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Teresa Martin-Retortillo transforms executive education as head of IE Exponential Learning at IE University


In an era of globalization and uncertainty, leaders, senior executives and professionals at every stage of their career need to adapt to an unprecedented pace of change and volatility, while expectations to deliver results continue to increase. In an attempt to better equip executives for success, IE Business School is pleased to announce the appointment of Teresa Martín-Retortillo as Executive President of IE Exponential Learning.

With a strong international profile and decades of experience in driving corporate growth, innovation and learning in both North America and Europe, Martín-Retortillo is well-placed to lead a renewal of IE’s executive education programs. Since joining IE in September, Martín-Retortillo has led a fundamental redesign of its executive education programs.

“Teresa is committed to reshaping the way we think, not only about executive education, but also about learning itself,” says IE University Executive President Santiago Íñiguez. “With her exceptional strategic vision for the future of education and the business sector, IE Exponential Learning is set to transform how we see corporate education.”

In March, an exciting and innovative new curriculum will be launched that will support individuals as they address the challenges of digital transformation and accelerated growth with “high tech / high touch” learning experiences.

“While technology is a great enabler to make learning more effective, as an adult learner, it all starts with developing a learning mindset, and we make sure to also help executives with this critical dimension,” notes Teresa Martín-Retortillo. “IE was one of the first institutions in the world to incorporate blended learning, and it has been a pioneer in innovative teaching methods. Building on this unique expertise and taking advantage of recent technological innovations, we have designed programs that cater to professionals throughout their lives, empowering them to become adaptable and self-motivated life-long learners.”

About IE Exponential Learning

IE Exponential Learning focuses on providing tools for self-discovery and professional growth at every stage of one’s career, helping self-motivated individuals to build the skills necessary to adapt and improve performance in an ever-evolving global landscape.

The program has been designed to support professionals as they transition through each stage of their careers during an era of intense and fast-paced change. It is based on four pillars. Aimed at young professionals, Boot Camps are intensive, face-to-face courses in high demand areas; High Impact Online Programs provide building block courses for managers using blended learning and innovative interactive online teaching; Executive Education offers advanced management programs for executives; and the Global Senior Fellow Initiative has been developed for senior executives looking to leverage their experience and explore a second professional youth.

To find out more about the new executive education program, please visit the IE Exponential Learning website.

About Teresa Martín-Retortillo

Prior to joining IE University as the Executive President of IE Exponential Learning, Teresa Martín-Retortillo served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for McGraw-Hill Education, NY, USA, where she supported the CEO and the executive team in the publisher´s digital transition, with a focus on learning science.

Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Teresa was a partner with global management consulting firm, Bain & Company, where, for nearly 20 years, she was responsible for advising C-level executives and their boards, with the objective of galvanizing company transformations and growth. Her extensive experience supporting private equity investors through deal sourcing, due diligence and portfolio company transformation on more than 100 deals helped her develop a pragmatic result-orientated approach to consulting.

Martín-Retortillo began her professional career at Goldman Sachs as a corporate finance analyst in London, England. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from CUNEF (Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros) in Madrid and an MBA from Harvard Business School.