Thomas A. Stewart Named Chief Knowledge Officer at AchieveNEXT

By Matt Cockayne posted 01-05-2021 11:04 AM


Former NCMM Executive Director and HBR Editor in Chief will lead research and benchmarking efforts for emerging and mid-market enterprises

PHILADELPHIA, January 5, 2021 — AchieveNEXT, a leading provider of Peer Advisory Networks and Solutions for emerging and mid-market leaders, as well as their teams and enterprises, today announced Thomas A. Stewart has joined its executive team as Chief Knowledge Officer.


“We’re thrilled to have one of the world’s leading experts on the mid-market join our leadership team,” said AchieveNEXT CEO Nick Araco, Jr. “Tom is uniquely qualified to provide perspective on what today’s growth-focused Finance and HR leaders are facing. He raises the bar even higher on the value we provide our CFO and CHRO Alliance members, strategic partners and consulting clients.”


Stewart was most recently Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. NCMM is considered a leading source of research on the United States’ mid-market economy. Prior to his work with NCMM, Stewart was Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer of Booz & Company from 2008-2014. He was editor and managing director of the Harvard Business Review from 2002-2008. Stewart has published several books, regularly contributes to publications and is a fellow of the World Economic Forum.


“As we look at a post-COVID recovery and reinvention, this is an especially exciting time for mid-market enterprises,” Stewart said. “I’m excited to be working closely with AchieveNEXT and its CFO and CHRO Alliance members as we collectively work towards an economic rebound—and as we rewrite the book of management for a truly new era.”


Stewart kicks off his AchieveNEXT role by leading analysis and providing insights for  AchieveNEXT’s 11th Annual CFO-CHRO Sentiment Survey, set for release on January 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. Eastern.




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