29 May 2023
Odgers Berndtson Announces the Expansion of Their National Leadership Advisory Practice by Welcoming Dr. Joanna Kraft, as Partner and Head of Succession and Development
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Calgary, Alberta – Odgers Berndtson, Canada’s largest integrated leadership advisory firm is thrilled to welcome Dr. Joanna Kraft as Partner and Head of Succession and Development – an area identified as a critical strategic priority for Canadian businesses. Joanna will join the firm’s Leadership Advisory Practice, which provides expertise in Executive Succession & Development, Executive & Team Coaching, and Board & CEO Alignment.
“As part of our Leadership Advisory Practice, Joanna will partner with Boards and executive teams across Canada to develop and facilitate effective succession management and growth strategies,” said Carl Lovas, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer at Odgers Berndtson Canada. “Viewed as a trusted advisor by her clients, Joanna’s expertise has helped to shape healthy, agile organizations across sectors and industries. Through Joanna and the broader team, our clients can expect creative succession management and leadership development thinking that will drive transformational change and sustainable organizational growth.”
“I’m confident that Joanna’s expertise will create a competitive advantage for our clients. She has a well-established track record of helping leaders solve their current business challenges and prepare for future risk and disruption through the selection and development of executive talent and teams,” said Brad Beveridge, President, Odgers Berndtson Canada. “That practical business experience, paired with her strong academic training, will help to ensure we continue to deliver current, tailored solutions that reflect the challenges of modern leadership and are anchored to organizational vision and strategy.”
“I was initially attracted to Odgers Berndtson due to their focus on curiosity, creativity, and agility. Being able to develop integrated solutions with a team of talented and collaborative colleagues really resonated with me. This culture, paired with the firm’s 30+ year reputation in Canada, is precisely what I was looking for in this next chapter of my career,” said Dr. Joanna Kraft.
Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Joanna was a North American Assessment Practice Lead at a large global talent consulting company where she helped expand its assessment practice. Joanna led a team of assessors which she coached and mentored using the same techniques and approaches she recommends to clients. Her experience also includes a role as an Organizational Psychology Consultant for a boutique consulting firm in Toronto and as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant for a multinational home improvement retail corporation.