Leadership Team

The PDG leadership team is committed to growing relationships and our standing with clients as a trusted advisor and driving real business metrics through improved performance.

David Manning

Founder and Managing Partner

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David Manning

Founder and Managing Partner

David Manning is the Managing Partner and founder of PDG. With over 20 years in the management consulting and learning outsourcing space, David has successfully led the growth of global organizations and start-up ventures. In his role at PDG, David focuses the majority of his time on strategic matters, business development, mentoring PDG’s next generation, and key relationships with clients and partners.

David formed PDG after serving as the Chief Operating Officer for a global training consultancy. David earned his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and resides with his wife and three children in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

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Keith Forshew

President

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Keith Forshew

President

Keith Forshew is the President at PDG. Keith brings over 20 years of expertise building and leading global consulting and technology organizations, delivering top of class learning services to Fortune 5000 companies. Prior to joining PDG, Keith served as the President and CEO of Movitas LLC,where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Prior to Movitas, Keith was the Chief Operating Officer of StarCite, Inc. and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services for Elance, Inc.

Prior to Elance, Keith served as a Principal at Gemini Consulting and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where he led a global strategy service line, developed new strategic offerings for managed transformation programs and led global programs driving step change performance improvement in pharmaceuticals, financial services, chemicals and energy clients. Keith graduated from Cornell University with a Master of Business Administration and received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Fluid Dynamics from Southampton University, UK.

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Lorne Hamilton

Vice President, Sales

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Lorne Hamilton

Vice President, Sales

Lorne Hamilton is Vice President of Sales at Performance Development Group and is responsible for the expansion of PDG’s client base. Lorne brings over 20 years of success in developing, selling and implementing learning and complex business service solutions which are explicitly linked to the achievement of client strategic business goals. With an ability to quickly comprehend complex business models and identify key areas of leverage, he has created solutions which resulting revenue growth, increase market share, extension of brand value, operational efficiency and enhanced quality and optimization of asset utilization.

With solution values in excess of $500M, Lorne has cultivated and grown relationships with clients in the manufacturing, banking, insurance, pharmaceutical, healthcare, oil and gas and technology sectors.

Previously, Lorne served as Vice President and Capability Principal at Xerox Learning Services and as Executive Director at Intrepid Learning Solutions. He was Senior VP of Analysis at Philip Crosby Associates where he led an international team of consultants in identifying the qualitative and quantitative impact of quality systems on client operations. Prior to Crosby, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MSX International, where he successfully led a global team of 150 professionals at the business services outsourcing provider.

Lorne has completed graduate studies at INSEAD and holds a BA in Business from Michigan State University.

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Kimberly Wipf

Vice President, Consulting Services

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Kimberly Wipf

Vice President, Consulting Services

Kimberly Wipf is the Vice President, Consulting Services at Performance Development Group. Ms. Wipf brings over 25 years of global experience in the pharmaceutical, outsourcing, and organizational development consulting industries. She has a unique ability to combine strategic visioning with a focus on delivering tangible results in challenging business environments.

Before joining PDG, she was the Vice President of Operations at The Right Thing, an ADP company and the Executive Director of Global Recruitment at AstraZeneca.  Ms. Wipf was also a Principal at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where her focus was in change management, organization architecture, project management process development, and implementation. Ms. Wipf has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Delaware, a Masters of Higher Education from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Northeastern University.

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Ann Stott

Vice President, Strategic Accounts

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Ann Stott

Vice President, Strategic Accounts

Ann Stott is the Vice President, Strategic Accounts at Performance Development Group. Her proven talent at leading virtual teams to deliver global outsourcing solutions is used to grow the PDG Global Accounts. Ann is an accomplished, respected, and energetic leader with more than twenty years of experience in the corporate training environment.

In her previous position as the Vice President of Training for Xerox Services, she enhanced the Xerox reputation internally and externally by defining, creating, and implementing a global learning and development strategy, supported by specific training and development initiatives. She led some of their largest clients including learning for Xerox itself, with their corporate leadership university covering 30,000 employees. Prior to Xerox, Ann was a Sales Training Director at GlaxoSmithKline for ten years, responsible for the professional development programs for a 9,000 employee sales division. Ann holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Meredith College and Masters of Science in Adult Education from University of North Carolina–Greensboro.

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Ed McKenna

Vice President, Operations

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Ed McKenna

Vice President, Operations

Ed McKenna is the Vice President, Operations at PDG, where he is responsible for leading Finance, Human Resources, Talent Management, and IT. He has over 20 years of experience managing operations in training and technology organizations. Ed is an accomplished leader with a proven record of providing strong leadership in the development and implementation of innovative business and technology solutions that result in growth and profitability. He is also skilled at creating team-oriented work environments that are committed to continuously building and delivering high quality programs to enhance employee performance; improve organizational effectiveness; and leverage technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.

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Rich Mesch

Vice President, Customer Engagement

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Rich Mesch

Vice President, Customer Engagement

Rich Mesch is the Vice President, Customer Engagement at PDG. His job is to help organizations find unique, innovative, and compelling ideas for improving their business. He is a proponent of using compelling experiences to drive behavior change, and believes that people learn best not when they’re told, but when they’re provided with the opportunity to find out for themselves. He is fascinated with applying emerging technologies to business challenges.

Rich is an experienced leader who has been working with immersive learning and organizational improvement for over 25 years. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Performance Simulation, and continues to explore the possibilities of immersive technologies. He has worked as an executive, a designer, a media producer, a scriptwriter, a project manager, and a playwright. He believes that with energy and creativity, all things are possible. Rich holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified by Villanova University as a Six Sigma Green Belt. He is the co-author of the Wiley/ASTD book “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction Fieldbook.”

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Zsolt Olah

Director, Innovation and Learning Solutions

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Zsolt Olah

Director, Innovation and Learning Solutions

Zsolt Olah is the Director, Innovation and Learning Solutions at PDG. He’s responsible for a team to deliver innovative learning and performance support solutions that drive business results for clients. Zsolt has 20 years of experience in the learning and development space, where he’s been focusing on the synergy of applied technology, creative design and behavioral/neuroscience (engagement and motivation). In his previous role, as a Senior Program Manager at Comcast University, Zsolt’s dedication on innovative learning solutions has earned him the reputation of a respected, energetic, creative leader.

Zsolt’s passion to combine innovative learning technology with neuroscience goes back to his thesis project where he built an artificial neural-network, capable of learning how to add numbers together (today, this is known as machine learning). Since then, Zsolt has been deeply involved in gamifying learning to boost learner engagement.

Zsolt has conducted various interactive presentations on gamification, contributed to the ATD Learning Technologies blog, participated in the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania’s G.A.M.E. initiative, and presented on game thinking at the ATD TechKnowledge conference in Las Vegas, NV. Zsolt holds an M.S. degree in Information Technology and a B.A. in English. He’s also a certified Death-by-PowerPoint Resuscitator.

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Beth Zorab

Director, Project Management Office

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Beth Zorab

Director, Project Management Office

Beth is the Director, Project Management Office at PDG. She is focused on utilizing individual strengths and team collaboration to deliver custom learning solutions to maximize ROI. Her expertise is developing and managing custom education solutions to meet the needs of the client within scope, budget and timeframe required. This includes detailed needs analysis, creation of an effective education curriculum, end-to-end project management, scheduling and managing resources.

Beth has a BS in Operations Management from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Education from Kings College London. She has more than 15 years of experience in Project Management, specializing in designing, managing and executing custom learning solutions for clients in the healthcare industry in the US and abroad.

Kristine Stables

Director, Sales Enablement

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Kristine Stables

Director, Sales Enablement

Kristine Stables is the Director, Sales Enablement at PDG. Kristine is an experienced sales enablement professional working with corporate learning organizations to advocate for the mutual success of clients and sales leaders. She has eighteen years of experience in corporate learning, analyzing and designing learning solutions that address client business issues.

Kristine has expertise in developing value propositions, authoring sales content, solution architecture, pursuit and portfolio management, and program development and management. She is skilled at combining the emotional aspects of client decision making with business results. Kristine has led cross-organizational teams for internal initiatives and client projects to develop learning strategies, blended learning solutions, and change management and communications assets at IBM-PwC Consulting, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Xerox-Intrepid Learning. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology from the University of Washington.

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Cristy Waite

Director, Human Resources & Organizational Development

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Cristy Waite

Director, Human Resources & Organizational Development

Cristy Waite is the Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development at Performance Development Group (PDG). She is an experienced Human Resources Director with over 20 years of experience working with large and small companies to enhance the performance and happiness of their most valuable assets, their people! She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Cristy has special expertise in enhancing employee relations by fostering effective communication at all levels of the organization. She is also skilled at creating high quality HR programs that maximize employee performance and thus increase organizational effectiveness. She is experienced in developing the strategy for and managing workplace reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions. Cristy has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and Human Resources from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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Kari Borroel

Account Director

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Kari Borroel

Account Director

Kari Borroel is an Account Director at Performance Development Group. She is an accomplished, creative and achievement-driven Leader offering 19 years of experience, successfully driving change and growth, and leading and managing global teams and organizations through transformation initiatives.

Kari has a proven track record managing global clients, globally dispersed teams, projects and programs throughout business and non-profit organizations. She is highly skilled in a wide variety of tools and technology, business analysis, training and development, public speaking, consulting, project management, and leadership development consulting.  She focuses on delivering value beyond the numbers – providing leadership and independent perspective, solving problems across the business, and leading crucial initiatives.

Kari holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Bellevue University and a Master’s Certificate in International Business and Management from Harvard University.

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Lacey Jennings

Account Director

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Lacey Jennings

Account Director

Lacey brings a plethora of experience to her role as a PDG Account Director. She was a Service Delivery Leader in the high-tech and retail industries for Conduent Learning (formerly Xerox). Prior to Conduent, she was a Director of Client Management for Intrepid Learning where she managed and led services for large accounts in the 1-2 MM range. Before Intrepid Lacey worked for the global leadership firm, PDI NinthHouse (PDINH), now KornFerry, as Manager of Custom Instructional Design where she built award winning courses and led a diverse team of Instructional Designers. Prior to PDINH, she held various positions, in corporate learning and in the non-profit sector, and with increasing responsibility. Lacey holds a Masters of Education from Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. 

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Melissa Van

Account Director

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Melissa Van

Account Director

Melissa Van is an Account Director at Performance Development Group. She has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of learning and performance, including design, development, and delivery. She has worked with a variety of industries including Life Sciences, Chemical, Oil and Gas, Insurance, Consumer Packaged Goods, Construction, and Automotive Manufacturing.

Melissa’s focus on learning partnerships has helped her to reduce cost and drive higher quality for her clients’ learning organizations. Her skills lie in new account start-up, relationship management, aligning learning with business strategies, and introducing development processes and technologies. Her strengths include partnering with client organizations to position learning as a strategic function of the business. She works with clients to optimize learning-related processes, demand, staffing, and impact. Melissa helps clients define organizational learning needs and effective strategies and solutions. Melissa holds a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Board of Directors

David Manning

Founder and Managing Partner

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David Manning

Founder and Managing Partner

David Manning is the Managing Partner and founder of PDG. With over 20 years in the management consulting and learning outsourcing space, David has successfully led the growth of global organizations and start-up ventures. In his role at PDG, David focuses the majority of his time on strategic matters, business development, mentoring PDG’s next generation, and key relationships with clients and partners.

David formed PDG after serving as the Chief Operating Officer for a global training consultancy. David earned his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and resides with his wife and three children in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

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Keith Forshew

President

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Keith Forshew

President

Keith Forshew is the President at PDG. Keith brings over 20 years of expertise building and leading global consulting and technology organizations, delivering top of class learning services to Fortune 5000 companies. Prior to joining PDG, Keith served as the President and CEO of Movitas LLC,where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Prior to Movitas, Keith was the Chief Operating Officer of StarCite, Inc. and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services for Elance, Inc.

Prior to Elance, Keith served as a Principal at Gemini Consulting and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where he led a global strategy service line, developed new strategic offerings for managed transformation programs and led global programs driving step change performance improvement in pharmaceuticals, financial services, chemicals and energy clients. Keith graduated from Cornell University with a Master of Business Administration and received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Fluid Dynamics from Southampton University, UK.

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David Boath

Board Member

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David Boath

Board Member

David recently retired from Accenture where he was a Senior Managing Director in the Products Operating Unit. He held several P&L leadership roles including the Client Service Group Leader of their Life Sciences Business and earlier, their Consumer Goods Business. During his career he was also responsible for all of Product’s Organizational and Change Management Practice of 500 people.

He  led the acquisition of a 400 person Clinical Research Organization and integrated it into Accenture’s Accelerated R&D Business Service. He previously was a Mega Diamond Client Partner and built up several large clients from scratch, the largest getting to $175m annual revenues and a backlog of over a billion dollars.

David was responsible for establishing numerous industry firsts including the Pharmaceutical industry’s first TQM program specifically for an 8000 person R&D organization. Another was the first globally delivered Clinical Data Management BPO solution, the first Pharmacovigilance BPO solution, the Retail industry’s first Inventory Planning and Replenishment Outsourcing solution and the Managed Care industry’s first Claims Cost Containment BPO solution. He also drove the pioneering work to set up the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud, a consortium of Accenture, Oracle, Pfizer, Merck, GSK and Vertex.

Prior to Accenture, David was a Partner in PA Consulting Group and spent several years at Grant Thornton. He started his career in manufacturing with several years in automotive production management in a UAW Plant in Long Island City, NY. He is a published book author in Reengineering and Total Quality Management in R&D.

He has a BSc. Honors in Physics from Bath University, England, and an MBA in Accounting from NYU.

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Jack May

Board Member

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Jack May

Board Member

Jack May founded Gemini Capital Group in 2006 to marry a passion for entrepreneurship with his extensive executive leadership experience in growing large and small businesses. Gemini has led new ownership teams and created value through operational reengineering in a variety of small to middle market businesses including technology, medical device, and specialty retail and consulting. Following business school, Jack developed general management and marketing skills from a decade of leading consumer brands for Johnson & Johnson and Kraft Nabisco.

In 1991, Jack joined SEI Investments, a fortune 1000 institutional investment management firm. Jack successfully introduced three new businesses contributing to SEI’s listing as a top five public growth company over the past two decades. Jack is a Senior Advisor at Wharton’s Small Business Development Center providing mentorship to MBA students and local businesses. Jack holds a BS from Drexel University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Chuck Weiss

Board Member

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Chuck Weiss

Board Member

Chuck Weiss is a recognized expert in creating and operating professional service and consulting firms. After more than 20 years serving in numerous senior management positions with three of the leading consumer product companies, (Richardson-Vicks (P&G), Alberto-Culver (Unilever) and RJR Nabisco), Chuck helped build and ultimately sell Weston Group, a premier business strategy consulting firm, to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). During his tenure with CSC, Chuck led the business strategy practice and was the senior client relationship executive for many of CSC’s most important global clients.

Since “retiring” in 1999, Chuck has focused his time on making private equity investments in up and coming companies and serving on company boards as well as being a retained coach to company CEOs with high growth aspirations including no less than a dozen professional service and consulting companies.

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