David G. AltmanChief Research & Innovation Officer


    David has held four different Executive Team positions at the Center for Creative Leadership. Prior to his current role, he served for five years as the global Chief Operating Officer (COO) a job that involved leading the work at CCL in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), APAC (Asia Pacific), and Americas. He also led the Global (sales) Pursuit Team and several verticals. Early in his tenure at CCL, he also led Information Technology, Portfolio Solutions, and Global Operations. Prior to being COO, David spent five years living in Brussels where he was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CCL’s EMEA region. Before that and for nine years, he was Executive Vice President of CCL’s Research, Innovation and Product Development group. David maintains an active portfolio of direct client work and focuses on senior teams and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

    Prior to joining CCL, David was a tenured Professor of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina (10 years) and Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California (10 years). David is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has long been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). For five years, he served as co-director of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program. For 15 years, he was National Program Director of the RWJF Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. For four years, he was Co-National Program Director of the RWJF Ladder to Leadership Program.

    In 1997, he was selected as one of 40 Americans for a three-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program. As part of this 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.

    Current Role

    David is the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at CCL. He oversees several global groups: Leadership Research and Analytics; Portfolio and Leadership Solutions; and Partnerships and Innovation; and Future Leadership/Digital Transformation. He serves on the 13-member global Executive Team.

    Educational Background

    PhD in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine
    MA and PhD in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine
    BA in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara

    Professional Affiliations and Certifications

    Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
    American Psychological Association Divisions 9 (Fellow), 27 (Fellow), 38 (Fellow)
    American Public Health Association
    Society of Public Health Education

    Curriculum Vitae

    Honors, Awards, Grants

    • Alumnus of the year at the School of Social Ecology, 2007
    • Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in cardiovascular disease prevention and epidemiology

    Contact Information


    Areas of Expertise

    Leadership development, Community Development, Evaluation Research, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health