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Matthew Paese, Ph.D.
Matthew Paese, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Practice Leader

Matthew Paese, Ph.D., leads DDI’s Executive Services business, where he is a central architect of business services for executives, which have been applied in leading organizations across the globe.

With over 25 years of experience working with executives through all sorts of business challenges, Matthew brings countless stories of C-level success and failure, and insight from comparative data and research to help boards, CEOs, and senior teams carve pathways to success.

Having seen many great leaders and teams in action, Matthew combines experience, humility, careful listening, and deep respect for the unique nature of each person, culture, and business context.

Matthew is a prolific speaker for organizations including The Conference Board, SIOP, ATD, and SHRM, is the co-author of the book Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World (2016), and its predecessor, Grow Your Own Leaders (2002). He has written many articles and research papers on wide-ranging topics across the leadership arena. 

“I’m most passionate about helping top executives discover that small changes can lead to enormous improvements in business and culture. Leadership is hard enough, so leadership development shouldn’t make it harder. When done right, the development that surrounds executive succession, team effectiveness, and ongoing growth should feel energizing, and it should produce tangible results that cause leaders to ask for more. I’m most energized when I’m helping organizations make that happen.”

An avid fly fishermen, cyclist, aspiring barista, and closet drummer, Matthew lives in St. Louis with his wife, Ellen, and children Rachel and Louis.

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