Ken serves as president of his own consultancy in leadership development. Ken essentially enjoys doing three things: 1) speaking to in-company groups and public conferences; 2) building leader development initiatives (after appropriate diagnosis) that assess and develop leaders and future leaders; and 3) coaching individual leaders.
Ken serves Oracle, clients of George Mason University Executive Programs, GetEnergy Limited of London, the President’s Leadership Academy and Schreyer Honors College of The Pennsylvania State University, the Society of Petroleum Engineers in Calgary, and the aviation businesses of a private equity firm. Ken has led five bottom-line businesses, building three successful ventures he owns or owned. He serves on boards of directors for businesses and not-for-profit entities. He recently led the negotiation and sale of a privately-owned company to an investment firm.
Ken has enjoyed special success with engineers, scientists, physicians, and computer professionals. His extensive experience in other countries and cultures makes him look to variables of national cultures and enterprise cultures to build leader strength.
While living in The Hague, Ken served as Head, Global Leadership Development for Royal Dutch Shell Exploration & Production. Ken built the series of leader skill development programs in use today across Shell globally. He partnered with Rowhill Consulting, LLC, to build and deliver this groundbreaking initiative that used inquiry, role play, and coaching to deepen both direction-setting and behavior skills in Shell leaders.
Ken has been both supplier of leader development and head of those same efforts for three large companies. In addition to Royal Dutch Shell, Ken was Vice President for Leader Development and Group Vice President of Strategy for Allstate Insurance. Ken was Director of Executive Development for a Fortune 25 consumer products company in Chicago called Beatrice Companies in the 1980s.
In the academic space, Ken served as Associate Dean of Executive Education for Penn State Executive Programs, growing those programs at 35% per year for five years. Ken built the very successful Executive MBA in Mexico City with the University of Texas at Austin and ITESM, the leading business school in Mexico. Ken was co-creator of the Executive Engineering Management Master’s Degree Program for UT-Austin.
Ken has also consulted with an award-winning financial services supplier, USAA; with high technology firms AMD, Applied Materials, Apple, HP, Motorola, IBM, and Intel; and with organizations in health care, steel, cement, and especially the oil and gas industry. Overseas Ken has served ADNOC, Petronas, PDVSA, Pemex, StatoilHydro, Sakhalin Energy, Saudi Aramco, and Emirates Airways.
Ken holds a Ph.D. in Business Strategy from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s with Honors in Business.
Ken became a single engine airplane pilot at age 20 and now owns a short takeoff and landing airplane to support this hobby. He has flown single engine aircraft to the Yukon, to Alaska, to the Arctic Ocean of Canada, and both directions coast-to-coast in the lower 48 states. He also serves as a ferry pilot for a single engine aircraft manufacturer.