Rolf Schmelzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Schmelzer is a Retired Senior Partner Emeritus of Leadership Development Worldwide.

Prior to LDW, Rolf was co-founder of Organizational Development Worldwide (ODW), a global consulting firm. He previously served as a senior consultant with the world’s largest corporate psychology consulting firm with assignments in Chicago and Brussels, Belgium.

He also served as Manager of Human Resources and Leadership Development worldwide for Pepsi-Cola International. He subsequently held positions as Director of Training and Organizational Development for the Consumer and Real Estate & Business Banking divisions of Citibank, New York and thereafter as Vice President, Sales and Service in the Real Estate & Business Banking division of Citicorp.

Rolf’s consulting practice encompasses European and United States-based companies with global operations, including technology, med tech and leading international engineering, consumer goods, and service organizations.

His consulting practice includes work on organizational change, leadership development/assessment, and international teamwork. Rolf’s practice focuses on working with CEOs, general managers, and members of executive teams in aligning business strategy with human resource strategy and organizational culture.

He is considered to be a leading expert and practice leader on qualitative/cultural fit analysis of M&A targets and supporting an acquisition during the integration phase.

Rolf’s approach is long term, process oriented and focused on supporting the implementation of change efforts. He has served as invited speaker for major corporations and international conferences.

In his career, he has conducted considerable work on every continent and in most major cities.

He has significant awareness regarding the impact of cross-cultural differences.        

Rolf received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, magna cum laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Early in his career Rolf worked as a sports psychologist with university teams.  He is still an avid soccer and football fan (Go Pittsburgh Steelers and Bayern Munich!).