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John H. (Jack) Zenger

John H. (Jack) Zenger

Title:  CEO
Company:  Zenger Folkman
Location:  Midway, Utah


BS, Psychology, Brigham Young University
MBA, University of California - Los Angeles
Doctor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, 1967

Huntsman School Interactions

MSHR Executive Program Guest Speaker - December 10, 2010
Dean's Convocation Speaker - February 11, 2009


Jack has devoted most of his working life to leadership development and organizational change. His career includes entrepreneurial activities (co-founder of Zenger-Miller, Provant and Zenger|Folkman), academic roles (teaching at USC and the Stanford Graduate School of Business) and corporate executive roles (VP of Human Resources for Syntex and group vice president of Times Mirror.)

His education includes a degree in psychology from Brigham Young University, an MBA from UCLA and a doctorate in business from USC.

In 1994 he was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame in recognition for his contributions to leadership development theory and practice. The Zenger-Miller company was a pioneer in developing leaders through the use of behavior modeling technology and the Wall Street Journal named it as one of the top 10 leadership development providers. In 2005 he was awarded the “Thought Leadership Award” from the Instructional Systems Association.

He is currently the CEO of Zenger Folkman, an organization focused on bringing empirical research, innovative thinking and new technology to the challenge of developing more effective leaders.

Jack is the author or co-author of 50 journal articles. He is also the author or co-author of seven books, including the best-seller, Self-Directed Work Teams: The New American Challenge (Irwin Professional Publishing, 1990); Results-Based Leadership published by Harvard Business School Press, 1999 (voted the SHRM 2000 Best Business Book), The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders published by McGraw-Hill, 2002, the Handbook for Leaders, and a book that will be published in 2009 titled The Inspiring Leader.

He is a regent for the Utah State Higher Education system. He serves as a board member of Hope Projects International and also serves on the board of Layton Construction Co.

He and his wife, Holly, reside in Midway, Utah.


Dean's Convocation: February 11, 2009