David B. Peterson, Ph.D.

Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership, Google


David joined Google in 2011 as Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership. He coaches VPs, manages our network of external coaches, and works on many other aspects of leadership and executive development at Google.

Before joining Google, David was SVP at PDI-Ninth House where he served as leader of their world-wide coaching services. In addition to providing executive coaching directly to top leaders in companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Target, Wal-Mart, Shell, Genentech, he consulted to a number of organizations on how to design and manage their own coaching programs.

David has published dozens of articles and book chapters on coaching, and is co-author of Development FIRST and Leader as Coach, two of the biggest-selling books of all time on those topics, selling close to a million copies.

He earned his Ph.