David Noer is an author, consultant, speaker and executive coach. His career has spanned corporate management, global consulting, and higher education. He has been named a Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership and Professor Emeritus at Elon University. His professional practice involves executive coaching, speaking, building high performance teams, and helping individuals and organizations recover from the trauma of downsizing.
Concurrently with his global consulting, he served as the Frank S. Holt Jr. Professor of Leadership at Elon University for seven years. He previously was Senior Vice President of the Center for Creative Leadership and was responsible for that organization’s worldwide training and education activity. He also served as a consultant to top organizational leaders and executive teams.
He has held positions as Dean of the Control Data Academy of Management and its Vice President of Human Resource Development. He has served as President and CEO of Business Advisors, a firm specializing in technology based management consulting with offices in the United States, England, and Australia. In addition to managing the firm, Noer provided diagnostic and developmental consulting to executives in many client systems, particularly those dealing with the human dimensions of restructuring, mergers, and layoffs. His previous position was Senior Vice President of Administration and Human Resources for Commercial Credit Company, a holding company with operations in insurance, finance, consumer lending, banking, and real estate.
For much of his business career Noer resided and worked outside the United States, holding line and staff positions in Europe and Australia. He is the author of numerous book chapters and both academic and practitioner oriented articles on consulting skills, cross-cultural leadership, downsizing, and executive development. In addition to Healing the Wounds, he has written four other books; Multinational People Management, How to Beat the Employment Game, Jobkeeping, and Breaking Free. He also writes a monthly column for the Greensboro News and Record.
He received a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College , an MS degree in organization development from Pepperdine University, and a doctorate in business administration with a concentration in organizational behavior and a supporting field of executive mental health from George Washingtion University.