justin wasserman, managing director at kotter

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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 20+ countries have delivered in excess of $3.07B 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 do you want to be when you grow up?

I was bitten by a dog when I was 8 years old requiring plastic surgery and 210 stitches. I was determined from that moment to become a plastic surgeon (to the great delight of my grandmother and mom who hoped this would lead to free work)! It wasn’t until after I completed the pre-med program in college that I made a career pivot.

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 way in which we can help organizations going through a digital or agile transformation, significantly increase the speed, efficacy and impact of this work. Organizations are not doing enough to build urgency, change readiness and the right metrics, to measure an actual return to the business.

Share something about you that would most surprise people

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