Meet our Leadership Team

Matthew Paese, Ph.D.

Matthew Paese, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

Dr. Matt Paese is a globally recognized author, CEO coach, C-suite consultant, keynote speaker, and pioneer of many of today’s leading approaches for helping leaders succeed at the top. He is the lead author of Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World (2016) and co-author of its award-winning predecessor, Grow Your Own Leaders (2002), which have shaped over two decades of impact in growing leaders into skilled, self-aware, compassionate enterprise executives. Matt is now Senior Vice President of Executive Services for DDI.

Matt has advised thousands of CEOs, senior teams, boards and C-suite executives in more than 20 countries across the world. He is sought-after for his expertise in CEO succession and onboarding, senior team effectiveness, board effectiveness, and executive succession and development. He has authored scores of articles and white papers, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Chief Executive, The Conference Board, and Human Resources Executive to name a few. His team’s research has generated countless insights and discoveries in C-suite leadership, executive team and individual effectiveness, and enterprise succession planning.

As an entrepreneur, Matt was one of several originators who launched DDI’s Executive Services business in 1995. DDI has since provided coaching, development, and consulting to hundreds of thousands of executives in more than 3,000 organizations worldwide. He has led the development and implementation of industry-leading solutions in the areas of executive assessment, coaching, team effectiveness, and board leadership. Matt is the principal architect of many DDI proprietary services, including Business Driver Analysis, Executive Focus CoachingTM, and the newly released Pressure Point CoachingTM, which is rapidly altering the global landscape of high-speed, just-in-time coaching for executives.

Matt holds both a Ph.D and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a B.A. in Psychology from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and an active contributor to the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Before joining DDI in 1994, Matt was with Anheuser-Busch for four years, where he managed executive assessment and development programs throughout the corporation.

An avid fly fisherman, cyclist, barista, and closet drummer, Matt divides his time between St. Louis and New York, with his wife, Ellen, and children, Rachel and Louis.