President of Markwood Partners, LLC.
Mark Plaster is a global talent management leader with a wealth of career experience in the areas of organizational assessment, talent management, executive succession, leadership development, and leadership coaching.
Mark has led the development of comprehensive talent management strategies and implemented processes to assess, develop and manage leadership talent. He has partnered with business and HR leaders around the world to create solutions that result in better talent decisions and outcomes.
As president of Markwood Partners, LLC, Mark brings to his clients nearly 30 years of thought leadership and practical experience in dealing with a wide range of talent management challenges. He has worked in a variety of organizational settings including military, manufacturing, professional services, corporate, and not-for-profit environments.
Combining well-honed consulting skills with a process-based approach, Mark is adept at helping organizations integrate and align all their talent management efforts. These organizations have realized the value a clear and connected approach to talent management can provide in achieving their desired business results. Additionally, Mark works one-on-one with leaders to provide coaching that leads to the decisions and actions needed to create desired change.
Prior to founding Markwood Partners, Mark’s career included leadership roles with The Timken Company, Hewitt Associates, RR Donnelley & Sons, and the U.S. Air Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Manpower Management Staff Officer School. Mark has also completed the Coaches Training Institute® Co-Active Coach® Training Program, widely recognized as the most rigorous coach training and certification program in the industry.
Mark and his wife Karen reside in North Canton, Ohio with their three children. When he is not busy with Markwood Partners or his family, Mark enjoys building furniture in his home workshop and reading.