PMI Fellow, APM/IPMA Honorary Fellow, PhD (Hon), MSc, PMP

Russell Archibald has more than 70 years of broad international experience in program and project management, as well as operations and engineering management. He has experienced three basic careers:

  • Management Consultant (34 years to date: Archibald Associates; CPM Systems, Inc.; Booz, Allen & Hamilton), in project and strategic management. He has consulted in 16 countries on 4 continents to large and small companies in telecommunications, information technology, industrial, engineering, construction, consumer product and service sectors, plus federal and local government agencies and international development banks. Russ has also presented expert witness testimony to USA state and Federal rate-setting agencies for several nuclear power plant and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline design/construction projects, and on litigation involving project management software application packages.
  • Corporate: (17 years), as a mechanical engineer in petroleum refinery construction and operation (Creole Petroleum, Venezuela), and project manager and senior executive in telecommunications (ITT Corp., USA and Mexico) and in automotive manufacturing (Bendix Corp., France, India and the United States.)
  • United States Army Air Corps and Air Force (1943-46, 1951-58)/Aerospace (12 years), as USAF Senior Pilot (Captain), project officer, design and project engineer, and branch manager with the USAF Air Research and Development Command; and 3 years as design engineer and department manager, Aerojet General Corporation and Hughes Aircraft Company.

Russ is co-author of Leading and Managing Innovation, author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects (Wiley, 3rd Ed. 2003), also published in Russian, Italian and simplified Chinese 2004; previous editions 1976/1992 published in Italian, Japanese, and Russian; co-author of Network‑Based Management Information Systems (PERT/CPM) (Wiley, 1967), published in Hungarian 1971; plus numerous articles and papers presented at the Project Management Institute/PMI and the International Project Management Association/IPMA meetings in North America and Europe.

He holds Bachelor of Science (University of Missouri 1948), and Master of Science (University of Texas, Austin 1956) degrees in mechanical engineering, and was awarded an Honorary PhD in Strategy, Programme and Project Management by the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lille, France (2005).

He is a Fellow and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute (member No. 6, one of the five original trustees), an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management/APM-U.K./IPMA, given the Jim O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award by the PMI College of Scheduling in 2006, and is listed in Who’s Who in the World, 1985.


1982 to present — Archibald Associates and PM Forum: Consultant, educator and trainer, and expert witness for client firms on several continents in a number of industries, governmental agencies, and international development banks.

1974-82 — Bendix Corporation:

DBA Headquarters, Paris, France: Project Manager, relocation of manufacturing plant from Germany to France, and other major projects, reporting to the DBA President.

Corporate Headquarters, Southfield, Michigan: Vice‑President, International Planning; Director of Business Development.

1971-74 — ITT Corporation: Office of the President, New York: Assistant Director, Field Staff Operations; created the ITT Corporate “Program/Project Management Guide;” implemented PM Information Systems for telecommunications affiliates in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Spain, UK, & USA.

ITT/INDETEL Corp, Mexico City: Project Manager, country-wide telephone system upgrade.

ITT Europe Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium: Staff Consultant.

1968-71 — Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Los Angeles and Washington, DC: Associate and Consultant. Created and conducted first BAH nationwide workshop/seminar program on Program/Project Management

1967-68 — CPM Systems, Inc.: President (Acquired by Booz, Allen & Hamilton), project planning and scheduling services for construction and aerospace companies.

1961-66 — Hughes Aircraft Company: Department Manager, Corporate Headquarters, developed Hughes-PERT System.

1959-61 — Aerojet General Corporation: Project and Design Engineer, and POLARIS Project Controls Department Manager.

1951-58 — U. S. Air Force: USAF ARDC Project Officer for Pressure and Temperature Control Systems on all USAF bombers and missiles (except ICBM) at Wright-Patterson AFB; Graduate student MSc ME Univ. of Texas, Austin; Branch Manager, USAF ARDC Air Installations; Captain, Senior Pilot.

1948-51 — Creole Petroleum Corporation (ESSO): Venezuela, Mechanical Engineer-Refinery and Pipeline Construction/Inspection.

1943-46 — U.S. Army Air Corps: 1st Lieutenant, Pilot.