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Build a strong team of executives, C-suite leaders, and board directors

At the executive level, there’s not a moment to waste. The decisions made every minute, every day, every month have far-reaching and long-lasting implications for the organization – for good or for bad.

With decades of experience working alongside boards of directors, CEOs, and executive teams at the world’s top companies, DDI’s Executive Services group will be by your side to guide executive success through constant change. With our collective experience as current and former executives, organizational psychologists, and business consultants, we are trusted advisors to help top executives navigate difficult transitions in every extreme.

Jay Romans - Case Study - Changing the Success Profile
 

Our Suite of Services

We create tailored solutions to meet our clients’ unique business challenges that build on our services in several key areas:

Getting Succession Right
Your next great CEO might be very different than your last great CEO.

How we approach executive challenges

Based on our work with thousands of companies, we’ve identified five key challenges facing most companies at the executive level, and can share stories about how we’ve helped our clients meet these challenges.

Prepare leaders for succession

Only 14 percent of companies say they have a strong bench of future leaders. We help companies identify a pool of highly qualified candidates and accelerate their development to quickly fill critical leadership positions.

Learn how DDI helped a financial firm build a strong senior leadership bench following a wave of retirements.

Align team focus and effectiveness

Company success hinges on alignment of the executive team around strategy, focus, and vision for the future. We help our clients gain a holistic view of the collective strengths and challenges for their entire executive team, and develop as a team toward unified goals.

Read how DDI worked with a global retail company to align the executive team after a series of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Lead positive, rapid transformation

Rapidly advancing technologies and changing market conditions put demands on executives to quickly pivot their companies in new directions. We work with both individual executives and their teams to help them rapidly lead change.

Check out how DDI helped a new healthcare CEO and his executive team boost employee engagement and improve company culture during a period of rapid transformation.

Accelerate success in transitions

Whether because of a rapid CEO transition, an unexpected C-suite departure, or the result of a merger, there’s often little time to waste in getting key executives up to speed in a new position. We work with individual executives and their teams to accelerate development and success in new roles.

Find out how DDI was by the side of an incoming CEO of a manufacturing company to help him accelerate his development toward success and solidify relationships with his team.

Select and grow highly capable leaders

The strength of an executive team is defined not by the skills they have to meet current challenges, but by their ability to meet changing business goals ahead. We work alongside executive teams to help them advance their skills and preparedness for the changing business context of the future.

Learn how DDI supported a global manufacturing organization in building a strong, capable executive team to execute on a major organizational transformation.

Seeing the Next CEO
How Gundersen Health System identified its next CEO.

Meet our people

Our clients consistently tell us that the reason they work with us is because our people are true partners for their executives. We’re proud that our consultants are not only among the world’s foremost experts on executive leadership, but also build deep, trusting relationships with our clients to guide their growth. Get to know some of our top consultants:

Audrey Smith, Ph.D.
Matthew J. Paese, Ph.D.
Loren Appelbaum
Tim Bray
Vicki Center
John DeSantis
Erik Duerring
Elizabeth Egan, CPC, MBA
Martin Factor, Ph.D.
Richmond Fourmy, Psy.D.
Andrew Gill
Eric Hanson, Ph.D.
Alice Pescuric
Robert Rogers
Anna-Maria Rose
Sarah Strang, Ph.D.
Nicole Traud
Danielle Vidal
Audrey Smith, Ph.D.
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Audrey Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Audrey Smith co-leads DDI’s Executive Services business with over 25 years’ experience with boards, CEOs, and executive teams striving for high performance.
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Matthew J. Paese, Ph.D.
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Matt Paese, Ph.D.

Matthew is the leader of DDI’s Executive Services group, where he and his team help CEOs, boards, senior teams, and executives enhance leadership to grow business, cultural, and personal success.
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Loren Appelbaum
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Loren Appelbaum

Loren Appelbaum is a highly experienced consultant and executive coach who establishes himself as a trusted business advisor to CEOs and Boards across virtually every business sector.
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Tim Bray
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Tim Bray

Tim Bray has over 35 years of experience in the life science, healthcare, and consumer products industries with such companies as Novartis, Bayer, Dow Chemical, and Quintiles.
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Vicki Center
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Vicki Center

Vicki Center is a senior-level human capital consultant working closely with executive teams to refine talent strategies that enable business and cultural priorities.
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John DeSantis
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John DeSantis

John Desantis is Vice President, Executive Services based in the United Kingdom, where he brings experienced human resources and talent management experiences within the C-suite and at the executive level to DDI’s international and domestic clients.
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Erik Duerring
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Erik Duerring

As Vice President, Executive Services, Erik leads DDI’s consulting services for C-Suite and senior level leaders.
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Elizabeth Egan, CPC, MBA
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Beth Egan

Elizabeth Egan has more than 25 years of business experience in building flagship brands, managing P&L responsibility, and developing capabilities with industry-leading Fortune 200 companies.
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Martin Factor, Ph.D.
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Martin Factor, Ph.D.

Martin Factor, Ph.D., is a member of DDI’s Executive Services business, where he provides innovative solutions to address his clients’ most pressing executive succession, selection, and development challenges.
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Richmond Fourmy, Psy.D.
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Richmond Fourmy, Psy.D.

Richmond Fourmy, Psy.D., has more than 25 years of consulting experience in leadership development, specializing in CEO succession, executive assessment and development, executive team alignment, and crisis management.
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Andrew Gill
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Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill is an executive and leadership consultant. He is a qualified industrial/organizational psychologist who has had over 30 years of experience in the areas of succession management, executive coaching, talent strategy, assessment, and development.
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Eric Hanson, Ph.D.
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Eric Hanson, Ph.D.

Eric Hanson, Ph.D., works collaboratively with clients to diagnose their executive talent management needs relative to their business strategy and determine the right solutions to build organizational and individual capability.
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Alice Pescuric
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Alice Pescuric

Alice Pescuric currently supports DDI key clients in the areas of leadership development and executive-level assessment and coaching, leading to faster on-boarding and stronger development planning for top talent.
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Robert Rogers
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Bob Rogers

Bob retired as president of DDI after 38 years with the company, the last 25 as president and COO. As the leader of day-to-day operations for DDI from 1990–2015, Bob directed DDI’s growth and expansion from a small U.S. company to a $160 million organization operating worldwide.
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Anna-Maria Rose
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Anna-Maria Rose

Anna-Maria Rose has over 20 years’ experience in the areas of succession management, executive assessment, development, and coaching, and has worked with worldwide companies in manufacturing, technology, financial, pharmaceutical, and energy industries.
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Sarah Strang, Ph.D.
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Sarah Strang, Ph.D.

Sarah Strang is passionate about customer engagements in the areas of executive selection and organizational transformation.
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Nicole Traud
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Nicole Traud

Nicole Traud has the distinction of bringing both practical business experience and tenure in leadership development functions.
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Danielle Vidal
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Danielle Vidal

Danielle Vidal is passionate about supporting leaders with their professional and business growth.
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