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For the columnist and the political commentator, see Charles Krauthammer.
Type Private
Industry Professional services
Founded 1971
Key people Thierry Stéphan (CEO), Daniel Eppling (CIO),Tom Romijn (CFO)
Services Consulting, training and coaching
Employees 200

Krauthammer is an international professional services company, whose main expertise is consultancy-based coaching and training. Krauthammer Investments Holding B.V. (KIH) is a company with limited liability set up in accordance with Dutch law. KIH holds all shares of legal entities that are part of the Krauthammer Group which has 15 offices in 12 countries worldwide, giving us strong local roots and the power to work together with colleagues on global assignments. In 8 countries we have partner offices and in several countries we work with certified freelancers.[1]


Krauthammer was founded by Eric Krauthammer in 1971 in Switzerland. In this decade, Krauthammer’s activities were mainly focused on the Swiss market, but towards the end of the seventies offices were opened in France and Belgium. In the early 1980s Krauthammer expanded into the Netherlands, Germany, England, and Spain, and Italy, Sweden, the USA and Asia-Pacific reinforced Krauthammer in the nineties. In 1994, Eric Krauthammer sold his shares to Wolters Kluwer, a leading Dutch publishing group active in 30 countries. A proportion of the stock remained the property of Krauthammer senior management.

An employee buyout in 2000 created financial and psychological ownership and the possibility to operate and innovate independently. Wolters Kluwer reached an agreement to sell Krauthammer, part of Wolters Kluwer Professional Training, to the company's key personnel and NIB Capital Private Equity N.V.[2] Employees and investment firm AlpInvest (AP Private Equity Investments 1) acquired respectively 45% and 55% of our ordinary shares. In March 2011 Krauthammer completed its 2nd buy-out, when AlpInvest was bought out by a repurchase of shares. Krauthammer is now fully owned by employees holding shares in the company. In order to secure continuity of the Group and its decision making process, the Company has issued one priority share to the Priority Foundation ‘Stichting Prioriteit Krauthammer’, which carries special control rights.

Services and clientele[edit]

Krauthammer is an expert in coaching, consulting and training. By challenging people’s behaviour Krauthammer boosts performance and makes sure that the improved behaviour leads to better and lasting results for an organisation.

The primary areas in which Krauthammer works are change, leadership and management: major change for leading businesses, building leadership and management competences, creating high-performance cultures and improving the effectiveness of sales forces. Krauthammer also support companies in building a new learning culture by designing corporate universities and academies.


The claimed uniqueness of the Krauthammer training and coaching approach lies in that, in terms of "neurological levels" (Gregory Bateson and Robert Dilts), unlike many other approaches, it deals mostly with concrete behavioural and strategy levels that, within time and sequential follow-ups, will bring evolution of the beliefs and identity levels. In short: "new behaviour skills breed new attitudes", namely that behavioural training impacts cognitive processes through the reduction of cognitive dissonance. This specific methodology finds its origins in a broad version of the Palo Alto school of communication (Mental Research Institute and Paul Watzlawick). It was first synthetised in the sixties by Gustav Käser, then continuously developed by the Krauthammer research and development team. Among the main modern influences of Krauthammer, we find the systems approach and methodologies, and theorists like Fons Trompenaars, Marshall Rosenberg and Peter Senge.[citation needed]


Krauthammer has originated models, concepts and scales, such as the Human Capital Development (HCD) Model, the 4LS Evaluation, the Double Helix model, the Culture Iceberg, the Development Wheel and the Infinite 8 model. Krauthammer original research findings on management and leadership are furthered by Economist Intelligence Unit [3] and other industry related sites.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ [1] Official Krauthammer website; retrieved November 2013
  2. ^ Wolters Kluwer sells Professional Training companies Krauthammer International, IEC, and HQ Group; retrieved 28 January 2008
  3. ^ Krauthammer research at Economist Intelligence Unit; retrieved 27 January 2008
  4. ^ What do leaders lack?; retrieved 31 January 2008
  5. ^ Only 42% of employees believe their organisations to be trustworthy; retrieved 29 January 2008
  6. ^ Employees to Managers: Shut Up and Listen; retrieved 30 January 2008


Watzlawick, P., Bavelas, J. B., Jackson, D. D., Pragmatics of Human Communication. W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1967.