Katrin Leonhardt

The future of development banks – insights with Katrin Leonhardt, Chairwomen of the board of SAB.

In this exciting podcast episode, René Esteban, founder and CEO of the transformation and change management consultancy FocusFirst, talks to Katrin Leonhardt, an experienced leader in the banking industry and Chair of the Board of Sächsische Aufbaubank. Find out how she is driving the transformation to one of the best development banks and the challenges she faces in the process.

Katrin Leonhardt shares her experiences and provides insights into the bank’s strategic development plans. She explains why transformation is so important to succeed in today’s volatile and complex world. Learn how the bank has defined its goals, how it is improving collaboration and leadership culture, and the role of digital transformation.


About Katrin Leonhardt (LinkedIn): Katrin Leonhardt is Chairwoman of the Board of SAB. Katrin is an experienced executive with an extensive background in the banking industry. She has held a variety of leadership positions in different banks and is currently on track to drive a transformation to one of the best development banks in Germany.

About René Esteban (LinkedIn): René Esteban is Founder and CEO of FocusFirst. As a former senior leader in a Fortune 500, he found that too many transformation projects take too long, waste money, and annoy key stakeholders – and that there must be a way to accelerate business transformations sustainably. Today, this belief unites an international FocusFirst team consisting of former top executives and subject matter experts. He is an international keynote speaker, author and senior advisor for top executives to achieve challenging goals and accelerate complex transformations.

About FocusFirst (LinkedIn): FocusFirst is a boutique consulting firm for transformation & strategic change projects. We are the specialised firm in the industry that combines former top executives and an award-winning method to accelerate transformations. This unique “double helix” of capabilities equips us to help our customers deliver results faster against demanding business goals. Executives work with FocusFirst to develop organisations, structure & accelerate transformations. FocusFirst works with leading Fortune 500 companies such as Merck, Novartis, E.ON, BASF, as well as established mid-sized companies.