Kent has worked internationally in a variety of executive, operations, technology and business renewal roles in the consulting, energy and engineering industries. Recognized internationally as a pioneer in Knowledge Management (KM), Fortune Magazine identified him in 1999 as the world's leading money-maker in the field due to his business impact in the energy industry. Along with Jack Welch and Michael Dell, Kent was recognized as one of the top twenty knowledge leaders in the world by the Teleos 2000 Most Admired Knowledge Leaders survey.
Kent worked in BP for 17 years and led the first global virtual teamwork and KM programs, which resulted in a Computerworld Smithsonian Award. Under his leadership, BP received their first Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) Award. He then joined SAIC as their CKO and built a highly successful KM consulting practice in the public and private sectors.
Kent also led SAICs first internal business transformation program, where he introduced and integrated Six Sigma practices with KM resulting in millions of dollars of improved cash flow. SAIC received their first MAKE Awards in 2005, winning in both the North America and Global categories. He is the only person in the world to have led more than one company to this coveted award.
Kent started his own consulting practice in 2006. His recent clients include the Alberta Government, Save the Children, PricewaterhouseCoopers, NASA, Petrobras, the U.S. Army, Towers Perrin, BAE Systems, Providence Health & Services, WBB Consulting, Kuwait Petroleum Company, MBIA, Northrop Grumman, Acquisitions Solutions, The Conference Board, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Kent's experience and insights in KM have been documented in magazines and over twenty books, including: Surviving the Boomer Exodus, Company Command: Unleashing the Power of the Army Profession, Beyond the Deal, Smart Things to Know About Knowledge Management, The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization, Performance Through Learning, Lost Knowledge, Simplicity, Learning to Fly, The Knowledge Engine, and Knowledge Capital. Kent has also appeared on the Bloomberg Financial Network and several other television programs.
Kent is Executive in Residence at George Washington University, an instructor at the Army War College in Carlisle, and on the faculty at California State University at Northridge. He is the Program Director for the Conference Board's Learning & Knowledge Management Council and is currently leading a research working group with member companies on "Social Learning at the Speed of Global Business".
Kent is on the advisory board of KMPro, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Knowledge Management. He holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences from Kent State University and a M.S Degree in Geophysics from University of Arizona. Kent also completed the Executive Program from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.