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About BrightStar’s Founder and CEO

Tom brings more than 20 years of consulting and business leadership experience to his client work and is highly valued for the unique set of perspectives he brings to client issues. Tom has extensive global consulting experience having deployed to both short-term and long-term assignments in North America, Central America, South America, Europe including Scandinavia, the Middle East, China, Asia/Pac and Australia.

He is often called upon by CEOs and other executives for individual and team coaching as well as organizational assessment and advisory services in leadership development, succession planning, talent development, change management, M&A, strategic planning and organizational design.

Tom has worked in numerous industries with a diverse set of clients including GE, Coca-Cola, Shell, Disney, Merck, AstraZeneca, Lockheed Martin, Varig Airlines, Lenovo, Nortel, Turner Broadcasting, Home Depot, Cox Communications, Lowes, Bank of America, Petroleum Development of Oman, Xerox, Emory University and many others.

Previous leadership positions include a role as SVP and Practice Leader for Leadership and Talent Management with a global Human Capital consulting firm. While there he led national and global relationship teams and served as a thought leader and business developer. He also served as the Managing Director for the Miller Howard Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm with a global client roster. In addition, he served as a Senior Consultant at Towers Perrin in the Strategy and Change practice area.

Prior to his career as a consultant, Tom worked in the financial industry as the Group Vice President and leader of corporate banking for a multi-billion dollar bank. He successfully led a group of corporate account officers with a loan and commitment portfolio of approximately one billion dollars, in addition to significant cash management relationships. Tom’s first career was as a psychologist, specializing in group and systems dynamics.

He lives with his wife and son in Atlanta.


Tom earned an MBA at the Emory University, Goizueta School of Business. After earning a MS in Psychology he studied Clinical Psychology in the Doctoral Program at Georgia State University.

Sample of Organizational Transformation Clients

Tom has provided organizational design and change management services to numerous clients, including the following:

  • ADP
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aventis CropScience
  • Celanese
  • Corning Photonic Technologies
  • ING
  • Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems (EIS)
  • Merck
  • QuickTrip Stores
  • Springs Industries
  • SunTrust Bank
  • VARIG Airlines


Sample of Coaching Clients

Tom provides executive and team coaching and training for leaders in a wide variety of industries and locations. His work focuses on business execution and leadership development.  A sample of these engagements includes the following primary relationships:

  • CEO of a global land and sea service provider to the oil and gas industry
  • CEO and CFO of a distributor for multiple national brands of gift items
  • CEO, COO and executive team for a North American chain of hospitals
  • CEO and SVP Group Managers in the exploration and production areas of the US division of a global oil company
  • CEO and COO of divisions of a global delivery service
  • CEO and executive team for a nationwide and international restaurant company
  • CEO, EVPs, and SVPs of a regional division of a large banking company
  • CEOs of numerous hospitals
  • CFO of a global financial services organization
  • CFO of a large manufacturer and distributor of home building products
  • CFO of a national chain of hospitals
  • CIO and direct reports for a global beverage company
  • Chief Council for a global pharmaceutical company
  • Chief Council for a large regional bank
  • EVP of global manufacturing for a pharmaceutical company
  • EVP of a national telecommunication company
  • EVP of a national real estate management company
  • SVP and VPs of the European unit of a global beverage company
  • SVP and VPs of a television organization with a global footprint
  • SVP of a national telecommunications company
Tom Akins
Tom Akins, Founder
and CEO, BrightStar Leadership Consulting