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.
- 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
- 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
- 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