John Ryan

President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Creative Leadership

John R. Ryan is President and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development and research. He speaks frequently to corporate, government and NGO audiences around the world about the keys to effective leadership and has written for,, LinkedIn and The Washington Post.

Before joining CCL in 2007, he served as chancellor of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States. Prior to that, he was superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. A retired vice admiral and former U.S. Navy pilot, Ryan commanded squadrons, wings and forces in Asia, Europe and the Middle East during a 35-year career in the military.

Ryan serves on the Board of Directors of CIT Group, Barnes & Noble Education, and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. He graduated with a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and received an M.S. degree in Administration from George Washington University.

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