Nils Tarnow

Nils Tarnow

Senior Advisor and Associate Partner

Dr. Nils Tarnow is senior adviser and associate partner at Cambridge Family Enterprise Group–Brasil, a highly specialized, international advisory, education and research organization serving family enterprises. Founded in 1989, it is devoted to helping families achieve multigenerational success for their families, enterprises, and financial wealth.

Dr. Tarnow advises business families on building and strengthening their strategic planning processes; growing shareholder value; defining corporate and ownership strategies; and improving their governance systems for their businesses, owners, and families. He has extensive consulting experience around the world advising business owners and senior executives in many industry sectors, from manufacturing to financial services, on a wide range of topics, including business strategy, organizational development, and buy- and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, including post-merger integration. He is a functional expert in strategy development, strategic planning, performance management, and shareholder value management. Currently he is also a board member for a California-based technology start up.

Dr. Tarnow started his career at McKinsey & Company, where he worked in the Hamburg, Tokyo, and São Paulo offices. Later he joined The Boston Consulting Group in Brazil, where he became Managing Director and Partner. He went on to hold senior executive positions at Banco Santander in Brazil and at Usiminas, a Brazilian steel and mining conglomerate, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, business development, and the implementation of large organizational transformations. He returned to consulting in 2012 at São Paulo-based Bridge Business Advisors, which merged in 2017 with Cambridge Family Enterprise Group–Brasil to serve Brazilian multigenerational families and family-owned businesses on business strategies, family office strategies, ownership strategies, and family strategies.

Dr. Tarnow holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University, where he briefly taught. He is a student member of Stanford’s Academic Council on Research and helped to develop an ethics code for research. In addition, Dr. Tarnow earned a M.S. from U.C. Berkeley, and graduated as Diplom Ingenieur from Leibniz Universtät in Hanover, Germany, both in Civil Engineering.

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