Conrad Schmidt, global research officer at CEB, is admittedly a data, survey and research fan. That is great news for CEB’s members as Conrad is responsible for the strategic oversight of CEB’s global research activities across the company, including CEB’s quarterly publication, Executive Guidance. In addition, Conrad directly oversees CEB’s India office and its executive networks in Asia.
Since joining CEB in 1998, Conrad’s work has focused on using advanced analytic techniques to solve complex business problems in the human resources arena. Specifically his areas of expertise include employee engagement & productivity, leadership development and emerging markets. In 2000, Conrad co-led the launch of CEB’s professional services offerings to provide data and diagnostic services to HR and sales organizations. His work focused primarily on the application of conjoint analysis to measure employee job preferences, predict turnover risk and build tailored employee retention strategies.
Conrad regularly presents to executives from the world’s largest companies at locations around the globe. Most recently he has presented to executives in London, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and India. He has authored two Harvard Business Review articles and has appeared on FOX Business.
Prior to his tenure at CEB, Conrad was a doctoral fellow at RAND corporation. While at RAND, Conrad’s research focused on organizational change, policy implementation, resource management, and employee behavior. He has also held positions with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Conrad holds a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School. In addition, Conrad received an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and B.A. degrees in economics and political science with honors from the University of Minnesota.
Outside of work Conrad enjoys being involved with his family and community. He is an avid sports fan. In fact, if he could have any job in the world, he would want to manage the salary cap for an NFL team, specifically the team from his home state, the Minnesota Vikings.