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Robert DeSimone

Robert DeSimone

In Loving Memory of Robert E. DeSimone
May 12, 1954 – October 13, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert DeSimone, Growth River’s Managing Partner, our close friend and mentor, and a beloved husband and father, who left us on October 13, 2023, at the age of 69. He was a remarkable man whose presence brought light and warmth into the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

““The most important conversation is the first conversation. And the first conversation is the conversation you have with yourself about yourself.”
– Robert DeSimone


Managing Partner, Change Leadership Expert & Master Executive Coach

Robert’s focus and passion is contributing whatever it takes to achieve the breakthrough his clients require.

With 26 years of senior executive experience, Robert is an organization development consultant, High Performance Team facilitator, and master executive coach. His highly developed professional leadership skills enable him to quickly and accurately assess the current state of senior leaders, teams and organizations, and then collaborate to develop focused, pragmatic approaches to enhance effectiveness and business results.

Robert is acknowledged by those he serves as direct, straightforward, extremely focused and ‘playing for real.’ He listens beyond the present conversation and quickly frames the root constraints to issues. His ability to lead executives with challenging, powerful and provocative questions and processes is a signature skill. He calls this approach ‘The Uncommon Dialogue.’ Through these conversations, space is created for breakthrough shifts in mindset. Thus, new behaviors become available that give way to improved effectiveness, greater impact and authenticity. Client’s value Robert’s style in holding them accountable to achieve results. His commitment to their success, linked with his business leadership experience and intuitive insights, bring a sense of excitement, possibility and sustainability to clients learning experiences.

Robert attended the US Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University, earning a degree in Industrial Psychology and Organization and Human Development. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Suffolk County, New York.