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JUSTIN WASSERMAN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Justin is a strategic agility and transformation expert. He works with leadership teams to accelerate their most critical strategies at speeds his clients often believe impossible. The initiatives he has led in over 20 countries have delivered in excess of $2.8B in revenue and cost enhancements across multiple industries including pharma, CPG, food, financial services, mining, energy, healthcare, private equity, insurance, technology, and education. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry from the University of San Diego and his Master’s degree from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Change.

Justin is based out of Denver, CO.

Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

Following my work as a turnaround consultant, I was drawn to Kotter’s core focus on fundamentally transforming an organization. Rewriting an organization’s DNA is about achieving dramatically improved business results (both top and bottom-line), significantly deeper leadership bench strength, and the development of a corporate culture necessary to win in this era of unprecedented speed and change. I get to be a part of that here.

What’s the biggest transformation you have seen come true?

It’s the initiatives I’ve had the privilege to lead that have realized immeasurable gains in leadership capability, improved quality, process and productivity improvements across multiple industries. Equally thrilling is being a part of creating better places to work where employees are passionately engaged and feel compelled to make a difference.

What challenges do you most enjoy helping your clients solve?

The challenges I most enjoy solving in partnership with my clients are the thorny and often seemingly intractable issues they have attempted to fix numerous times to no avail. I also revel in partnering with my clients to take on their enterprise-wide strategic priorities where the stakes are simply too high to fail – and anything less than total mission accomplishment would be considered a disappointment.

What’s got you thinking right now?

The extent to which the pace of exponential change and uncertainty is forcing – and demanding – that organizations consider their business model, strategy and competition in fundamentally different ways than just five years ago. If organizations can’t (or won’t) change fast enough, they will have a very short shelf-life.

Share something about you that would most surprise people

While my grandfather was an acclaimed American painter and author, I have zero artistic talent.