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Harvey Thompson

Harvey Thompson is internationally recognized as an authority on how to grow market share and loyal customers by transforming a business--from the outside in--using the external customers’ points of view. As director and managing principal for IBM Global Services, Customer Value Management Consulting, he built a worldwide network of consultants to help Fortune 500 and Global 1000 senior executives develop an actionable, customer-defined vision of their company as the ideal vendor--and then implement it.

Later, as worldwide executive for IBM Business Innovation Services, Customer Loyalty and Relationship Management, his team developed and patented a suite of customer loyalty offerings to provide clients with a customer-focused strategy and an implementation roadmap. His ground-breaking book, The Customer-Centered Enterprise, was released in 2000 by McGraw-Hill, and received international bestseller acclaim. Executive Book Summaries recognized it as one of the “best business books of the year,” and the Harvard Business School featured and recommended it on their website. The first edition of Who Stole My Customer?? was released by Pearson-Prentice Hall in 2004. And with this second edition in 2015, his books have been published internationally in twelve editions and nine languages and appear on student reading lists for major universities worldwide.

Thompson has been cited as an expert on Customer Loyalty and Relationship Management and interviewed or quoted in such publications as The Journal of Business Strategy, The Economist, Business Week, Newsweek, PC Week, and Investors Business Daily. He served as an editorial board member for the Journal of Financial Services Marketing, and has been keynote at global professional conferences and lectured at executive forums such as the Advanced Business Institute, in Palisades, NY, and the International Executive Education Centers in Brussels, Belgium, and Milan, Italy.

Thompson retired as an IBM executive to pursue writing, conference speaking, client management team briefings, and private consulting. He can be reached via email at hthompson@customer-centered-ent.com.