Tom Curren, founder of Change the Rules

Tom Curren

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For over 20 years, Tom Curren has been developing a successful practice in aligning top teams, improving strategy execution, and shifting organizational cultures. He works primarily at the CEO and Division President level as a consultant, “thought partner,” coach and facilitator. He has done substantive work in media, oil and gas exploration, leisure products, health care, home building, financial services, retailing, travel and industrial products.

For 13 years, Tom served as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Business Development at Marriott Corporation, where he contributed significantly to Marriott’s long term growth.

During Tom’s tenure, sales increased from $ 1 billion to $ 7.5 billion, with a compound profit growth rate of 17%. Tom was a member of the Finance Committee and considered one of the top 10 executives in the corporation. He created and introduced Courtyard by Marriott, currently a $ 500+ million business and the most preferred brand in the moderate lodging market.

Tom has also been employed by McKinsey & Company, first as an Engagement Manager in the New York Office, and subsequently as a Fellow at the McKinsey Change Center, where he helped pioneer more comprehensive ways to improve performance and strategy execution.

Tom began his career learning about marketing at Compton Advertising as an Account Executive on Procter and Gamble’s soaps and detergents business.

He has served as an officer in the United States Navy, managing 120 employees at a naval station and operating off the coast of Vietnam on the USS Tappahannock.

Throughout his career, Tom has built his expertise in addressing complex systems through a series of trainings and certifications, including: 3 years study at the Center for Study of Human Systems; training in the design and facilitation of large group interventions; certified in Dialogue Mapping; coaching certifications from CoachU and BCoach; courses in Spiral Dynamics; classes at the Integral Institute; certified in the application of Corporate Transformational Tools (Richard Barrett & Associates); 3 years study in Generating Transformative Change in Human Systems (Pacific Integral); certified in Polarity Management and Real Time Strategic Change; a certified Holacracy facilitator; certified in the application of Cynefin’s methods of complexity theory; and, a certified Implications Wheel Facilitator (by Joel Barker).

Tom holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate Division at the University of Pennsylvania, with honors and a double major in marketing and finance. He has a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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