 2007 BusinessWeek ranking.


Professor of Leadership and Governance & Member, International Advisory Board

IE Business School