WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The Managing Partners of Gainful Solutions, Ambassador Michael Ranneberger and Mr. Soheil Nazari-Kangarlou, and their Partners, Mr. Stephen Hayes and retired Colonel Dr. Isaiah Wilson, are honored to welcome Dr. Genevieve Lester and Mr. Vance Martin as senior consultants.
Dr. Genevieve Lester served as the De Serio Chair of Strategic Intelligence at the US Army War College from 2016 until 2023. She was academic lead for intelligence matters and advised senior leadership at the Army War College. She recently engaged Director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Burns in a fireside chat for students and faculty. She is an Associate Fellow for Strategic Intelligence at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She has served as faculty and coordinator of intelligence studies at the Security Studies Program, School of Foreign Service and as a senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown. She has held positions at the National Defense University, Chatham House, and the RAND Corporation. She holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in International Economics/International Law and Organizations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in history from Carleton College. She began her career at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Steven Spielberg’s visual history project. She is the author of the award-winning When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? Democratic Governance, Accountability, and Intelligence and numerous other publications.
Vance G. Martin has devoted his life to advancing international nature , uniting wildlife and wildland protection with the needs of human communities. He created and built-out the WILD Foundation, a US based, globally-focused non-profit known for its many signature programs, including the World Wilderness Congress, Nature Needs Half, Mali Elephant Project, among others. He is President (Emeritus) of Wilderness Foundation Global, an international alliance of conservation groups. Vance has worked and/or lived in more than 100 countries, collaborating with a network he helped to create that focuses on protecting wild nature while meeting the needs of and working in partnership with indigenous and local communities. To create effective and enduring solutions, Martin has a firm commitment to the importance of culture as an equal partner to science, policy, and economics. This includes the critical role of youth and of indigenous peoples in crafting solutions for our collective future by being at the negotiating table from the beginning and engaging decision-makers at all levels from heads of state, to CEOs, to local leaders. He is a founder/Co-Chairman of the Wilderness Specialist Group in the World Commission on Protected Areas/IUCN; a Director of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (Washington DC); a Trustee of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia); an International Advisor to EcoForum Global (China); and on the International Advisory Board, Sanctuary Nature Foundation (India).
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New leadership addresses the growing need for Finance, Accounting and HR Consulting, Advisory and Interim Management Talent solutions in the Middle Market
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Positioning a company for growth requires strong Finance and Human Resources capabilities, yet one-third of middle market executives say it’s either “very challenging” or “extremely challenging” to find Finance, Accounting and HR professionals with the right experience and skills, according to a recent survey (RSM, 2022). To capitalize on strong market demand, Growth Operators, a leading middle market Finance, Accounting and HR consultancy, is announcing the following executive appointments to expand the firm’s differentiated suite of business transformation services and build on its long-standing reputation for transforming Finance, Accounting and HR into functions that empower companies and private equity sponsors to achieve maximum growth and value.
The company announced today that veteran Growth Operators executive Molly Hiller has been promoted to the role of President. The company has also added two seasoned outside executives to its leadership ranks; Ron Hornbaker joined the company in the newly created role of Chief Revenue Officer, and Stephanie Laitala-Rupp has joined the company as its new Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Hiller most recently served as Growth Operators’ Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. As President, Hiller will assume responsibility for all company operations and will report to the firm’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Rick Nordvold. She will also continue to serve as the firm’s CFO. Hiller led the development of Growth Operators’ nextLevel® value creation tool, which is used by the firm’s consultants, (called Growth Pros), to instill best practices into clients’ finance, accounting, and HR processes. The firm will be launching a cloud-based software version of the tool in 2024. Hiller also spearheaded the creation of Growth Operators INDiGO™ platform which facilitates training and career development for the firm’s 65 employees.
“Molly joined me at Growth Operators in 2012 as our first employee,” said Nordvold. “She set our standard for excellent client service from the very beginning, and, over the years, has led countless initiatives that have driven us to where we are today. The standards and tools she has developed differentiate us and facilitates consistency and excellence in our service to our clients. Molly is an exceptional leader and innovator who has evolved into a paragon of leadership and strategic thinking in our industry.”
“I was all in with Rick’s vision for Growth Operators from the beginning,” said Hiller. “I’m proud to say that our Growth Pros not only executed on our original vision, but they surfaced opportunities to serve clients that we didn’t even envision back then. We have 65 of the most talented and committed people I’ve ever worked with, and it’s an honor to lead them into this exciting new chapter for Growth Operators.”
“Our team grew our business to record levels in 2023. It was the fourth year in a row that we grew by more than thirty percent,” said Nordvold. “This rapid growth naturally made our business more complex, so we bolstered our leadership ranks to add the depth and experience needed to continue this momentum and satisfy the increasing market demand for our services.”
Last fall, Growth Operators hired Ron Hornbaker as Chief Revenue officer to lead the company’s sales, marketing, and business development efforts. A seasoned executive with an impressive record of leading growing companies including Rockler Companies, Golf Town, Golf Galaxy, and Sleep Number, he was attracted to Growth Operators team approach, executive and growth potential. Ron will lead the expansion of Growth Operators’ client base and private equity partnerships.
Growth Operators also added industry veteran Stephanie Laitala-Rupp to its executive team in 2023 as its Chief Operating Officer to lead the firm’s client-facing efforts. Laitala-Rupp brings an impressive record and deep executive expertise as past President of Commonwealth Companies, Founder and CEO of Owl Bookkeeping and CFO Services. Stephanie has emerged as a trusted partner for clients seeking battle-tested and scalable approaches tailored to each client’s specific requirements propelling Growth Operators’ transformative services.
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LONDON, BOSTON, and MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Momentum ITSMA today announced the appointments of a new global Head of Research, Brad Bortner, to lead its research practices, and UK-based Chief Financial Officer, Dianne Buchanan.
To support its global client base, the strategic addition of Bortner and Buchanan reaffirms Momentum ITSMA’s commitment to providing unmatched expertise and delivering exceptional value to its clients worldwide.
As the business landscape rapidly evolves and demands for solutions to grow strategic clients increase, Momentum ITSMA recognizes the critical importance of bolstering its leadership team with seasoned executives. These appointments mark a significant step forward in further enhancing its capabilities, offering clients unparalleled insights, and fortifying its position as a market leader in Account-Based Marketing and strategic client consulting.
With over 25 years of experience in custom research, Brad Bortner brings a wealth of expertise to his role as Head of Research. Having previously held high-impact research positions at Forrester Research, Iron Mountain, Cengage, and Verizon, Bortner has extensive knowledge in market research, benchmarking, and developing growth strategies.
Using market insights and a data-driven approach, Bortner will spearhead the development of new research services, empowering clients to make informed decisions and outpace competitors in the dynamic global marketplace.
“I am excited to lead the research team at Momentum ITSMA. Our commitment to leveraging data-driven insights to help clients succeed in highly competitive markets will enable us to continue to provide unparalleled market intelligence, empowering them to make informed decisions and achieve sustainable growth,” said Bortner.
Alongside Bortner, Momentum ITSMA has appointed Dianne Buchanan as Chief Financial Officer. Buchanan has an impressive track record of financial planning, risk management, and strategic decision-making. With over 28 years of experience, Buchanan has held key roles at Coca-Cola HBC, J Sainsbury plc, and WPP plc. Her international business perspective and successful CFO experience in private equity-backed businesses further reinforce her ability to lead Momentum ITSMA towards continued success.
“I am thrilled to take on the role of CFO and contribute to Momentum ITSMA’s continued success,” Buchanan says. “By implementing robust financial strategies and fostering a culture of financial discipline, we’re poised to strengthen our position as a trusted global growth consultancy, delivering tangible value to our clients.”
“These new appointments represent a significant milestone for Momentum ITSMA,” said Alisha Lyndon, CEO. “With our expanded leadership team, we’re better equipped than ever to meet the diverse needs of our clients worldwide. Together, we’ll continue to drive innovation, deliver transformative solutions, and strengthen our position as a global growth consultancy leader.”
Momentum ITSMA enables ambitious companies to achieve market-beating performance by winning, growing, and retaining the most valuable client relationships. Its research, consulting, and learning services help analyze the needs of clients, build go-to-market teams, and optimize strategic accounts to gain greater market share. Learn more about Momentum ITSMA at momentumitsma.com
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