Robert Oberwise


CEO, Managing Partner

Robert Oberwise, founder of Executive Partners, has over three decades of international business experience working with Fortune 100 and 500 firms, governments, educational systems, and not-for-profit organizations.

As a recognized global growth strategist and organizational development expert, he has helped many organizations and individuals address significant contemporary business issues. His work with large-scale systems change in cross-cultural environments has produced valuable business results for his clients.

Mr. Oberwise is a strategic thinker and process master with an acute knowledge of business fundamentals, which he uses to guide organizations and executive teams to higher and higher performance levels. He has advised leaders around the globe and his work with Boards of Directors is renown. He uniquely brings business and behavioral expertise, which assist EPI clients in shifting their paradigms to produce new growth opportunities, effectively engaging stakeholder groups, and ensuring organizational acceptance and execution of plan designs. In addition, he is an accomplished speaker and author.

Mr. Oberwise founded Executive Partners in 1989; a business consulting firm designed to unlock potential and grow organizations and individuals to the “next” level. Executive Partners drives performance through three distinct and inter-related disciplines; it helps organizations assess and reinvent their direction, designs organizational structures and systems to accelerate business results, and creates sustainable behavior change and learning within organizations.  He is a highly sought after global C-Level leadership coach.  Mr. Oberwise’s previous executive management positions were with American Express, Carson Pirie Scott & Co., PIP Printing International, Xerox Corporation, and International Harvester.

In addition to strategy recommendations, business plans and roadmaps which have lead his clients to real change and improved business results, Rob has had significant deal and acquisition experience with involvement at the strategic capital development, structuring, and integration phases.  Mr. Oberwise has been recognized in “Who’s Who in International Business.”  He graduated from Beloit College with a B.A. and from Loyola University with an M.S.I.R.

Mr. Oberwise recently co-authored a book entitled Developing Global Leaders – A Guide To Managing Effectively in Unfamiliar Places.  The book discusses the challenges of doing business globally in places where the same business principles, practices and capabilities are different from the western business world.  It helps readers avoid mistakes and fast track results.

As the founder of Executive Partners, Mr. Oberwise has been with the company since its inception 25 years ago.