The Refinery Leadership Partners Announces Terry Dillon as Incoming CEO

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The Refinery Leadership Partners, an international leadership development firm operating throughout the Americas, announces the appointment of Terry Dillon as their incoming CEO

The Refinery Leadership Partners announces the appointment of Terry Dillon as their incoming CEO. The company has seen considerable growth over the past five years, ranking 114th on Canada’s 2013 PROFIT 500 Fastest Growing Companies, and is continuing to drive its momentum and expansion into new markets and sectors. The Refinery is an international leadership development firm with a focus on a unique, fundamental offering: Total Leadership. The Refinery partners with clients to design and deliver highly-customized leadership development programs. The company has an excellent track record of bringing about actual behavioral change on a scale that significantly impacts organizations.

The appointment of an internal candidate as CEO is a reflection of The Refinery’s confidence in its internal talent and global practice. Mr. Dillon joined The Refinery in June 2010 as Client Lead, and recently became a Partner and Vice-President of Practice. Mr. Dillon brings over 20 years of experience in diverse leadership and management roles, including as a management consultant for Barclays Bank and as Portfolio Manager for Lane4 Management Group, where he worked for global clients such as Coca Cola, 3M and Nestle. Mr. Dillon is also an accomplished athlete, having twice represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in the sport of rowing.

When asked about stepping into the new role, Mr. Dillon stated, “We are excited to build on what we have created and will continue to be committed to making a difference in the world of work.”

Mr. Dillon will replace Dr. Mark Frein who is joining Return Path, a software company headquartered in New York, as their Senior Vice-President of People. Return Path was recently ranked #4 in the 2013 Best Medium Workplaces in the US by the Great Places to Work Institute and Fortune Magazine. Dr. Frein joined The Refinery in May 2007 as Consulting Practice Leader, and subsequently held the position of Managing Director before becoming CEO, making a significant contribution to the international growth of the firm.

The company’s President and Chair, Barbara Ross-Denroche is enthusiastic about the future opportunities that await The Refinery, “We have a wonderful team that continues to grow in stature and we continue to create great stories in partnership with our clients. It’s with considerable excitement that we look forward to this next chapter in our evolution as a firm.”

About The Refinery Leadership Partners:

The Refinery Leadership Partners is an international leadership development firm operating throughout the Americas with offices in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile. The Refinery partners with clients to build leadership capacities throughout the business.
The Refinery provides the full spectrum of core leadership competencies, ranging from business acumen to managing people. Each program is custom-tailored to closely align with clients’ strategic goals. By providing appropriate experiences tied to real world challenges for different groups of learners, The Refinery is able to create impactful development programs for frontline staff through to senior executives. The Refinery’s work is designed to build development programs centered on practice and learning-while-doing, which ensure effective learning along with measurable results. Clients report that the work produced by The Refinery creates stronger managers who can translate what they learn into greater organizational performance.
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Moira van den Akker                    
The Refinery Leadership Partners                        
375 Water Street, Suite 385                                    
Vancouver, Canada, V6B 5C6    
T 604 899 4192 x 2327            
F 604 899 4193                

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