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Client Testimonials

"Doug has worked with all of the companies within our group and helped them develop their leaders, build their senior teams and create an aligned organization. He is a highly valued and respected business partner, coach, and mentor."

Mahesh Amalean
MAS Holdings
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Profile of Doug Adams

Doug is President of MDA Associates International and founded the Boston-based firm in 1985. He is a consultant, executive coach and speaker who has developed a reputation for being deeply skilled at helping senior leaders conceptualize, structure and execute important organizational change, strategic planning, leadership development, succession planning and team building initiatives. Doug has also developed a reputation as a thoughtful, engaging and results-oriented coach of CEOs and other senior leaders. Prior to starting his own firm he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York and London in their organization, and strategy practice, Director of Global Leadership & Organization Development at Pepsi Cola Co., Vice President of Organization Planning and Leadership Development at Computervision Corporation and Vice President of General Computer. He earned his B.A. in psychology at City University of New York and a Masters with a specialization in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. He is the coauthor with Priscilla Claman of The Challenge of Change.

Doug has developed a global consulting practice over the past 23 years with clients in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. He has helped more than a dozen Asian companies design and implement major organizational change, strategic planning, leadership development and talent management initiatives and has considerable experience working with the global operations of US companies as well. Among his international clients have been HSBC (Sri Lanka, Hong Kong & Indonesia), GoodHope Asia Holdings (Sri Lanka & Indonesia), Hirdaramani Group, Sony Music (UK, Germany & France), MAS Holdings (Sri Lanka & India), Sri Lankan Airlines, Gillette (Italy, Brazil, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan), Millipore Microelectronics (Japan), Citibank (UK, Switzerland, The Netherlands), John Keells Holdings (Sri Lanka), DFCC Bank and Bank of Ceylon.

Doug was the founder and for many years served on the Board of The HR Leadership Forum. He is a member of the Society for Organizational Learning and served on the Educational Planning Committee of the Human Resource Planning Society and on the Board of the Organizational Development Division of the American Society for Training and Development. Doug frequently speaks at conferences and programs including The Investment Company Institute, Harvard Business School, INSEAD (France), The Manufacturing Roundtable, Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Management Association, CEO Forum (Asia) and CIMA (Asia). In 2008 he presented for the Conference Board on, "Leading Change in Asian Companies."

Through his pro bono work Doug helps non profits address their organizational challenges and has worked with the Phoenix House Drug Treatment Center in NYC, The National Conference for Community & Justice, The Biomedical Sciences Career Program, Dimock Community Foundation and Hill House. Doug resides in Boston and Cape Cod and is a professional photographer whose images can be seen on his web site at