Damon Bates, Principal

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Damon Bates is a Principal and Senior Consultant at Bates. He is passionate about partnering with senior executives to become exceptional leaders that inspire and align.  In his work coaching and advising executives and their teams, he brings his deep experience in executive leadership roles to help his clients accelerate their performance and deliver results.

Damon has over thirty years of experience in corporate leadership, most recently at MassMutual, MetLife and Manulife Financial. He has led transformational change initiatives including the successful integration of MassMutual acquisition of MetLife’s agency distribution system. He is an experienced communicator who has developed and delivered executive presentations, coached senior leaders, and acted as a company spokesperson and industry expert. 

Results Achieved

In executive coaching and advisory work, Damon has a successful track-record of helping senior executives to:

  • Articulate their organizational vision and translate strategy to execution with teams
  • Prepare for and navigate corporate succession
  • Step onto a larger stage with more span of control, visibility and exposure.
  • Lead transformation efforts

Damon brings significant experience as a leader of high performing teams to his client work, providing advisory services to executives on proven strategies to inspire a shared vision, to build strong, successful relationships, to create and deliver on complex strategic plans while managing critical day-to-day operations.

As a business leader, Damon led acquisition tracks and Lean Transformation efforts across teams, translating enterprise-level strategy into execution and inspiring a shared vision to realize strategic objectives.  

Expertise and Credentials

Damon is a certified Bates ExPI™ coach. The Bates ExPI (Bates Executive Presence Index™) is the first and only research-based, scientifically validated assessment to measure executive presence. The Bates ExPI™ has now been used to define leader behaviors that can drive innovation, company growth and successful transformation.

Damon holds an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business, and a BS from New York University. A dynamic platform presenter, panelist and media spokesperson, Damon has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, CNBC, Business Insider, AM Best’s Review, AOL Finance, Investment News along with a broad range of financial services industry publications.

Contact Damon at dbates@bates-communications.com