Kirk Froggatt is a Senior Consultant with the Hayes Group who brings a combination of industry and academic experience in talent, leadership, and organization development to his coaching and consulting practice. He spent 25 years working in senior talent and leadership development roles for global technology companies including HP, Yahoo!, Agilent Technologies, and Ecolab. During this chapter of his career, Kirk led global teams, consulted with senior leaders and Board committees, helped lead multiple organizational transformations, coached managers at all levels, and designed and developed “multi-channel” initiatives to develop the leadership bench (i.e., workforce planning, assessment, recruitment, deployment, development, and C-suite readiness planning). While at Agilent Technologies, Kirk and his team were recognized with the HR Innovator of the Year award by the Silicon Valley HR Symposium and Agilent’s CEO was recognized by the Best Practices Institute as one of the top 25 CEOs for leadership development based on their innovative work in building leadership and organizational capability during a multi-year business transformation effort.
Most recently, Kirk spent 10 years as a Sr. Fellow and Gemini Chair in Technology Management at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute. In this role, he developed and taught innovation leadership courses for early-mid career technical professionals pursuing graduate degrees in management of technology, medical device innovation, and security technologies. He also collaborated with cross-disciplinary colleagues to develop custom innovation leadership development programs for organizations such as Mayo Clinic, 3M, General Mills, Starkey Hearing, and ThermoKing. Additionally, Kirk served as co-principal investigator for the UMN’s National Science Foundation sponsored Innovation Corps Site which designed and delivered applied innovation training coupled with mentoring and networking support to help graduate student and faculty researchers explore the commercial potential of their research ideas and IP. In both his capacity as faculty member and I-Corp Site co-lead, Kirk was widely known as a passionate instructor and a caring, insightful coach who motivated, enabled, and supported students to find their passion, expand their comfort zones, and realize their potential.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in Management & Organizational Behavior from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management. He lives in Connecticut and remains passionate about helping leaders develop themselves, their teams and organizations, and ultimately their business results.