RICHARD DAVIS, PH.D.
Dr. Richard Davis is President/CEO of Kilberry, a firm of management psychologists that provides assessment and development services to investors, CEO’s, and key corporate leaders. Using psychological insight and business experience, he helps companies create value by developing extraordinary leadership, hiring the right people, backing the right management teams, and navigating through periods of leadership transition.
Richard has advised key executives in sports/entertainment, banking, private equity, retail, manufacturing, and media, throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He specializes in working with CEO’s. Clients have included Under Armour, The National Basketball Association (NBA), Canada Goose, Target, Manulife, Torys, RBC, Canadian Tire, Imperial Capital, Sun Life, RSA, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Enercare, Torys, Starwood Hotels, OLG, Birch Hill Equity Partners, and Cineplex.
Richard has been consulting to organizations for more than 15 years. Prior to founding Kilberry, he was a Partner at RHR International, where he led the Private Equity Services practice in Canada. Earlier, he was an entrepreneur and owned a successful media company focused on the education and healthcare industries. Richard is author of the bestselling book, The Intangibles of Leadership (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2010), which focuses on the subtle nuances in behaviour and character that differentiate extraordinary leaders. Richard has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, BusinessWeek, Globe and Mail, CNBC, CFO Magazine, Entrepreneur, and Harvard Business Review.
Richard is licensed as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He received his M.A. at Boston University, and his Ph.D. at York University. He has held board positions in various not-for-profit organizations, most recently as President of the Board of Directors at Leo Baeck Day School.
KATHERINE ALEXANDER, PH.D.
Dr. Katherine Alexander is a Principal at Kilberry. As a trusted advisor to senior management, Katherine helps companies choose and onboard the right people for their most critical roles. She assesses leadership capability and potential while considering the dynamics of the role, team, and business environment. In addition, Katherine coaches key business leaders on raising their game. She challenges them to elevate their strengths and address their blind spots.
Katherine has worked with many organizations in a variety of sectors – including retail, transportation, mining, energy, public sector, and financial services. Katherine has extensive experience working in both industry and consulting, with previously held talent management roles at Canadian Tire and Hay Group. Advising to both internal and external clients has provided her with unique insight into the complexities and challenges of leadership roles at all levels of an organization.
Katherine completed her Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University, where she specialized in the study of effective leadership. She is an active member of the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
ANURADHA CHAWLA, PH.D.
Dr. Anuradha Chawla is a principal at Kilberry. As an advisor and executive coach, she focuses on areas that help leaders maximize their impact and enhance their ability to influence positive organizational results. She specializes in selection assessments and succession management, including CEO continuity work. Her work also includes accelerating executive on-boarding and private equity management due-diligence.
Dr. Chawla has been consulting to executives for over a decade. Prior to joining Kilberry, Dr. Chawla was a senior consultant at Right Management, where she coached executives and advised companies on their talent strategy. Previously, she worked at RHR International and Development Dimensions International. Throughout her career, she has served clients in both private and public sectors, and has extensive experience in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, retail, and financial services.
Dr. Chawla was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology from the University of Guelph in Ontario and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She has published articles in journals such as the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal and Applied Human Resource Management and conducted presentations with the CHRO Summit and CHRP on succession, coaching and high-potential development.
MARY JO HADDAD, RN, M.SC, CM
SENIOR ASSOCIATE/CEO MENTOR
Mary Jo Haddad is a Senior Associated based in Toronto, serving as a CEO Mentor for key Kilberry clients. Mary Jo is a celebrated Health Care Executive who has spent over forty years in healthcare leadership and children’s health. As former President and Chief Executive Officer of the world renowned Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, where she served for over thirty years, Ms. Haddad championed an environment of excellence where over 10,000 talented and dedicated Physicians, Researchers, Staff and Volunteers were committed to putting children and families at the center of their work. Throughout her leadership, SickKids excelled, as measured by some of the highest patient satisfaction and staff engagement scores in health care and outstanding performance results in clinical, research and business outcomes. Her visionary leadership led to the creation of SickKids International, The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and The Centre for Global Child Health.
Ms. Haddad holds several Board appointments including Director of TD Bank Group, TELUS, Kids Health Links Foundation and the Children First Canada Advisory Board. Formerly, she held Board appointments as Chair of MaRS Innovation, Chair of Provincial (Ontario) Council for Maternal Child Health, Trustee (Ex-Officio) SickKids, and Director, SickKids Foundation.
Ms. Haddad holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Windsor (2003), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2014) and Ryerson University (2014). She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 and received The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She is a recipient of the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. In November 2012, she was recognized as one of Toronto Life’s 50 Influential People. In 2011, she was named one of Canada’s inaugural Top 25 Women of Influence in Health Sciences and was inducted into the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame by The Women’s Executive Network. In October 2009, she was the recipient of both the Leadership Award from the Society of Graduates, University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Catalyst Canada Honours Toronto Business Excellence Award as Leading CEO.
JOHN LABIANCA, M.A., SPHR
Senior Associate, New York
John LaBianca is a Senior Associate at Kilberry based in New York. John spent over 12 years at the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he led their global Organizational Development function responsible for executive leadership development, performance management, employee engagement, and competency development. He has held various senior level HR positions at the league, including leading the NBA’s flagship learning & development brand, NBA University, which was awarded a prestigious Gold award for Best Advance in Leadership Development by the Brandon Hall Group. He has also led the league’s global Talent Acquisition function.
Prior to joining the NBA, John was the Organizational Change Leader at Mellon Financial Corporation, heading up Mellon’s Organization Development Center of Excellence, where he led the talent and planning team responsible for leadership development, succession planning, talent review and calibration, strategic communications, and other global OD initiatives. Previously, John was the National Compensation Manager at Buck Consultants, National Talent & Culture Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and spent additional time in the consulting business working for Ernst &Young.
John has over 20 years of strategic HR experience in all disciplines, including OD/OE design and strategy, talent development, employee engagement surveys, performance management design & implementation, leadership coaching & development and overall HR thought leadership, with deep expertise in the sports and entertainment, financial, and consulting services industries.
John holds an M.A. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Executive Coach..
TAK CHAN, PH.D.
Senior Associate, Asia
Tak Chan is Kilberry’s Senior Associate in Asia and CEO of Mobley Group Pacific. He has extensive experience in executive coaching, leadership development, talent assessment, executive integration, succession planning and development, stress management, and team effectiveness and process coaching. Tak has supported clients who are global leaders in Fortune 500 companies and some prominent Chinese global companies in Greater China and Asia Pacific region in the technology, service, finance, fast food, retail, media, chemical, pharmaceutical, beauty & cosmetic and manufacturing industries. He has made speeches in the business community and business school, and presented multiple papers at scientific and professional meetings.
Tak is a registered psychologist in Hong Kong, a member of Hong Kong Psychological Society, and American Psychological Association. Prior to joining Kilberry, he practiced clinical psychology at New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. Tak Chan grew up in Hong Kong and subsequently was educated and lived in New York City in the US for 15 years. He currently resides in Shanghai.