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Rod McCowan serves as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Personal Leadership and Guest Lecturer at Columbia Business School. He is also Founder and Principal of the Accelerance Group, and specialises in executive coaching, leadership development and organisational change. Rod brings a rare combination of tri-sector leadership experience, strategy and organisational development expertise, and a passion for helping others achieve and sustain leadership growth and excellence.

A former White House Fellow under President Bush, Rod also led the transformation of the U.S. Department of Education as a senior political appointee under President Clinton. At Herman Miller, Inc., Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, and VeriSign, Inc., he served as CHRO and restructured and led global organisations to maximise talent and drive game-changing improvements in leadership and business performance. He also led successful turnarounds as Managing Director, South East Asia, and President of Herman Miller East Asia.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Hitachi Institute of Management Development, which is responsible for global leadership development and business transformation across Hitachi, Ltd. Rod holds an MAR in Social Ethics from Yale Divinity School and a MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.