Proven Turnaround Leader & Certified Leadership Professional

Dennis Brouwer
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Dennis Brouwer At A Glance:

In a rich and varied career, Dennis Brouwer has led a team of business development professionals with P&L responsibility for over $3b in global revenue, launched or revamped over 100 products and services and personally led the turnaround of a failing $300m IT services business. He’s logged nearly 1,000 hours and 200 carrier landings in Navy jets, and as an award-winning tactician, found a Soviet submarine in the one place it wasn’t supposed to be. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program and the author “The Return on Leadership, a book that defines and quantifies the impact of the leader on growth in people, teams, and markets.

Dennis Brouwer brings a completely unique perspective on the challenge of thriving in a chaotic world. In his most recent corporate executive role, he led a team of 135 business development professionals with P&L responsibility for over $3b in global revenue. Across multiple businesses, he has launched or revamped over 100 global products and services and personally led the turnaround of a failing $300m global IT services business.

Early in his career, he served in the inherently hazardous world of naval aviation as a carrier-based naval flight officer and mission commander and accumulated nearly 1,000 hours of flight time and 200 carrier landings. During that time he also served as a special weapons loading officer on the flight deck and in the squadron Safety Department as an in-flight evaluator, safety and operations trainer and award-winning tactics instructor. He is a graduate of the Navy’s specialized survival programs for open-water and jungle environments, as well as SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), the capstone “prisoner of war experience” course for all combat aviators.

After leaving the Navy, he led product management organizations tasked with anticipating the future and funding, quantifying and completing the development efforts, both technical and business, to make it real. As a result, Dennis possesses a deep understanding of the importance of overall preparedness, the psychology of risk and the very real dangers of complacency. He has honed this knowledge in industries as diverse as internet/cloud services, aviation, financial services, manufacturing and cybersecurity, and in start-ups, mid-size businesses and as a senior executive in a Fortune 200 company.

Dennis is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program and the author “The Return on Leadership, a book that defines and quantifies the impact of the leader on growth in people, teams, and markets.

  • Playing with Fire: Six Core Mindsets of Teams in Danger

    The world’s gone crazy and uncertainty is the new normal. But that doesn’t change the fact that you need to pick your way through the daily risk of doing business while preparing for “black swan” events like cyberattacks, threats to public safety and dramatic shifts in the political or competitive landscape. It’s time to learn from organizations that routinely work in high-intensity environments where risk is high and the consequences of failure are immediate and irreversible.
  • Becoming the Feared Competitor: Five Core Values of the World's Great Software Teams

    Everywhere you look, the rate of change is accelerating, and most of that change - the web, smartphones, and the Internet of Things - is driven by software. So how do software development teams do it? It turns out they’ve got a system that’s designed to deal with exactly the kind of complex problems that are driving the rest of us crazy…and it might be just what you and your team need to get ahead and stay ahead in your chosen market.



  • Building Agile Leaders: Serving the People Who Serve Your Customers

    In a world where the playing field has been leveled and everyone has access to the same technology, skills, and markets, how do you compete? Agile leadership focused on helping our teams deliver sustainable value to our customers is the answer. That means letting go of the traditional levers of power and embracing transparency, openness, and adaptation and a sense of curiosity about what’s possible.

“Brouwer identifies the three behaviors most commonly associated with leaders of successful organizations, highlights the combination of executive characteristics common to successful leaders, and provides an actionable plan to improve their leadership – and it works. I was lucky enough to be part of the submarine stalking story that is central to his book, and it’s all true.”

— Dr. Fred Drake, Head of Faculty, Naval War College

“Clear, concise, and articulate… Brouwer offers an energetic, lively and rational narrative sculpted to realign your way of thinking while providing rich examples from his own life as reinforcement.”

— Craig Jacobsen, Event Manager, Wisconsin Historical Society

“A fresh perspective on Leadership that brings home all the concepts of Vision, Execution, and Engagement. As an HR Leader in a competitive world of FinTech, this is now my "go-to" approach when it comes to company strategy and its leadership, as we continue to reinvent ourselves and attract and retain the best talent.”

— Lyuba Golberg, Chief People Officer, TradingScreen

The most important things I look for in an executive are leadership, judgment, ego-maturity and self-awareness. Dennis brings those factors to life and makes clear what’s possible with the combination of Creative leadership, a winning business model and a dynamic, resilient culture.

— Peter VanCamp, Executive Chairman, Equinix

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