William J. Rothwell

Professor of Human Resource Development at Pennsylvania State University. World-class expert in HR & Succession Management.


  • President of Rothwell and Associates, Inc.
  • Professor at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Led the top-ranked HRD graduate training program in the US.
  • Developed 5 capacity management models for ASTD.
  • Author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of over 80 HR Management books, including “Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from within” – widely regarded as the gold standard for businesses in succession management.



Dr. William J. Rothwell is a distinguished leader in the field of human resource development and performance management. As the President of Rothwell and Associates, Inc., and a Professor at Pennsylvania State University, he has established a reputation as an expert in HRD training programs. In fact, his graduate HRD training program is considered one of the top programs in the US.

With over four decades of experience, Dr. Rothwell has worked with more than 40 multinational corporations as a consultant – providing invaluable insights on HR and performance management. He is also an accomplished author, having written, co-authored, edited, and co-edited over 78 books on various HR topics.

As a thought leader in the industry, Dr. Rothwell continues to shape the conversation on HRD and performance management. His contributions have made a significant impact on the field – and have helped organizations around the world to achieve their goals.