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Richard Wetzler: President and CEO

Richard Wetzler is President and CEO of Genesis. He joined the company in June 2016 as the President and Chief Operating Officer, brought in to manage day-to-day operations and drive growth. Prior to joining Genesis, Richard was the Chief Operating Officer of Pivot Leadership, a global leadership development consultancy acquired by Korn Ferry in March 2015. In the same year it was acquired, Pivot received the Association of Learning Providers ISA Business of the Year Award for rapid growth in delivering transformation and learning at the top of major global corporations, as well as financial success, quality products and services, and positive workplace culture. Prior to Pivot, Richard held senior roles at LRN, Kroll, Oliver Wyman, and Mercer.

Michael Watkins: Co-Founder

Michael has spent the past two decades working with leaders, both corporate and public, as they transition to new roles, negotiate the future of their organizations, and craft their legacy as leaders. A recognized expert in his field, he ranked among Thinkers50’s top fifty management influencers globally in 2019. He is the author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, the globally acknowledged handbook for leadership and career transitions, which recently earned the accolade of Amazon’s Top 100 Leadership Books. He is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change Management at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and previously served on the faculty at INSEAD and Harvard University, where he earned his PhD in Decision Sciences.

Shawna Slack: Co-Founder and Chairman

As Chairman of Genesis, Shawna is focused on business development and strategic planning initiatives. As Co-Founder, Shawna helped build the company from a sole-trader practice to a global consultancy whose First 90 Days brand is the standard for onboarding and transitions used by leaders around the world. Prior to Genesis, Shawna was a principal at YankeeTek Ventures, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based venture capital fund where she was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities, negotiating investments and supporting companies on board-level activities. Shawna also worked at Interleaf and State Street Global Advisors, Inc. Shawna is an active member of the Boston Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global advocacy group specializing in peer-to-peer learning and development for entrepreneurs.

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