Philip R. Diab Biography

Philip R. Diab, mba, pmp

Leadership Formation, Chief Executive Officer

Project Management Institute (PMI)

2003-2008 Global Board of Directors

2008 Chairman


Philip Diab has extensive global experience in the professional consulting, financial services and insurance, retail, information technology and training sectors of business and industry. As founder and CEO of Leadership Formation, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations with Strategy, Alignment, Execution, and People, he provides strategic counsel, coaching and facilitation for leading global organizations. He also has advised public and private organizations on management, organizational change, corporate mergers and executive oversight.

A compelling speaker, Mr. Diab energizes small and large audiences by using real-life business examples from his progressively responsible positions with significant organizations like IBM Corporation and the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the United States as well as building and growing a successful global consultancy. This hands-on world-wide experience allows Mr. Diab to provide direct inspiration and ideas that can be used across all industries to build a better business.

Mr. Diab is a recognized leader in Project Management with specific expertise in strategy transformation, Project Management Offices (PMO), and corporate alignment.  As the 2008 Chairman of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Mr. Diab led the Project Management community globally.  Part of his responsibilities includes opening a new PMI office in India, interfacing with large and small companies in the GCC including Saudi Aramco, and participating in both the Forbes and Business Week CEO Forums.  He has also been responsible for keynoting several of PMI’s key events including its annual research conference, its leadership meetings, and its annual Global Congress.  Mr. Diab is comfortable addressing audiences of more than 4500.  During his tenure as Chair, Mr. Diab has been building support for his particular area of focus of using Project Management to build prosperity.

In addition to these speaking engagements, he has authored or co-authored numerous white papers including “Planning Your Global Market Entry Strategy,” “The Unbeatable Advantage: A Journey Through Strategy, Planning and Project Management Implementation” and “Buckle Up, Project Management @e-Speed.”

Mr. Diab holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College, an MBA in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). As the 2008 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI), he led the premier professional association for Project Management with more than 290,000 members in 175 countries worldwide.  In his 6 year on the PMI Board, Mr Diab was instrumental in facilitating the development of PMI strategy and providing executive oversight in its implementation.