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The importance of innovation leadership

Many senior executives are talking about the importance of innovation and most of them are struggling to make it a reality in their organizations. In survey after survey on strategic priorities, innovation is almost always listed as one of the top drivers of success in every region of the world. Major research studies show that increased innovation leads to stronger market and financial performance. Given its enormous importance, why do so many organizations struggle to nurture and sustain innovation? Why is there such a gap between the desire to innovate and the ability to make it happen? One big reason: leadership is not adept at navigating the natural tension between running the business and creating space to develop something new. In many organizations, "running the business" almost always wins. The key to resolving this dilemma does not lie in systems, processes or strategies — it has to do with people and whether there is a leadership culture that supports innovation in place. This module is designed to identify the leadership perspectives, skills, processes, tools and culture that drive and support strategic innovation across the organization.

We wish you a pleasant, insightful and useful innovation round table. Bert De Coutere, IP & Innovation Lead, CCL

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David G. Altman

David G. Altman

Executive Vice President & Managing Director
Center for Creative Leadership, Europe, Middle East & Africa


David is EVP and MD of CCL-EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Previously, he served for over nine years as EVP of CCL’s Research, Innovation and Product Development group. Prior to CCL, David was a tenured Professor of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina (10 years) and Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California (10 years).

Current Role

As EVP and MD of EMEA, David leads a 100 person team of full-time staff and 130 Associates in their work supporting CCL’s mission. He also serves on the 10 person Executive Team of CCL. EMEA has staff through the region and offices in Brussels [HQ]; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Johannesburg, South Africa. David is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He serves as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Executive Nurse Fellows program ( David has long supplemented his work in the public health field with a keen interest leadership. At CCL, he has attended the Leadership Development Program (LDP) as a Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program, Leading Creatively, Developing Leadership Talent, Assessment Certification Workshop, Coaching Certification Workshop, and Leadership at the Peak programs. He currently serves as a faculty member for the Leadership at the Peak program which is offered in Switzerland and Colorado Springs.

Educational Background

David earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine where he was selected as Alumni of the year in 2007. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Stanford University.

Publications and Professional Affiliations

David is active in a number of professional associations and is a Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is also a member of the American Public Health Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association, the Society of Public Health Education, and Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He serves on a variety of community taskforces and Boards. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and five books.

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Florence Plessier

Florence Plessier

Practice Leader, O.L. & Senior Team Development, Campus Operations
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA


Before joining the Center, in her latest corporate position, Florence was Head of the Corporate University of STMicroelectronics in Asia Pacific where she and her team provided training, consulting and coaching solutions in leadership and organizational development as well as performance management across 10 countries in Asia.

Convinced by the power of coaching as a transformational tool for individuals, groups and organization, she decided to explore it further and developed a successful Executive Coaching practice reaching across 4 continents where she specialized in Executive Coaching and Senior Leadership Team Coaching.

Her extensive coaching experience — more than 2500 hours of coaching — had led companies and coaching organization to ask her services to mentor coaches, develop internal coaching programs and facilitate coaching skills workshops for business and HR leaders.

The first 10 years of her career were spent in the electronics corporate world where she developed her business acumen as part of the management team of — successively — StorageTek, Motorola and STMicroelectronics with responsibilities in Industrial Investment, Human Resources and Leadership Development.

Current Role

Florence is Coaching Practice Leader EMEA at the Center for Creative Leadership in Brussels, Belgium. She leads and oversees the development of the coaching portfolio and has overall responsibility for high quality and consistency standards of capability and coaching content in relation with the Design and Implementation team.

She is the content expert in the field of coaching both within and outside CCL, assuming a client interface role in form of pre-sales support and assuming an external representation and branding role for Leadership Coaching across EMEA.

Educational Background

Florence holds a MBA from the Toulouse Business School, France and graduated from the Corporate coaching Program, Corporate Coaching University.

Publication and Professional Affiliations

Florence is accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation.

In her capacity of Leader of the Team Effectiveness program in STMicroelectronics, she led the studies developed in ST for the bestseller from Katzenbach and Smith: "The Discipline of teams". She contributed to the book "Organisation and Management" by Joe Marcus and Nick Van Dam.

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Regina H. (Gina) Eckert

Regina H. (Gina) Eckert

Faculty Team Manager, Research - NA & EMEA
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA


Gina uses her knowledge and research experience in cross-cultural leadership, especially in the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for CCL's research on leadership and diversity. She brings both qualitative and quantitative research skills to answer questions about leaders' career development, leadership and gender, globally responsible leadership, and leadership challenges around the world. She has managed the development of Global Leader View, a new 360-degree feedback tool for global leadership.

Current Role

Gina is the representative of CCL's Research department in the EMEA region. She is project manager for the study "Careers in 21st Century Europe", where a global team of CCL researchers and academic professors explore how culture and gender influence the development of leadership careers in various European countries. She speaks and presents on leadership and diversity to both scholars and practitioners. Gina is a key researcher on current projects around leadership and sustainability, social identity and diversity. She is also one of the drivers in broadening of CCL's evaluation capacity in the EMEA region.

Educational Background

Gina holds a degree in psychology from the University of Munich, Germany, and a PhD in Management from Aston Business School, UK. She also has a post-graduate certificate from Aston for teaching and learning in Higher Education, approved by the Higher Education Academy, UK.


Her working languages are English and German.

Professional Affiliations

Gina's research has been published in research scholarly journals such as the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, Journal of Managerial Psychology, International Journal of Cross-cultural Competence and Management, or the Journal of Global Responsibility. She also writes for practitioner outlets such as Financial Times, various publications of the Center for Creative Leadership, and the German Magazine of Personnel Leadership (Personalführung). Gina is a member of member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Academy of Management (AoM), European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), and the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP).

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Bert De Coutere

Bert De Coutere

IP and Innovation Lead, Campus Operations
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA


Bert's professional life is all about competent people. He thinks, publishes, consults, designs and sets up learning and development projects for corporations. His areas of expertise include technology enhanced learning and leadership development.

Bert has been active in the field of corporate learning and e-learning for the last 12 years, first as instructor and course designer, later as project manager, consultant and business development manager. He worked at IBM Learning Development Europe where he was responsible for commercial e-learning development projects across Europe, and the management of the learning innovation initiatives. Recently he joined the Center for Creative Leadership as a solution architect, designing custom leadership development experiences. He worked with clients such as Maersk, FOD Financiën, Nationwide, La Poste, ING, Rhodia, Unilever, PMI, European Union, Shell, etc.

Bert wrote the book 'Homo Competens — Let's talk about competent people in the network age', frequently speaks at conferences such as Online Educa Berlin and blogs at

Current Role

Bert is currently Solutions Architect in the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) EMEA office. In his role he designs customized leadership interventions and programs for clients and bring these designs to fruition based on CCL's solution architecture portfolio.

Educational Background

Bert holds a degree as Commercial Engineer in Information Management (KULeuven) and an Executive MBA title from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.


Bert's working languages are English, Dutch and French.

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Paul Galante

Paul Galante

OL Practice Leader
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA


Paul is Faculty and Coach for Organizational Leadership interventions, Open Enrolment and Custom Programmes. He has facilitated CCL's MLP, LDP and Advancing Global Leadership programmes. He has worked with a number of CCL clients including Sodexo, AG Insurance, Fortis, CIBA, Philips, SNCF, Sanofi, EADS, and Wihl.Willemsen.

Current Role

Paul serves as the Practice Leader for Organizational Leadership for the Center for Creative Leadership® in the EMEA region. Paul has 30 years' experience of shaping and leading consulting assignments at senior levels, with a special focus on business strategy, transformation and organizational change throughout Europe and North America.

As the Organizational Leadership Practice Leader, Paul leads CCL EMEA in developing the practice, interface with clients, support the CCL OL practitioners in executing client assignments, and is a key CCL thought leader through providing organizational insight from the European perspective. His expertise includes leadership culture change, leadership development, talent systems, organizational design, and strategic communications.

Educational Background

Paul is of French and Italian extraction, educated in the U.K. and U.S., and is based in Brussels, Belgium. He is fluent in English, French, and Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish. His academic background includes a BSc in Chemistry from the University of London, an MBA from UCLA, and a post-graduate certificate in Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University. He is also certified to use a number of psychometric instruments and assessment tools.

Professional Affiliations

Prior to joining CCL, Paul founded his own boutique consulting group, after being a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers based in London, designing and implementing strategic change projects across Europe. Previously, he held management positions in a number of multinationals in the professional services sector. His work experience also includes being in the leadership team of an international, family-owned stationery manufacturing business.

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Frederic Funck

Frédéric Funck

EMEA Coaching Business Director
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA


The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a global provider of leadership development and research. Ranked among the world's Top 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times, CCL helps clients leverage leadership to drive results that matter.

Frédéric is the CCL EMEA Coaching Business Director and a Global Account Director for large organizations with global footprints. As Coaching Business Director, Frédéric is in charge of defining and implementing the strategy for the coaching service line across EMEA. Frédéric is also an instructional designer, a professional faculty and coach, a leadership strategy advisor, a keynote speaker, a writer and a speech ghost writer for Executives.

His passion revolves around leadership development and leadership assessments. He is regularly consulted on topics like:

  • Grooming Top Leaders
  • The future of leadership development
  • Embedding a coaching culture
  • Driving performance
  • Performance psychology
  • Mindfulness and resiliency
  • Executive Presence
  • Innovative instructional design
  • Communication with impact
  • Leadership assessment and readiness
  • Cultural transformation and change leadership
  • And many more

Previous Speaking Engagements

  • Brussels, CCL | Leadership Forum 2015
  • Greece, Greek People Management Association | HR Forum 2015
  • Brussels, Teneo meetings | HR Core Academy 2014

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Educational Background

Frédéric holds a Master's Degree in Business and Management, with a specialization in Human Capital. He further got qualified as a train the trainer and as a coach, and got certified in various psychometric instruments, methodologies and models.

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