Bob Ryan

Managing Partner, The Sierra Institute

Bob is a partner and executive Advisor at Shields Meneley Partners, a unique and specialized consulting firm helping senior executives with career transitions and leadership development. He is also a Managing Director of the Sierra Institute.
Throughout Bob’s career in business, he has been known as “Coach”. As trusted advisor for all levels of the organizations, he helped develop leaders and future leaders and this has been his passion for more than twenty-five years. He brings a unique perspective to the table with an education in engineering and several decades of experience as a human resource leader. He also brings a global viewpoint having held positions in four different countries and responsibilities in many more in the Americas, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia.
Bob, a native of Montreal, Quebec, attended McGill and Carleton Universities in Canada where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career with Procter and Gamble as a shift production manager, moving through a business assignment at the P&G’s HQ in Toronto and on to a development role in Human Resources that shaped the remainder of his corporate career. He was recruited by Griffith Laboratories, a global food ingredient company where he worked as VP HR in Canada and the USA, as a General Manager in the UK and set up a new executive team and HR function in the European HQ in Paris. Bob returned to the US and was recruited by Bombardier Recreational Products to help start-up their marine outboard engine business in Wisconsin leading the US-based HR function. He then worked for Kimball Hill Homes in Chicago and Tate & Lyle, a British food ingredient company where he led a project to move commercial and new product development personnel from Decatur, Illinois to Chicagoland.
Bob is an ICF certified coach, graduating from the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, CA. He has held numerous not-for-profit Board positions in the arts, economic development, human resources and is currently a board member of the British American Business Council and the Career Transition Center of Chicago. He is a member of the Executive Club of Chicago, Human Resource Management Association of Chicago and the Union League Club of Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his wife Viki, a personal trainer and coach.