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Randall Krantz '91

Randall Krantz graduated from Derryfield in 1991 and went on to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his BA in mechanical engineering. Building upon a love for travel and language that he discovered while at Derryfield, Krantz studied abroad in France at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne and continued his studies in mechanical engineering, this time strictly in French. After his time in college, he worked as a control systems field engineer for General Electric Power Systems. Krantz then moved to Alaska and worked at Anchorage Municipal Light and Power before he pursued his MBA at IESE Business School. After his time abroad, he decided a life of travel and cultural immersion was just what he was searching for. During his MBA studies Krantz landed a project management consulting position in San Salvador, El Salvador followed by a start-up management position in London, England. During his time in London he co-founded what is now known as the Responsible Business Club, which looks at problems with an eye for social and environmental consciousness. Krantz next landed in Geneva, Switzerland, a place of mountains and cold weather, much like New Hampshire. In Geneva, Randall began working for the World Economic Forum where he helped initiate their work on climate change, environmental sustainability and consumption. Krantz then seized an opportunity to do some government advising work in Bhutan for two years. Krantz and his wife took a risk and quit their jobs to make the move, but he recalls the choice as one of the best he’s ever made. His time in Bhutan taught him the issues he was working to fix regarding the climate crisis could not be solved without taking a step back and looking at ways to provide equitable solutions to sustainability and consumption. When he returned to Geneva in 2016, Krantz was committed to making sustainability accessible for all people and now works on shipping decarbonization and helping companies set realistic and accountable climate targets. He recalls his time at Derryfield as foundational for the path he has since chartered, citing Mr. Rob Bradley’s chemistry experiments and Señor Gomez’s trip to Spain as major influences in his life. Krantz says that Derryfield taught him to take risks and look at problems more deeply and formed the roots of his character and his life.

“Derryfield is very very accepting of things outside the ’normal.’ There is an exploratory attitude around it. There is always a teacher encouraging you to go do something crazy; crazy in the best way.”
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