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Duncan Drechsel

Executive Coach


The Americas

As a coach, Duncan brings his experience launching new businesses in complex global organisations and his passion for developing values-driven leaders. He acts as a catalyst partnering with leaders in launching new initiatives in a way that creates high impact and leverages their authentic self.

Business background

Duncan draws upon 23 years of expertise building, leading, and launching businesses ranging from start-ups to large organisations. Through a seasoned blend of leadership coaching, assessment, and facilitation Duncan guides organisational transformation and increases and improves people’s capacity to lead.

Prior to becoming an Executive Coach, Duncan’s leadership roles included general management, marketing, strategy, and product management with a focus on high growth and emerging businesses including retail (Walmart), telecommunications (Pacific Telesis, now AT&T), and new media/e-commerce (BabyCenter, now Johnson & Johnson).

Duncan challenges and encourages individuals and teams to embrace and utilise their strengths, identify and overcome their limitations, and develop new leadership skills. He serves as a catalyst for change working to develop highly engaged and high-performance cultures built on a foundation of authentic leadership. Duncan coaches following the International Coaching Federation principles and ethics.

Areas of expertise

As a team and individual coach facilitating strategic goal setting.

Coaching and developing business leaders and general managers in new roles or transition.

Coaching leaders of change projects and the start-up phase or early stage businesses.

Building team capacity and growth strategies that enable accelerated growth.

Education and professional memberships

MBA (Cornell University)

BA Economics (University of California, Irvine)

Coaching Certification (The Coaches Training Institute

Enneagram Practitioner)

Member of International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Coaching achievements

Coach and team coach to largest motor club member service organisation in North America. Included CEO and leadership team of regional club and executives at HQ. Provided coaching and organisational development support to the leadership team, including leadership training, strategic goal setting, and performance management programme design. This also included operational reviews and integration with staff execution of branding effort to engage and motivate staff. Trained leadership and all managers over 18-month engagement. Created sustained culture of leadership and business performance impact with executive team via clear planning and performance practices built on values and leadership principles.

Coach to commercial banking Director managing a large asset portfolio and team of 200. Coaching resulted in a significant shift and increased focus on communication, delegation and work/life balance resulting in higher functioning team relationships and a greater sense of purpose and direction.

Coach to COO of digital services firm experiencing rapid growth. The coaching focused on building leadership practices, communication and alignment that supported growth and resulted in significant improvement in staff engagement and sustained sales growth.

Coach to Business Development Leader in clean energy multinational helping with organisational change, communication, and executive presence. Improved team impact with clarity, shared purpose, and expanded leadership influence. Resulting in increased respect from senior peers and higher engagement.

OD Consulting to Head of Technology Group and his team in a multinational pharmaceutical company to meet shifting market needs and their product growth. The focus of the role was on process, learning, and leadership guides. The result was a new clarity of charter, process, customer needs, and tools for the transition leading to a new organisation design and identification of key opportunities.

Coach to executive of a $13b financial co-operative serving American agriculture industry transitioning to new leadership role. Focused on growth in his leadership capacity and that of his team in preparation for promotion to new role, which subsequently followed.

Facilitator, team coach and individual coach to high potentials in Fortune 100 technology company. Value and ROI after this programme rose 35% above industry benchmark.

Coaching to CEO of media agency with focus on staff engagement, leadership development, and executing strategic path forward. Coaching facilitated greater clarity about direction, resulting in a partnership in the launch of a new business.

Coach to CFO of a labour market data company. Focus was to adapt leadership style to increase engagement and empowerment of staff and free up capacity which increased influence with senior stakeholders across the organisation.

Recent clients

AAA, AbbVie, Apollo Education Group, BioMarin, Cisco, Genentech, Haas School UC Berkeley, Hewlett Foundation, NerdWallet, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Recurrent Energy, and Wharton School U of Pennsylvania.