Sergey Gorbatov

Talent executive, professor, and author

Sergey Gorbatov

Dr. Sergey Gorbatov writes, speaks and teaches about the complex science of human performance and careers. Making it simple.

Sergey has deep expertise in leadership assessment and development. He coaches executives leveraging instruments like Hogan (HPI, HDS, MVPI), Voices360, Leadership Versatility Index 360, viaEdge and KornFerry Leadership Architect. He is proficient in facilitating strategic team alignment sessions with top executives around the globe.

Outside of academia, Sergey is Area HR Director, LATAM - Aesthetics at AbbVie, a Fortune 100 company. In this role, Sergey leads and supports an incredibly talented team of professionals who are responsible for the talent management portfolio across the world. Together, they establish and activate the strategies for ensuring the best talent for the business in the critically important roles.


With over 15 years of experience, Sergey has delivered results in a wide spectrum of roles with deep expertise in Talent Management, Leadership and Organization Effectiveness. Having performed in the HQ, regional and affiliate organizations, Sergey has first-hand knowledge of operating in multinational matrix environments at companies like AbbVie, PMI and Shell.


Sergey earned his MA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at Orel State University in Russia, complemented with an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. in Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His recent book ‘FairTalk: Three Steps to Powerful Feedback,’ co-authored with Angela Lane, enables any leader to drive results in their teams through fair, focused and credible feedback.


A true traveler at heart, Sergey is passionate about cultures, diversity and languages. A Russian native, he has lived and worked in the United States, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland.

Corporate experience

  • Director, Area HR LATAM - Aesthetics, AbbVie, USA, 2021 - present
  • Director, Global Talent Management, AbbVie, Spain/USA, 2020-2021
  • Director, General Manager Development, AbbVie, Spain, 2015-2019
  • Manager Learning and Executive Development, PMI, Switzerland, 2012-2015
  • Manager Compensation and Benefits Learning Management, PMI, Spain, 2011-2012
  • HR Account Manager, Shell, South Africa, 2008-2010
  • HR Services Lead, Shell, Russia, 2005-2007

Academic experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Human Resources, IE Business School, Spain, 2015-Present
  • Visiting Professor, Skolkovo School of Management, Russia, 2016-Present
  • Director, Center for Feedback Culture, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2019-Present

Academic background

  • Ph.D. in Management, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2019
  • MBA in Business Administration, IE Business School, Spain, 2011
  • Master in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Orel State University, Russia, 2004
  • International Relations, Otterbein College, USA, 2003