Andrew Atkins, Senior Vice President, Research, Innovation and Practice
Andrew Atkins leads the Research, Innovation, and Practice team at Bates building innovative solutions that drive client value. Through coaching, consultation, and facilitation, Andrew helps leaders and teams develop insights and acquire skills to create alignment for business performance. He brings a particular focus on how to increase trust and engagement through strategic communications and effective individual and group interactions. Andrew is renowned for his ability to develop trusted thought partnership relationships and generate leadership strategies that account for each leader’s strengths and circumstances. He has partnered with senior executives of Fortune 500 companies across industries, including pharmaceutical and biotech, financial services, high tech manufacturing, software, and retail.
Andrew is a certified Bates ExPITM feedback provider. The Bates ExPI (Bates Executive Presence Index TM) is the first and only research-based, scientifically validated assessment to measure executive presence.
Andrew has coached and consulted to executives at companies such as Fidelity Investments, Wells Fargo, Takeda, Biogen, Shire, Comcast, GE, Curtiss Wright, Kronos, Disney, Adobe, Verizon, TJX, and Tory Burch. In these engagements, he has helped leaders:Develop influence and followership
Increase trust and rapport
Build collaborative teams
Bridge communications differences
Navigate organizational change, and
Accelerate business results
Expertise and Credentials
In both 2014 and 2015, Trust Across America named Andrew one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders on Workplace Trust.
Prior to joining Bates, Andrew was the Chief Innovation Officer with Interaction Associates where he led the firm’s development of products and next generation services. He has held senior leadership positions with Bank of America, Genuity, Fidelity Investments, and Arthur D. Little. He was an organization development consultant with Oliver Wyman.
Andrew has been published or quoted in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Rotman Magazine, Entrepreneur, Training Industry Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Globe and Mail. He was a contributor to the book, Developing Talent for Organizational Results (2012).
Andrew has been an Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer in the MBA program at Babson. He earned his MBA at Columbia University where he was the Goldman Sachs Fellowship recipient.
Highlighted Coaching/Consulting Engagements
Identify key issues in communications, managing relationships with team, peers, and Board/CEO, resolving conflict and creating shared accountability. Clients include President – Manufacturing, President – Retail, Chief Medical Officer – Pharmaceuticals, Creative Director – Fashion, CHRO – Manufacturing
Design and support delivery of in-person and virtual alignment building and mobilization around change in strategic direction and new corporate vision. Key message identification and communications planning for broad rollout. Multiple industries including software and pharmaceuticals.
Leadership Team Facilitation
Partner with senior executives to ensure successful high stakes meeting outcomes, including Top 200 annual kickoff sessions, Top 200 collaborative problem solving and change management alignment, , retail strategic prioritization and action planning, and M&A decisions.
Coach high visibility process improvement team to reduce time to market for new products. Senior pharmaceutical sales team development of breakthrough go-to-market strategy
Design, develop, and deliver in-person, virtual, and coached action learning programs to prepare high potential successors. Multiple industries including software, manufacturing, telecommunications.