Gardner & Co Meets Demand for Smarter Collaboration with New Chief Growth Officer

The global leader in collaboration consulting adds professional services strategy and marketing veteran Clinton Gary to expand advisory services, partnerships, and thought leadership. 

BOSTON, August 3, 2022 – Fueled by the continuous interest in Dr. Heidi K. Gardner’s bestselling book Smart Collaborationand in anticipation of the upcoming sequel Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work (to be released on November 1st), Gardner & Co adds Clinton Gary as its Chief Growth Officer.

In his role, he serves as a lead consultant and speaker for clients and their executive, marketing, and business development teams. He also expands Gardner & Co.’s brand awareness, broadens partnerships, and empowers the growing Smart Collaboration community with enhanced thought leadership, tools, and training.

Clinton has a track record of accelerating coherence, collaboration, and client focus in professional services by leading high-performing teams and organizational and go-to-market strategies for prominent law, accounting, and consulting firms.

His leadership and innovation spans strategic planning, industry and client initiatives, business development, marketing, knowledge management, and mergers & acquisitions.  His broad experience helps clients define go-to-market and marketing priorities, align efforts and resources, improve team-based business development, foster a cohesive and knowledge-sharing culture, and drive revenue growth.

Clinton’s accomplishments include:

  • As Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at Burr Forman, he developed an innovative key client program, BD coaching program, firmwide marketing planning and budgeting process, and collaboration/KM platform.
  • As Chief Marketing Officer at Arnall Golden Gregory, he helped the firm secure the designation of The National Law Journal’s Midsize “Hot List” for its growth plan, collaborative industry strategy, and thought leadership programs.
  • At Kilpatrick Townsend, his team received a top ten ranking for “Best Law Firm Marketing” by a publication of The American Lawyer, led the rebranding initiative which won “Best Law Firm Rebrand” by the Legal Marketing Association, and garnered national recognition for its knowledge management and marketing tech stack initiative.
  • At Arthur Andersen, he led strategic initiatives in marketing, alliances, and knowledge management, resulting in serving on the staff of the Global Managing Partner of Markets and Solutions.

He is a frequent speaker at retreats and national conferences, as well as a content contributor of more than 30 articles and case studies, including “The Collaboration Imperative: Orchestrating Collaboration to Capitalize on Your Firm’s Collective Capabilities” and “Implementing a Firmwide Marketing & BD Planning & Budget Process to Improve Collaboration, Accountability, and Flexibility.”

“Clinton has long been a champion of smart collaboration. His experience guiding leaders, listening to clients, developing strategies, and in-the-trenches implementation helps us enhance our advisory services and thought leadership,” says Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School, co-founder of Gardner & Co., and bestselling author.

“The renewed focus on collaboration as a strategic imperative is understandable: leaders are facing unprecedented challenges to mobilize their organizations’ collective capabilities to tackle complex problems and business objectives. These challenges include shifting talent demands, lack of team engagement and knowledge sharing, inconsistent access to key clients, siloed planning and pursuits, and counter-productive performance management structures. All the while trying to retain their cultural strengths and not overcommit their professionals,” says Clinton. “My goal with this role is to amplify the incredible work Gardner & Co has done and help organizations incorporate the benefits of Smarter Collaboration.”

Clinton is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is based out of Atlanta, GA.

His LinkedIn profile is and Twitter is @cgary1

About Gardner & Co.

Gardner & Co is a collaboration research and advisory firm that helps clients maximize their collective potential for greater growth, faster innovation, and enhanced customer value through Smart Collaboration. We combine our unique blend of empirical research, academic rigor, and top-tier consulting experience. Our proprietary suite of Smart Collaboration solutions, analytical models, and growth-centric tools help companies enhance collaborative behaviors to achieve business objectives and unlock the bottom-line benefits – and lay the foundation of a collaborative culture where top talent thrives.  Led by Dr. Heidi Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School, and author of the best seller Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos, we work globally with leading expertise-driven companies in professional services, biotech and pharma, financial services, technology, and more. and


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