May 1, 2016 – We are pleased to announce the opening this week of ghSMART’s newest office, in London. As the premier leadership advisory firm, we have been helping CEOs, boards, and investors build valuable organisations for over two decades.London represents our 13th location worldwide, and is in response to continued strong demand for our trusted advising in Europe. “We have a rich history of serving clients in the United Kingdom and in Europe more broadly since 2002. The opening of London reflects our ongoing commitment to the region,” says Randy Street, Managing Partner at ghSMART.
“We exist to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world. Having a local presence in London, led by two extraordinarily talented team members, allows us to have an even more valuable impact on the careers of our clients in the region,” noted Geoff Smart, Chairman and Founder of ghSMART.
For London native and office co-lead, Alan Foster, the London opening is the second of two major accomplishments this past year. Alan also recently co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Power Score – Your formula for leadership success.
Alan, who leads the firm’s Capability Building practice area, has over fifteen years of consulting experience. He brings a unique blend of expertise in both business strategy and human behaviour. Prior to ghSMART, he was a senior manager at Bain & Company where in addition to serving clients he ran the firm’s people analytics group. Alan read Economics at Cambridge University, earned his MBA from INSEAD and his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joining Alan in leading the office is BJ Wright, Ph.D. The timing of the office opening carries unique meaning to BJ and his family. In his words, “Six years ago, my eldest daughter, Naomi, was born in London at the start of May, so this city holds a very special place in our hearts.”
BJ has worked with clients across a range of industries on their key leadership priorities including CEO succession, organisational transformation, management assessment, and executive coaching. Before ghSMART, he consulted for McKinsey & Company and helped design the firm’s approach to client organisational capability building. BJ completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Columbia University with the support of a NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and a B.A. from Willamette University, where he was awarded the Presidential Senior Scholarship.
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About ghSMART & Company, Inc.
Since our founding in 1995, our mission has been to use our expertise in business and human behavior to help CEOs, boards and investors build valuable organisations. We have executed over 10,000 engagements with hundreds of organisations in the private, public, and social sectors; across every major industry; in every major economic region of the world.
We help clients make the best decisions about:
- Choosing the right CEO and navigating CEO succession
- Acquisition diligence and integration planning
- Leadership assessment
- Leadership development
- Team and organisational effectiveness
- Board effectiveness
- Capability building
Because we work with those who share our belief that leadership is the ultimate lever for positive change and value creation, we regularly serve the largest private equity firms, leading investment management firms, top performing companies, and highly respected non-profits. For more information visit: www.ghsmart.com.