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Barbara Cheng

Founder, President, and CEO of Executive Core

In her role as president and CEO of Executive Core, Cheng leads a group of 100 professionals whose mission is to more quickly innovate professional development globally. In the last 15 years, Cheng has worked with thousands of high-potential leaders around the globe at critical turning points in their careers, from successful CEOs to emerging leaders whose careers are fast-tracking.

Prior to Executive Core, Cheng held two SVP roles at Lore International Institute, where she made partner in her early 30s, helping to lead the organization from start-up to one of the top globally ranked consulting firms (now Korn/Ferry).

Cheng has more than a decade of experience serving as executive sponsor and engagement manager in sectors like technology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, and professional services. Her clients include Egon Zehnder, Halliburton, Cisco, Heidrick & Struggles, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Bayer, Nordea Bank, Raytheon, Apple, BEA Software, GE Information Services, and various universities and nonprofit agencies.