Lawrence Brenninkmeyer

Lawrence D. Brenninkmeyer


LAWRENCE D. BRENNINKMEYER is the Director of Family Leadership and Development at COFRA Holding. Reporting to the Chairman and CEO, Lawrence is responsible for guiding and developing family talent to ensure continued successful stewardship of the group. From July, 2015 to December, 2016 Lawrence served as the CEO of C&A China. Previously, Lawrence served as Vice President of Operations and Retail Financial Services for C&A Brazil. From January, 2006 to December, 2011, Lawrence led C&A's entry into the Turkish market as Managing Director. Prior to moving to Turkey, Lawrence worked as a regional manager in C&A Germany. Lawrence holds a Ph.D. from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, where he focused on the cognitive underpinnings of successful leadership. His dissertation is entitled "Expert and Typical Principals: A Comprehensive Look at Expertise through Problem Solving". He grew up in Japan and has lived in China, Germany, the USA, Turkey, and Brazil. He speaks fluent English and German and is conversant in Dutch, Portuguese and French.



Year Degree Institution
2009 PhD, Learning Sciences Northwestern University
2001 BA, Cognitive Science & Philosophy Northwestern University


Year Title  
2009 Expert and Typical School Principals: A Comprehensive Look at Expertise through Problem Solving

Selected Publications

Brenninkmeyer, L.D., Spillane, J.P. (2008). Problem Solving Processes of Expert and Typical School Principals: A Quantitative Look. School Leadership & Management: 435-468.

Selected Presentations

Brenninkmeyer, L.D., Sherin, B.L., Spillane, J.P. (June, 2004). Representing a Problem Space: Towards a Deeper Understanding of the Practice of Instructional Leadership.. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Santa Monica, CA.

Research Interests

  • organizational learning and innovation
  • problem solving expertise
  • cognitive modelling
  • instructional leadership
  • knowledge management

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