Dear Andrey, Denny and Gigi,
We heard from Dominic Alldis of the tragic news of Maria’s passing away and wanted to express our deepest condolences to all of you. We remember fondly a dinner at your house many many many years ago (I believe Kate Berardo and her partner were also there).
I am greatly indebted to Maria as she helped me when I first stared my work as an independent consultant, first as a sounding board for how to set up a cross-cultural coaching practice and later as the person who introduced me into Exetor and the world of leadership development, which I have grown to love. She was such a warm and kind woman, and yet when hard things had to be said, she said them – always leaving the dignity of those at the receiving her thoughts intact – an admirable quality.
She was also a great supporter of the work Pete did and the bookhe wrote, and I know he held her in high regard.
You are all in our thoughts and wish you strength and support at this time in your lives.
With warmest wishes,
Satu and Pete