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About Henri LipmanowiczPhoto by David Gasser

Former President Merck Intercontinental and Japan
Co-founder Plexus Institute


My previous passion was building organizations where people thrived and were successful beyond their wildest expectations. My current passion is the development of Liberating Structures and their dissemination across all five continents. One passion follows naturally the other since Liberating Structures make it possible for people to build organizations where they thrive and are successful beyond their expectations.

I enjoy mentoring people and seeing them grow. I love asking questions and looking at issues from unexpected angles. I thrive on complexity and enjoy challenging senior leaders.

Liberating Structures is a labor of love and I am excited about their present and future contributions. Coaching people about their use has been invariably rewarding and has convinced me that everybody can benefit from learning how to use them. That is why I hope that more and more students will start learning about Liberating Structures in educational settings.

Henri’s bio sketch…  Henri retired from Merck in 1998 after a 30-year career during which he progressed from Managing Director in Finland to President of the Intercontinental Region and Japan (The world minus the US and Western Europe) and a member of Merck Management Committee. In 2000 Henri co-founded the Plexus Institute and served as Chairman of the Board until 2010.

Born in Carcassonne, France, Henri holds a MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Columbia University and a MS degree in Chemical Engineering from France. His career gave him the opportunity to live in seven countries and made him a perpetual world traveler. He resides in the US with his Finnish wife; their joy in their seven grandchildren is beyond their wildest expectations. While in France he drives around in a 1961 2CV Citroen.





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