David G. Altman, Ph.D.

David Altman, Ph.D.


Prior to his role as Chief Operating Officer, David was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Before that, he was Executive Vice President of CCL’s Research, Innovation and Product Development group (9 years). He currently serves as a faculty member for the CCL Leadership at the Peak program.

Prior to joining CCL, David was a tenured Professor of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in WinstonSalem, North Carolina (10 years) and Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California (10years). David is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Since 2010, he has served as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows Program. From 1995-2010, he was National Program Director of the RWJF Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. From 2008-2012, he was Co-National Program Director of the RWJF Ladder to Leadership Program. In 1997, he was selected as one of 40 Americans for the three year W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program. As part of this program, he rode his bicycle from California to North Carolina to raise public awareness about hunger and endowment funding for an international hunger relief organization.

Current Role

David Altman, Ph.D., is CCL’s Chief Operating Officer. He oversees global profit and loss, information technology, leadership solutions, digital learning, knowledge management and operations. His team of nine direct reports oversees a workforce of about 500 employees and 600 contractors.

Educational Background

David earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. In 2007, he was selected as Alumni of the year at the School of Social Ecology.He also completed a Post doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in cardiovascular disease prevention and epidemiology. At CCL, he has attended the Leadership Development Program (LDP), Leading Creatively, Developing Leadership Talent, Assessment Certification Workshop, Leading Strategically, Coaching Certification Workshop, and Leadership at the Peak programs.

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