Meet our Team

Bill Adams

CEO / Co-Founder / Chairperson of the Board

Bill loves people and is passionate about relationships, leadership, and business. He is a serial entrepreneur who has started, owned and sold multiple businesses. As a founder and CEO of Leadership Circle, a premier leadership consulting firm, Bill brings thirty years of experience to his clients – the CEOs of major Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and private equity start-ups. In addition, Bill recently co- authored Mastering Leadership, An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results and Scaling Leadership, Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most. As a trusted advisor, teacher, consultant, and coach, he works with CEOs and top teams in fulfilling the promise of leadership.

Bob Anderson

Chief Knowledge Officer / Co-Founder

Bob has dedicated his career to exploring the intersections between leadership and personal mastery, and between competence and consciousness. The creator and author of The Leadership Circle Profile, an integrated and innovative leadership assessment tool, Bob is a true pioneer in the field of leadership development and research. As a founder of Leadership Circle, Bob lends his expertise to developing practitioners around the globe to carry on the powerful work derived from the tools and offerings these two companies provide to leaders. In addition, Bob recently co-authored Mastering Leadership, An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results and Scaling Leadership, Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most.

Betsy Leatherman

Global President Consulting Services

Betsy brings deep passion and high energy to helping Leadership Circle’s clients develop their leadership strength and connect with their customers and communities in ways they had not previously thought possible. In her role as Global President Consulting Services, Betsy derives great pleasure from hearing what our customers have to say and translating that into meaningful recommendations and action. She is a driving force behind helping our clients become market leaders by developing their executives to be able to make courageous choices and decisions that inspire and engage the members of the organizations they lead.

Suzanne Kietselaer

Global President Coaching Services

 Suzanne Kietselaer is an acknowledged global specialist in adult development and executive coaching and an experienced executive coach and senior leadership facilitator, facilitating transformation with leaders, leadership teams and organizations. 

She has over 15 years of experience as a facilitator and coach and she worked at various international coaching and training companies. She fulfilled a number of leadership roles herself, most recently as VP of Coaching at a Dutch-based global training and coaching firm, where she has built a coaching department of >100 coaches executing more than 15.000 hours of coaching per year 

Cindy Adams

Global President Products, Certification, & Community

Cynthia Adams is Global President of Products, Certification, & Community.  She leads our global leadership teams initiatives focused on transformational change, systems perspective, and alignment.  Particularly important to her is advancing leadership Creative capacity and expression, organizational scale, and ensuring the capability to fulfill upon purpose and vision for evolving conscious leadership worldwide. Cindy combines a deep understanding of leadership development, whole systems change, adult development, and business process performance to guide outcomes that matter, engagement, adaptive capacity, and fulfillment. As a fellow traveler on the leader’s path, both personally and professionally, she is intimately familiar with the challenges that leaders face throughout their careers and the adaptive challenge inherent in meeting today’s turbulent conditions. As a founding partner and leader, Cindy has worked with leaders from a wide array of businesses and industries.

Amy Felix-Reese

Chief Operating Officer

As a coach and leadership consultant, Amy Felix-Reese brings almost 30 years of practical leadership and team system experience to her clients. She works with executives to engage a full-system approach through awareness, clarity, alignment, and conscious choice as they navigate the complexities of leadership. Her approach has produced highly productive leaders and sustainable business performance. Amy excels at coaching intact leadership teams who are in transition, stuck, or wanting to ‘up their game’ to thrive. Her training and experience help teams move from closed, protective conversations to co-creative, expansive results. She works with individual leaders and the teams they serve to deepen their grounding and scale leadership through the organization.

Aaronde Seckou Creighton

Chief Diversity Officer

Aaronde Seckou Creighton is the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) of The Leadership Circle. As CDO, he creates our strategic approach to Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (JEDI-B) and supports our community of practitioners in JEDI-B work. Additionally, Aaronde ensures we continue to do our own development within the organization in JEDI-B. He also serves as an Account Lead for our global clients, ensuring that the delivery of our services to clients meets the high expectations that the industry has come to expect from our company. In addition to these responsibilities, Aaronde continues to serve our clients directly as a consultant, executive coach and facilitator. 

Judson Kennedy

Chief Marketing Officer

Jud is a passionate marketing leader with unrelenting optimism. He’s honed his marketing craft at advertising agencies on Madison Avenue and technology companies on Utah’s Silicon Slopes. From big brands–Marriott, Nike, H&M, Google, and others–to startups, Jud has continually shown a keen ability to get the right message in front of the right people … at the right time.

Jud and his wife are raising three amazing little kids, and when he can scrounge up some free time, he loves to fly-fish, golf, cook (and eat!), read, play basketball, and travel.

John Tanner

Chief Information Officer

John has 35 years of professional technology experience. He served as the Global CIO for the world’s largest international marketing company with 159 offices over the globe for over 9 years.  He also founded and sold a very successful network engineering technology company.  He understands business from the startup to the global international footprint, and how technology empowers it.

Russ Olsen

Chief Financial Officer

Russ is passionate about leadership development and providing the back office support, including data analytics and business process evaluation, that helps make that happen.

Russ received his Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU). While attending BYU, Russ worked as a research assistant where he studied a broad range of complex accounting topics and assisted in writing a book on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Carl Benscoter

SVP of Sales

Carl holds the strong belief that the catalyst to market impact provided by Full Circle Group and The Leadership Circle stems from the depth of knowledge we acquire about our clients. The more we learn about their business objectives and challenges, the better we can impact their leaders’ ability to achieve their goals and meet those challenges. Carl has more than thirty-five years of experience with client-focused approaches; the last fifteen years have been dedicated to talent management and leadership development.

Tyson Andrus

Director ODP

Tyson is a Senior Consultant with experience supporting senior and mid-level leaders as they articulate and implement strategy, develop leadership capability, improve business performance, and build organizational capability and capacity. Tyson is skilled in helping leaders build on their natural strengths, overcome challenges, accelerate their development, and lead through complexity.

LIBERTO PEREDA

Managing Director of EU

Liberto is a visionary leader and a passionate coach and facilitator.  He engages with dedication and commitment in transformational and change processes of all kinds – personal, teams, organizations, systems, and communities. With a strong focus on leadership development, he works to unfold leader’s full potential. 

Liberto loves people, and to help them dream and create the future they want. He moves with ease into and through complexity with an awareness and sensitivity to what is needed in the moment, swiftly ensuring the proper, and necessary, conversations happen.  Liberto creates an atmosphere of honesty and safety, allowing people, groups and organizations to grow and evolve themselves, especially in challenging times. He creates powerful change contexts, based on trust, freedom and responsibility, bringing equilibrium to both individuals and groups.

CAROLINA PAEZ GALVIS

Managing Director of LATAM

Carolina is a Leadership Development Consultant and Coach, committed to the evolution, transformation and effectiveness of leadership, especially in Latin America, the region she is passionate for. With more than 3.300 hours of coaching, she has had 20 years of extensive experience with executives and organizations, multinationals and middle-size companies.

She had worked with Full Circle Group as a mentor and coach to our client practitioners, to ensure they gain mastery in using the tools of the Full Circle Group in their execution of leadership development and team facilitation within our client organizations. In Latin America, Carolina has worked with leaders of companies such as: SONY, United Nations, Coca-Cola, 3M, IBM, Tetrapak, Citibank, BBVA, BNP Paribas, Roche, Colitalia, Michelin, Terpel, Alpina, Nexe, Hocol, among others.

David Spach

Managing Director of NA

Executives who work with David find themselves leading more effectively. They gain a business advantage by better applying time, energy, and organizational resources. David helps leaders build on their natural strengths, overcome situational barriers, accelerate their development, and lead through complexity. He’s particularly experienced with challenging business transformations – the kind that require leaders and organizations to adapt.

Adelle Richards

Vice President Asia Pacific- Products, Certification, & Community

Since the first Certification in Sydney in July 2008, it has been Adelle’s delight to have played a pivotal role in bringing The Leadership Circle and Full Circle Group to the Asia Pacific region. Adelle’s strength is in being able to move from strategy into action. Another strength is to know and understand the macro and micro operational systems in order to achieve operational excellence. What she finds deeply motivating is connecting to and being in service of the ever-growing global TLC Community of Certified Practitioners, their clients, and the FCG client base.

Mark Burrell

Vice President Asia Pacific - Consulting & Coaching Services

 Mark is a trusted C level coach and mentor to executive teams. He is renowned for his ability to facilitate breakthroughs in team dialogue and dynamics and personal insights that support growth. He brings human-centered curiosity about the strategic challenges being faced, a focus on the systemic opportunity to cultivate renewal and growth, and a deep understanding of generative dialogue practices. 

He is Vice President Consulting at the Leadership Circle/Full Circle Group Asia Pacific, where he leads a team of experts in top team performance and leadership coaching. He’s also co-founder of Larapinta Connect which is a round table for business leaders that combines the exploration of purpose, meaning, and legacy with the goal of building stronger connections between business and indigenous Australia. 

Steve Athey

Partner

Steve combines a profound curiosity about life with a deep belief in the inherent potential of people. With an integrated approach to long term development he specializes in helping executives and their teams reach their full performance potential. As a master coach, Steve is committed to helping his clients maximize not only their contribution, but their personal experience of leadership.

Dave Schrader

Partner

Dave is a seasoned leadership development consultant with more than 25 years of experience supporting mid-level and senior leaders as they increase the quality of their engagement where it counts the most for strategic success.

Paul Byrne

President - Europe

Paul excels at working with organizations in high-growth entrepreneurial environments, as well as large global companies seeking to foster cultures of innovation and operational agility. Having run businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia, Paul brings a global context and on-the-ground experience leading multinational teams. As a leadership consultant, Paul has coached executive teams at organizations such as: Microsoft, Rolls Royce, RWE AG, Booz&Co, Motorolla, Cisco, IBM, Accenture, Heineken, nPower, Gartner, Cargill, and Huawei. He blends a systemic approach to organizational change with a unique ability to engage senior leaders in deeply transformational conversations.

Mike O'Connor

VP of Business Development

Mike O’Connor is in the business of change. He brings more than 25 years of experience in supporting client organizations and has been a trusted advisor to dynamic leaders who are committed to making a difference. Mike activates leaders to create effective, impactful, and powerful business and leadership results. He is committed to and passionate about helping people realize and maximize their full potential. Throughout his career, Mike has held numerous roles, including: Training and Development Manager, Executive Coach, Instructional Designer, Team Facilitator, and Consultant and Business Development Manager. He also has more than 20 years of experience as a Senior Consultant for Development Dimensions International (DDI). At The Leadership Circle, Mike has worked with mid to senior leaders as an executive coach and developer for companies to include Leadership Circle Certification, and has been involved in the certification of more than 1000 LCP certified coaches.

Jonathan Hulsh

VP of Business Development

Since the founding of The Leadership Circle in 2003, Jonathan is the first point of contact for practitioners investigating the company’s assessments and certifications in North America. With more than 30 years of experience in consulting, he is well acquainted with the challenges facing internal and external coaches/consultants, and HR/OD professionals. “As an advocate, my goal is to help guide the practitioner to make choices that yield optimal results for their clients and for their practice.” Jonathan is also the architect of the annual plan for rolling out certifications to a growing community of skilled practitioners.

Carl Sanders-Edwards

CEO Founder of Adeption, Leadership Circle Colleague

Carl’s focus is on democratizing leadership development. Carl has over 18 years experience helping people and workplaces be better with global organizations and startups.

Carl holds an MBA from Babson College, Boston, where he was Platinum-Triangle Fulbright Scholar in Entrepreneurship, and graduated top of his class. He also has a Bachelor of Technology (Hons.) from Massey University, in New Zealand, and was awarded the 2011 Massey University Distinguished Young Alumni.

GAURAV ARORA

India Regional Partner

Gaurav has a decade of rich experience in the professional services industry as a Facilitator, Coach, and Speaker, with a strong track record of building high-performing leadership teams. As a facilitator, he has been recognized for creating stimulating and interactive learning environments, encouraging participation and individual creativity. As an Executive Coach, he works to dismantle barriers that come up at the workplace for leaders and help them in fulfilling their intent. A storyteller by heart, he leverages various methodologies and techniques to put his point across and create the breakthrough.

Ontology has influenced his work in a big way and he loves designing and delivering long term interventions using visual facilitation, storytelling, and experiential learning activities. Gaurav’s work is aligned with some of his highest values of authenticity, creativity, collaboration, continuous learning, and innovation.

Zaher Ibrahim

Middle East and North Africa Regional Partner

Zaher Ibrahim, is a certified Executive Coach and a Leadership Development facilitator with over 15 years of industry experience in Organization Development, Human Resources, Engineering and Marketing, Zaher works with Executives from various career tracks to help them overcome their arising challenges and achieve the desired outcomes they set on the personal and professional fronts. When working on Executive Development, Zaher utilizes an array of globally renowned assessments to highlight key development areas and set plans to address their specific needs.

JOHAN VAN ZIJL

South Africa Regional Partner

Johan is a registered Psychologist (HPCSA) and Executive Coach with 35 years of experience in human and organizational potential assessment and development. My areas of competence include organisational development, change management, leadership development, team development, coaching and organisational culture transformation, human potential assessment.

For the past 15 years, his primary focus has been Leadership Development. His passion is to contribute to the growth and evolvement of leaders, teams and organizations to new levels of competence, for them to successfully navigate the complexity of the future. Johan is specifically interested in the development of collective organizational leadership capacity. Collective leader capabilities that not only understand internal organizational issues but also quickly understand and adapt to changing external conditions. To prepare leaders to be ready and able to deal with future challenges.

Sammy Njoroge

LC East Africa Representative

Sammy is passionate about developing leaders from the inside out. As a leadership student and researcher, he stumbled into the Leadership Circle Profile online while doing his doctoral dissertation in 2014 and immediately signed up for the certifications in South Africa (2015) and Washington DC (2016).

Sammy is very excited to have pioneered Leadership Circle in East Africa when 17 coaches were certified in 2018. He has co-facilitated certifications in Atlanta and Nairobi and is part of the TLC Global Faculty Team.

Sammy delights in supporting the certified practitioners and evolving the conscious practice of leadership in East Africa.

Roma Gaster

Partner

Roma is passionate about making a difference so that others can do the same. For more than 30 years, she has developed a reputation of helping clients work on the human side of business alongside their strategic context and, in so doing, generating results beyond expectations. Roma’s impact has been described as transformational at various levels – organizational, cultural, leadership, both collective and individual.