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Russell D. Archibald

Honorary Global Advisor



PMI Founding member (no. 6), PMP, (Retired) PMI Fellow
Advisor, Author, Executive, PM Pioneer
Honorary Fellow, APM
Honorary Fellow, IPMA
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

With careers spanning more than 70 years, Russ Archibald had broad international experiences in piloting and designing aircraft, corporate engineering, operations, and program and project management. His three project management related careers have been Military/Aerospace (19 years), Corporate Engineer & Executive (17 years), and Management Consultant (35 years).  Russ consulted to a wide variety of large and small organizations in 16 countries, trained thousands of people in project management over the years, and resided in the USA, France, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama Canal Zone, and Peru with Marion, his wife of 73 years. They have resided in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico for more than 25 years.

Russ was a founding member (number 6) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the United States. He presented the first paper at the first PMI conference in 1969; he was President of the PMI Southern California Chapter in 1991-92, founding member of the PMI Mexico City Chapter in 1996, and in 2006 was awarded the PMI Jim O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award. A PMI Fellow and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he co-authored with Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Debourse the 2011 PMI research report "Project Managers as Senior Executives". He was also a founding member in 1970 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management (APM/IPMA-UK).

Russ was co-author with his grandson Shane Archibald of Leading and Managing Innovation-What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (2nd edition CRC Press 2015, 1st edition 2013 also published in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish); author of Managing High Technology Programs and Projects (3rd edition Wiley 2003, also published in Italian, Russian, and Chinese), contributed chapters to 15 books edited by others, and presented 90+ papers at many PMI, IPMA and other conferences in many countries. He holds BS (U. of Missouri 1948) and MS (U. of Texas 1956) degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Russ was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in Strategy, Program, and Project Management from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lille in Lille, France in 2005. Russ was a global advisor for PM World and the PM World Journal.

Russ Archibald passed away on 3 May 2020 at the age of 96.

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To view previously published works by Russ Archibald, visit his author showcase at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/russell-d-archibald/