Mark Sullivan, an organizational psychologist, is an Ohio State University Fisher College of Business MBA and Executive MBA faculty member. Additionally, he coaches and consults executives and government leaders; and is a noted motivational speaker on personal leadership in high-demand environments.

Over the last 25 plus years, Mark has served in leadership and operating roles in five Global 1000/ Dow 30 companies. For Honeywell International, he founded and managed a Corporate Business Accelerator that grew into a $1B product portfolio. Additionally, he assisted in co-creating a mid-market line of business as an APEX Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company Alliance Partner; and an Accenture P&L executive, co-leading the North American Human Capital Practice in the telecom industry. More recently, he was the Chief Talent Officer for Battelle, a $5B government contractor of classified and commercial technology.

Earlier in his career, Mark was based in Tokyo, Singapore and Chicago for United Airlines (UAL). He was UAL's lead negotiator in the Pacific Rim for vendor contracts, trade and government agreements. Simultaneously, he oversaw UAL's Executive Sales Institute world-wide; and was on the flight school faculty, FAA certified, for hostage negotiating and emergency services. Additionally, in the airline industry, he was notably recognized for co-leading the emergency response for UA flight #232, crash landing in Sioux City, Iowa.                                                                                                                                                                

During this time, Mark was also briefly on special assignment with the U.S. State Department, to support Prime Minister Gorbachev's political reformation efforts in the latter stages of Perestroika. Moscow and Leningrad-based, he worked with a select team of Soviet Generals in developing practices in negotiating peace agreements with their regional neighbors.

Mark earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University - (Weatherhead Mgmt. School); and his M.A. from Harvard University. He is a Kauffman Foundation Scholar; a Weatherhead Family Business Fellow; a Post-Doctoral clinical resident from the Gestalt Institute; and visiting faculty at the Roman Catholic Pontifical College.

Presently he is working on the book, “THRIVE: When Trouble Visits! Being Your Best in Tough Times.” The 50 plus book interviews of CEO’s, Generals, health care executives, elite athletes, media and Hollywood celebrities and clergy focus on ways to turn tough times into better times.

On the personal front, as a former British Outward Bound Survival School Instructor and Eagle Scout, he enjoys outdoor pursuits: running, sailing and camping. He is married with three sons.

Area of Expertise

  •  Executive Development and Coaching
  •  Personal Leadership in High Demand Environments
  •  Leveraging Agility and Resilience for Accelerated Performance
  •  Experiential Learning and Development for Personal Impact


  •  PhD in Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University
  •  MA in Education, with a concentration in Organizational Development, Harvard University
  •  BS in Special Education, Fitchburg State University


  • BUSMHR 3100 - Foundations of Management and Human Resources

    The study of human behavior in organizational settings. Prereq: Math 1130 (130), Econ 2001.01 (200), and CSE 100, or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 400 or 701. Not open to students enrolled in the Fisher College of Business.

  • BUSMHR 7236 - Crucial Conversations

    Building skills for handling tough conversations; practical ways to manage disagreement and disappointment in a constructive manner. Provides method for straight talk that moves people and positions forward. Principles further build a capacity to hold people accountable while increasing commitment & performance. Drives impact and competitive advantage at the leader, team and organizational level.

  • BUSMHR 7629 - Prof Business Communication Skills

    The purpose of this course is to create and build a baseline of communication skills used in business and industry. In addition to foundation skills, the course focuses on key elements of style and "polishing up techniques" in the presentations arena. Prereq: MBA 6281.01. Not open to students with credit for 7268.