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Ken Keen - Emory University, Goizueta Business School. Atlanta, GA, US

Ken Keen Ken Keen

Senior Lecturer in Organization & Management; Associate Dean for Leadership; Lieutenant General, USA (Retired) | Emory University, Goizueta Business School





Lieutenant General (Ret) P. K. (Ken) Keen is a native of Hyden, Kentucky. LTG (Ret) Keen is currently the Associate Dean of Leadership Development and a faculty member in Organization and Management for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he manages a school-wide leadership development program for the MBA programs, which includes teaching crisis leadership; developing high performing teams; implementing a Coaching Fellows Program; and coaching in the Advanced Leadership Academy.

LTG (Ret) Keen served 38 years in the Army with over 11 years working and living abroad in the Republic of Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Germany, Egypt, and Pakistan. Ken has extensive leadership experience of conventional and special operations units as well as the interagency environment. Ken commanded a SFOD-A team in Special Forces, a company and Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division, Joint Task Force – Haiti, following the Jan 2010 earthquake, as well as serving on 3 U.S. Embassy Country Teams leading all military forces in Colombia, Haiti, and Pakistan during crisis periods. He participated in Operation JUST CAUSE in 1989 as the Assistant S3 of the 75th Ranger Regiment; commanded a Ranger Task Force during Operation DESERT STORM in 1990 as part of a Joint Special Operations Command while serving as the S3 of the 1st Ranger Battalion; was the Executive Officer and Commander of 1st Ranger Battalion; and was the 11th Colonel of the 75th Ranger Regiment from 1999 to 2001.

LTG (Ret) Keen also serves on several non-profit Boards in support of military veterans and international humanitarian organizations; a member of the Council of Foreign Relations; on the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Army War College; and on the Board of Visitors for the Western Hemisphere of Security Cooperation. LTG (Ret) Keen also serves as the President of PKKEEN Consulting, LLC, and in this role he has been an Executive Coach for over 100 senior military and business executives over the last 3 years. In 2016, LTG (Ret) Keen was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and the National Reserve Officer Training Corps Hall of Fame.

Areas of Expertise (4)


Special Forces

Leader Development

Crisis Relief

Education (2)

University of Florida: MA, Latin American Studies 1986

Eastern Kentucky University: BS, Math 1974

Media Appearances (4)

Finding peace in post-disaster Haiti

Salon  online


"As an AP reporter covering the earthquake, I anticipated violent mayhem. What I discovered was a country united.”

Ken Keen is featured in this article for Salon.

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Sean Penn: Actor calls progress in Haiti ‘extraordinary’

Washington Times  online


Ken Keen is quoted in this article for the Washington Times.

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The Accidental Activist

New York Times Blog  online


Ken Keen is quoted in this article for the New York Times blog.

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Jan. 18: Updates on the Crisis in Haiti

New York Times Blog  online


Ken Keen is featured in this coverage of the Haiti crisis for the New York Times blog.

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