New and improved Learning + Development courses. Read More


David Carder


For over 15 years, David has worked with global clients to accelerate the execution of their business strategies and drive the development of their top leadership talent. As a Managing Director for Kotter, David serves as the lead consultant on a number of KI’s largest client engagements and has worked across a range of industries including energy, healthcare, financial services, defense and aerospace, and non-profit. Throughout his entire career, David has focused on unleashing the potential of leaders to drive organizational transformations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from William Jewell College, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Northern Illinois University where he received the school’s top honor for excellence in graduate study.

David is based out of the Cambridge, MA office.

Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

Throughout my career, I have studied and followed Dr. Kotter’s work. I was struck by the recent innovations the Kotter team had been pursuing – building on his research – and achieving results with clients that were beyond what I had seen any consulting firm achieve. I wanted to work in this nexus between John’s work and achieving this kind of true impact for companies and the leaders who guide them.

What is the biggest impact you’ve seen take place at a client?

With an Italian utility, through KI’s process, we were able to directly drive over 130 million Euro in new revenue and ensure the long-term success of over 15 “go-live” implementations of a transformative, industry-leading SAP system. Based on our work, the company received the award for top change implementation across Italy for 2016.

What in your background helps you in this job?

My entire career has focused on unlocking the potential of leaders to drive organizational transformations. Before joining Kotter, I focused for over 15 years on equipping leaders – on a large scale – to behave differently, work together in new ways, and accelerate the realization of their business strategies. I’ve been able to draw on the facilitation, coaching, design, and advisory skills I was able to hone over those many years, and apply them directly to Kotter’s work with clients.

What’s got you thinking right now?

I’ll admit that I’m inspired by where John’s thinking is going around the connections between brain science and what we’ve seen create the greatest breakthroughs in our process with clients. We’re linking the hardwiring of the brain neuroscience ideas of “Threat/Survive” vs. “Opportunity/Thrive” to our focus on building a network of volunteers within an organization — fueled by a Big Opportunity and a “want to/get to” perspective. The connections and innovations are continuing to emerge throughout our day-to-day work with clients.

Share something about you that would most surprise people.

I sang for a number of years in a 30-member auditioned chorus in the greater Boston area, focused on “seven centuries of choral traditions” from early music from the 1400’s, through contemporary pieces only recently published.