Covering wide-ranging subjects from his innovative management techniques to his fondness for French cuisine, Halden Zimmermann’s recent interview with Douglas Pitassi provides rare insight into the career of a professional whose impressive achievements have come in a variety of roles in seemingly disparate industries. Zimmermann, who rarely makes himself available for these kinds of in-depth interviews, has announced that the profile article written by Pitassi along with the full transcript of the interview is now available across several media platforms. |
Zimmermann has long been of interest to business journalists seeking to discern the qualities that have made the businessman and entrepreneur such an ascendant figure in so many diverse industries. Beginning with his selection for corporate sponsorship to attend the MBA program at the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and his status as one of the youngest to ever complete the program, Zimmermann has often politely declined interview requests by noting his continued desire to focus solely on his professional responsibilities. The publication of the expansive interview conducted by Pitassi therefore represents quite a surprising reversal of course.
“When Douglas reached out to me with an interview request, I felt that it was an ideal time to sit down and share some of the aspects of my professional approach that have been critical to my success in corporate leadership and also as an entrepreneur,” said Zimmermann, offering his rationale for accepting the request following so many years of aversion to such entreaties. “I was quite aware of Douglas’ longstanding reputation for journalistic integrity and felt much more comfortable knowing that the full transcript would be made available in order to provide the full context of the conversation.”
The latter issue was of particular importance to Zimmermann, but not for the reasons most public figures express regarding the possibility that their words could possibly be taken out of context. According to Zimmermann, part of the reason for granting the interview request was out of a feeling of responsibility to the world of business to share his professional views on short- and long-term business planning. Since this is a topic that can be highly complex and demands thorough explanation, Zimmermann wanted to be assured that his expert advice would be available in its totality rather than in bits and pieces.
“My goal with regard to sharing my principles on developing an overarching business plan was to do so in such a detailed fashion that anyone interested in implementing these principles would not be tasked with filling in any blanks that may have otherwise been left out by even a lightly edited interview,” said Zimmermann. “With the publication of this article and interview transcript, rising entrepreneurs and executives can get a clear sense of my personal perspective along with how I have been able to enjoy a great degree of professional success entirely independent of the respective industry.”
About Halden Zimmermann
Halden Zimmermann is a Chicago-area businessman and a professional blogger with experience overseeing the development of multibillion-dollar businesses operating across the globe. With an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and undergraduate degrees from Clarkson University in both mechanical engineering and engineering management, Zimmermann’s strong academic background and diverse professional experiences have proved critical to his success in such a broad range of endeavors.
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