Cassandra Frangos

Executive Development & C-Suite Succession Advisor


Cassandra Frangos

Cassandra Frangos, Ed.D., joins the MIT Sloan Executive Education team as an expert adviser and coach on leadership and organizational transformation. She is a consultant on Spencer Stuart’s Leadership Advisory Services team and also a coach in Harvard Executive Education Programs. She collaborates with Fortune 500 leadership teams on executive assessments, succession planning, leadership development, and top team effectiveness.

Previously, Cassandra was the head of the global executive talent practice at Cisco, where she was responsible for accelerating the readiness of the talent at all levels of the organization to transform the business and culture. Through partnerships with the executive team, she deployed innovative approaches to organization design, succession planning, assessment, coaching and development programs to drive business results and innovation. She also played an integral role in the 2015 succession planning for Cisco’s CEO, one of the most respected and longest-tenured CEOs in the tech industry.

Prior to Cisco, Cassandra was head of organization development and learning at a biotechnology company. During her earlier management consulting career at Wyatt Worldwide, she partnered with leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies to facilitate organizational change efforts and develop talent and organizational strategies that delivered results. Cassandra was also the human capital practice leader at a management consulting firm led by thought leaders Drs. Bob Kaplan and Dave Norton, founders of the Balanced Scorecard.

Cassandra earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in a joint program with The Wharton School and the Graduate School of Education. Her research focus was on innovation and organizational practices. She received a dual master’s degree in organizational development and positive psychology in a joint degree program with Case Western Reserve University and Ashridge Business School. Her undergraduate degree is in business administration and psychology from Northeastern University. She has authored several publications with Harvard Business Publishing and with leading industry journals. She is also the author of the book, Crack the C-Suite Code: How Successful Leaders Make it to the Top.

Faculty Media

  • Webinar: How Can You Reach the C-Suite?

    In this webinar, Cassandra Frangos shares her insights on the different routes to the C-Suite—and the many dynamics along the way.

  • Reaching the C-suite: No Shortcuts, Yet Many Paths

    Cassandro Frangos discusses how her work has shaped her new 2-day program at MIT Sloan Executive Education.

  • These Are the Top 4 Ways to Get to the C-suite

    Cassandra Frangos explains four techniques for rising through the ranks.

  • Charting a Path to the C-suite (Hint: Leave Your Ego at Home)

    Aiming for an office in the executive suite? Hiring expert, Cassandra Frangos, says be patient and be prepared to follow an unexpected path.

  • Defining Moments are What Make Good Leaders Great

    What do extremely effective leaders have in common? They recognize that their personal challenges and unique life circumstances are a source of strength and resilience. That’s the power of defining...

  • How To Reach The Top Of The Corporate Ladder

    In this article, Cassandra Frangos shares why having an extensive resume is no longer the single most important qualification for winning a desk in the corner office.

  • What Makes a Successful CEO?

    In this podcast, Cassandra Frangos shares the common characteristics derived from her research.

  • 3 Transitions Even The Best Leaders Struggle With

    In recent research, Cassandra Frangos found that C-suite executives are vulnerable to career failure when they are in the midst of one of three common transition scenarios.

  • Are You Ready to Start A Company? Ask Yourself These Six Questions.

    Those who follow the founder path in order to lead an organization stand apart because they actively create their own opportunities, and therefore have greater control over the timing of their...

  • How Executives End Up in the C-Suite

    In this podcast, Cassandra Frangos outlines what it takes to become a Chief Something Officer and how to garner needed support along the way.


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