John Hovell

A leader in the convergence of organization development (OD) and knowledge management (KM), Mr. John Hovell is the CEO and co-founder of STRATactical. He is a practitioner, speaker, and author in OD/KM strategies and their application to current challenges. In 2014, he led a team to win a Chairman’s Award at BAE Systems for an enterprise OD initiative. Previously, Mr. Hovell was part of a team to win the prestigious NOVA award, Lockheed Martin’s top recognition award for a large OD/KM success, and was instrumental in the creation and execution of the enterprise KM strategy for ManTech International Corporation. He volunteers as the corporate lead for the award-winning annual STEMmerday event, which engages thousands of participants in learning on science, technology, engineering, and math. He also serves on several advisory boards, including the International Knowledge Management Institute, Training Industry Quarterly, and Synergy Development and Training.

Mr. Hovell has led five different teams to win awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine. In 2015, he was named the 8th most influential person in KM. He published a chapter in a book titled Making It Real: Sustaining Knowledge Management and became a fellow with the Royal Society for Arts. In 2009, he was honored by Training Magazine as one of the top young trainers, and in 2008, as a young trainer to watch. In 2007, he earned the title of a Certified Knowledge Manager from the International Knowledge Management Institute, and 2005, the Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Mr. Hovell holds a Master’s degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.