John Reed PhD, MBA, MCEC, PCC

Executive Summary

John is known globally as a top coach and trusted advisor to executives. An MG100 Coaches ( member, he is certified as a master coach by three organizations including the ICF and Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. He has been a Managing Principal since 2005 at Quinn Reed Associates, and previously worked in the strategy practice of Accenture and the public sector practice of CGI. He integrates expertise in business, strategy consulting and psychology, as well as coaching. A Navy veteran, he has undergrad and MBA degrees from Dartmouth, and a PhD from the University of Georgia with an internship at Emory.

John helps capable people excel further. In working with him you will experience a clear and encouraging focus on reaching your coaching goals. He sees himself as an experienced senior executive and business psychologist helping clients better understand themselves and their colleagues. He is expert in supporting executives to move forward effectively, better managing perceptions and continually strengthening leadership behaviors to set themselves apart. His latest book, ‘Pinpointing Excellence: Succeed with Great Executive Coaching and Steer Clear of the Rest’ is a popular buyer’s guide for evaluating and selecting coaches.

Client Summary

John works with senior leaders, boards, executive teams, entrepreneurs and other high impact professionals. He works in the aerospace, biotechnology, chemical, construction, consumer products, defense, education, energy, entertainment, environmental services, federal government, financial services, healthcare, legal, manufacturing, not for profit, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail and technology sectors.

Organizations supported include for instance: 3M, Abbott Laboratories, AGCO, AIG, Aker Solutions, AlEn, AstraZeneca, BASF, Benteler, Black Hills Corporation, BP, Calpine, Cameron, CBRE, CDI Energy Products, Children’s National Medical Center, CIA, Citgo, Clock Spring/NRI, Comerica Bank,  Comfort Systems, ConocoPhillips, CVS Health, Diageo, Dover Industries, Duke Corporate Education, Duke University Medical Center, EastWest Bank, EGC Critical Components, ExxonMobil, Flix Entertainment, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hines, HydroChemPSC, ION Geophysical, ITW, IvyExec, John Deere, Jones Lang LaSalle, KIPP Schools, Lloyd’s Register, LyondellBasell, Macquarie, Memorial Hermann Health System, MILE Saudi Arabia, NASA, NGP Energy Capital Management, NRG, Occidental Petroleum, Oil States International, Panasonic, PetroChina, Pink Petro, Raytheon, Recall, Schlumberger, Seyfarth Shaw, Shell, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Songwon International, Stepan Company, Sturrock & Robson, Sunbelt Steel, Texas Children’s Hospital, The Adirondack Council, The Brock Group, The Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas, The CapStreet Group, The Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, The March of Dimes, The Menil Collection, The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, The University of Houston, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Thomson Reuters, TransUnion, US Foods, Vinson & Elkins and WakeMed Health & Hospitals.

Education and Credentials

John has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, an AB from Dartmouth College and, as an organizational psychologist, a PhD from the University of Georgia. He is designated as a Master Coach by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, a Master Corporate Executive Coach by the MEECO Leadership Institute, and a Professional Certified Coach by the ICF. His psychologist license is granted via the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards by the Georgia State Board of Psychologists.


John is a Navy veteran and since 2005 has been a Managing Principal at Quinn Reed Associates ( He has 30 years of management, executive and leadership coaching, executive assessment, organization change and alignment, and strategy consulting experience globally. Previously he worked in the strategy practice of Accenture and the public-sector practice of CGI.


John is trained at the doctoral level and certified in many instruments including, for instance Hogan, Korn Ferry 360, FIRO-B, Thomas Kilmann, CPI-260, MBTI and Watson-Glaser. Also, with prior training in cognitive and neuropsychology, he was in the first class of coaches certified in Conversational Intelligence, in 2016.

Coaching Philosophy

John is recognized as one of the most experienced and qualified executive coaches, and known by many as the leading advocate for strengthening professional requirements for coaches to professionalize the industry. Experienced and trained in management, coaching and psychology, he helps capable people excel further, drawing from multiple master coaching certifications, a Dartmouth MBA and a PhD from the University of Georgia.  When working with John you will experience a sharp focus on setting and reaching ROI and coaching goals. He sees himself as an experienced MBA with additional psychological skills to help clients better understand themselves and their coworkers. John is expert in helping clients see themselves accurately and then move forward effectively, better managing perceptions and strengthening leadership behaviors to set themselves apart.

Community Activities and Personal Interests

In volunteering, John cares about education and in helping children and veterans. He has a history of board service, for example as the 2016-17 board president of an inner-city school, the Nehemiah Center. He helps veterans in the Next Step program (, belongs to Kiwanis International and supports the Tuck School at Dartmouth,  Dartmouth College and Deerfield Academy. He and his wife Perry Ann live in Miami where she is the head of a children’s hospital. They have 4 children.