Mr. Scott M. Leeb is an Engagement Director, Senior Consultant, and Knowledge Management Subject Matter Expert at Iknow LLC. He has over 15 years of experience creating, managing, and expanding the knowledge management and business intelligence functions at four Fortune 500 companies and at a leading global philanthropy.
Prior to joining Iknow LLC, Mr. Leeb was the Managing Director for Knowledge Management at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he was responsible for implementing and managing a centralized function for gathering and accessing all of the Rockefeller Foundation’s extensive information resources to ensure that collective knowledge capital was leveraged to support the Foundation’s operations. Prior to this, Scott created and managed the global business intelligence programs at Prudential Retirement (financial services), the McGraw-Hill Companies (a publishing and media company), KPMG (a professional services firm) and Ingram Micro (a Fortune 100 technology firm).
Mr. Leeb has the following relevant expertise and capabilities:
- Strategy. Defining an organization’s strategic agenda, conducting enterprise-wide current-state assessments, evaluating programs and initiatives, performing business process analysis, defining relevant metrics and benchmarks, and establishing visions, strategies, roadmaps, and timetables for performance improvement and growth programs.
- Competitive Intelligence. Managing programs in matrixed and siloed organizations, creating multisource collection plans (primary and secondary/qualitative and quantitative), evaluating staffing needs and developing position specifications to meet requirements, and transforming data into high-value, actionable intelligence.
- Business Intelligence. Defining technology requirements and translating them into high impact RFPs, monitoring, evaluating, and benchmarking efforts to ensure adherence to best practices and alignment with organizational requirements and needs, conducting user acceptance testing (UAT), and establishing data governance protocols.
- Scenario Planning. Designing scenarios, conducting war games, developing simulation templates, strategic forecasting, identifying key trends (political, economic, environmental, social, and technological), and creating and managing early warning systems and producing associated executive dashboards (CXO, Board of Directors).
- Organizational Change Management. Designing, managing, and implementing enterprise-wide (20,000 people) change management programs, developing education material and training manuals, creating communications plans, producing leadership communications and collaboration forums, developing incentive plans to ensure buy-in and promote accountability, and establishing performance measurement frameworks.
- Engagement Director, Senior Consultant, and Knowledge Management Subject Matter Expert, Iknow LLC, 2014–present
- Managing Director, Knowledge Management, The Rockefeller Foundation, 2012–2014. Designed, managed, and implemented centralized global function for gathering all relevant information to ensure that collective knowledge capital was an integral part of organization’s operations.
- Vice President, Business Intelligence, Prudential Retirement, 2008–2012. Created an organization that uses research, data, and analytics to develop a more robust data-driven business environment designed to leverage information for competitive advantage.
- Senior Director, Business Intelligence, the McGraw-Hill Companies, 2000–2008. Developed best-in-class business intelligence function to bolster strategic planning efforts for the entire enterprise.
- Director, Competitive Intelligence, KPMG LLP, 1999–2000. Created and managed the competitive intelligence function for KPMG U.S. operations.
- Manager, Corporate Planning, Ingram Micro, 1998–1999. Built competitive intelligence function to support worldwide strategic operations.
- Senior Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Government, 1991–1998. Served as senior advisor to Army flag officers and Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Served as U.S. Army subject matter expert on Chinese political affairs.
Mr. Leeb’s clients have included corporations (Thomson-Reuters, 3M, and ITT), associations (The Conference Board, Special Librarians Association, American Marketing Association, American Boiler Manufacturer’s Association, and Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals) and universities (University of Connecticut, University of Johannesburg, University of Stellenbosch, University of South Africa).
Mr. Leeb earned a master of arts degree in strategic studies from Australian National University, 1997; a master of arts degree in international affairs from Columbia University, 1990; and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Yale University, 1998.
Mr. Leeb has Series 7 and Series 24 certification from FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as well as Six Sigma Certification (Green Belt).
Mr. Leeb is a member of the:
- Strategy and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) (served as president of the organization in 2011)
- Gerson Lehrman Group (collection of professional experts in various fields)
- International Institute of Strategic Studies
- Asia Society
Mr. Leeb has spoken in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America on a wide range of topics including competitive intelligence, business intelligence, market intelligence, strategy, and knowledge management. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Johannesburg.