Maja Popp is a seasoned Global Learning and Leadership Development professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in Leadership Development, Talent Management, Organization Development and Coaching.
Her career began in Switzerland where she worked in the financial services industry with UBS, one of the world’s leading global financial services firms. During her 17-year tenure with UBS, she has designed and facilitated leadership programs and has worked with early, mid and advanced career high potential leaders (including MDs and Board members) at key transitions in their careers. In addition, Maja has also developed comprehensive learning strategies for various business divisions within UBS to ensure direct alignment with the overall business strategy. She has designed and implemented Leadership Development initiatives as well as Talent Management frameworks and consulted and coached leaders across 3 different continents. In her various roles she has worked across all ranks in various countries – including a 2 year assignment in New York – and has developed expertise in how to work across cultures and in what it takes for leaders and their teams to create sustainable impact in a firm operating at a global level.
Maja was a member of the UBS Leadership Institute which had the mandate to provide strategically oriented senior leadership development targeted at building current and future leadership capabilities among the firm’s senior management team. As a result of this work, the UBS Leadership Institute received several prestigious awards, including Nr 1 for ‘the best launch of a corporate university’ and the ‘2005 top ten companies in executive development’.
One of Maja’s largest global project responsibilities included a Board-sponsored culture change initiative engaging over 60,000 employees in leader-led workshops, in over 24 countries and in 1600 locations.
Most recently Maja was an Executive Director at UBS and Global Head of Organization design and Change Management.
Beginning in 2013, Maja has moved with her husband to the US and is currently pursuing her Coaching certification with the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, with the goal to integrate the latest research in Neuroscience to create positive and lasting leadership performance enhancements.
Maja holds a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and a Bachelor in Business Administration and Sociology from the University of Zurich. She speaks German and English, and is currently polishing her French.