Advisory Board

The board of Leadership Capital Group is comprised of some of various industries’ leading executives helping us carry out our vision.

Alexandra Aleskovsky
Alexandra is a senior executive with over 20 years of strategic and operational experience across consumer-facing industries in traditional and digital companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 including Colgate-Palmolive, Citigroup, iVillage, ClubMom/CafeMom, WeightWatchers, and Scholastic. She has been in the digital space since the late ’90s and has led the development, transformation, and growth of advertising, subscription, and e-commerce businesses. Alexandra has built out and led teams in marketing, PR, market research, editorial, product, creative, user experience, e-commerce, business development, web technology, and customer operations.

Over the course of her career, Alexandra has served as the President of eScholastic, Scholastic’s Digital Division, ran the WeightWatchers Online business, served as the CMO of ClubMom/CafeMom, GM of iVillage.com; and held positions in international business development and brand management at Colgate-Palmolive and P&G. She started her career in investment banking for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Alexandra currently serves on the Board of Directors and provides advisory work to a number of start-up companies through her company, the DigitalShop. She holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 

David Atkins
David is a recognized industry leader in digital, media and ecommerce with expertise across franchising, hospitality, travel, tourism and publishing. He has been a speaker, panelist and participant for a variety of conferences including: Cornell, NYU, ShopAmerica, HSMAI, and HEDNA. Atkins has built and led global teams in strategic planning, marketing, branding, distribution, business and product development, media sales, public relations, promotions, media planning, revenue generation, ecommerce, telesales, user interface, user experience, training and operations for companies including: Expedia, Microsoft, IAC and Freedom Communications.

He served as Freedom Interactive’s SVP of Revenue where he also led recruiting, strategy, advertising, business development and operation teams that served 200+ digital assets. David was VP & GM at Interval International, part of IAC/InterActive.

Earlier, he was the vice president of business development of Expedia, the world’s leading online travel service. Atkins oversaw cross company initiatives, distribution relationships, the media businesses, search engine marketing and new non-traditional marketing efforts & led various strategy teams, research and competitive tracking efforts at Expedia. Atkins joined Expedia in its first year of business while still a part of Microsoft and was responsible for leading the team that turned Expedia into one of the largest global hotel booking sites on the Web and was a management team member of the IPO team. David has significant experience, on-line and offline with a variety industry leaders including: ABC, AdTech, Advertising.com, American Express, AOL, Atlas, AvenueA-RazorFish, Best Western, CBS, Citysearch, Commission Junction, Comscore, DART, Digitas, Disney, DoubleClick, eBay, Google, HEDNA, Hilton, Hyatt, LinkShare, Marriott, McDonalds, Modem Media, Monster, MSN, NBC/Universal, Starwood, Yahoo and Real Media 24/7.

 

John Bassler
John Bassler is a Senior Business Executive who now serves as a Consultant and Advisor to large, small and start-up businesses, after having spent about thirty years as a Leader in the Executive Search Industry.   Most recently, he served as a Managing Director of executive search firm - Korn/Ferry International (KFY: NYSE) based in the flagship New York Office.  Prior to his twenty year affiliation with Korn/Ferry, Mr. Bassler spent 10 years with Heidrick & Struggles.

Recruited to join Korn/Ferry as  Managing Director of the firm’s New York Office, he held a number of key leadership positions including Global Executive Committee Member  prior to the firm’s  going public;  Global Practice Leader of the large Consumer Practice;  and Managing Director of the Company’s Northeast Region of six offices:  Stamford, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Princeton, and Washington, DC.  Always focused on “Delighting his clients”, he held these management roles, while remaining one of the firm’s top individual producers.

His executive search experience includes recruiting Board Directors, CEO’s and other C-Suite positions for a variety of companies and industries.  Based on his strong recruiting skills, he also served as Chairman of the Recruiting Committee.  He was Korn/Ferry’s Board Representative on The AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) for six years as well.

Prior to entering the executive search industry, Mr. Bassler was a Senior Vice President and Director for Compton Advertising, Inc. working first in Frankfurt, Germany and then later in New York City.  His earlier experience included work as a Senior Marketing Consultant for Glendinning International based in Frankfurt and serving as an Account Director for McCann- Erickson International based in London.  He began his career in Product Management with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Bassler is committed to giving back, and is active in his community and church in Darien, Connecticut.   A major interest is his role as a Board Director of Liberation Programs, Inc. a not-for-profit agency serving Fairfield County, Connecticut dedicated to assisting individuals with substance abuse issues.

John holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from George Washington University.  He also served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy.

 

Harlan Bratcher
Harlan Bratcher is President & CEO of A|X Armani Exchange globally. Since joining A|X in December 2001, Harlan has been responsible for managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of A|X.

Prior to joining A|X, Harlan was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Calvin Klein, where he oversaw marketing management operations, including advertising, public relations, new media, market intelligence, and license communication for all Calvin Klein brands worldwide.

Harlan has also held a number of other executive and management assignments with companies including Sony Corporation and QVC. From 1995-1999, he served as Senior Vice President, Retail Development for Sony, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the Sony Style brand through a series of cutting-edge strategic partnerships. At QVC, as Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Harlan successfully launched Q2, the upscale lifestyle home shopping network.

Harlan Bratcher has more than 20 years of leadership experience building global brands and guiding top-tier companies. An accomplished corporate strategist and marketer, his vision and expertise have driven notable enterprise growth in the retail, luxury, and general consumer goods sectors.

Harlan also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design.

 

Robert Kamerschen
Robert “Kam” Kamerschen is a consultant, advisor to private equity firms and has been a private investor since 2002. Kam is a Presiding Director of MDC Partners (TSE:MDCA) and is one of the world’s leading experts in direct marketing, having been Chairman, CEO or President of half a dozen companies including Advo, Marketing Corporation of America, Max Factor and RKO Six Flags. Kam has served on 16 public company Boards (with committee chairmanships or lead director roles in most), 17 private company Boards, and five not-for-profit Boards, including three institutions of higher learning.

Previously, until retirement, Kam served as Chairman & CEO of NYSE-listed Advo (acquired by Valassis), a direct mail targeting service company, which he led from 1988. He was previously Chairman of Survey Sampling, was CEO at DIMAC, having earlier served as President & COO at Marketing Corporation of America and CEO at both Max Factor and at RKO/Six Flags Entertainment, where he managed Wesray Capital‘s equity interest in the amusement park and motion picture businesses. He also served in senior level marketing, sales and general management positions at Norton Simon, Revlon, Chanel, Dunkin Donuts and Scott Paper Company.

Other public company Board roles have been R H Donnelley; IMS Health; Linens ‘n Things; Playboy Enterprises; and Radio Shack; Kam received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Miami University (Ohio).

 

Larry Kittelberger
Larry Kittelberger was senior vice president, Technology and Operations at Honeywell International when he retired in April 2010.  In this position, he led Honeywell’s Engineering, Operations (Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Procurement), Information Technology and Global Security organizations, overseeing the products Honeywell makes, the service it provides to customers, and the fundamental tools employees need to accomplish their jobs effectively.  Larry was also responsible for driving Honeywell’s key change initiatives supported by Six Sigma—Honeywell Operating System, Functional Transformation, and Velocity Product Development™—which are standardizing work, improving performance and quality, and reducing waste and variation in the company’s operations, support functions and engineering disciplines, respectively.

Prior to joining Honeywell in 2001, Larry was senior vice president and chief information officer at Lucent Technologies Inc/Bell Laboratories, where he was responsible for global information systems, information systems architecture, and supply chain strategy, with a strong focus on accelerating e-business activities.  He led the restructuring of Lucent Technologies in 2000 and 2001.

From 1994 to 1999, Larry served as senior vice president and chief information officer at AlliedSignal Inc., where he established the company’s first global communications network, significantly stabilized infrastructure operations, expanded AlliedSignal’s electronic commerce capabilities, and directed its global Year 2000 initiative.

Earlier, Larry had a 25-year career at Tenneco, where he held a variety of leadership positions in engineering and information systems.  His most recent role was chairman of the company’s CIO Leadership Council.

Larry earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Pennsylvania State University in 1970 and an M.B.A. from Old Dominion University in 1975.

Old Dominion University honored Larry in 2008 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He received the Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award from the Pennsylvania State University School of Engineering in 1998 for his achievements in business.  In 1997, as a result of his dedication to the Virginia Council on Information Management and his efforts to improve Virginia, Governor George Allen declared February 18 as Larry Kittelberger Day.

Larry is a Director for Arbitron, Inc. and a former Director for Commonwealth Industries and Aleris International, Inc.  He is on the Advisory Board of Old Dominion University’s College of Business. He also served on the advisory boards of IBM, AT&T, and the Pennsylvania State University College of Information Sciences and Technology.

 

Slim Saidi
Dr. Slim Saidi is Managing Partner of The Expert Associates, an advisory practice aimed at providing advice and strategic assistance to Middle Eastern and African decision makers and insights into those markets. As a Partner of Arthur D. Little; and in this role, he oversees the team of professionals delivering projects with companies in the region in multiple areas (Due-dilligence, Post acquisition support, Impairment testing of international assets, Customer-facing turnaround strategies, Restructuring, Regulatory strategies,..) . As a Marketing Executive, Dr Slim Saidi has led the Marketing team that achieved a record breaking launch of ZAIN Saudi with over 1 Million Subscribers in the first month of operation to reach 2 Million by the 4th month. Zain was the first mobile operator in the Middle East, founded in Kuwait, expanded into Africa and the Middle East and now operating in seven countries with over 40 million customers.

Slim Saidi was previously a Partner at KPMG Saudi Arabia after being the Managing Partner of The Expert Associates, an advisory practice aimed at providing advice and assistance to Sub-Saharan African decision makers and insights into those markets.

Dr Saïdi carries an extensive experience in the Middle East and African markets. He has had multiple assignments in Cameroon, Mali, Chad, Mauritania and other African countries. Since 2000 Slim Saïdi has been advising many CEO’s and other decision makers; He acted as the Strategic Advisor for the CEO’s of Cameroon Telecommunications, SOTELMA (Mali) and Tunisie Telecom.

Prior to that, Mr Saïdi was Senior Manager in the business consulting practice of Arthur Andersen as part of the Global Supply Chain Competency Centre leadership team. Besides from delivering and supporting major reengineering projects), he was co-leading a team that was in charge of developing and deploying, worldwide, a new consulting and improvement methodology and set of tools.

Dr Saïdi has also developed solid academic and teaching experience in universities both in Canada (Ecole Polytechnique and Bishop’s University) and Tunisia (Sup’Com) and has delivered conferences and keynote speeches in major events around the world.

 

Kenneth Siegel
Kenneth N. Siegel, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. is President of The Impact Group, Inc., a Los Angeles based group of Psychologists who consult to Management. Dr. Siegel received his B.A. degree (with honors) in Psychology and Sociology from Rutgers University in 1974. He went on to complete his Masters Degree and his Ph.D. Degree at the University of Southern California, specializing in the area of social psychology. Dr. Siegel taught many classes as a teaching assistant during his graduate school years and did extensive research in self-consciousness and its effects on behavior. Dr. Siegel completed a Post-Doctoral Internship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Wright Institute, Los Angeles. The analytic and clinical skills he acquired at the Wright Institute have extensive applicability to consulting with senior executives. Dr. Siegel also qualified as a Board Certified Diplomat in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is licensed as a Psychologist by the State of California. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, The American Sociological Association, The California State Psychological Association, and other professional groups.

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Siegel has provided management consulting services to a broad array of multi-national corporations. He has lectured throughout the world in his specialty areas of leadership development, cultural clarity, strategic alignment, team enhancement, management development, conflict resolution, and executive coaching. He has worked extensively in the services sector, electronics, distribution, retail, manufacturing, and medical-related industries, and was recently (2005) acknowledged as one of “The top 50 coaches in America” in The Art & Practice Of Leadership Coaching – 50 Top Executive Coaches Reveal Their Secrets, edited by Howard Morgan, Phil Harkins & Marshall Goldsmith and is the author of So… You Call Yourself A Leader. He is married with three children and enjoys tennis, running and eating… but not necessarily in that order.

 

Kai-Shing Tao
Kai-Shing Tao, of Beijing, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Star Partners, a private investment group. Prior to founding Pacific Star Partners, Mr. Tao was a Partner at FALA Capital Group, a single family investment office, where he headed the global liquid investments outside the operating companies. Mr. Tao has served as a Member prívate as well as public Boards of Directors including HSW International, Inc. and Playboy Enterprises. He is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and US-China and US-Taiwan Business Council. Mr. Tao graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business.

 

Tien Wong
Mr. S. Tien Wong is Chairman and CEO of Lore Systems, Inc., a Silver Spring, Maryland-based IT professional services company. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Opus8, Inc., a Silver Spring, Maryland-based private investment firm specializing in middle market buyouts, private equity and venture capital investment.

Lore Systems designs and supports network infrastructures, managed datacenter hosting, managed services, and cloud computing solutions. The Company was founded in 1995 and serves over 200 commercial, nonprofit, and government clients. Lore is an award-winning leader in cloud computing, Green IT, and Telework solutions, as well. Opus8 seeks to acquire and invest in call center, CRM (customer relationship management), outsourced marketing services and managed hosting companies.

In 1991, Mr. Wong co-founded and served as CEO of CyberRep, Inc. until its acquisition in 2003 by Affiliated Computer Services. At the time of its acquisition, CyberRep was one of the largest privately held CRM outsourcing companies in the world, operating 6 customer interaction centers throughout the USA with over 2,300 employees and $80 million in revenue. Today, the CyberRep/ACS business unit is one of the largest call center operations in the world, with over $1.5 billion in revenue as a division of Xerox Corp. In addition to garnering such prestigious awards as Customer Inter@ction Solutions magazine’s MVP Quality Award and Customer Interface magazine’s ACCE (Award for Call Center Excellence), CyberRep was ranked in INC. magazine’s 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000′s “Inc. 500″ as the 51st, 53rd, 72nd and 408th fastest growing private company in the USA, respectively. CyberRep was profitable for eleven consecutive years and was backed by Allied Capital Corporation, a $5 billion investment company.

Mr. Wong is a recognized international expert in CRM, direct marketing, and BPO. He has presented at dozens of industry events around the world, and has written numerous articles on the CRM and BPO spaces. He has also provided industry commentary on the ABC, Fox, NBC, CNBC, Maryland Public Television, and China’s CCTV networks, as well as for publications such as Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and Success Magazine. Prior to co-founding CyberRep, he worked for ten years in commercial real estate finance and investments.

Mr. Wong was the recipient of the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Greater Washington, a two-time SmartCEO Magazine selection as a “Smart100″ CEO (2009 and 2010). He was honored for community service in 2009 as a member of Greater DC Cares’ “Class of Change, ” and selected by The Gazette of Politics and Business in 2010 as one of “25 CEOs You Need to Know.” He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is a frequent guest lecturer on entrepreneurship, leadership and finance at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.

Mr. Wong serves on the Boards of Directors of the Technology Council of Maryland (techcouncilmd.com), HarVest Bancorp (harvestbankmd.com), the Potomac Officer’s Club (potomacofficersclub.com), and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology GAP Fund (cit.org).

In the past, he has served as Treasurer and National Board Member of the American Teleservices Association (ataconnect.org); Chairman of the Executive Leadership Committee for the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE); Trustee of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (bsomusic.org), and on the Boards of the Association for Corporate Growth – National Capital (acg.org) and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association (mj-dc.org).He is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in Government.