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The Chiefs

Tyler Brûlé is joined by an array of C-suite leaders – including the CEOs of major airlines and those at the helm of national broadsheets, humanitarian institutions and mammoth retail operations – in one-to-one long-form interviews. Do you want to know how the finest global businesses are successfully navigating a course through times of crisis? Then join Monocle’s editor in chief and a stellar cast of chief executives for practical advice on steering companies towards secure and profitable futures.

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Vas Narasimhan:

Monocle’s editorial director, Tyler Brûlé, is joined by Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. One year on from their first discussion on ‘The Chiefs’, they assess the roadmap ahead, from vaccine rollout to reimagining medicine.

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3513 Apr 2021
30 min

Vas Narasimhan: 

Monocle’s editorial director, Tyler Brûlé, is joined by Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. One year on from their first discussion on ‘The Chiefs’, they assess the roadmap ahead, from vaccine rollout to reimagining medicine.

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346 Apr 2021
30 min

Davide Grasso: 

Monocle editorial director Tyler Brûlé joins CEO of Maserati Davide Grasso for the final installation of our travel and hospitality series. They discuss how to cater for the modern luxury consumer and how to go electric while staying true to your brand.

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3330 Mar 2021
30 min

Sébastien Bazin: 

In this week’s episode of ‘The Chiefs’, Monocle editorial director Tyler Brûlé joins the CEO of Accor, Sébastien Bazin. They discuss what the path to reopening looks like for one of the world’s leading hospitality brands and why optimism is in the air.

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3223 Mar 2021
30 min

Eric Vallat: 

In this week’s episode, Monocle’s editorial director, Tyler Brûlé, meets the CEO of Rémy Cointreau, Eric Vallat. They discuss the future of hospitality, what it means to lead a brand with so much history, and whether 2020 will have a lasting impact on consumer trends.

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3116 Mar 2021
30 min

Blake Scholl: 

In this week’s episode, Monocle’s editorial director, Tyler Brûlé, joins the founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, Blake Scholl. They discuss the path to making supersonic flight commercially viable again – and why it disappeared in the first place.

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309 Mar 2021
30 min

Akbar Al Baker: 

In this week’s episode, Monocle editorial director Tyler Brûlé is joined by the GCEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker. They look at the state of the aviation industry, Qatar Airways’ no-fuss approach to the pandemic and why it never stopped flying.

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292 Mar 2021
30 min

Edgar Heinrich: 

In this week’s episode of ‘The Chiefs’, Monocle’s editorial director Tyler Brûlé is joined by BMW Motorrad’s chief designer Edgar Heinrich. They discuss why the future of the two-wheeler is looking bright and the innovative design process behind the upcoming CE 04.

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2823 Feb 2021
30 min

Professor Joël Mesot: 

Monocle’s editorial director and chairman Tyler Brûlé is joined by Professor Joël Mesot, president of ETH Zürich, one of the world’s leading universities. They discuss the future of learning, Zürich’s symbiotic relationship with the institution and ETH’s impressive start-up programme, the Spin-offs.

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2723 Jan 2021
30 min

Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis : 

In this week’s episode of ‘The Chiefs’, Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé and Andrew Tuck take a trip to Athens to visit Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Mansion Maximos. They discuss Greece’s newfound sense of national confidence, the strategic importance of the eastern Mediterranean and why Greece is back on the map for citizens, visitors and investors alike.

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2629 Dec 2020
30 min

Best of 2020: part 2: 

Tom Edwards guides us through a curated selection of highlights from 2020’s impressive catalogue of interviews. From CEOs to city mayors, presidents and beyond, Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé sat down with those at the top to talk leadership and strategy in a year like no other.

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2522 Dec 2020
30 min

Best of 2020, part 1: 

Monocle’s Tom Edwards guides us through a selection of highlights from the year’s interviews. From CEOs to city mayors and presidents, Tyler Brûlé sat down with those at the top to talk leadership and strategy.

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2415 Dec 2020
30 min

Tristram Carfrae: 

In this week’s episode Tyler Brûlé is joined by Tristram Carfrae, deputy chair of engineering powerhouse Arup. They discuss the power of a cooperative company culture, the construction industry’s responses to 2020’s unique challenges and Arup’s role in shaping the future of sustainable urbanism.

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238 Dec 2020
30 min

Will Butler-Adams : 

Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, joins Will Butler-Adams, the CEO of foldable-bicycle company Brompton. They discuss how the company handled an unprecedented rise in demand, the future of the bike industry, urban change and why weight will always be Brompton’s obsession.

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221 Dec 2020
30 min

Norbert Kettner: 

Monocle editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé is joined by Norbert Kettner, who has been director of the Vienna Tourist Board for more than 10 years. They discuss the importance of celebrating our cities, how to support a night-time economy in times of crisis and why the spirit of Viennese decadence will endure.

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2124 Nov 2020
30 min

Simonetta Sommaruga: 

In this week’s episode of ‘The Chiefs’, Monocle’s editor-in-chief, Tyler Brûlé, sits down with Simonetta Sommaruga, president of the Swiss Confederation, in her office in Bern. They discuss the country’s practical approach to the pandemic and why it worked so well. Plus: how Switzerland can take more of a role on the world stage, their ambition for a seat on the UN Security Council and why nothing beats face-to-face diplomacy.

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