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Pat MacMillan

Managing Partner

Pat MacMillan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Triaxia Partners. As managing partner, Pat allocates his time across a number of strategic client initiatives. Pat’s seasoned expertise in strategy, leadership development, and team building practices has made a difference in client performance and results for over 30 years.

Prior to founding Triaxia, Pat was involved in training thousands of executives in seminars throughout Europe, Canada, Africa, and the U.S. while serving as Executive Vice President for Leadership Dynamics, a management training and consulting firm.

Pat is the author of Hiring Excellence – Six Steps to Making Good People Decisions. His most recent book, The Performance Factor (2001), helps readers unlock the secrets of high performance teamwork.

Pat served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Berlin Brigade during which time he received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal (1968-1970). A Seattle native, he holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Washington, serves on the Board of Directors for UNUM/Provident, MetoKote Corporation, and several foundations and non-profit organizations.

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Don DeMichele

Co-Chairman and Practice Leader for Organizational Design

Don DeMichele heads Triaxia Partners’ organizational development practice area.

Before joining Triaxia Partners, he spent more than 23 years with Procter & Gamble in various functions throughout the company. In manufacturing, he managed several operations and led the redesign of the traditional unionized plants into high performance team-based work systems.

He worked on the integration of the Richardson Vicks acquisition into the Health and Beauty Aid sector for the company, helped plan the integration of the acquired Max Factor business into the Noxell business, and assisted in converting the retail sales force in the Health and Beauty Aid sector from five divisions into one. When he left P&G, he was the senior organizational consultant for the sales group, assisting in the redesign and restructure of the sales organization into teams and streamlining sales systems.

After leaving P&G, Don worked 5 years with Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., serving in the role of Senior Vice President in charge of Sales and Operations. His responsibilities included North American Sales for Grocery, National Accounts, Food Service and Pepsi Cola Bottler Sales, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Customer Service, and Trade and Consumer Marketing. His work led to restructuring sales and redesigning the supply chain for the company.

He is a graduate of Union College.

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Cobie Langerak

President: Practice Leader for Leadership Development

Cobie Langerak heads Triaxia Partners’ Leadership Practice, specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, and succession management.

Prior to joining Triaxia Partners, she was the Senior Vice President of Corporate HRM Leadership and Organization Development with Philips International B.V. where her key responsibility was to develop and execute Philips’ leadership and organizational agenda worldwide, with a special focus on executives and top potentials. She was also responsible for providing functional leadership by setting global standards, policies and practices for learning and development.

In her Philips Human Resources role, she was part of the Executive Team, whose ambition was to reach world-class standards by 2004. Her division had primary responsibility for the Management Agenda for a values and culture change initiative for total Philips. In addition, she contributed by way of process, redesign, and interventions in areas such as executive development, performance management, organizational development changes, job enrichment and retention, and action learning.

Cobie has more than 10 years experience as a professor of psychology at various U.S. universities, and as such has testified at state and national government levels on issues of mental health legislation. She has published numerous professional journal articles on compensation, employment law, performance and teamwork, and designed numerous educational tools and materials. She formerly had her own call-in radio program and has been quoted in business publications such as Wall Street Journal Europe and the European Herald Tribune. She has successfully negotiated more than 16 labor union contracts and brought three labor strikes to settlement.

She has an M.A. from Michigan State University.

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Beverly Langford

Senior Consulting Associate

Dr. Beverly Y. Langford plays a major role in the development and delivery of Triaxia Partners’ core curriculum in the areas of team, communication, and conflict. She works closely with client organizations to tailor training to the organization’s specific requirements.

In addition, Dr. Langford teaches managerial communication to graduate students at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, having worked in both the MBA and Executive MBA programs. She has also participated in Georgia State’s joint MBA program with the University of Cairo and the visiting International Fellows Program sponsored by the Department of Risk Management and Insurance.

She is co-author of a book entitled Communication Skills and Strategies: Guidelines for Managers at Work, and is the author of The Etiquette Edge: Unspoken Rules for Business Success (2005).

She received a B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi, an M.A. from Memphis State University, and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. She is a member of the Association of Business Communicators and the Association of Professional Communication Consultants. She is a certified Instructional Designer/Developer.

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Jennifer Eicher

Principal: Practice Leader for Team Development Services

Jennifer Eicher heads Triaxia Partners’ Team practice, specializing in building high performance teams, developing current and future leaders, and creating successful corporate and market strategies.

Prior to joining Triaxia Partners, she was Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice, specializing in corporate strategy and customer strategy. She worked closely with clients across multiple industries, including consumer products, retail, financial services, manufacturing, and the public sector.

While at Deloitte, her accomplishments included leading the launch of Deloitte’s Marketing Transformation practice, focusing on CMO services, and directing the talent reengineering initiative for the internal organization.

In addition, she was a leader in the Customer Practice in areas such as brand strategy, competitive and market assessments, and improving customer experience, marketing organizational capability, marketing ROI, and marketing resource allocation.

Jennifer also formerly worked as Account Executive for Foote, Cone, and Belding (now DraftFCB) in San Francisco.

Jennifer has a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Florida, and an MBA, with concentrations in corporate and marketing strategy, from The Goizueta Business School at Emory University.