The board of Leadership Capital Group is comprised of some of various industries’ leading executives helping us carry out our vision.David Atkins
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
As the senior executive responsible for global HR across a 6,500 person multibillion dollar company, her accountabilities included global HR, facilities, security, PR/communications, and six sigma/re-engineering. A strong business partner and strategic thought-leader, she played a critical role in the acquisition, structuring and development of more than the two-dozen companies and the personnel acquired to form this industry leader in business-to-business travel technology. Initially a division of Cendant Corporation, she and the senior executive team led Travelport through an aggressive growth-through-acquisition strategy and then the subsequent spin-off into a top performing private equity portfolio company. Her experiences include corporate acquisitions, divestitures, the IPO of Orbitz Worldwide, executive compensation, board participation, executive recruitment, development and partnership, and cultural transformation across a global scale.
Prior to her tenure with Cendant, JoAnne worked in a variety of human resource positions at PepsiCo, Inc./Frito-Lay. Her career also includes HR roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb/Clairol and the Chase Manhattan Bank where she began her career. Jo-Anne received a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Committed to education and philanthropy, JoAnne is an adjunct professor with Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching graduate level Human Resource courses, and she is the Program Director for the Cornell University HR in Hospitality annual 2011 conference. She serves as a board member of Help Women and Children Now/Kidzfest, a NJ-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and life experiences of women and children, and is an Editorial Board member for the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, a research magazine produced by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
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.
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.
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.