Executive Core’s cadre consists of top rated coaches and facilitators from Lore International Institute, Korn Ferry, GE, the Rotman School of Management, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Towers Perrin, among other notable organizations.
Barbara Singer ChengPresident and
Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Singer Cheng is the founder, president, and CEO of Executive Core and leads a group of 100 global professionals whose mission is to more quickly innovate professional development globally. For more than 15 years, she has worked with thousands of high-potentials leaders around the globe at critical turning points in their careers. Barbara is renown for her work in the evidence-based study of predictors of executive success and executive coaching.
Prior to Executive Core, she held two SVP roles at Lore International Institute (acquired by Korn Ferry International). Barbara was recently honored as the recipient of the Global 2013 Executive Coaching Thought Leader of Distinction award from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.
Barbara has authored numerous executive education programs, written two books, numerous white papers and articles including Recovering Executives at Risk of Derailing and Influence & Collaboration. Barbara has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. from Bowling Green with dual degrees in Interpersonal Communications and Psychology. She recently served on the board of the Executive MBA Council for two terms as corporate liaison and belongs to numerous professional associations.
Anna PoolTrusted Advisor, Western U.S. Regional Leader
Anna Pool is a Trusted Advisor and Western U.S. Regional Leader at Executive Core and offers more than 20 years of talent management consulting, executive education, and executive coaching and has been an instrumental partner during difficult economic or industry downturns. She brings a breadth of experience in facilitating strategic planning, leadership development and alignment, and organizational culture development in both private and public organizations.
Prior to joining Executive Core, Anna was a senior leader at the Harvard endorsed leadership center on the East Coast. Her experience includes Vice President and Board level roles of a medium size alternative health care facility benchmarked by the Harvard Medical School and is a former director of Organizational Consulting for Lore International Institute in Durango, Colorado.
Anna is the author of the Bronze Telly Award winning video series, Effective People Skills, and is the co-author of Lore’s 360 Assessment of Collaborative Tendencies. She has authored numerous white papers and has presented at organizations and conferences such as the American Society for Training and Development. She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. and has completed a two-year certification with the Gestalt Institute of the Berkshires. Anna is also certified in the use of the Lominger Limited, Inc. Voices® 360 Feedback Tool, The Leadership Capability Indicator, a tool designed for executive succession planning and selection and numerous other assessment tools.
Daniel CushingInner Core Executive & Advisory Board, Canadian Regional Leader
Danny Cushing is an Inner Core Executive at Executive Core and has worked with thousands of business leaders on nearly every continent as an executive coach and talent management consultant. He is a sought after for his expertise in global leadership, non-profit board management, board effectiveness, service quality research, global leadership education, marketing, and the design of executive education programs.
Prior to joining Executive Core, Danny spent more than 15 years as the Director, Leadership Development at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In this role he oversaw the development of leadership courses, and team development and executive coaching programs, for both the Rotman EMBA program and the Omnium Global EMBA program. He worked closely with the University of St. Gallen (USG), St. Gallen Switzerland, the leading business school in German-speaking Europe. He has successfully managed an $8 million operating budget and 50+ professional staff.
Danny is a graduate of the Rotman Executive MBA Program, University of Toronto and he also holds a BA in History from Trent University. He has chaired several non-profit boards in education, the arts, and mental health organizations. Danny is a Lore International Institute certified executive coach as well as being certified in the use of the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence inventory. He is fluent in Spanish. Danny has lived and worked in Spain, Switzerland and Canada.
Martin is an Advisory Board Member and Inner Core Executive at Executive Core. As a Board Member he provides strategic advice and direction to grow and develop Executive Core and develops intellectual property in the areas of collaborative leadership and strategy. Martin specializes in coaching Chief Executives, VPs, and Senior Executive VPs supporting them to enhance their leadership repertoire, as individuals, as well as helping them with challenges aligning their top management teams. He brings years of expertise navigating diverse cultures and large geographies across several business disciplines. Martin excels at helping senior leaders evolve their operations, strategic alliances, and go to markets business development strategies.
Martin has more than 15 years’ experience developing and negotiating strategic alliances, resulting in nearly $1 Billion USD in top-line revenue. He has played an integral role in strategic alliances, marketing, loyalty, business development and consulting in banking, retail, technology, and airlines industries with clients including Verizon, Hewlett-Packard, MasterCard, Scotiabank, PriceSmart, Digicel Mobile, Orange Telecom, and many other Fortune 100s and fast growing corporations across LATAM.
Martin holds a master’s of international management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and bachelor’s degree from Emory University in business and political science. He has studied Strategic Alliances at the Wharton School of Business and holds coaching certifications from New Ventures West and is a certified professional coach of the International Coaching Federation, and a member of the Association of Strategic Alliances Professionals and the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches. He is MBTI® and Leadership Development Framework-SCi-MAP certified—as well as in many other tools. Martin has written Enabling Collaboration – A New Methodology for Developing Strategic Alliances and Partnerships, due to be published later in 2015, and is a well-known public speaker on Group and Team Collaboration, Collaborative Advantage, and Strategic Alliances & Partnerships.
Gary MyszkowskiInner Core Executive & Advisory Board, Midwest U.S. Region
Gary is an Inner Core Executive at Executive Core and specializes in large group interactive meeting design and facilitation to accelerate organizational change, design and facilitation of business team strategic planning, and shaping organization capabilities for strategy implementation.
Prior to joining Executive Core Gary spent more than 25 years working as an external coach as well as a director-level executive leading an internal consulting group. He was the co-leader of Amoco’s global integrated Learning and Organization Effectiveness shared services group and the strategic partner to two presidents of Amoco Chemicals and their executive teams. He assisted in developing and implementing aggressive global growth strategies to expand the company’s worth from $5 billion to $12 billion in less than six years. Gary has served as a change management consultant to mergers and acquisitions ranging from $50 million to $35 billion.
Gary earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees at the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree at Union College. He was a Visiting Scholar to Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He has also completed advanced training at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology..
As an executive coach, consultant and speaker, Govert offers a rich multicultural portfolio of nearly 3 decades of line and hands-on operational management and CEO experiences.
He has a set of well-honed general management skills in: sales, operations, management, marketing, finance and HR. Govert has dedicated this last decade of his career to helping other leaders achieve high-levels of success.
Govert is widely recognized for his solid track record of executive coaching and leadership counseling building on the foundation of nearly 3 decades in entrepreneurial and corporate leading US and European companies, as well as in working closely with top-level executives from over 30 nationalities and globally- recognized ‘Industry Thought Leaders’.
With an authentic approach, he brings high energy and a down-to-earth attitude, equally inspiring and challenging both groups and individuals.
Govert is passionate about supporting senior leaders and their teams to build commitment and alignment while driving transformational change and business performance. Being fully fluent in Dutch, English, and French, he has often been able to work with multi-cultural teams in their mother tongue.
He works with leaders towards the achievement of professional success by correlating transformation with a personal process and openly engaging others to build capabilities and change organizational mindsets and behaviors.
Nan HutchinsonInner Core Executive & Advisory Board, East Coast Region
Nan is an Inner Core Executive at Executive Core and offers 25 years of experience in leading large, global business units in Fortune 100 companies. She has created and operationalized large cross functional and cross company teams, built commercial organizations, sales forces and managed teams during times of tremendous growth and turmoil such as mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.
Prior to joining Executive Core, Nan’s experience included Senior Vice President of marketing and sales for URL Pharma, Inc. a privately held pharmaceutical company transitioning from a generic to branded business model. During her tenure she built a talented commercial organization and brought new capabilities that enabled URL Pharma to be acquired by Takeda.
Nan also founded a successful consulting company Knollwood Partners, focused on helping companies to accelerate innovation, raise capital and scale commercial operations. Projects typically included direct collaboration with the CEO and senior executive teams, and in some cases the board of directors. Typical engagements included business and strategic planning, corporate and product valuations, risk mitigation (such as skill, capability, or competitive gaps) team structure and process health, portfolio optimization, product launch readiness and partner identification and strategy.
Prior to Knollwood, Nan held several executive roles at Bristol Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson. At Bristol Myers Squibb, she was Senior Vice President, US Operations and then Vice President, Global Marketing. Nan managed a $2 billion multi-asset portfolio and had worldwide P&L responsibility in the Global group.
Joy LubeckInner Core Executive & Advisory Board, LATAM Regional Leader
As an inner Core leader for us, Joy brings deep expertise in metrics-focused management, business strategy, leadership development, executive coaching, cross-cultural communication, board governance, and fund raising. Joy’s results and approach have made her the resource of choice in many high performing organizations. Joy also has deep global work experiences with special expertise in LATAM, Spain, and Italy.
Prior to joining Executive Core Joy has enjoyed a successful career as a Vice President of Executive Education at Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she worked with for-profit clients such as American Express, Grupo Alfa, Chase Card Services, Intel China and Cisco helping to design and deliver powerful executive development initiatives. She also led the collaboration with American Express to develop emerging leaders in the social sector. She developed accelerated leadership programs into which non-profit leaders around the world were nominated, including the IFRC, World Wildlife Fund, UNICEF, The Global Fund, ProMujer, Aravind Eye Care System, Heifer International, Acmen Fund and ASHOKA, among many others. She also served as Vice President of Thunderbird’s Alumni Relations where she successfully globalized the Thunderbird Alumni Network, comprised of over 40,000 highly mobile individuals within 140 countries working in 15,000 corporations worldwide.
Joy holds an International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Her undergraduate degree is from Bowling Green State University.
Ronnie Kurchner-HawkinsInner Core Executive & Advisory Board, East Coast Region
As an inner Core leader for us, Ronnie brings 25-plus years of experience in building and leading high performance consulting teams to facilitate solving problems in business and industry. She is known for helping corporation forge practical, high-quality talent management solutions that bring bottom-line results and meet business objectives.
Prior to joining Executive Core, Ronnie served as a Consultant for 5 years to a major global Consulting Company on Executive and Management Development focused on performance improvement. Ronnie has coached executives in several different industries and fields including technology, energy, automotive, communications and global sales. She has developed several programs for Fortune 100 and 500 companies around orientation, organization, leadership and several other areas. Ronnie has also served Korn Ferry, Lore International, and Arthur Anderson as a consultant and senior talent management professional.
Ronnie received her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, and her M.A. in Educational Psychology, from Michigan State University. She has authored and co-authored many papers and reports on organizational issues and presented at national and international conferences on topics including executive development, executive transitions, e-learning, organizational assessment, change, leading virtually, new employee orientation and organizational politics. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in organizational communication with an emphasis on organizational networks, organizational change, and labor and industrial relations.