Center for Leading Organizations

Annie DrapeauAnne Seibold Drapeau is a managing partner of the Center for Leading Organizations. Her client work focuses on consulting with a wide range of clients on leadership development and frameworks and processes for strategic alignment. She is a leading voice on the leadership requirements of support functions within organizations, and how they are best organized, structured and managed. She also has particular interest in the leadership challenges of early stage businesses and in fostering leadership in women.

Prior to her role in the founding of the Center for Leading Organizations, she was an Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at VistaPrint, the world’s leading firm in design and printing for small businesses, with more than 12 million customers worldwide. At VistaPrint as a member of the Senior Executive Team from the time of its initial public offering, she was responsible for a number of corporate functions, along with the entire scope of global recruiting, performance management, learning and development, compensation and benefits, reward and recognition, organizational design, employee communications and real estate.

She started her career in Corporate Finance at JP Morgan, and spent several years at PepsiCo in a variety of Strategy and General Management roles, including the management of a large field distribution and sales force. She subsequently ran new business development for FTD, with extensive activities in FTD-Vendor relationships in North and South America and Europe. Prior to joining VistaPrint, she spent almost ten years at the marketing services firm, Digitas, Inc. (now part of Publicis Groupe) in a variety of executive roles, most recently as Executive Vice President.

Annie has been a frequent speaker and instructor on a variety of executive education programs for private firms, as well as on MBA courses at both Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Sloan School at MIT. She is the co-author of The Trusted Leader: Bringing Out the Best in Your People and Your Company, published by Simon & Schuster, The Enemies of Trust, published in Harvard Business Review, and a variety of articles in a range of business publications.

Annie holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. She is a member of the Commonwealth Institute and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Citi Performing Arts Center (formerly the Wang Center) in Boston.


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