Roland Smith, a senior faculty member and lead researcher at the Center for Creative Leadership, will serve as CCL’s new Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific.
Effective August 5, he replaces Sureish Nathan, who had led CCL’s operations in the region since 2009 and oversaw the opening of CCL’s Shanghai office in January 2013.
In his new role, Smith will direct CCL’s rapidly expanding presence in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the Shanghai office, CCL also has locations in Singapore and New Delhi-NCR.
As the lead researcher on the global Senior Executive Research Initiative, Smith has developed extensive contacts with top leaders throughout the Asia-Pacific and identified best practices for individual and organisational leadership success in the region. He has also led CCL’s research on global talent sustainability.
Additionally, Smith has taught in CCL’s Leadership at the Peak programme for top-level executives, worked with major corporate clients on custom leadership engagements, served as an executive and organisational coach and led CCL’s legal sector practice.
Prior to joining CCL, Smith was the co-founder and president of a consulting firm focused on organizational performance and talent management. He has also served as the president of a human capital consulting firm.
“Roland’s knowledge of leadership development is vast, and the Asia-Pacific region has been a focal point of his pioneering research and work with clients,” said CCL President and CEO John R Ryan. “We believe his global expertise and passion for driving results will be of tremendous value to leaders and organisations throughout this dynamic and growing region.”
Founded in 1970 as a non-profit educational institution, the Center for Creative Leadership helps clients worldwide cultivate creative leadership through an array of programmes, products and other services.