Appointment of new Associate Director of Science at PI® extends company’s 55-year commitment to delivering scientifically validated talent assessments to organizations around the world.
WELLESLEY, Mass. November 30, 2011 – PI, a premier global management consultancy specializing in science-based behavioral and skills assessments, today announced the appointment of Dr. Claire Rickards as the new Associate Director of Science for PI’s Science Department. In this role, Dr. Rickards will be working alongside PI’s Director of Science, Todd Harris Ph.D., to conduct ongoing validity research and product development, as well as execute criterion-related performance studies, providing science-driven insights into the creation and deployment of enterprise-wide talent management strategies.
Continuing PI’s long history of providing leading assessments and training to organizations of all sizes and across industries, Dr. Rickards will work with PI’s growing network of 350 consultants to expand and enhance the use of PI’s behavioral assessment, the Predictive Index® (PI®), which identifies the natural behaviors and motivations of individuals at all levels of the organization to improve performance.
Created in 1955 by PI Founder Arnold S. Daniels, the Predictive Index is employed by more than 8,000 companies worldwide. With PI’s recent expansion into new markets including China and Singapore, and continued plans for growth through 2012, Dr. Rickards will work to help current and future clients leverage the benefits of personality and human capital analytics in addressing today’s global talent challenges like retention, leadership development, team building and motivation.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rickards to PI at a time when organizations increasingly rely on validated behavioral assessments to gain objective, data-driven and actionable insights about their most important asset—their people,” said Dr. Harris. “With her extensive professional experience and academic achievements, Dr. Rickards’ appointment will further enhance PI’s commitment to delivering the most up-to-date research, trends and education on talent management and related business issues.”
Dr. Rickards joins PI after completing a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, where her research focused on the areas of personality assessment and feedback for selection and developmental purposes. She also holds dual Masters’ Degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Educational Psychology, respectively, from the University of Connecticut.
A seasoned business consultant and manager, Dr. Rickards has spent nearly a decade working with Fortune 500 companies. Her areas of expertise include competency modeling, executive assessment and coaching, leadership techniques, climate/culture evaluations, work process re-design and alignment, 360 degree feedback, and personality assessment and feedback. Drawing on her extensive experience working across numerous industries such as securities lending and healthcare for companies including Accenture, APT Metrics, Granitar Incorporated, and PrimeGenesis, Dr. Rickards will be integral in helping PI’s global clients align corporate strategy with talent management.
Dr. Rickards is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the University of Virginia Alumni Association.
Dr. Rickards will be based in the PI corporate headquarters in Wellesley, MA.
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PI® is a premier global management consultancy specializing in delivering science-based behavioral and skills assessments to help organizations of all sizes uncover data-driven insights to create and sustain a high performance culture. Addressing critical business challenges from succession planning and employee development to selection, retention and salesforce optimization, PI provides unlimited access to proven tools and learning programs, allowing business leaders to continuously uncover new levels of talent and value across the organization. Since 1955, PI has extended a passion for understanding talent into the boardroom, providing the data, expertise and global support to build world class teams in over 144 countries, 67 languages and more than 8,000 companies.