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W. Ryan King


Ryan employs state of the art analytic techniques to ensure organizations hire, develop and retain high performing talent that is capable of driving strategic organizational success. His creative yet practical recommendations are derived from a deep knowledge in advanced statistical modeling and human interaction. Prior to joining Axiom, Ryan worked with senior leaders in a variety of multinational organizations such as Exxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco, Willbros Group, and WorleyParsons on projects designed to boost engagement, manage change, select mentors, improve leadership functions, assess organizational climate, train employees, redesign jobs and explore the impact of ethics and safety behavior.

To reach Ryan by phone call 312.202.3016 or via email to rking@axiomcp.com

Previous Experience:

Among his notable accomplishments, Ryan:

  • Collaborated with technical experts and instructional designers at two of the world’s largest companies to define critical job competencies and training requirements for high-level professional positions. In order to meet current operational needs and future talent requirements, the results of statistical analyses were used to establish training programs to rapidly develop individuals. Furthermore, Ryan explored the impact of senior technical professionals in order to assist the development of structured succession plans designed to mitigate the impact of a pending global skills shortage.
  • Conducted large-scale organizational engagement and development survey projects for two multibillion dollar providers of energy infrastructure solutions. This work identified key drivers and outcomes of engagement and climate in addition to linking these concepts to important business outcomes such as turnover intentions and burnout. Analytics were used to derive clear recommendations for improving employee engagement and ethical climate.
  • Led a benchmarking study in which companies such as Citgo, GE and IBM collaborated to share best practices for recruiting, developing, and retaining industry-leading technical talent. Quantitative and qualitative techniques were leveraged to distill critical compensation, career path, and development initiatives across the organizations.
  • Created two validated tools to select expatriate and domestic mentors in the oil and gas industry. Used a combination of analytics and theory to predict mentoring potential and demonstrate its relationship to critical protégé job performance factors.

Publications & Affiliations:

Ryan has published and presented over a dozen works in peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences on topics such as engagement, burnout, creativity, personality, organizational support, job satisfaction, employee fit and diversity. He is a member of the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists (SIOP), Academy of Management (AOM), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the American Psychological Association (APA).


Ryan earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from the University of Houston. He also holds a B.S in Psychology with a Business Minor and Concentration in Human Resource Management from Drake University.

Personal Note:

“When I’m not helping clients align their strategy, organization and talent, I enjoy cooking elaborate meals. Like consulting, it requires thoughtful planning, a careful combination of ingredients, and a certain level of skill to achieve results everyone can enjoy.”

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