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Sergey Gorbatov

Talent executive, professor, and author

Sergey Gorbatov

Sergey Gorbatov is a management consultant, educator and coach in the disciplines of human resources and organizational behavior. He writes, speaks and teaches about the complex science of human performance, while making it simple. 

Sergey is a seasoned facilitator, leadership coach, and accomplished educator with a wealth of experience in leadership assessment and development. With a keen focus on personal and team growth, Sergey excels in coaching executives and delivering impactful team sessions at all levels within organizations. As an educator, he brings his extensive executive education and corporate HR background to empower individuals and teams to reach their full potential.

With 18 years of experience delivering exceptional results across a diverse range of roles, his deep expertise lies in the areas of Talent Management, Leadership Development and Organization Effectiveness. Sergey excels in complex environments that demand innovation, quick decision-making and effective teamwork. Having worked in headquarters, regional and affiliate organizations, Sergey possesses invaluable firsthand knowledge of operating in multinational matrix environments at renowned companies such as 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 - 2023 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
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