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Eagles Landing Partners was founded by Bob Knowling

Eagles Landing Partners has played a crucial role in CEO advisory, vision and strategy development, building high-performing teams, leadership development, and organizational transformation, providing dedicated expertise to CEOs and senior management teams.

Our focus encompassed assisting executives in formulating strategy, guiding organizational transformations, and re-engineering businesses. The scope of our work at the executive level extended to include comprehensive executive coaching, ensuring a holistic approach to leadership enhancement.

The foundation of our engagement philosophy began with a meticulous assessment of the business. Subsequently, we assembled a team of seasoned professionals tailored to best support each unique engagement.

“Mr. Knowling has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, leading companies through periods of high growth and organizational turnaround.”

About Bob Knowling

Mr. Knowling brings over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, leading companies through periods of high growth and organizational turnaround.

Knowling is Chairman of Eagles Landing Partners. ELP specializes in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organizational transformations, and re-engineering businesses. Knowling also serves as an advisor-coach to chief executive officers.

Mr. Knowling served as Chief Executive Officer of Telwares, a JP Morgan Chase/One Equity Partners Private Equity owned company from 2005-2009. Telwares is a leading provider of telecommunications expense management solutions.

Prior to joining Telwares, from 2001 to 2005, Knowling was Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Leadership Academy, an independent non-profit corporation created by Chancellor Joel I. Klein and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that is chartered with developing the next generation of principals in the New York City public school system.

From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Knowling was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SimDesk Technologies, Inc. During his time at SimDesk, he defined the Company’s go-to-market strategy, developed numerous strategic partnerships, and managed the successful launch of the Company’s software.

Prior to this, Knowling was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covad Communications; a Warburg Pincus Private Equity backed start-up company located in Silicon Valley. Knowling led the company through its rapid growth and Initial Public Offering to become the largest and most recognizable brand in the high-speed Internet access industry.

Knowling began his career in 1977 at Indiana Bell and progressed rapidly through a variety of assignments in operations, engineering and marketing. When Indiana Bell became a part of Ameritech, Knowling assumed positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, product development, large business marketing and network operations. He was assigned to Ameritech’s re-engineering breakthrough development team in 1992. As the lead architect of the Ameritech transformation, Knowling reported directly to the Chairman. He was named Vice President of Network Operations for Ameritech in 1994.

Knowling then joined U S WEST in March 1996 as Vice President of Network Operations. In 1997 he was named Executive Vice President of Operations and Technologies responsible for a 30,000-member team in charge of planning, delivering and maintaining high-quality telecommunications services for more than 25 million customers in 14 states.

In 2011, Knowling published his autobiography, YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE: My  Journey From Struggle to Success.  

Knowling was awarded the Wall Street Project’s Reginald Lewis Trailblazers Award by  President Bill Clinton and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in 1999. In presenting the award to  Knowling, President Clinton commended Knowling’s efforts in developing a national agenda for  the spirit and mission of inclusion, opportunity, expansion, advocacy and success in the  workplace for women and people of color in the high-tech industry. 

Knowling serves on the Stride, Inc. (Herndon, VA), Rite Aid Corporation (Philadelphia, PA), Stream (Philadelphia, PA), and CECO Environmental (Dallas, TX) boards of directors.  Knowling formerly served on the boards of directors of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Ft. Lauderdale,  FL), Roper Technologies (Sarasota, Florida), Convergys Corporation (purchased by  SYNNEX/Concentrix in 2018); Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.; Ariba (purchased by  SAP in 2013); Hewlett-Packard; and Shell Oil Exploration. 

Knowling received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College and a Masters of  Business Administration from Northwestern University. 

Bob's Personal Journey

This book is a heartfelt and inspirational story as Bob Knowling shares his life journey and the obstacles he addressed along the way in becoming a successful business leader and change agent. 

“Bob Knowling’s contribution to public education in New York City is incalculable; his lessons on leadership and team building are profound; his story is inspiring.”

Dick Parsons, chairman, Citigroup; former chairman and CEO, Time Warner

“Bob’s personal story of resilience, reinvention, and reflection is impressive. A colorful journey certainly worth reading."

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions

You Can Get There from Here is an inspiring story that shows what hard work, determination, and integrity can accomplish in business and in life. We can all learn a thing or two from Bob Knowling.”

Jacques Nasser, chairman, BHP Billiton

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