President and Managing Partner
John oversees business development for the firm, leads his industry sectors’ executive recruitment* and heads the Business, Human Resources and Culture Consulting Practice. John has overseen the transformation and restructuring of both emerging and $BBillion brands, 5 highly successful IPOs, 8+ public to private transitions and 50+ M&As in the U.S., Canada, the Americas, EU and Asia/Asia-Pacific as COO, CMO, CAO and CPO. He knows what leadership is, what it looks like and how it transforms organizations. His passion is helping solve the small to mid-cap company’s leadership transition.
Beginning his career with Nordstrom in Seattle, WA, John is recognized as a Culture, Human Resources, Employee and Labor Relations, Talent and Organizational Strategy and Development authority. His training programs along with contributions to HR.com, Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Workforce Magazines, his blog and LinkedIn are timely, visionary and solidly business based.
John is a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest. He currently sits on the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School and the Business Intelligence Board for Chief Learning Officers and Magazine. He attained a B.S.in Chemistry and History (double major) and the MILR equivalent from UofW/USC/UCLA/University of Hawaii; holds CTP, TT, CHRE, HRMS, PHR, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Ceridian, LEAN, Six Sigma and SAP certifications; and, is a Certified Process, Work Flow Engineer and Management Systems Analyst.
Retail (all channels), Food and Hospitality
Manufacturing (apparel, consumer goods, decor, electronics, high-tech, industrial durable and non-durable) Human Resources – Culture/Talent/Acquisition/Development/Diversity
STEM – Science, Technical, Engineering and Math/Medical
Financial Services (VC, PE, Investment and Traditional Banking Investment and Development)
Real Estate Development Management
We work directly with the top leadership of companies: 1.) Going through expansion and/or emerging onto the business scene. These companies might be in direct competition to, or disruptive to, a particular industry segment; or, 2.) Organizations needing additional or replacement leadership to develop and attain new strategic goals; or, 3.) Family run organizations possibly needing outside leadership for the first time; or, 4.) Companies who cannot identify, attract, hire and/or retain top talent (meaning almost every company).
Main Office: 206-219-3648
Co-Founder and Senior Partner
Catherine Pierce leads the executive level searches within her industry sectors* and business development for the firm. She has over 30 years of diverse business management and management consulting with organizations ranging from start-ups and non-profits to multi-national corporations. Catherine found her passion as a talent search industry consultant with the top boutique firm in Southern California and later joined Heidrick & Struggles Executive Search which specializes in the placement of senior executives across Fortune 1000 industry sectors.
Recruited to Hong Kong in 2001, she successfully led in US, Asia-Pacific, and ASEAN multinational client searches for “Best in Class” senior level executive talent. Catherine’s China residency, cultural exposer and business savvy in the Asia-Pacific Region, combined with the ability to understand key demands for talent who can work effectively in diverse cultures, enables her to identify individuals capable of executing strategic growth initiatives in and across the US, Asia Pacific, ASEAN and former Trans Pacific Partnership regions. Catherine soon developed a “go to” reputation with her innate ability to understand her Client’s “inner circle” leadership, the organization, its culture and their global growth strategy.
Catherine has both the clear vision and passion for developing successful relationships between employers and the best global talent, giving both a significant competitive edge for the future. She has served major global conglomerates and developed a solid client reputation with Asia regional and national clients including VCs. She thrives on finding exceptional talent that exceeding her Client’s expectations or finding that perfect candidate that everyone says “can’t be found.”
Consumer Goods (retail & manufacturing, including luxury goods)
STEM – Life & Health Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Healthcare, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices
Financial Services (management consulting, Big 5 Accounting firms and banking)
Hospitality and Food
Oil & Gas.
Main Office: 206-219-3648