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Beverly Davids

Consulting Partner

“In every organization, there is a wealth of untapped human potential waiting to be unleashed”

Areas of Expertise
Bev is a Consulting Partner with The RBL Group, helping clients develop and execute organization strategies to maximize individual and business performance.  She specializes in change management, organization design, high-performing teams, employee and leadership development, and process improvement.

Prior to becoming an external consultant in 1994, Bev led Organization Change & Effectiveness and Leadership Development departments at General Electric Canada, and was an internal consultant at a leading global energy producer.  As an internal and external consultant, she has led strategic projects such implementing self-managing teams in factory and white collar workplaces, implementing Work-Out™ (employee-involvement process improvement activity) and change management processes, designing and implementing diversity awareness activities, customer satisfaction and leadership development strategies, and implementing performance improvement processes. She has developed and facilitated numerous executive and leadership development programs.

Bev has over 30 years of experience in internal and external consulting with Fortune 500 companies in industries such as communications, financial services, oil and gas, health care, fast-moving consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, and distribution. She has worked globally with companies such as Bell Canada, Boeing, CP Rail, DHL, Energizer Personal Care, General Electric, Polaris Industries, Tesco PLC, and Unilever PLC. 

Bev holds a Masters of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) from Pepperdine University.

Bob Hargadon

Consulting Partner

Bob Hargadon is a Consulting Partner with RBL, focusing on helping organizations transform culture, talent management practices and HR organizations and processes. Bob helps leaders deliver higher levels of organizational, team and individual performance by aligning business and talent initiatives, prioritizing key strategies and developing roadmaps.

Bob brings 30+ years of leadership development and Human Resources experience to his work with RBL. For the most recent 11 years, Bob was CHRO at Alere (purchased by Abbott) and drugstore.com (purchased by Walgreens.) Before that, Bob held senior Leadership Development roles at Microsoft, Boston Scientific and Fidelity Investments. Bob’s experience also includes 12 years consulting with Novations Group and Harbridge House (acquired by PwC.) Bob’s life experience includes 15 years living outside the US (Colombia and France.)

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University, including course work at Harvard’s School of Education. Bob also served as Adjunct Faculty for the Certificate Program in Strategic Human Resource Leadership at the University of Washington.

Brooke Derr

Consulting Partner

Areas of Expertise
C. Brooklyn (Brooke) Derr is currently a private consultant. His special areas of interest are management development, career development, work-family issues, conflict management, internationalizing top management, and organizational development. He is currently conducting studies on cross-cultural career orientations and leadership development. He teaches international human resource management, global leadership, and work-life balance.

Brooke has been a consultant and executive education teacher to international corporations and government organizations around the world, chiefly in the areas of career and management development, high-potential management, internationalizing managers, and conflict management. Some of these organizations include the LG Group (Korea), Schindler, Generali Insurance, Groupe Totale, Zurich Insurance, Kodak (Europe), Johnson & Johnson (Europe), Pioneer, Warner Lambert, Beckton-Dickinson, Texas Instruments, the World Bank, the U.S. Navy and Salt Lake City Corporation.

Brooke has extensive experience as a professor having taught at EM Lyon, France; the International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland; INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; the University of Utah, Harvard University, UCLA, the Naval Postgraduate School, and as the Staheli Professor of International Human Resource Management at the Marriott School of Management at BYU where he remains an emeritus professor.

Brooke is American and speaks French. He graduated in political science with honors from the University of California at Berkeley and took his doctorate in organizational behavior from Harvard University.

Charlie Tharp

Consulting Partner

Charlie Tharp is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center On Executive Compensation. In that role, Dr. Tharp is responsible for setting overall policy positions and research initiatives undertaken by the Center and representing the Center in public forums. He is also Executive Vice President of HR Policy Association. Tharp is a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Tharp has over 25 years of corporate experience, including key human resource positions with General Electric, PepsiCo, Pillsbury, CIGNA and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Tharp also served as the interim Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Saks, Incorporated. Earlier in his career he served as an executive compensation consultant for the global consulting firm of Towers Perrin. Tharp has held teaching appointments at Cornell University, Northeastern University and Rutgers University and has taught graduate level courses in executive compensation and HR leadership. He is also a Fellow and Research Scholar at Boston University’s Human Policy Institute.

Tharp holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, J.D. from the Quinnipiac School of Law, a Masters in Economics from Wayne State University and a BA from Hope College where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a Baker Scholar. In 1998 Tharp was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and in 2010 was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy, the highest honor in the HR profession. He previously served as President of the Academy, former member of the NAHR Board of Directors and has served as a past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of HR Policy Association.

Danny Coulbourn

Consulting Partner

Areas of Expertise
Danny is a Faculty and Consulting Partner with The RBL Group focusing on strategic HR, talent planning, organization development, strategy, coaching, culture, change management, and leadership consulting.

Prior to consulting, Danny spent 10 years at Capital One where he managed and led teams of training and performance consultants, developed learning and organizational strategies for employees in Brand Marketing, Customer Service Sales, Human Resources, and the company’s Internet business.  During this time, Danny also became an expert in facilitating Sales Processes, Ideation, Performance Management, and Conflict Resolution and led consulting/coaching events for senior management teams on issues of culture, performance management, change leadership and organizational effectiveness.

Danny has spent the past 8 years as an independent consultant leading, developing and facilitating large-scale programs for Capital One, SNL Financial, Motorola, St. Jude Hospital, American Express and USAA among others.

Danny also has consulting and facilitation expertise in leadership and management development, idea creation and innovation implementation, sales skills and process, project management, communication skills and strategy, course design, and change management.

Danny holds a degree in Sport Science/Medicine from the University of Richmond, and he is a Master Certified Facilitator, Coach, and Consultant.  He and his family reside in Richmond, Virginia.

Deepal Sooriyaarachchi

Consulting Partner

Deepal is a seasoned corporate executive who led one of the largest insurance companies in Sri Lanka as Managing Director of AVIVA. Deepal also served on the regional practice board of Zurich Financial Services. He has over three decades of work experience, including fifteen in corporate management. A Chartered Marketer by profession, he was known as a leader with a flair for HR. Deepal currently serves on the boards of several corporations: AIA Insurance Lanka, Sampath Bank, Pan Asian Power, and Hemas Manufacturing.

Deepal also brings a unique blend of modern management thinking and “ancient Asian wisdom” to his work. He teaches principles of mindfulness to leaders to help them improve their personal proficiency and be more effective in their lives and jobs. Deepal has authored over 15 books and contributes regularly to print and electronic media. He is passionate about developing people, and helps his clients align people with strategy. His innovative approaches led to an appointment from the Sri Lankan government as head of the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission, which promotes innovation in the country.

Deepal is a versatile, multifaceted teacher with executive education from Stanford, the Asian Institute of Management, and the National University of Singapore.

Dick Beatty

Consulting Partner

Richard W. Beatty, Ph.D., is a Core Faculty member at the University of Michigan’s Executive Education Center; Professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers University; Director, Executive Master’s in HR Leadership (Rutgers); Director, Executive Master’s in HR Leadership-Europe (Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, and Rutgers). He received his B.A. from Hanover College (in biology and genetics), his M.B.A. from Emory University and his Ph.D. (in human resources and organizational behavior) from Washington University.

Dr. Beatty has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Planning and the Sloan Management Review among others. His books include Personnel Administration: An Experiential Skill-Building Approach (Addison-Wesley), which won the Society for Human Resource Management’s book award; The Performance Management Sourcebook (HRD Press, 1995), The Compensation Sourcebook (HRD Press, 1988); Performance Appraisal: Assessing Human Behavior at Work (Kent/ Wadsworth, 1984), The Strategic Human Resource Management Sourcebook (1988), The Productivity Sourcebook (HRD Press, 1988), and Reengineering the Workplace: An Annotated Bibliography (1993). He is co-author of The Workforce Scorecard: Managing Human Capital to Execute Strategy (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), named as one of the top ten must-reads for HR leaders by Human Resource Executive, and “A” Players or “A” Positions?
 The Strategic Logic of Workforce Management (Harvard Business Review, 2005). He also edits a series of books on personnel/human resources topics for South-Western Publishing. He has twice been the recipient of the Human Resource Planning Society’s Research Awards and also served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of High Technology Management, Human Resource Planning, and is an associate editor of Human Resource Management. He has presented three professional work- shops for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and designed the first doctoral consortium offered by the Personnel/ Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Beatty participated in the initial designs of the American Compensa- tion Association’s Cert 11 (Performance Measurement) and Cert 12 (Alternative Reward Strategies) certification courses. He regularly teaches in the Executive Human Resource programs at Cornell, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Wharton.

In addition to his career as an educator, Dr. Beatty has been a consultant for a variety of organizations. He is a member of the Personnel/Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, member of the American Psychological Association, American Compensation Administration, and the Society for Human Resource Management and has served as a board member of the SHRM Foundation.

Dr. Beatty’s administrative experiences include chairman of the Department of Management (Rutgers), chairman of the Human Resource Management Department (Rutgers), Director, Center for Management Development (Rutgers), chairman, Department of Management and Organization (University of Colorado), former president of the SHRM Foundation and chairman of the Personnel/ Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, and managed a team of six over a three-year period in three business units with General Electric’s “Work-Out!” process. He was also the Business Coach to the Executives-in-Charge of GM Quality during General Motor’s “GoFast!” effort.

Dixon Thayer

Consulting Partner

Successful leadership is a function of driving:
• Right people in the right jobs
• Skilled & motivated
• With clear expectations
• Working as a team
• In a ‘no-excuses’ culture.

Areas of Expertise
Dixon Thayer is a Consulting Partner with The RBL Group. His areas of expertise are business turnarounds and regenerative growth, change management, leadership and value creation. He has led the acquisition and integration of numerous businesses, supported a successful IPO on NASDAQ, and led two significant divestitures.

Dixon has written a number of articles and lectured on topics including “Teaching Elephants to Dance,” “Paradox Navigation,” and “Creating Value & Distinctiveness in Commodity Based Industries.”  He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, the American School of International Management, the London School of Business, the Duke Fuqua School of Business and The 3M Annual Senior Officer Conference.

Dixon has over thirty years experience in direct leadership of line management. He has held significant senior leadership positions in large organizations in the US, Europe and Latin America during critical times of change, including:

• CEO of I-Trax, Health Management Solutions; the leader in “on-site” health & wellness facilities for large self-insured employers
• CEO of Greenleaf Auto Recyclers; an industry leader. Dixon led a leveraged Buyout to acquire this orphaned division from Ford Motor Company in 2003. Led the turnaround and profitable resale to Schnitzer Steel
• CEO of Global New Business Operations for Ford Motor Company where he led a $3.0B portfolio of newly acquired businesses in need of profitable integration & leverage
• Vice President of Research, Development, Engineering & Global Growth for Kimberly Clark Corp.
• COO of Scott Paper’s European AFH division where he engineered a significant turnaround to profitability by restructuring into two separate entities
• Founder & CEO of Systemas Institucionales Crisoba, of Mexico; the largest and most successful “institutional products” business in Mexico, based on a strategic distribution alliance between 3M, S.C. Johnson, Rubbermaid, and Scott.

Dixon currently advises the senior executives of one of the largest financial institutions in the world, and serves on the I-Trax Board of Directors (AMEX). He also serves on the Board of Speakman CRS, a market leading plumbing & appliances business and advises two Private equity firms regarding potential acquisition opportunities.

Dixon received his B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.


Edana Desatnick

Consulting Partner

Areas of Expertise
Edana is a Consulting Partner with The RBL Group focusing on strategic HR, talent planning, organization development, strategy, executive coaching, culture, change management, and leadership consulting.

Prior to consulting, Edana had worldwide responsibility for Organization Development at Merck.  In that capacity, she had responsibility for global leadership/talent planning, performance management and development, and led consulting/coaching to the senior management team on issues of culture, change leadership and organizational effectiveness.

Edana’s career includes senior OD/HR leadership roles in a number of leading organizations.  Prior to joining Merck, she was Vice President of Organization Development at Honeywell, providing OD leadership in the merger integration of the AlliedSignal and Honeywell organizations.  She has also served as Senior Director of Organization Development at Nabisco Brands and at Pepsi prior to that.  She began her career in OD/strategy as a member of Coopers & Lybrand’s global strategy consulting practice.

Edana holds a M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Tulane University.  She and her family live in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. 

Gordon Hewitt

Consulting Partner

Gordon Hewitt is Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, and formerly Distinguished Visiting Professor of Corporate Strategy, at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. His interests cover the fields of global competition, corporate strategy, and the value added of execu- tive leadership. Gordon has been the highest rated core faculty member on Michigan’s senior executive programmes for many years. He is also Distinguished Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business at Duke Corporate Education.

He was given the 2007 International Distinguished Faculty Award by the Institute of Management Studies whose members comprise leading academics and consultants worldwide. His academic awards include the title of Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he started his career.

As a consultant, he works at Board level with many international corpora- tions. He has been involved in major strategy and executive development programmes for corporations such as Pfizer, Time Warner, Zurich Financial, IBM, Honeywell, PWC, Shell, Verizon, Credit Suisse, Mars Inc, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Gordon is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on the challenge of competing and creating advantage in dynamic, com- plex markets. Recently he has chaired meetings of European and American CEOs and Board Chairmen to discuss the future of corporate strategy and corporate governance. His forthcoming book – Strategy as a Process of Dis- covery – will deal with the changing demands on strategy and leadership in the new global business landscape.

Born and educated in Glasgow, Gordon Hewitt now travels extensively throughout the USA, Asia and Europe. His principal home in still in Scot- land, and he is a member of the International Advisory Board of Scottish Enterprise. He was also Chairman of Court, the Governing Body, at the University of Abertay Dundee from 2003 to 2009.

Gordon Hewitt was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to business in the Queen’s 2007 New Year’s Honors List. In March 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy of science and letters.

Jeff Dyer

Consulting Partner

Jeff Dyer (Ph.D., UCLA, 1993) is the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy at the Marriott School, BYU where he serves as Chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership & Strategy. Before joining BYU, Dr. Dyer was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he maintains an adjunct professor position and continues to teach Executive MBAs.

Dr. Dyer has considerable consulting experience having spent 5 years working as a strategy consultant and manager at Bain & Company, where he consulted with such clients as Baxter International, Kraft, Maryland National Bank, and First National Stores.

Dr. Dyer’s teaching and research is focused on innovation, organizational change, and strategic alliances. He is the only strategy scholar in the world to have published five times in both Strategic Management Journal (the top academic journal devoted to strategy) and Harvard Business Review (the top practitioner journal). His research has been quite impactful, as evidenced by the fact that according to GoogleScholar he has over 10,000 citations to his work and was recognized by Essential Science Indicators as the 4th most cited management scholar and 17th most cited overall scholar (1996-2006) in the combined fields of management, finance, marketing, operations, and economics.

His research has won awards from the Academy of Management, Institute of Management Science, Strategic Management Society, and McKinsey & Company. His Oxford book, Collaborative Advantage, was awarded the Shingo Prize Research Award and his article “The Innovator’s DNA” was the McKinsey Award runner-up for the best article in Harvard Business Review in 2009.

Dr. Dyer regularly gives speeches, consults, and conducts training programs in the areas of innovation, change, and strategy. Dr. Dyer’s recent Innovator’s DNA clients include General Electric, General Mills, Gilead Sciences, Harley Davidson, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, JR Simplot, Intel, Medtronic, and Sony. He teaches in executive programs at the Wharton School, Northwestern University, and UCLA. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of Pennsylvania’s top award, the “Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Julio Zelaya


Julio is a Principal with the RBL Group. Inspiring people to become their best version is Julio’s calling and what he loves to do in each encounter with another person or organization.

Julio is a graduate from the Post Doctoral program in Management and Marketing from Tulane University, holds an MBA from INCAE Business School and has several certificates from Babson, Harvard, MIT, Cornell, and The American Society for Training and Development. He is Fellow of the Tenth Cohort of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) of Aspen Institute and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Julio is co-author of two best selling books: SuccessOnomics with Steve Forbes and Transform with Brian Tracy and the best selling series in Latin America La Travesía del Emprendimiento (The Voyage of the Entrepreneur).

Passionate about training and development, Julio has trained more than 250,000 people in Latin America and the United States both in Spanish and English workshops with The Learning Group, a company he founded in Guatemala in 2007. He has shared stages as keynote speaker with Peter Diamandis, Marc Victor Hansen, and Dave Ulrich. His work has been seen on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, E! In The United States and major media in Latin America. Some of his current clients include Walmart, Abbott, Novartis, Kelloggs, Millicom, TIGO, PepsiCo, Exxon Mobil, Kimberly Clark, Gerdau Metaldom, Kimberly Clark, Henkel, Chevron, and Citibank, among others.

His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and how to lead a life of purpose. He loves to write and is currently working on his next book.

Julio was named Major for a Day in Guatemala City in 1990. He is married with Sofía and lives with his children Juan Ignacio and Natalia.

Keir Carroll

Consulting Partner

Areas of Expertise
Keir is a consulting partner with The RBL Group.  Keir’s passion lies in interactive learning which integrates ideas, instrumentation, skill practice, action learning and coaching so as to build organizational talent for the present and the future.  He specializes in designing and delivering fast-paced, practical, and hugely entertaining workshops which boost leadership and communication skills throughout an organization.

Keir has over twenty years’ experience as a facilitator, trainer, training designer, and speaker, working in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. 

From 1997-2007, he was on the faculty of the prestigious Center for Executive Development, designing and delivering board-room to shop-floor workshops worldwide in Values-based Leadership and Transformational Change.

From 1991-2001, Keir was on the faculty of Rensselaer Learning Institute and the world-renowned Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where he was lead facilitator and feedback coach for the flagship Leadership Development Program,  as well as Looking Glass Experience, Targeted Innovation and Foundations of Leadership. 

Since founding Keir Carroll & Associates in 1985, (before which, he had real jobs) he has served such diverse clients as General Electric, CDW, Ropes and Gray, Boston Medical Center, MTV, Bose, Random House, St. Petersburg Times, United Technologies, AT&T, Ford Motor Company, American Airlines, Georgia Pacific, Shell Oil, The NBA, Harvard University, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Price-Waterhouse Coopers, Delco-Remy, General Dynamics Electric Boat, CIT, Toyota, Ryder Truck, Aetna, New Balance, Symbol Technologies.

Keir has taught at Boston University, Suffolk University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

He has Masters degrees from Cambridge University and Boston University.

Marshall Goldsmith

Consulting Partner

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people, and their teams.
He is the million-selling author or editor of 31 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a WSJ #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in eight countries.

Dr. Goldsmith was recently recognized as one of the fifteen most influential business thinkers in the world in the global bi-annual study sponsored by
The (London) Times and Forbes. His other professional acknowledgments include: Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Forbes – five most-respected executive coaches, Leadership Excellence – top five thinkers on leadership, Economic Times (India) – top CEO coaches of America, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress – 2011 global leader in HR thinking, Fast Company – America’s preeminent executive coach, and Leader to Leader Institute – 2010 Leader of the Future Award. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.

Dr. Goldsmith’s Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where (in 2010) he was recognized as one of 100 distinguished graduates in the 75 year history of the School. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth’s Tuck School and frequently speaks at leading business schools. He is one of a select few executive advisors who have been asked to work with over 120 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. He has been a volun- teer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, International and American Red Cross leaders – where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.

Marshall’s books include: Succession: Are You Ready? – a WSJ bestseller, The Leader of the Future -a BusinessWeek bestseller, The Organization of the Future 2 and The Leadership Investment - American Library Association – Choice awards for academic business books of the year. Over three hundred of his articles, interviews, columns and videos are available online at www. MarshallGoldsmithLibrary.com for viewing and sharing. Visitors to this site have come from 195 countries and have viewed, read, listened to, down- loaded or shared resources over 6 million times. He has regular blogs at www. BNET.com, www.BusinessWeek.com and www.HuffingtonPost.com.

Nattavut Kulnides

Consulting Partnera

Nattavut is the Managing Director and founder of ADGES Consulting, a strategy and human capital consulting firm, specializing in management consulting, leadership development, assessment, and coaching. His strategic and hands-on management style gives him unique abilities to engage in organization strategic formulation process while still keeping it realistic, measurable, and practical. He is known for his ability to connect business strategy to people strategy to drive business outcomes.

Nattavut has worked in executive positions in many of world leading organizations such as Accenture and BMW. He was also Chief Operation Officer for Maersk Sealand, the world largest container operation, in Thailand. Prior to establishing his own company, he was the Deputy Managing Director and Head of Human Capital Consulting for Mercer (Thailand). He is also an adjunct faculty member at College of Management, Mahidol University on the subject of strategic management and strategic HRM. He is also an advisor to Human Capital Management (HCM) for an association under the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Nattavut earns his bachelor degree in Engineering from Chulalongkorn Universtiy, Thailand and MBA from University of Colorado, Denver. He received his Doctoral of Business Administration (DBA) in Innovation Management from Manchester Business School. He also participated in executive development from at INSEAD and IMD. Nattavut is also well-recognized coach and holds many coaching certifications. His passion in using psychometric assessments has led him to be certified in many leading assessments such as MBTI, Hogan Assessment, and Emergenetics.

Omar Kader

Consulting Partner

Areas of Expertise
An authority on international development, Omar has experience working on private sector and democracy projects in the Middle East. He has studied the impact of international terrorism on foreign policy and continues his teaching and public lectures while simultaneously appearing regularly on the BBC news, monitoring international events that affect US global interests. Omar is also an expert in training, learning, and evaluation assessments. 

After earning his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, Omar served as an Assistant Dean and taught American politics, international relations, and the politics of the Middle East.

He is Chairman and Owner of Pal-Tech®, Inc., a metropolitan Washington, DC-based company he founded in 1987. Today, the company is a sought-after innovator in the field of interactive, multimedia, and distance learning. With nearly 250 employees, the company maintains U.S. government contracts providing services to various government agencies including the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Coast Guard.

He is active in Arab-American affairs and has served as the Executive Director of two major Arab-American organizations. On four occasions he served as a member of US Delegations observing and monitoring international elections: Morocco (1996), Yemen (1997), Indonesia (2004), Palestine (2006), Pakistan (2008), and Afghanistan (2009). He is a member of the Board of the Middle East Policy Council (Washington, DC) and the Board of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (Washington, DC).

Paul Butler

Consulting Partner

Areas of Expertise
- Leadership Development
- Strategic Thinking and Change Management
- Executive and Board Retreats / Facilitation
- HRD processes including Succession Planning and Performance Management

Paul works with senior executives in organizations to increase capabilities of individuals, teams, and organizations. With over 25 years experience in the public and private sectors, he is well positioned to support organizations going through large scale change efforts. Paul’s facilitation methodology is proven to produce sustainable results with executive teams and boards. He uses his broad management experience in sales, marketing, operations, and organizational development to help organizations achieve leadership and functional excellence. Clients include P&G, Playtex, White Wave Foods, VF Corporation, UBS and Swedish Match.

Paul’s corporate experience includes senior-level sales, marketing and human resources positions with Wyeth Labs and Procter and Gamble (Duracell and Gillette) where he was a member of the Human Resource Operating Committee. Paul was Gillette’s Director of Global Organizational Learning and Development, serving in a role as the company’s chief learning officer. His was part of the P&G/Gillette Merger and Acquisition HR Team co-leading the integration of People Management Processes and Global Training and Development Initiatives.

Paul holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University. He is a member of The American Society of Training and Development and was a board member of The Professional Society of Sales and Marketing Training.

Paul and his wife Becky are now “empty nesters” and reside in Southbury, Connecticut. He is an avid runner and golfer.

Paul Keijzer

Consulting Partner

Paul strongly believes that he can improve the way people live and work with each other. He does this by helping leadership teams engage with their top talent and the rest of the organization to co-create a future and help transform their organization into high performance businesses. Over the past 25 years he has helped design and delivered transformational interventions blue chip organizations in countries across Asia, Middle East and Africa.

He is the CEO and Managing Partner of Engage Consulting in Malaysia, Pakistan and UAE, which are built around the vision to support organizations to engage their people and to grow their business. A Business Leader in HR with a strong track record in transforming businesses towards a progressive growth path and delivering results in dynamic and competitive emerging Asian markets by combining strong business insights with people insights, Paul has a bold HR vision.  He is a firm believer that outstanding results can only be achieved through people; engaging people and teams, building commitment by creating a new paradigm between company and employee and delivering extraordinary results year-after-year.

Paul is a sought after speaker and has designed and delivered transformational interventions for more than 50 blue chip organizations in countries across Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Egypt, Korea, U.A.E. and India. Prior to founding Engage Consulting Paul operated for 18 years in the fast moving consumer goods company Unilever. He has held positions in the Netherlands and the UK and has spent 13 years in Asia in senior HR positions of Unilever operations in China, Vietnam and Pakistan.


Pelin Urgancilar

Consulting Partner

Areas of Expertise
Pelin Yilmaz Urgancilar is a Consulting Partner with RBL and an expert in organizational diagnosis and enhancing employee engagement in organizations through integrated HR services aligned with strategy. Pelin helps leaders build intangible value in their organizations by helping them clarify strategy, build a talent base, create a high performance culture, and develop leaders to realize that strategy.

Prior to founding Solid Consulting Partners, affiliate of the RBL Group in Turkey, Pelin worked for Hay Group as a Business Development Manager for five years and held managerial roles in sales and marketing with service companies in Turkey and the Middle East for six years.

Pelin has worked with leading pharmaceuticals, FMCG, telecom, and finance companies in Turkey, Eastern Europe, and CIS.

Pelin is a graduate of the Uskudar American Academy and holds a BA in International Relations from Marmara University.

Preston Pond

Consulting Partner

Preston has led organization redesign and development initiatives with global organizations in a variety of industries in the U.S., Asia, and Latin America. As a business and organization design consultant, he helps companies identify their competitive business strategy, and align organization processes, structures and systems to it, in order to increase profitability and growth. He can work in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has a strong passion for development and positive change.

Preston has 30 years experience in organization assessment, strategy development, new business unit design, executive leadership development, team design, and HR organization, process and capability development. He has held executive positions at Procter and Gamble, Clark Equipment Company, and the LDS Church. He is Co-Founder of the Center for Organization Design, Inc., training over 800 internal and external consultants in organization assessment, strategy development, leadership, team, cultural change, and change management practices.

Preston has consulted for a variety of public, and private sector companies, including:  AT&T Capital, The U.S. Forest Service, Rockwell International, Champion International, Corning, Ford Motor Company, Coach Leatherware, Hallmark Cards, Cisco Systems, MediaOne, AtTask Software Company, Weihs Enterprises Ag Development Venture Capital, Utah Transit Authority, The LDS Church, USAA and Abbot Point of Care. 

Preston holds a masters degree in Organization Behavior from Brigham Young University, and an undergraduate degree in English and Asian Studies. 

Victor Agruso

Consulting Partner

Victor is a Consulting Partner with The RBL Group who leads and facilitates initiatives to increase profitable growth by delivering organizational development, talent management and HR transformation services that align and balance external and internal stakeholder priorities.

Victor has 20+ years of strategic human resources experience with start-up/emerging enterprises to Fortune 50 corporations in diverse industries. Victor held senior HR positions with Nike, Hallmark Cards, Humana and Maritz; and also co-founded pioneer HRIS software-as-a-service and knowledge management firms. He is a member of the original strategy formation, product design, and market expansion team for The RBL Group.

Victor is qualified in a comprehensive range of advanced HR/OD practices, including: strategy clarification-organization design, performance-succession-compensation management, HR effectiveness and technology, learning, and employee engagement and coaching. He launched his career during graduate school conducting retained executive searches for Fidelity Investments’ commercial clients and for venture capital funded companies in Boston’s high-tech market.

A summa cum laude undergraduate of Drury University in Psychology and English; Victor additionally holds two masters degrees from Harvard University with concentrations in Theological Studies and Education/HR Development.

Wendy Ulrich

Consulting Partner

“Humans are meaning-making machines who find inherent value in making sense out of life.  In addition to inherit value, meaning has market value in work settings.  Making sense makes cents.”

Areas of Expertise
A licensed psychologist in private practice for twenty years, Wendy brings a personal touch to corporate complexities.  Her focus is on helping leaders create meaning at work that contributes real value to employees, customers, and investors.  Employees who find a why to work for are motivated and productive co-developers of abundant organizations – workplaces in which in which individuals coordinate their aspirations and actions to create meaning for themselves, value for stakeholders, and hope for humanity at large.  An abundant organization is one that has enough and to spare of the things that matter most:  creativity, hope, resilience, determination, resourcefulness, and leadership.

Wendy helps organizations build people skills and personal strengths to succeed:  communication, relationships, change, creativity, resilience, and happiness.  She speaks to thousands of people every year on these topics. 

In addition to counseling and coaching of individuals, Wendy has provided training and consulting for such organizations as General Electric, the US Army, Johnson & Johnson, and the United Way.  She is the founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth (www.sixteenstones.net), offering seminar-retreats for individuals and groups on topics such as forgiveness, loss, and creating an abundant life.  She has taught psychology and organizational behavior at the University of Michigan, Northrup University, and Brigham Young University, and is a fellow and former president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists.

Wendy holds a PhD in education and psychology from the University of Michigan and an MBA specializing in organizational behavior from UCLA. 

Recent Publications
The Why of Work (with Dave Ulrich, in press)
Weakness is not Sin:  The Liberating Distinction that Awakens Our Strengths (2009)
Forgiving Ourselves:  Getting Back Up When We Let Ourselves Down (2008)