David Altman

Chief Operating Officer Americas at Center for Creative Leadership


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Center for Creative Leadership

David Altman, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a global non-profit organization with offices throughout the world (www.ccl.org). He oversees global P&L, IT, Leadership Solutions/Knowledge Management, Operations and Digital Learning. Before his appointment as COO in 2017, he served four years as EVP/MD of CCL-EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) based in Brussels Belgium and nine years as VP/SVP/EVP of CCL’s global Research, Innovation and Product Development group. Before joining CCL, he spent 20 years working in academic medical centers (Stanford University and Wake Forest University).

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine and his B.A. in psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy. From 1995-2010, he was National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. From 2008-2012, he was Co-National Program Director of the RWJF Ladder to Leadership Program. Since 2010, he has served as Co-Program Director of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program. In 1997, he was selected as one of 40 Americans for the three year W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program. He rode his bicycle from California to North Carolina to raise public awareness about hunger and endowment funding for an international hunger relief organization. He is a Fellow of three divisions in the American Psychological Association and of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). He’s a member of the American Public Health Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association, the Society of Public Health Education and Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

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