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Bill Baker

Founder and Principal
BB&Co Strategic Storytelling

For over fourteen years, Bill Baker has been helping brands and the people and businesses behind them work smarter, using the timeless power of storytelling to do so. More specifically, Bill and the BB&Co team use storytelling to not only set a strategic vision for a brand and business, but also to align, inspire and unlock the human energy needed to make that vision real. While the stories that BB&Co helps its clients uncover shape external brand positioning, communications and marketing, they reach inward first, pulling employees and other stakeholders in, turning them into committed and focused wonder workers in the process. BB&Co also guides and counsels clients as they apply the vision and concepts inherent in their strategic story, helping them “become” the story they envisioned for their brand, their business and their people.

A U.S. transplant, Bill has spent the last fourteen years living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bill has worked with clients all over the world, including GE, Relais & Châteaux, Johnson & Johnson, Dubai Holdings, Intrawest Corp, Coca-Cola, Cadillac Fairview, the Toronto International Film Festival, The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports and the University of British Columbia, as well as wide variety of non-profit organizations. Prior to starting BB&Co,Bill was part of the Global Planning Group of DDB Worldwide and ran the Vancouver office of the DDB.

The first 10 years of Bill’s career were spent in New York City working with multinational agencies likeSaatchi & Saatchi and Grey on clients such as Procter & Gamble, Delta Air Lines and Nabisco. Bill is a regular presence on the public speaking circuit and also provides coaching to corporate leaders and managers, helping them use storytelling to be better leaders.

Bill is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and attended both the Sorbonne in Paris and Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany.

Vincent Battles

Talent Acquisition and Diversity Workforce Strategist
American Airlines

Vincent Battles is currently employed with American Airlines.  He has a passion for talent acquisition and has worked in various capacities from recruiting recent college graduates to senior professionals for several Fortune 500 corporations.Currently he is responsible for talent management and acquisition for American Airlines leadership development program.

Vincent holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Liberal Studies degree from Southern Methodist University, and Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce.  While he’s strongly committed to life-long learning, he’s equally passionate about supporting the community through volunteerism.  He is a graduate from the Leadership Arts Institute with the Dallas Business Council for the Arts.  He serves as vice president to the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society. Vincent has been involved with Big Brother/Big Sisters and has served on alumni board at Southern Methodist University.

Bob Benson

Chairman
RLBenson & Associates

Bob has over 25 years of domestic and international leadership experience in the executive search industry. He is the Chairman of RLBenson & Associates and Founder of Canaan Ridge, a firm offering the first professional development model of its kind tailored specifically to the executive search industry.

During his nearly 20-year tenure at Spencer Stuart, Bob progressed through a series of increasingly responsible management roles, including Managing Director of the New York office, the Northeast Region and the Eastern Region. He moved to Europe in 1994 as Executive Vice President International to oversee a number of multinational marketing initiatives, while also functioning as Co-Leader of the Global Industrial Practice. While in Europe, Bob established Spencer Stuart’s Transatlantic Practice and led offices in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe. During this time, he served on the firm’s Management Committee and Board of Directors and as Chairperson of the Partner Finance Committee.

Most recently, Bob served as Chairman of Boardroom Consultants and Slayton Search Partners, where he led the firm’s successful transformation from a highly manufacturing-focused, Midwestern U.S. search firm into a multi-disciplinary firm with national scope.

Bob has been recognized by Business Week as one of ''The World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters” (2008) and was featured in Nancy Garrison-Jenn’s book, The Global 200 Executive Recruiters (1999).

George Bradt

Managing Director
PrimeGenesis

George Bradt has a unique perspective on transformational leadership based on his combined senior line management and consulting experience.  George progressed through sales, marketing and general management roles, literally around the world, at companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and then J.D. Power’s Power Information Network spin off as chief executive. George graduated from Harvard and got his MBA from Wharton.

Now he is a Principal of CEO Connection and Managing Director of PrimeGenesis, the executive onboarding and transition acceleration group he founded in 2002.  Since then, George and PrimeGenesis have reduced the risk of failure fourfold for executives they have worked with - from 40% to 10% - based on their own team, tools and perspective on delivering better results faster.
George is the author/co-author of
• The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan (Wiley, 3rd edition 2011),
• Onboarding: How To Get Your New Employees Up To Speed In Half The Time (Wiley, 2009),
• The Total Onboarding Program: An Integrated Approach (Wiley/Pfeiffer, 2010)
• Back-to-School Chats - Advice from Fathers to their Sons (Durban House, 2006)
• Back-to-School Chats – Advice from Mothers to their Daughters (Lulu, 2009)
• New Leader Smart Tools iPad app
• Twitter Pi – Musical Play (Book, lyrics, music - 2011)

George has been a frequent speaker on Transformational Leadership and Onboarding at both public and corporate events including The National Director’s Institute, CEO Connection, Human Capital Institute, Society of Human Resource Management, Association of Training and Development, International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters, Association of Executive Search Consultants, Canadian Public Service, and BusinessWeek TV, and has been quoted in and written articles in BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc., Talent Management, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.  He does a weekly column for Forbes.com, “The New Leader’s Playbook”

Kathy Bresich

Account Development Executive
Dow Jones/Factiva/Wall Street Journal

Kathy has been with Dow Jones for over 14 years as an Account Development Executive, working to cultivate and maintain a network of customer contacts at all levels of her assigned accounts to help champion Factiva within the enterprise.

Some of her primary responsibilities include helping clients understand the benefits of new products and services; conducting training and awareness sessions; ensuring customer issues are addressed in a timely manner; and managing the roll-out of new products to meet specified customer goals.

Maureen Broderick

Founder and CEO
Broderick & Company

Maureen Broderick, founder and CEO of Broderick & Company, is a pioneer of professional service marketing.  She has spent 30 years directing strategic programs for many of the world’s leading professional service firms. She began her business career in 1980 at Price Waterhouse (now PwC), as one of the firm’s first marketing professionals and went on to serve as marketing director for Booz Allen Hamilton and as Chief Marketing Officer for the law firm of BrobeckPhleger& Harrison.

Maureen launched Broderick & Company in 1996.  Her firm is one of the very few consulting firms to focus exclusively on the professional service industry. The firm provides strategy, training, and research to many of the world’s leading firms. Maureen’s client work at Broderick has included outsourced chief marketing roles with SRI International and Orrick. She has led market research and strategy assignments for Bain, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Fried Frank, Korn/Ferry International, KPMG, O’Melveny & Myers, PwC, Sullivan & Cromwell, and White & Case. 
Maureen is the author of the top selling book, The Art of Managing Professional Services: Insights from Leaders of the World’s Top Firms,published by Wharton School Press. The book is based on over 130 in-depth interviews of senior leaders of many of the world's most successful firms and has been hailed as one of the most comprehensive research-based guides to firm management ever written for the industry.

She is a frequent speaker at industry forums and firmwide meetings and retreats.

Prior to entering the business world, Maureen was a professional ballet dancer, performing with several companies including the San Francisco Ballet. She, along with four other ballerinas, was recently recognized by the San Francisco Ballet for leading a major grass roots fundraising effort in 1974, which saved the company from bankruptcy. She claims it as one of her proudest achievements and her first official marketing campaign.

Maureen graduated from the University of San Francisco where she received a degree in business and an MBA in marketing. She lives in Tiburon, California with her husband of 27 years and their three children.

Andrew Cowley

Vice President
Bureau van Dijk

Andy is Vice President of Bureau van Dijk (BvD)’s San Francisco office, managing a team responsible for the Western USA and Canada. He began his career at BvD as a Business Development Manager in our London office in 1997 and became Sales Director of the UK & Ireland in 2000. In 2004, Andy moved to the USA and setup BvD’s San Francisco office, where he has established new markets resulting in significant growth. Andy graduated from the University of Bradford in 1996 with a B.S.C. in Business Management.

Laura Dear

Director of Global Information Services
Spencer Stuart

Laura Dear is the Director of Global Information Services for Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading executive search consulting firms.  In this role, she leads the firm’s research efforts, recruiting and managing Spencer Stuart’s team of information specialists.  Laura also develops and leads global training programs on research tools and best practices to help the firm’s 51 worldwide offices win assignments and execute searches more efficiently.  She additionally oversees all of the firm’s electronic database subscriptions, from initial trials to firm wide implementation and training.  Laura was the 2011 recipient of the firm’s Lou Rieger Quality Award for her outstanding work and professional excellence.

Laura joined Spencer Stuart in 2000 as the Internet knowledge specialist within the Library Services group.  She then became manager of the Library Services team in 2003 before her promotion to her current role in 2008.  Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Laura was assistant law librarian for the Seventh Circuit Court  in Maryland and head of public services for the Texas Medical Association Library in Austin, Texas.  She holds a B.A. in English and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rick DeRose

President
Technology Executive Group

Rick is the Founder and Managing Partner of Technology Executive Group.  In addition to overall management responsibility for TEG’s administrative and financial operations, Rick collaborates with his team to develop and implement strategies aimed at expanding the firm’s capabilities and creating global brand awareness in its highly specialized sectors.

Rick leads the Communications Services Practice and has excelled in recruiting top senior and C-level executives to rapidly growing companies—Hybernia Atlantic, Windstream Communications, Cbeyond, RCN, NTTA and Neutral Tandem among them.  As many firms have stepped up their M&A activities to drive expansion strategies in recent years, Rick has responded to the burgeoning needs of his clients by establishing a further expertise recruiting CFO talent within public and private equity-backed communications and technology companies.  Prior to founding TEG in 1995, Rick spent a decade progressing through an array of leadership roles at Cable and Wireless Communications, the global communications firm.  Rick earned a B.S. with Honors in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.

Since 2010, Rick has also served as Managing Partner of International Technology Partners (ITP), a global alliance of technology search firms whose mission is to provide global clients with senior level executive search solutions as they upgrade and expand into new regions around the world.  He is an active member of several local and national executive technology committees and, in addition to ITP, serves on the boards of Magellan Hill Technologies and the Virginia-based Telecom Hub.  Rick’s charitable interests are many and include Food for the Poor, Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Rick and his wife, Colleen, have two children and reside in New Jersey.

Anneke Ferreira

Co-Founder and Partner
Kast & Partners International Executive Search

Anneke Ferreira, Co-Founder and Partner at Kast & Partners International Executive Search, began her career in recruitment and search in 2004. Fluent in both English and Afrikaans, she holds a BCom Marketing degree from the University of Pretoria, is a member of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa, as well as the Black Management Forum. Anneke is well travelled, her international experience adds to her first-hand understanding of the issues that confront businesses seeking to operate in a global economy.  At her previous firm, she was part of the consulting council for 7 years, has served as its President and recently earned the status of honorary lifetime member. She established a new Africa & Emerging Markets Division and opened doors to more international business opportunities. Anneke is a well-regarded search professional for multinational firms, with an exceptional combination of strategic and tactical intelligence that positions her to assist global companies with talent searches and starting up in new markets.

Craig Fisher

Vice President
Ajax Social Media

Craig Fisher helps people and businesses find things, and get found; new customers, top talent, better jobs, and larger audiences. He is VP of Ajax Social Media, the 1st Linkedin Certified training company in North America.

He does speaking, training, and consulting for groups of all sizes, all over the world, including sales teams, recruiting teams, and professional organizations on Social Media and mobile strategy. He is founder and host of the TalentNet Live social recruiting forum and conferences.

Craig has been named by HR Industry expert John Sumser as one of the top influencers in HR and recruiting.  Craig is "at the heart of the explosion of the next generation of leadership in HR and Recruiting....Craig sits at the center of a cyclone from which he has a very clear picture of the real practical truths of social recruiting. Be sure to catch him at one of the many places he turns up for a conference or a conversation. He’s changing the world."

Craig maintains one of the social search community's most popular blogs, and is a featured speaker at recruiting, HR, and social media events around the world.  Connect with him at www.fishdogs.com, and on Twitter at @fishdogs.

Craig is the proud father of 3 amazing boys.

Sheila Greco

President & CEO
Sheila Greco Associates, LLC

With Sheila's leadership responsibilities as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sheila Greco Associates, LLC and her active role in the overall growth and success of the company, she places her broad-based skills and experience at the disposal of clients, candidates, and colleagues alike.

As an entrepreneur, she has gained extensive experience in human resources to include, research, recruiting, and competitive intelligence. As a strategic results oriented leader, Sheila has a proven track record of building long-term and solid relationships with clients and candidates.

Prior to launching Sheila Greco Associates in 1989, Sheila spent several years with Goodrich & Sherwood, an executive search company in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She began her career as a research associate and quickly climbed through the ranks and ultimately became a Director of Executive Search specializing in consumer packaged goods marketing and sales.

An alumna of Hartwick College, Sheila received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Marketing. She is a member of the National Association of Executive Females, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), SCIP (Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals), Women in Technology International, and participated in many events sponsored by the New York State Olympics. Sheila is also currently Chairperson for the Amsterdam YMCA. She enjoys tennis, golf, jogging, skiing and reading.

Lois Grimshaw

Lead Trainer and Account Manager
Dillistone Systems

Lois is the author of "Internet Search Techniques: How to Leverage the Web - Identify and Research Great Candidates" training course and delivers it to an audience of executive recruitment professionals. Her interest in internet search was sparked by her role as Lead Trainer at Dillistone Systems: teaching people how to get the most out of FileFinder and the Research Zone.

Lois began her career in technology as a Systems Analyst at the Ministry of Education in British Columbia, Canada, where she championed the early adoption of videoconference technology and drove its growth as an accepted method of connecting people effectively for education, justice and healthcare uses across the Province.

She moved to London from the west coast of Canada in 2009, and now teaches people how to get the most out of FileFinder and the Internet.

Mark Hamill

CEO
SpenglerFox

Mark Hamill is the Chief Executive Officer of SpenglerFox. He manages SpenglerFox's international network of 17 offices across Latin America, Western Europe, Southern Europe, CEE, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Mark has been in executive search for 13 years, he joined SpenglerFox in 2003, having been previously located in their London and Paris offices. Mark has 13 years experience in the Executive search market and has completed in excess of 450 searches across 30 global markets. Mark previously worked for an international search firm, having started his career as a Regional Brand Manager with Heineken in Dublin and in the Czech Republic covering the CEE markets. Following his studies at University College Dublin, Mark completed his post graduate studies in International Marketing in Dublin. Mark speaks English, Spanish and Czech, and communicates well in French.

Conni LaDouceur

Founder and Chief Sourcing Strategist
ExecuQuest Corp

Conni is Founder and Chief Sourcing Strategist of ExecuQuest Corp. Previously with Heidrick & Struggles, Conni has delivered workshops at international executive search firms, PepsiCo, Starbucks, TJX, HSBC, GlaxoSmithKline, David Lord’s Executive Search Academy, IACPR, and the Executive Search Roundtable.

Conni LaDouceur delivers unsurpassed ROI for recruiting solutions via research, sourcing, training and consulting to The Formula for Sourcing Success: Learning the Art of Quality-First Talent Sourcing to companies and executive search firms large and small, in the US and abroad. Her passion for the hunt has led EQC and its valued clients to top-notch hiring through multiple years of challenging labor and financial market conditions for over 25 years. The ExecuQuest Corp. Team excels in identifying qualified prospects and successful placements, even in highly specialized fields, using sophisticated research methodologies and technical expertise. Based on the lost art of efficient and ethical telephone talent mapping, these strategic tools, effective for immediate direct hiring and for successful talent pipelining, enable recruiting managers to hold their recruiters accountable to their goals. In an era of “silver bullet” social networks and over-relied upon search strings, Conni and her team consistently deliver qualified, otherwise unidentifiable talent via efficient cold-calling, identifying the heads-down, doing-their-jobs, gainfully employed, truly passive qualified talent.

Conni has developed the only recruiter and sourcer training program that delivers live, real-time, original telephone research and trains recruiters to efficiently and confidently raise the bar. Search/Research Success™ by ExecuQuest Learning Workshop, has consistently strengthened recruiter skills and increased company team performance, building team recognition with quality hires and improved time-to-fill.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Conni speaks on strategic search/research solutions, time vs. yield measurements, ethical identification of passive talent, the reeling-in of reluctant, qualified talent, adding value to the business via a consultative approach and improving recruiter/sourcer performance at annual corporate recruiting summits and other professional gatherings. She has delivered workshops at international executive search firms, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Starbucks, TJX, HSBC, GlaxoSmithKline, David Lord’s Executive Search Academy, IACPR, Executive Search Roundtable, Kennedy Information’s Recruiting Conference, the International Executive Search Federation, SourceCon, Corporate Sourcing Leadership Exchange, Fordyce Forum, SHRM, NAPS, ASA and corporate staffing summits. A member of the IACPR, Executive Search Roundtable, Society for Human Resource Management, Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals, American Society for Training and Development and former Associate with Heidrick & Struggles, Conni is also cofounder of the Thought Leadership Institute, the Corporate Sourcing Leadership Exchange and the Total Recruiting Symposium.

Francesca Lahiguera

Trainer and Independent Executive Search Consultant

Francesca is an independent search consultant who also delivers executive search training for Search-Consult. Francesca began her search career as a Principal Consultant with Heidrick & Struggles' global technology practice in Paris. She then went on to work with boutique technology search firms in Paris and London. Francesca is based in London and delivers retained executive search services for multiple clients. She focuses on both the technology sector and on not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.

Caroline McClure

Principal
ScoutRock LLC

ScoutRock founder and principal Caroline McClure enjoyed more than 16 years working on both sides of the executive talent equation, as a search consultant at one of the world’s premiere executive search !rms and as director of executive search for Lockheed Martin. ScoutRock realizes her vision of helping corporate executive talent professionals be more successful through access to leading-edge thought leadership.

Prior to founding ScoutRock, Caroline was the director, executive recruiting at Lockheed Martin, a Fortune 50 company. Charged with improving the company’s executive hiring and selection process, she established a centralized corporate-wide executive recruiting program designing the concept of operations as well as the implementation and execution strategies. Focusing on the top 2% of executive positions within the company, following the retained model through direct executive search, the function improved the quality of hire by a 215% increase in highpotential nominations, a 175% increase in diversity and a 570% decrease in executive attrition.

While maintaining her leadership of executive recruiting, Caroline also successfully turned around Lockheed Martin’s strategic sourcing program effectively creating talent pipelines of non-executive professionals possessing the company’s critical skills. Parallel to this initiative, she also designed and implemented a non-executive military recruiting program focused on recruiting separating military personnel. Within one year of the military recruiting program’s start-up, the company’s position moved from no-mention to fourth in GI Jobs magazine’s national ranking of military friendly companies.

Before her tenure at Lockheed Martin, Caroline served as a search consultant at Korn/Ferry International and also within a boutique retained executive search firm. She has been identified as a thought leader in executive recruiting by the Corporate Executive Board and is recognized as having designed and implemented innovative best practices in corporate executive search.

Caroline has been quoted in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and Human Resources Executive. She has been a speaker and panelist in several venues including the National Contract Management Association’s National World Congress panel on Innovations in Executive Talent Acquisition; The Partnership for Public Service’s panel on Building Executive Teams in Government; and the Georgetown McDonough School’s international executive MBA panel on the Washington, DC Executive Job Market. In 2011, Caroline was asked to moderate the annual Wharton Aerospace’s Conference panel on talent management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1989 from Houghton College.

Joseph Daniel McCool

Author and Principal
The McCool Group

Joseph Daniel McCool is an Author and Principal of The McCool Group, which advises global companies, venture capital firms and not-for-profit institutions on the most effective selection and contract engagement of executive search consultants, as well as strategic talent acquisition strategy and ‘C-Suite’ succession.

Joe is the author of Deciding Who Leads – recognized widely as “one of the best business books of 2008” – and his work over the past 15 years has included roles as a BusinessWeek columnist, as editor of Executive Recruiter News, and vice president with its publisher, Kennedy Information. He is also senior contributing editor with ExecuNet.

Michael W. McLaughlin

Author and Principal
MindShare Consulting LLC

Michael W. McLaughlin is an author and a Principal with MindShare Consulting LLC, a firm which helps professional service firm leaders and practitioners grow profitable businesses.

His last book, Winning the Professional Services Sale, addresses the market realities of new client buying trends and provides strategies and tools for selling professional services and retaining your best clients. His perspectives on the search business are based on leading and participating in dozens of recruiting projects with search firms, internal recruiting specialists, and others.

He was formerly a Principal with Deloitte Consulting, where he spent more than two decades managing consulting projects, developing long-term client relationships, and searching for the best consultants in the market.

Simon Mullins

Senior Director, Executive Recruiting
Microsoft

As the Senior Director of Executive Recruiting for Microsoft, Simon leads the team that recruits the most senior executives into Microsoft - the world’s largest software company, with 90,000+ employees and around $70 billion in revenues. Simon has held this role since June 2006. 

Simon joined Microsoft as an Executive Recruiter in 2004, after leaving his prior role as a Client Partner at executive search firm Korn/Ferry International.  He spent seven years with Korn/Ferry in both Boston and Silicon Valley, focused on recruiting senior executives in technology, professional services and venture capital.  Prior to Korn/Ferry, Simon recruited for clients in the technology industry in Hong Kong for two years.  He started his recruiting career in London, and has an honors degree in economics and public administration from the University of London. 

Simon is a member of the ESIX Advisory Board, and has spoken before the International Association for Corporate & Professional  Recruitment (IACPR) conference, the search-consult Global Talent Conference, the Asian American Management Association, the IBF Venture Capital Conference, and the Stanford School of Engineering Alumni Association, among others.

Carol O'Driscoll

Director
Archer Search

Carol O’Driscoll is the Director of Archer Search, the bespoke learning and development company for Executive Search.  For over sixteen years Carol has been involved in interviewing and successfully hiring talent both internally and for clients at a Russell Reynolds. She has successfully developed Competency Based Interviewing Skills courses and implemented them across the world.

Carol has over sixteen years international search experience working on senior level assignments in the Industrial/Natural Resources and Consumer sectors. She also provided a leadership role in research development. A qualified information professional, Carol’s earlier career was in investment banking and with a leading professional services firm.

Linda Oglov

Consultant and Business Coach
Oglov Business Development Inc.

An international consultant and business coach, Linda Oglov brings a unique combination of experience and skills to the benefit of her clients. For nearly 30 years, she has been working with organizations that have ranged from the world’s leading corporations (such as Bell Canada, RBC Financial, British Telecom) and with individuals who might have been at the zenith of their careers or at a key point of development. Linda spent nearly 25 years working for major events in the entertainment, arts and sports – both as an event organizer and for the corporations who sponsor these events.

Throughout her career, she frequently mentored young rising stars and equally found herself acting as mentor and advisor to senior executives. In 2007, she decided to formalize this side of her career
and enrolled in the Executive Coaching Programme at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Since graduating in 2008, she has coached a number of professionals in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Russia. She has also initiated a series of innovative and impactful workshop experiences for her clients.

Internationally known for her work on several Olympic Games, Linda currently works with iLUKA, a UK based specialized agency providing strategy, planning and operational fulfillment for Olympic Games and other global events, including the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She was Vice President, Marketing for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid, from the early days of the bid in 2000.

Kevin O'Neill

President
O'Neill Consulting Group LLC

Kevin O'Neill brings over 25 years of business building and consulting experience to his leadership of O’Neill Consulting Group’s global search practice, which he founded in 1996. He responsible for not only the firm’s strategic direction and aggressive growth, but also owns the relationships and outcomes of the firm's client engagements. A consultant for 20 years, Kevin founded O’Neill Consulting Group after several years at a large search firm based in Philadelphia and with client facing roles with two investment banks. He has managed senior client relationships in consumer and industrial products, health and wellness, luxury goods and retail and his clients have included Nestle, PepsiCo, Nortek, GAF Materials, United Natural Foods, CVS-Caremark, Dean Foods, Provant Health Solutions, Swarovski, Hostess Brands, ES3, Panera Bread, and a number of leading private equity firms. He provides counsel for chief executive, president, customer officer, finance,human resources, marketing, strategy, manufacturing and technical executive assignments. Kevin has a Bachelors Degree in Politics from Marietta College in Ohio.

Kevin is the past Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association, Rhode Island, a past Board Member of the YMCA, and is currently President of his church council.  Kevin and his wife, Chantel, have four school age children.  In his spare time, Kevin is active in community service, is a frequent speaker on a variety of personal and professional development topics, and has completed three half Iron Man triathlons.

Simon D. Perkins

SVP, Human Resources
HSBC Bank USA

Simon Perkins has over 15 years HR experience in Financial Services industry and is currently SVP, HR for HSBC Bank USA.  With around 6,900 offices in both established and faster-growing markets, HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.  Simon is currently leading efforts to implement a Human Capital Plan that will shape the future of the Compliance function in the U.S.  In this role, he is coordinating the recruiting, talent management, learning & development, and performance & reward initiatives related to the plan.  

Prior to this role, Simon was Head of Human Resources in the Americas for the Private Bank and Asset Management divisions.  Before HSBC, he spent 9 years at Citigroup in both HR Partner and Learning & Development roles.  Simon holds a B.S. in Managerial Studies from Aston University (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University.  He is an avid traveler and amateur photographer.

Sebastian Steinbach

Managing Director
Steinbach & Partner

Sebastian Steinbach studied Mechanical Engineering at the Universities of Munich, Stuttgart, and Berkeley (USA). He then worked initially as a consultant to senior management at TRUMPF, where he performed operational production planning and also coordinated lean-management initiatives as part of the long-term SYNCHRO project. He also oversaw a cross-company make-or-buy project in cooperation with the Purchasing Manager and was a subproject manager responsible for the implementation of an integrated SAP solution at the interface between Sales and Production.

Sebastian Steinbach has been a Board Member at Steinbach & Partner since mid-2006. His consulting focuses on the industries of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Automation Engineering, Automotive, and Aviation and Aerospace, and he recruits for positions primarily at the top and middle management levels. As a Board Member, he is responsible for expanding the company's activities in the European, Indian, and American markets, where he is also actively involved.

Sebastian Steinbach designed and implemented the SME-oriented recruiting solution "start'ing - Ingenieure für den Mittelstand" ("Engineers for Midsized Companies") and is passionately involved in scientific methods of potential diagnostics and personality development.

Sebastian Steinbach is married to an American and has two children. He enjoys spending his free time in the winds and waves.

Paula Strickland

Director, Executive Recruitment
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Paula has over 25 years of experience in international executive recruitment with a majority of her career as a Partner with Russell Reynolds Associates' New York and Houston offices.  Paula also held a global recruiting position at AmerisourceBergen, a pharmaceutical company.  She joined MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2006 where she developed the in-house executive search team.  She is responsible for the strategic planning and tactical execution of executive recruiting for MD Anderson, focusing on new and creative processes of recruiting, managing workforce planning, developing best practices, and attracting exceptional healthcare and general management talent.

Paula holds an MBA and is a member of the Executive Search Information Exchange and American College of Healthcare Executives.  She also serves on the University of Houston Bauer Management Department Leadership Initiatives Board.  She has spoken and presented to association memberships to help them better understand executive search and the part it can play in helping organizations attract top-notch talent.  Paula also consults with organizations regarding building in-house executive search.

Don Wynns

Director, Business Development
ZoomInfo

Don Wynns is responsible for ZoomInfo's data-as-a-service (DaaS) initiatives, developing solutions for clients and strategic partners with sophisticated data requirements.

Don has extensive experience in the data and content industries, with domain expertise in real-time data aggregation and syndication, search, and DaaS. Before ZoomInfo, Don served in sales and business development leadership roles at NewsEdge Corp., The Thomson Corp., and Acquire Media.

Don earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, and has a master's degree in international marketing and economics from The George Washington University. Don is also a graduate of the Thomson Corporation Advanced Leadership Program.