Robert M. Galford

Managing Partner, Center for Executive Development

Rob Galford is a Managing Partner of the Center for Leading Organizations.  He divides his time across teaching on Executive Education programs and working with senior executives at the world’s leading private, public and governmental entities on the issues that lie at the intersection of strategy, organization and leadership. He has taught on these disciplines on the Executive Programs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and most recently at Harvard University.  He also serves on the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Rob was formerly a Managing Partner with the Center for Executive Development in Boston.  Earlier in his career, Rob was Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Digitas (NASDAQ:DTAS), a marketing services firm with offices across the U.S. and Europe that is now part of Publicis Groupe.  He was also a Vice President of The MAC Group and its successor firm, Gemini Consulting, focusing on the strategic and organizational challenges facing global corporations. While there, he worked for a number of years in Western Europe prior to returning to the U.S., where he took on a variety of firm administrative and managerial responsibilities.

Rob has practiced law with the international firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in New York, and has also worked in investment management, first for Citicorp in New York, and later in Boston. In addition, he has taught Management Policy in the MBA Program at Boston University Graduate School of Management.

Rob has been a five-time author and contributor to the Harvard Business Review , including “When an Executive Defects”, “Why Can’t This HR Department Get Any Respect?” ,”What’s He Waiting For?”, “The Enemies of Trust”, “Succession and Failure” and in blog form for hbr.org as well, on the series “Undercover Boss!” His work also has appeared frequently in the Boston Globe, where he has served as one of the regular “Job Doc” advice columnists in the Sunday Globe, and he has been featured or quoted in such other publications as Inc. Magazine, Sloan Management Review, and The American Lawyer.

Rob is the co-author of The Trusted Advisor (with David Maister and Charles Green), initially published by Free Press/Simon and Schuster and subsequently reissued in paperback by Touchstone/Simon and Schuster. The Trusted Advisor has been on business best-seller lists since the time of its publication.  His second book, The Trusted Leader (co-authored with Anne Drapeau), was published by The Free Press.  His third book, Your Leadership Legacy, co-authored with Regina Maruca, was published by Harvard Business School Press.

Rob has been a member of the Board of Directors of Forrester Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORR) since the time of its initial public offering, and chairs the Board’s Compensation and Nominating Committee. He also serves as an outside board advisor to the noted architectural firm, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. He also hosts the business video, Talk About Change! with the popular cartoon character, Dilbert.

His educational background includes Liceo Segre, Turin, Italy, a BA in Economics and Italian Literature from Haverford College, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer.

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