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Meet our Leadership Team

Ken Keener
Ken Keener
Ken Keener

Executive Consultant – US

Ken Keener provides executive coaching, leadership team facilitation, and strategic talent advisory services to organizations addressing the critical talent priorities for business success. Over the course of his corporate career, Ken excelled at coaching executives and high-potential leaders to higher levels of performance and impact. Ken’s background combines C-level leadership experience, including board interaction, with proven skills in coaching and talent development. He has earned a reputation as a trusted partner, strategic advisor, and development leader.

Ken’s career spans over 30 years of HR leadership across several Fortune 500 companies including NiSource (as CHRO), Nationwide, and American Electric Power. He served on executive leadership teams, ensuring tight linkages between organization and talent strategies.

Ken most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at NiSource from 2018 to 2021. Ken led the human resource function to enable high performance, build talent, shape culture, and deliver a rewarding experience to over 7,500 employees across six states. He was responsible for all aspects of human resources including HR business partnering, talent management, employee and labor relations, compensation, and benefits. Prior to his appointment to CHRO, Ken served as Vice President of Talent and Organization Effectiveness from 2012 to 2018.

Key Capabilities and Experience

Previously Ken served at American Electric Power as Director, Leader and Organization Development, from 2005 to 2012. There he helped leaders build the culture and talent needed to achieve success. His team partnered with business unit leaders in areas such as leadership talent planning, leadership development, workforce planning, change management, performance management, and team effectiveness.

Prior to that, Ken was Director, Organization and Talent Development at Nationwide Property and Casualty Group, through 2005. He was responsible for executing and sustaining leadership development and talent management/succession planning strategies across all of Nationwide’s Property and Casualty Insurance Operations.

Ken’s earlier career with NiSource ran from 1995 to 2004. He progressed through several organization development positions of increasing responsibility from 1995 to 2004. He was a consultant at Drake Beam Morin from 1992 to 1995, and Manager of Human Resources at United HealthCare from 1987 to 1992.

Education and Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication with a concentration in Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University
  • Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)      
  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)