GP Strategies’ Advisory Board

At GP Strategies, we don’t just preach continuous improvement, we pursue it for ourselves. We have an Advisory Board made up of five industry experts who represent the voice of our customers when it comes to designing business initiatives, innovating services, crafting corporate strategy and leading our industry into the future. The more we know, the better we can do for you.

John Duncan

John Duncan is Managing Director, Heathview Consulting Ltd, organizational effectiveness and strategic performance management consulting practice with offices based in Toronto, Canada, and London, UK. His firm helps successful leaders achieve positive change in behavior: for themselves, their people and their teams.

He was most recently Group Human Resources Director, Royal Mail plc and on the senior executive team that successfully listed Royal Mail on the London Stock Exchange in October 2013. In this role, he collaborated with the University of Oxford creating a learning and development partnership to implement executive and management development programs that were at the heart of Royal Mail’s transformation into a privatized company from government ownership.

John was previously Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Canada Post achieving “Top 100 Employers in Canada” recognition for four consecutive years: 2007 to 2010. During his time there, he strengthened the overall management team, as well as advancing employee engagement objectives and cultural change.

He currently serves on the CHRO Advisory Council of the Human Resources Professionals Association and the Board of Directors of Mental Health International. He is also Vice Chair, Development of The Logistics Institute, internationally recognized educational and professional credential certification authority for global supply chain leaders.

John previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of SCI Logistics Inc.; the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business; the Board of Trustees of the Business Disability Forum; and the International Advisory Board for Executive Education, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Carleton University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and he is completing his doctorate in the University of Pennsylvania CLO program.

Marvin H. Johnson, Jr.

After nearly 35 years of service within the Pharmaceutical Industry, Marvin retired from Merck in the Fall of 2018. Although the vast majority of his experience was within the commercial operations side of the business, his most recent role prior to retirement was as the Chief Learning Officer for Merck’s Global Learning and Development department reporting to the EVP of Human Resources and serving on the enterprise’s Senior HR Leadership Team. Before taking on the CLO role within the organization, Marvin was Vice President of the U.S. Human Health East Commercial Operations Group for the Primary Care Sales division and prior to that, Global Brand Leader for Merck’s Migraine franchise where he successfully led product launches in various countries around the world.

Marvin has held numerous Senior Leadership roles at Merck that included responsibility within Sales, Marketing and Operational Support functions. His experience has extended across regional, national and global books of business. These responsibilities spanned across multiple therapeutic categories including Diabetes, Acute Care, Neurology, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Pain Management and Sleep Disorders.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University, Marvin began his career in the pharmaceutical industry over 34 years ago as a Professional Sales Representative at Merck.

In his most recent role, Marvin led a transformational initiative to modernize Global Learning & Development and strengthen Merck’s position as a High-Performance Learning Organization by building people capabilities through relevant, continuous learning experiences that are personalize, adaptive and easy to find, consume and apply. His GL&D team was nationally recognized by the training industry for its success in evolving its operating model to deliver impactful learning solutions resulting in improved business outcomes and enhanced learner experiences.

Marvin has been happily married for over 29 years and is blessed with two sons, a daughter-in-law and is expecting his first grandchild this Spring. He enjoys reading, golf, traveling and currently serves as a board of trustee for Tabor Children’s Service and is Chairperson for the Directional Team at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Kimo Kippen

Kimo Kippen, president of Aloha Learning Advisors, is a thought leader, speaker, and advocate for life-long learning and talent development. A native of Hawai’i, Kimo is the former chief learning officer at Hilton, recognized by CLO Magazine as Chief Learning Officer of the Year (2015), and the former vice president of learning at Marriott International. He has been creating life-long learning solutions for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

Kimo served as chairman of the board for the Association for Talent Development (formerly, American Society for Training & Development) and is currently a board member of the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors. He is also chairman of the board for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), serves as advisor to, GP Strategies, the Executive Advisory Board for Skillsoft, and is program director for The Conference Board Talent & Organizational Development Executive Council (TODEC).

A passion for learning, facilitating, and teaching has drawn Kimo into the academic world as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America, George Mason University, and at Columbia University Teachers College, where he serves on the Talent Development Advisory Board. He is also lead facilitator for iVentiv HR Executive learning events (London, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York City, etc.).

Kimo has a master’s degree in career and human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s postgraduate program. His home base alternates between Washington, DC, Warsaw, Poland, and Honolulu, Hawai’i, where Kimo and his spouse, Dorota Kowalska, regularly spend quality time.

Nigel Paine

Nigel Paine has been involved in corporate learning for over twenty-five years. In April 2002, he was appointed as head of the BBC’s learning and development operation. Under his leadership, the team transformed the learning function and put it on the corporate map. He left the BBC in September 2006 to start a company focused on building great workplaces by promoting creativity, innovation, values-based leadership, and learning and exploring the link between them.
Nigel teaches in the CLO Doctoral Program at the University of Pennsylvania and has written two books, “The Learning Challenge: Dealing with Technology, Innovation and Change in Learning and Development” and “Building Leadership Development Programmes That Work.” He is currently working on a new book on building and developing a learning culture.

Nigel also presents a monthly TV series (Learning Now TV) and hosts a weekly podcast with Martin Couzins called “From Scratch.” He regularly speaks at conferences and writes articles for magazines and journals about development, technology, and leadership.

Kevin Wilde

Kevin Wilde currently serves as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He recently concluded a 34-year corporate career in leadership and talent development at General Electric and General Mills.

During his time at General Mills, the organization was consistently recognized for its innovative development work, highlighted by Fortune’s #2 ranking as one of the best companies in the world at leadership development, #1 listing by Leadership Excellence magazine, #1 Global Learning Elite ranking, and Training magazine’s “Hall of Fame” designation as a top company for employee development. In 2007, Chief Learning Officer magazine selected Kevin as CLO of the Year.

Kevin continues to be an active contributor to the leadership and talent development profession with business advising and writing. His advisory work includes the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp),, Pathgather/Degreed, and GP Strategies.

In 2011, his first book, “Dancing with the Talent Stars: 25 Moves that Matter Now” was published by Human Capital Media. In 2015, he served as editor of “A CLO Leadership Reader: Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Best for Today’s Learning Leader.” His writing on talent management received a national award for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. His work has also been published in over a dozen books, including “Coaching For Leadership” and the “Pfieffer Annual on Leadership Development.”

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