Ted Forbes

Ted Forbes is the founder of Divitius Partners, a boutique consulting outfit focused on executive coaching, leadership development, and developing business-oriented HR teams for start-ups and high-growth companies.  Forbes started Divitius in 2016 after a successful career as a leader and executive in both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds.  His passion is to bring out the best in people and help them be more successful than they might have imagined.

Current engagements include: working as Head of People Operations at Cotopaxi, an industry-leading, mission-driven “B” corporation focused on Doing Good and alleviating poverty; partnering with the incoming and outgoing CEOs of a major division of Michelin as they transition leadership; coaching a first-time CHRO; working on leadership development with the CTO of a major Dubai-owned housing fixtures business, and consulting with a major online retailer as they build out their people operations team.

Prior to launching his own firm, Forbes was EVP for People at Backcountry, LLC.  With 1200+ employees and more than $750 million in sales, Backcountry.com and its family of eCommerce sites are widely considered one of the leading online outdoor specialty retailers in the US and Europe.  Forbes’ team was responsible for the company’s people practices, and he played a key role in growing the company’s unique values-based culture.  Before Backcountry, Forbes was Managing Director, Talent Management at United Airlines, where he oversaw the company’s work in Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Learning, Diversity, Performance Management and Human Capital Metrics.  Before joining United, Forbes was CEO and President of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia.  Prior to that, he was the Chief Learning Officer at Capital One.

Forbes earned a B.A. in Classics from Guilford College, and an MBA with Honors, from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.  For six years, he was a member of the faculty at Darden, where he taught in both MBA and Executive Education programs.  For ten years, he was a founding partner of the Peregrine Group, a consulting firm focused on the strategic blending of Business, and HR strategies. 

Forbes’ personal passions are centered on the outdoors; as a senior staff member of Keewaydin in Temagami, Ontario, he led eight-week canoe expeditions to the shores of Hudson’s Bay in Canada. As a faculty member and Latin teacher at St. Martin’s School, he ran a middle and high school outdoor program in Louisiana. He spent four years as a co-founder of Wilderness Medical Associates, growing a firm that trains leaders to manage medical emergencies in the backcountry.  He’s been a ski patroller for 20 years and has served in various leadership roles for the National Ski Patrol at both the Division and National level, receiving three yellow star awards for teaching and leadership, and a National Appointment in recognition of his contributions to NSP.  Forbes and his partner Deborah, along with their two big dogs Jerry and Willie, live in Kamas, Utah, and he spends as much time with his four adult children as possible.