Coaching and Consulting Experience
Damian Zikakis brings more than 18 years of experience in executive coaching, career development training and retained executive search to clients of Robert Gregory Partners. His previous work experience enables him to understand the challenges of executive effectiveness across industries and functions. He has coached executives principally at the director level and above. He has worked with executives in the functional areas of finance, marketing, and human resources, and within the financial, technology, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and non-profit industries. His areas of focus include executive presence, onboarding, leadership, organization, efficiency, managing teams, and communications.
Damian began coaching while serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Coach University. As the Director of Career Services for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, he managed a team of 27 people who delivered career and executive coaching to thousands of students and alumni annually. In this role, he coached numerous Executive MBA students and MBA alumni who had achieved senior-level management positions. Damian has also presented career-related workshops around the world and advised companies on recruitment strategies, understanding from an inside perspective what it takes for executives to succeed. For five years, Damian served on the Board of MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance, a non-profit professional association with over 800 global members, as Treasurer and President.
Previously, Damian worked as a CFO for several middle-market companies and divisions of global publicly traded organizations. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse & Co. He has also served on the Boards of various Southeast Michigan non-profit organizations.
Education and Certifications
Damian earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and passed his Certified Public Accountant examination on the first attempt. He completed the Corporate Coach U business coach training program. While director of career services at Michigan Ross, he completed the Executive Education Program, The Positive Leader: Deep Change and Organizational Transformation. Damian is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and is certified in the use of Hogan assessments. He also holds the Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation.