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DDI and EY Announce Partnership to Expand Leadership Development Services in 48 African Countries

EY will deliver DDI’s renowned leadership assessment and development programs as part of EY’s broader business consulting services in Sub-Saharan Africa

PITTSBURGH – DDI and EY have announced a new partnership that allows EY to become the exclusive provider of DDI’s leadership assessment and development products throughout 48 countries in Africa.

The partnership, which went into effect March 1, enables EY to expand its robust People Advisory Services in Sub-Saharan Africa by integrating DDI’s deep knowledge, research and experience in leadership into its practice. Part of EY and DDI’s broader strategic global alliance, the new partnership supports both organizations’ goals to build better workplaces worldwide and prepare leaders for tomorrow’s business challenges.

“In today’s world of rapid change and globalization, the most critical decision companies need to make is how to choose and develop the right leaders,” said David Tessmann-Keys, executive vice president of international operations for DDI. “Because EY has broad experience helping businesses grow and improve their financial performance on a global scale, it is an ideal partner to leverage DDI’s specialized knowledge of leadership assessment and development to help catapult businesses throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to success.”

The new partnership covers DDI’s full range of assessment and development tools. DDI’s assessment tools help companies select the right leaders at every level from frontline managers to mid-level leaders to C-suite executives. Its leadership development programs help maximize leaders’ effectiveness, smooth transitions and identify opportunities to improve impact.

“With access to over 10,000 DDI success profiles, analytics and turn-key training solutions, we are able to identify what successful leadership looks like and assist organizations to bridge competency and skill gaps,” said Chad Schaefer, EY Partner in charge of People Advisory Services for Africa. “This is a game-changer for the African continent!”

EY will be the exclusive provider of DDI’s Talent Diagnostics Solutions and Accelerated Development Solutions throughout 48 African countries, including: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo DRC (Zaire), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

About DDI
DDI is a global leadership company that helps organizations transform the way they hire, promote and develop leaders at every level. With more than 100 industrial & organizational psychologists on staff, DDI has dedicated itself to the science and practice of leadership since 1970. Clients include half of the Fortune 500 and multinationals in every industry across more than 90 countries. To find out more information about DDI’s leadership expertise, visit

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit

Available for interviews:
David Tessmann-Keys, executive vice president of international operations, DDI

Chad Schaefer, EY partner, People Advisory Services: Africa Leader

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