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Damien Faughnan
Damien Faughnan

Professional Expertise

Damien’s diverse corporate background and extensive experience coaching senior executives enable him to empathize with the issues facing his clients. In his work, Damien draws upon the knowledge and perspective gained from nearly twenty years of relevant successes – and failures – as a manager, leader, technology entrepreneur, and coach. His clients value his collaborative, personable style and the input he provides as an objective sounding board and strategic thinking partner.

Damien employs a systematic approach to help individuals and teams to become more effective leaders and collaborators. His approach involves assessment and observation to increase self-awareness and self-understanding. This promotes behavior change, personal growth, and improved performance at both the individual and team levels.

Damien specializes in accelerating the success of talented executives who are:

  • Being groomed for larger roles
  • Leading organizations through significant transitions, such as new strategies, mergers, or changes in business culture
  • Assuming new roles with critical responsibilities

Damien’s clients describe his style as pragmatic and results oriented.

Recent Coaching Assignments

  • Chief Procurement Officer of a Fortune 50 company who needed to be better at difficult conversations and decision making
  • Newly appointed CEO of a global financial institution to moderate his communication style and to accelerate success in his new role
  • Incoming and outgoing CEOs at technical services firm to seamlessly transfer the CEO role
  • COO and potential CEO successor of a $6 billion medical devices company to improve his communication skills when working with the investor community
  • CEO of a $300 million software company to integrate a diverse set of acquired companies and modify his abrupt style that was alienating acquired company leaders and producing unwanted turnover
  • CEO of a publicly traded, fast-growing healthcare company who was feeling burnt out
  • Chief Medical Officer of a global pharma company to improve his communication skills
  • CFO of a private equity firm to improve delegation skills, communicate more effectively and develop a more strategic perspective
  • CIO of a Fortune 100 insurance company to develop more effective communication skills in order to drive a major technology transformation initiative
  • COO of a $9 billion dollar healthcare company to assume the CEO role in six months
  • President of a $7 billion retail giant to adjust his direct communication style, enhance his EQ and stop being perceived as having favorites
  • CEO Financial Markets, Global Bank to moderate his direct style and drive significant change in business practices in the aftermath of the financial crisis
  • CEO of a rapidly growing healthcare company to develop from entrepreneur to CEO and to build his executive team while navigating an increasingly complex regulatory environment
  • CFO of a fast-growing publicly traded IT company as part of an orderly, multi-year CEO succession process
  • Chief Compliance and Legal Officer of a Fortune 500 healthcare company to develop vision, strategy and a focus on the leadership behaviors required in a turnaround environment
  • CEO of a profitable, VC backed technology start-up on presentation and influence skills required during VC-funding process
  • Chief Counsel of a fast-growing public technology company to develop stronger, more effective peer relationships

Education and Professional Affiliations

  • M.A., Instructional Technology (Multi-Media Design), San Francisco Sate University
  • M.Sc., Equality Studies, University College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Higher Diploma Education, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Series 7, 8 (9 & 10) and 63 (currently inactive)
  • B.A., National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
  • Graduate of the Hudson Institute, Coach Intensive Training
  • Certified to administer DiSC, Hogan Personality Inventory, BarOn EQi, Myers-Briggs, Center for Creative Leadership assessments, FIRO, and other assessments