Brad is a positive, optimistic leader, coach, and mentor who excels at developing winning strategies, building world-class teams, and driving exceptional business results. In his career as a senior executive, strategist and executive coach, he is known for developing unique solutions and for bringing out the best in others.
Brad has more than 32 years of work experience in the energy industry, where he rose to senior executive roles with Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil, leading large, dynamic multi-national business units with revenues exceeding $20B. He has strong functional expertise in sales, marketing, finance and planning, with international business experience spanning North and South America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
In 2018, Brad founded The Merkel Group, LLC, a firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, senior executives, and advancing leaders to strengthen their personal impact and dramatically improve their business results.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Management from McMaster University, a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich Business School at York University, and is certified by the International Coaching Federation as a professional executive coach.
Brad currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors at McMaster University in Canada, consistently ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Strategy: Sales & Marketing effectiveness, Commercial Growth, M&A, Asset restructuring
Organization Development: Talent management, Culture, Leadership Behaviors, High Performance Teams, Succession Planning
Executive Coaching: Developing your Leadership Agenda, Major Change Initiatives, Communication & Influence, Prioritization & Time Management, Cross functional collaboration
Certified Professional Coach (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching)
Associate Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation)
Master Practitioner – Energy Leadership Index (iPEC)