Leadership development industry veteran joins the senior team to drive growth

June 22, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Genesis Advisers, an independent leadership development consultancy with an expertise in accelerating the performance of new leaders and leadership teams, has announced the appointment of Richard Wetzler to President and Chief Operating Officer.

In this newly created role, Wetzler will be responsible for day-to-day operations and driving growth across the company’s businesses, including executive coaching and leadership transitions advisory and custom solutions for leaders, leadership teams, and entire organizations.

“Rich has over twenty-five years of experience in developing people and growing organizations in the transformation and leadership development consulting space,” said Genesis Advisers CEO and Co-Founder, Shawna Slack. “We are thrilled to have a professional of his caliber and experience joining our team at the ideal moment to accelerate our growth.”

Prior to joining Genesis Advisers, Wetzler was Chief Operating Officer of Pivot Leadership, a global leadership development company, which was acquired by Korn Ferry in 2015. Wetzler also held senior roles at Kroll, Oliver Wyman, and Mercer.

“I am looking forward to partnering with Rich, added Dr. Michael Watkins, Chairman and Co-Founder of Genesis Advisers. “His experience will help expand our global corporate relationships and drive our company’s expansion by bringing The First 90 Days solutions to more companies and professionals.”

Wetzler’s appointment follows the launch of The First 90 Days Online set of solutions, based on The Transition Roadmap™ developed by Dr. Watkins and featured in his business best seller The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter (Harvard Business Press, 2013).

“Dr. Michael Watkins is a guru in the world of leadership development,” said Wetzer. “I am excited to take his great thought leadership, research, and frameworks and make them available more broadly to professionals starting new roles. Everyone deserves to be successful and live up to their full potential. I am incredibly energized to work with such talented people and lead the company into it’s next phase of growth.”


About Genesis Advisers: Established in 2003 by Shawna Slack and Dr. Michael Watkins, Genesis Advisers is the leading global expert in leadership transitions and the exclusive provider of First 90 Days coaching, workshops, materials and online services. Genesis Advisers offers solutions for senior executives, teams, organizations, and individuals at all levels who are entering a new role or a new challenge. Dr. Watkins is the author of the business best seller The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter (Harvard Business Press, 2013).

For more information, contact Sarah Murphy at Genesis Advisers at 617-916-5815. Download a PDF version of this release here.