Richard (Rocky) O. Kimball, Ph.D., has a distinguished track record working with CEOs, senior executives, and teams-at-the-top to build strategic alignment. His work is often aimed at organizational transformation through the design and delivery of customized executive development initiatives. Kimball’s work crosses all business sectors. His past clients include half of the U.S. Fortune 50–Apple, Coca-Cola, GE, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, United Technologies, Met Life, Dell, Dow Chemical, and Intel, among others.
Kimball also teaches at major universities, including the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. He was recently appointed a GIBS Fellow at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa, where he has an abiding interest in the continued evolution of the South Africa story.
Earlier in his career, he was a faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership. During the Jack Welch era, he was a consultant and action-learning coach during GE’s Workout and the GE Change Acceleration Program.
Kimball was a major contributor to the book The Future of Executive Development, which chronicles leading edge thinking on how to use executive development to achieve competitive advantage. Currently, Kimball is the President and Co-Founder of FRED Inc., a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to elevating leadership and the field of leadership development. Sponsored by many of the world’s leading companies and universities, FRED promotes the development of leaders who can thrive in a turbulent world characterized by ambiguity and change. FRED believes that global leaders must succeed, not only in traditional business terms, but by addressing the social, educational, and environmental challenges that confront the world today.
Kimball’s lifelong passion for development and performance has extended beyond his work with executives to the fields of mental health and education. He is proud that the Santa Fe Mountain Center, which he founded over thirty years ago, is a nationally acclaimed organization, that is still making a difference in the lives of underserved youth, through anti-bullying programs and HIV education. This work has been widely recognized in such diverse media as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, People Magazine, 60 Minutes (Australia), and the Today Show. The International Association for Experiential Education recognized him with its highest honor, the Kurt Hahn Award, for his lifelong contributions to the practice and theory of action-learning.
Bolt is co-founder of FRED Inc., a non-profit dedicated to elevating the quality of leadership in the world. FRED addresses the need for leaders with the skills to create organizations that excel in traditional business terms and help create a better world.
Prior to FRED, Bolt was Founder and Chairman of Executive Development Associates (EDA), a leading consulting firm specializing in custom-designed leadership and executive development programs and processes. He also served as Chairman Emeritus of Executive Networks, the world’s leading operator of peer networks for senior executives.
He was previously President of Bolt Consulting, specializing in creating innovative, custom-designed leadership development programs for building the executive/leadership capabilities needed to successfully address critical business challenges, and accelerate strategy execution. Bolt’s clients included more than half of the Fortune 100 companies and many other leading global organizations.
Earlier in his career, Bolt was at Xerox Corporation for 16 years including senior executive positions in marketing, and in human resources where he headed up worldwide leadership and executive development as well as talent management and learning.
One of Bolt’s groundbreaking articles for the Harvard Business Review, titled Tailor Executive Development to Strategy, introduced the concept of using leadership development to execute business strategy. His book, Executive Development: Strategy for Corporate Competitiveness, chronicled how CEOs use leadership development to execute their strategic agenda. His other books include The Future of Executive Development, and Strategic Executive Development: The Five Essential Investments.
As a leading innovator and author on executive/leadership development, Bolt has published three books, contributed three Harvard Business Review articles, and was an online columnist for Fast Company Magazine. He was named by The Financial Times as a leading expert in the field.