Dr. Paul Ofman is the managing director for the New York office of RHR International. As managing director, Dr. Ofman leads RHR’s consulting team and business presence in the Greater New York area. His own consulting skills help organizations ranging from small start-up firms through Fortune 100 companies achieve business goals by aligning leadership behavior with corporate strategy. As part of this process, Dr. Ofman assesses and develops executives and their teams, advises corporate boards, and designs and executes leadership selection and succession planning programs. An architect of RHR’s Private Equity services, he evaluates the success potential of management teams and guides portfolio companies to increased productivity for an enhanced rate of return. Companies which have benefited from his experience cover a wide range of industries including: the pharmaceutical/biotech, financial, banking, private equity, distribution, media/entertainment, health insurance, consumer products, high-tech, electronics, energy, direct mail/fulfillment, food, weight loss, manufacturing, chemical, and retail sectors.
Dr. Ofman is also a nationally recognized expert in the field of corporate and public-sector crisis leadership, and actively consults in this area. Known for his community service, he has served as a trustee of three community-based associations and was volunteer partner to the chief response officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York. It was there he established a program providing for the mental health needs of disaster victims. Dr. Ofman advised key government officials on how they could most effectively lead in the aftermath of 9/11. The New York Times has spotlighted his work in major disasters such Hurricane Andrew; the crashes of TWA Flight 800, Swissair 111, and Egypt Air Flight 990; and the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. For his years of pro bono public service and his contributions to the field of consulting psychology, he was awarded the Society of Consulting Psychology’s Exemplary Impact Commendation in 2006.
Prior to joining RHR in 1999, Dr. Ofman served as chief staffer and strategic planner for the CEO of the VA New York Harbor Health Care System. Previously, he served for 10 years in clinical roles in mental health services. He has worked in consulting roles to the NYPD, Cornell University Medical Center, and several investment brokerage firms. Dr. Ofman also served as assistant professor in psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine for over a decade.
Dr. Ofman received his bachelor’s degree from City University of New York/Queens College in 1980 and a doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University in 1987. He completed an MBA with a specialization in Health Care Management at City University of New York and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1995. Additional academic achievements include honors from Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma. Dr. Ofman currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Generation, a privately held educational technology company based in New York. Due to his extensive teaching and lecturing experience, national television, radio, and newspapers frequently cite his work.