Executive Network Facilitators

The McDermott + Bull Executive Network partners with an array of facilitators with accomplished executive careers and backgrounds in executive coaching.

OC Leadership Exploration + Development Roundtable
Jason Levi Pinegar
Managing Director
McDermott + Bull Executive Search
LinkedIn

Jason serves as a Managing Director for McDermott + Bull and helps his clients by attracting and securing game-changing leadership talent to their executive teams. He specializes in ensuring close alignment with an organization’s unique mission, values, and culture. Jason brings valuable knowledge and competence as an accomplished business management consultant, with prominence in leadership development and managing organizational change. His broad academic foundation and applied experience within multiple industries, including developing, evaluating, and improving people and performance, allows Jason to work intimately and effectively with his clients.

OC CEO Roundtable
Jake Vander Zanden
 Managing Director Technology + Life Sciences Practice
McDermott + Bull Executive Search
LinkedIn

Jake spent over 25 years as a turnaround and growth leader completing business transformations as a senior executive at companies like Allergan, Medtronic, and more. He has lived and worked throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe, and managed businesses in all the major regions of the world. Jake’s success has come from his ability to quickly and continuously develop high performing teams and guide their achievement of company changing initiatives, regardless of country, language, culture, or product group. Jake leads the Technology + Life Sciences practice at McDermott + Bull.

OC Women’s Executive Networking Group
Denae Bluethmann
Senior Vice President of Recruiting + Development
McDermott + Bull Executive Search
LinkedIn

Denae serves as the Senior Vice President of Recruiting + Development where she co-leads McDermott + Bull’s internal recruiting and research team. Denae joined McDermott + Bull in 2001 as a Senior Recruiter and the firm’s first employee! In 2002, she became Director of the McDermott + Bull Executive Network and established programs to help connect senior executives to their peers and the firm. Denae is passionate about coaching and in 2010 founded Executive Career Group in order to guide senior executives through difficult career transitions. During this time, she also supported Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 120 technology company, with talent acquisition projects and recruiting their critial Director + VP-level talent. 

Vancouver Executive Networking Group
Paul Gibbons
Managing Partner
McDermott + Bull Executive Search
LinkedIn

Paul serves as the Managing Partner of McDermott + Bull Canada, where he offers 20 years of proven achievement in executive-level talent acquisition across North America and internationally. He is a driving force in assisting corporate clients to engage and recruit key executives in a variety of industries, markets, and functional disciplines. Paul’s focus is working with privately-held companies and private equity firms that require key executive talent in competitive business environments.

Vancouver Executive Networking Group
Alex Verdecchia
Principal
McDermott + Bull, Canada
LinkedIn

As Principal with McDermott + Bull, Canada, Alex brings over 16 years of experience in executive search. He has a strong track record in success partnering with client organizations to deliver best-in-class talent in a diverse set of industries and functional areas. Early in his career, Alex cut his teeth in a boutique search firm specializing in academic recruitment. Prior to joining McDermott + Bull, Alex served as a Senior Associate for an international search firm where he took a broader portfolio which included healthcare and life sicences, NPOs, and professional services. He was responsible for the placement of C-Suite and senior leaders originating in Canada and internationally.

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Patsy Cisneros CEO
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LinkedIn

Patsy Cisneros is a nationally recognized expert in professional presence, image, and branding for Fortune 500 companies. Patsy is the founder of her speaking, training, and coaching firm: Corporate Icon – the image development company® and author of The Professional Image Toolkit – How to Look like You Mean Business, a manual on dressing business casual. She has presented, trained, and coached individuals and groups from Coca Cola – North America, Federal Express headquarters, ADP University, Toyota USA, Hyundai Financial, Dole Foods, Loma Linda University Health System, Ritz Carlton/Marriott Intl, and many more recognized brands nationwide. Patsy is a professional development coach and external trainer at The Ritz Carlton, Marriott International, and for the foremost think tanks in the USA. In addition, she has confidentially coached political candidates for senator and governor across the United States. 

OC Technology + Life Sciences Roundtable and SD Executive Networking Group
David Teper
Partner
Continuum Consulting Group
LinkedIn

David specializes in working with both corporate clients and individuals on guiding and supporting their financial goals. With a successful business career, David has held senior-level management and sales positions with notable companies such as Esker Software, Aptelis, Inc., Global Software, and National Gypsum Company. His responsibilities included developing comprehensive sales and marketing plans, training of new employees, running seminars, and trade show presentations. His core value of “clients first” has always been at the cornerstone of his success. He is committed to enriching the lives of family, friends, and clients in as many ways as possible. He believes that life is an ever-changing journey and to help others by “paying it forward”.

LA Executive Networking Group
Christine Perakis
Founder + CEO
Christine Perakis Global
LinkedIn

As an entertainment attorney, strategic business advisor, serial entrepreneur, and professional boat captain, Christine has been assisting high-level, success-oriented clients for 25 years. There are few business challenges that she has not navigated her clients through. Christine ensures that her clients safely reach their destination faster and more efficiently than if they were on their own. Her clients are successful in their professional endeavors and are ready to gain greater clarity about the legacy they stand for and want to leave behind. Christine has been guiding senior leaders in transition for several years, including one-on-one with them to help them navigate the uncertainty of the times, get clearer about their professional objectives, remove obstacles that stand in the way of their dream job and propel them forward towards what they truly desire.

OC Executive Networking Group
Jim Rettela
Founder + Partner
Goals Consulting, Inc.
LinkedIn   

With his 35 years of executive leadership experience in the CPG and product sales management industries, Jim helps his clients develop high caliber sales and education teams to build long lasting relationships. He has a proven track record of guiding companies through the competitive and technology driven ecommerce, retail, and omni-channel landscape.  Jim also currently assists and guides executives to realize and find their dream job as an Executive Coach in the Project Activate program                                                                                                           

OC Financial Executives Roundtable
Dianne Savoie
Founder + President
Luminosity Coaching, LLC
LinkedIn

​​​​​​Dianne Savoie is a registered corporate coach, strategic planning facilitator, team diagnostics facilitator, and team coach. Her clients are sophisticated executives, employees, and business owners – the doers, movers, and shakers of the world. Dianne specializes in working with people who are looking for an objective third party to help them answer the deeper questions, to discover, and move past what is holding them back. Her strength is in guiding individuals and teams away from the suffering of being stuck onto the epic corporate career or journey they desire.

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OC Executive Networking Group
Tom Oser
CEO
Pipeline Strategies Consulting
LinkedIn

Tom Oser is a consultant, professional speaker, educator, and coach. He is focused on transformations, including guiding post-merger integrations, digital transformations, and process and performance improvements; developing broader mindsets for business executives to become more tech-savvy and data-driven; and developing business acumen among technologists and subject matter experts. Tom has consulted with global firms, such as EY, Cap Gemini, and Infosys Consulting, delivering strategic planning through hands-on operational execution. During his time at boutique strategy firms, he has coached, mentored, and delivered strategic planning for executive teams from global, enterprise-level companies to startups in the venture accelerators ecosystem. As an executive, he has led corporate finance and operations integration for a $1B merger, and he has headed national sales to grow two company divisions from $200M to $300M. In parallel with consulting, Tom teaches MBA courses at top business schools, including Wharton, Pepperdine, and UCLA, and he is a certified executive coach.

Vancouver Executive Networking Group
Elena Giorgetti
Certified Career Coach + Founder
Make an Impact Career Coaching
LinkedIn

Elena Giorgetti is a Certified Career Coach, with an ACC credential from ICF, and a Certified Organizational Coach from the University of British Columbia. Elena started her career as a recruiter at a Fortune 500 global consulting firm and worked in both Europe and North America. She brings over 10 years experience as a Career Coach with one of Canada’s top business schools. Her experience as both a recruitment insider and a career development specialist enables her to offer a unique blend of support and guidance to her clients. Elena is passionate about connecting people to their inner potential and she is recognized for her empathy, spontaneous sense of humor, and goal-oriented approach. 

Europe Roundtable
Norbert Meijer
Managing Partner
McDermott + Bull Europe
LinkedIn

Norbert serves as Managing Partner at McDermott + Bull Europe, specializing in recruiting hard to find executive talent for critical positions. After his military service as an officer of the Cavalry, Norbert worked at ICL, RICOH, and Samsung in various national and international senior management positions. Norbert was a previous partner at Interconsultants Executive Search, prior to McDermott + Bull’s acquisition.

Europe Roundtable
Milo Zegerius
Managing Partner
McDermott + Bull Europe
LinkedIn

Milo serves as a Managing Partner at McDermott + Bull Europe, focusing on serving national and international clients with his deep expertise in Executive Search. Milo started his career at one of the fastest growing fast food organizations in Europe. After a successful time with the company, which included the role of COO in 1997, Milo made the transition to Interconsultants Executive Search, where he started his recruitment career as a consultant and eventually a partner, prior to McDermott + Bull’s acquisition. Milo Zegerius graduated from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in economic law.

Europe Roundtable
Teun de Nooijer
Partner
McDermott + Bull Europe
LinkedIn

Teun serves as a Partner at McDermott + Bull Europe, focusing on growing the European business with his experience in business development. Teun has been an entrepreneur for over 10 years, coaching his clients on leadership, corporate culture, personal development, and winning strategies. He is a record international field hockey player and participated in five Olympic Games. Teun joined McDermott + Bull in 2017 successfully combining his corporate and athletic careers.