Gary has worked and lived on four continents and spends 90 percent of his time away from his home base in New York City. In recent years as he spent over 200 days in China, he became increasingly aware that not only could China learn from the U.S., but the West could also learn from China.
He served as CEO of Hallmark Cards and Textron companies in Europe and Asia, and as Managing Director for Sales and Marketing across 10 European operating subsidiaries. He brings a global mindset to his international practice, coaching the CEOs and other senior executives of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.
Gary is a pioneer in the coaching profession, having been approached by General Electric in 1989 to be one of Jack Welch’s first coaches to GE's most senior executives. He was charged with helping top managers to consider behavioral and management changes in style, a practice that became known as executive coaching. Forbes cites him as being one of the top five executive coaches in the world, and London’s Financial Times describes him as one of the 50 most important global thought leaders. Gary co-authored the book Political Dilemmas at Work, a practical guide to surviving negative political situations at work.
Gary’s passion is in coaching CEOs (and potential CEOs) for whom a global mindset is important. Based in Manhattan, New York, he travels the world coaching his clients. His professional experience includes: CEO, Hallmark Cards Germany; Co-in charge, Hallmark Cards UK; Director Sales & Marketing, Hallmark Cards Europe; CEO, Textron Australia; CEO, Textron New Zealand; and Marketing Director, University of Southern California School of Business.
Gary received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Psychology & Sociology from the University of Redlands, U.S. He holds a graduate degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, U.S., and a diploma from the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft International Business in Cologne, Germany. Gary also holds a Ph.D., in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University, U.S. He is a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC). Gary has worked with: GE, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, UBS, Harcourt Publishing, Sony, Houlihan, Ackerley Group/Clear Channel Media, GWF, PWC, LIXIL and Leighton. He has received Global Mindset Inventory Certification from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, U.S.
Gary Ranker, Keynote Speaker, International Coaching Conference, Taipei, Taiwan December 2011