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Ken Perlman

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Ken is passionate about the power of leaders and the effects they have on their people.

Ken Perlman is a recognized thought leader, consultant, facilitator, and presenter with 20 years’ experience consulting to executives and teams at Fortune 500 companies. Ken has built his expertise in leadership, leading change, program management, communications, culture acceleration, organization design, business process excellence, and technology adoption.

Ken teaches leadership and management on faculty at the University of Southern California. Ken has served the spectrum of organizations – from large, complex, global organizations to smaller start-up teams. His industry experience spans Healthcare, High Tech, Consumer Products, Entertainment, Manufacturing, and Public Sector. Marquee clients include Levi Strauss & Co., Warner Bros., Kaiser Permanente, NetApp, Coty, Nordstrom, Southern California Edison, and Nestlé.

Bringing in his experience implementing large IT systems like SAP, and with process improvement methodologies like Lean Six Sigma, Ken recognizes that leadership is the greatest single differentiator between agile organizations and those that struggle.

As a writer, Ken’s publications focus on taking complex organizational and leadership dynamics, removing the work context thus allowing readers to focus in on the key issues and actions required to drive exceptional outcomes. Ken writes on topics such as: innovation, employee engagement, meeting effectiveness, crowdsourcing, and leadership development.

Ken lives in Huntington Beach with his wife, who he’s been dating for 26 years, and their two daughters. Ken received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he served as the research assistant at the Kravis Leadership Institute. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Our Friends High Praise for Ken

As in any other field, there’s no substitute for having a great teacher…Every time I have been complimented on my skills as a leader, I know the truth: it’s, in large part, thanks to Ken.

Senior Government Attorney and Section Chief
Senior Government Leader

At what was probably the most stressful time of my career, Ken Perlman has been inspirational in creating alternatives to the doom mindset I was stuck into.

Jeremie Rameau
Jeremie Rameau |Supply Chain Integration, Coty

If you are neck-deep in a turn around situation and have no clue what to do next, or simply need to find the ability to accelerate from your current state, I highly recommend reaching out to Ken Perlman for guidance and insight.

Jeff Meneely
Vice President, Global Logistics |Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

I have had the pleasure of working with Ken Perlman over the past 6 years in a number of different situations. Ken has a unique skill of coming into a new organization & quickly identifying both the business need as well as the impact of change across the organization at a personal level.

Sandra Laflin
Cosmetics Global Initiative Leadership, European Director |Coty

Ken is an inspirational, thought-provoking  and insightful partner who has accompanied our organization through some truly disruptive changes…Most importantly of all, he has equipped us with the tools, knowledge and awareness to take action. 

John Ham
Global Manufacturing & Engineering Leader |Coty Inc. 

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