GREENSBORO — David G. Altman, Ph.D. who previously served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of our operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), was promoted this month into a new role as Chief Operating Officer at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®).
Altman guided CCL to new levels of growth, profitability, and impact during his 4 years leading the EMEA group, which includes a regional headquarters in Brussels and offices in Moscow, Russia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
As COO, he will focus on enhancing day-to-day global operations at CCL, which serves more than 35,000 individual leaders and 3,000 organizations around the world each year.
“David understands leadership development exceptionally well. He served with great distinction in EMEA, and before that he accelerated CCL’s work in research, innovation, and product development,” said CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan. “David’s vision of making leadership development more accessible at the grassroots level has also had tremendous impact on women, men, and young people globally.”
Altman came to CCL in 2003 as Vice President, Research and Innovation. He was instrumental in founding CCL’s groundbreaking Leadership Beyond Boundaries initiative, which provides leadership development in underserved communities throughout the world. He has served as a trainer in CCL’s Leadership at the Peak open-enrollment program for top executives and has designed and delivered customized programs for numerous clients globally.
Prior to joining CCL, Altman served as Professor of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and as a Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford University Center for Research in Disease Prevention. Throughout his career, he has been involved in securing more than $200 million in research-related grants and contracts. Altman holds a Ph.D. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.
“Fulfilling CCL’s mission ‘to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide’ is as important today as it was when CCL was established in 1970,” Altman said.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues and our clients and partners around the world to improve the human condition through better leaders and leadership.”