Tommy Chan, Ph.D., PCC

Senior Consultant

Tommy is a professional certified coach accredited by the International Coach Federation (PCC) and a Michigan State-trained psychologist (Ph.D.). He was the former Head of Professional Services, SHL Talent Measurement, CEB (now Gartner). He has experience in running business operation and managing a team of industrial/organizational psychologists, talent management and sales consultants.

He has over 25 years of experience in talent assessment and leadership development in the US and the Asia-Pacific region. Tommy has provided senior leadership and organizational consultation, executive coaching, Assessment and Development Centers, business leadership training and psychometric assessment in the selection and development of C-suites, regional leaders, executive teams, succession candidates and high potentials for multinational corporations (MNCs) and large and growing enterprises. Tommy is certified in a variety of psychometric assessment.

Previous to CEB/SHL, Tommy assumed senior positions at leading global talent assessment and development firms in the US and Hong Kong including Korn Ferry and Right Management in Atlanta and Hong Kong.  He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Toccoa Falls College, a university near Atlanta and as a lecturer in Advanced-level Psychology courses at the Michigan State University.

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Career Highlights

  • For an International Engineering Firm: Effectively coaching a CEO of an International Engineering Firm that belongs to a conglomerate that generates over 100 billion in gross revenue per year, improving his team development and developing the desired corporate culture.
  • For a Large Pharmaceutical Company: Senior Consultant of a multinational Big Pharma in Culture Change involving Psychometric Assessment, Coaching and Group Facilitation in Culture and Leadership Development.
  • For a Large Multinational Semiconductor Company: Coaching and facilitating simulation exercises to help build leadership competencies among mid-level engineering managers of a large semiconductor multinational based in Dallas.
  • Coaching an overly confident senior executive in Finance Research to be more approachable and impactful in his leadership style.
  • For a Large International IT Firm: Successfully coaching a group of female VPs, addressing a variety of female leadership challenges.
  • For a Large Telecommunications Company: Team coaching Asian-Pacific American mid-level leaders of a large Telecom in leadership and DEI-related issues.

Areas of Specialization

  • Executive Presence & Gravitas
  • Transition and Change
  • Culture Transformation
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Mindset Growth
  • EQ Skills
  • Succession Planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managing International Business
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Occupational Health

Unique Attributes

  • Academically trained as a behavioral scientist (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University in the early 1990’s), in addition to acquiring valuable first-hand commercial experience in leading business operations.
  • Professional certified coach (ICF-PCC) with over 2 decades of experience in working with C-suites and mid-level business leaders in multicultural business settings.
  • High belief in the unrealized leadership impact of every leader.
  • Experience in deploying a scientific proven strength-based and action-learning approach, in addition to competencies to address root causes and dynamics to develop sustainable leadership and business performance.
  • Tech-savvy in virtual communication and fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • Hobbies

    Hiking with my dog, international travel & classical music

  • Food

    Chinese and italian

  • Band

    Don Moen

  • Movie


  • Super Power


  • TV Show


  • Book

    Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Quote

    “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln

Consultant Insights

  • My ideal client is someone [an organization] that:

    Has a growth mindset, and not afraid to put his/her ego in the pocket .

  • The highlight of my career so far has been:

    Selected to be an executive coach among many highly qualified coaches around the world for a large multinational Big Pharma in culture change initiatives, involving individual psychometric assessment, coaching and facilitation of leadership workshops for teams.

  • My superpower as a coach is:

    Believing in the unique success of each individual leader more than themselves

  • My philosophy on life is:

    The Golden Rule: Do to others as you would have others do unto you.

  • I hope my legacy is one of:

    Leaving the world a little bit better than when I arrived.