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Thomas J. Saporito
Chairman & CEO
Jessica Bigazzi Foster
Elmer R. Orloff
Senior Vice President
Robert L. Pierce
Senior Vice President & CFO
Dr. Saporito was named Chairman of RHR International in 2009, in addition to his role as CEO, the position he assumed in 2008. He was elected to RHR’s Board of Directors in 2006.
Since joining RHR in 1979, Dr. Saporito has been involved in virtually every aspect of the organization. In addition to his consulting duties, he managed the Philadelphia office for 10 years, before advancing on to serve as a Senior Vice President responsible for North America’s Eastern region and, subsequently, International operations. Task forces under his direction have shaped several strategic initiatives that continue to impact daily business practices.
One of the pioneers of the RHR board practice, Dr. Saporito is also widely recognized as an expert in CEO succession. He has specialized over the past 20 years in consulting with CEOs, boards of directors and senior management on succession planning and top management leadership. He works closely with chief executives and senior management on accelerating business strategies by strengthening individual leadership and team based performance. His consulting generally focuses on companies who are in the midst of significant shifts in strategy and culture. He has worked throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in several industries, including consumer products, utilities, retail, and managed services.
Dr. Saporito received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany in 1976. He currently sits on the board of directors of Northwestern Human Services and Bayada Nurses. He was also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Blue Ribbon Commission on CEO Succession.
Dr. David Astorino is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP and serves as Global Practice Leader - Senior Team Effectiveness. His duties in this role include spearheading research, coordinating efforts with clients and supporting consultants in the field.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Dr. Astorino has continued to assist clients in other areas such as consulting to senior executives during times of transition and change. During his career, he has helped boards, CEOs, and partnerships—from large multinational companies to entrepreneurial start ups—develop highly effective teams and organizations. Dr. Astorino has worked in such diverse arenas as Fortune 100 companies, professional athletics, large family businesses, healthcare and non-profit organizations. Specific industries in his client base include consumer products, retail, energy, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, managed services, and financial.
Prior to joining RHR International in 2001, Dr. Astorino gained extensive experience as an independent consultant working simultaneously in two arenas: professional athletics and the executive suite. Dr. Astorino applied his psychological knowledge in a coaching capacity to improve the effectiveness and performance of senior executives and their teams by helping them gain greater insight into their leadership and management styles. As a former professional tennis player, Dr. Astorino combined his practical experience with his formal academic and clinical training to assist professional athletes in removing the psychological barriers to their performance and develop skills to effectively manage and utilize their emotions on the playing field.
Dr. Astorino received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Organizational Development, and his MBA from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Guy Beaudin is a Senior Partner with RHR International. He manages the firm’s international operations, with responsibility for Toronto, London, Brussels and RHR’s European affiliates. His consulting practice focuses on executive assessment and leadership development for his clients including Presidents and CEOs in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Dr. Beaudin and RHR have a particular expertise in assisting executives integrate successfully into new roles, especially as part of CEO succession. He also works extensively in the area of Management Due Diligence – assisting investor firms in assessing and developing the leadership talent they need in portfolio or acquired companies to deliver on their investment thesis. Dr. Beaudin has also assisted leadership teams in their efforts to work more effectively together, including in M&A scenarios. His portfolio of industries includes public sector work, retailing, financial services, manufacturing and professional services firms.
Prior to joining RHR in 1996, Dr. Beaudin worked as an internal HR director for an international organization. He has also worked in both Marketing and Finance in manufacturing and financial services organizations.
Dr. Beaudin has an MBA from the University of Ottawa where he specialized in Marketing and Finance. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Montreal in 1995. Fluent in both French and English, Dr. Beaudin is frequently solicited for his views on leadership and leadership development in a variety of media, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and BNN-TV. He is active in a number of charitable organizations, and is a past Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Dr. Dante Capitano not only has a commendable personal consulting career as a Senior Partner at RHR International, but also holds leadership responsibility for the firm’s U.S. consulting operations and its Global Practice Areas. Specializing in senior executive assessment and development, Dr. Capitano has helped hundreds of high level executives develop their full potential and successfully assimilate into advanced leadership positions. He is also an acknowledged expert in the alignment of senior teams for maximum effectiveness.
A trusted advisor to many large corporate CEOs and Presidents, Dr. Capitano has worked in such diverse arenas as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, consumer products and government.
Before moving to his current position, he served for two years in a Group Managing Director role overseeing RHR’s New York, Philadelphia and Boston offices. Earlier in his tenure, he managed RHR’s Philadelphia office for five years.
Prior to joining RHR in 1999, Dr. Capitano was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. His professional experience also includes developing and implementing consulting solutions and team building strategies for physicians and executives at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Capitano earned his Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He received his doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. A licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and New York, Dr. Capitano is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Consulting Psychology.
Dr. John DelMonaco is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP and serves as Global Practice Leader - Accelerated Executive Effectiveness. His duties in this role include spearheading research, coordinating efforts with clients and supporting consultants in the field. His consulting work focuses on helping drive the success of business strategy through assessing and developing individual executives, aligning talent around key business imperatives, and strengthening the effectiveness of executive teams. As a psychologist consulting to management, he specializes in executive integration, leadership development, high potential development, and succession planning. He has worked with executives in North American and internationally in organizations ranging from small start-up firms through global Fortune 100 companies. Sectors he has served include consumer products, professional services, private equity, manufacturing, pharmaceutical/biotech, retail, direct mail/fulfillment, energy, and municipal government. Having helped develop the private equity practice at RHR, he is skilled at assessing executive talent during the due diligence phase to help private equity firms accelerate value creation in the target company.
Prior to joining RHR in October of 2000, Dr. DelMonaco was responsible for the day to day operations and service delivery of a consulting practice serving over 200 public safety organizations. Core services of this practice were assessment for selection and succession planning using a combination of psychometrics, assessment centers, and in-depth interviewing. Prior to that he operated his own private practice in Evanston, IL and was a staff psychologist at a major medical center in Chicago.
Dr. DelMonaco earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He serves on the board of directors for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. John is also a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology.
Dr. Teresa DiStefano is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP. Her professional specialties focus on the assessment, selection and development of senior level executives; building cooperation, expediting problem solving, and enhancing corporate effectiveness through team development; and effective change management during periods of organizational transition. She has worked in a number of business environments including large corporations, financial institutions, academia, and government.
Prior to joining RHR in 2004, Dr. DiStefano taught undergraduate and graduate psychology students at Western Michigan University. She began her career as an economic development specialist where she developed and funded, through public grantsmanship, a revolving loan fund for small and medium manufacturers to facilitate economic growth. She also worked as a human resources consultant for a Fortune 200 pharmaceutical company.
Dr. DiStefano received both a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. She holds a second master’s and doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on issues of diversity. Dr. DiStefano is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Jessica Foster is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP and serves as Global Practice Leader - Executive Development. Her duties in this role include spearheading research, coordinating efforts with clients and supporting consultants in the field. She has a strong background in psychological assessment, senior level executive development, talent management, team building, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, and organizational restructuring. This depth of experience enables her to design and implement corporate-wide interventions and solutions tailored to the strategic needs of her clients and designed to enhance the effectiveness and bottom-line performance of organizations. Dr. Foster has worked with clients in diverse industries including: financial services, private equity, insurance, government, health care, non-profit, retail, staffing, petrochemical, energy, and telecommunications.
Prior to joining RHR, Dr. Foster was a corporate psychologist with an Atlanta boutique consulting firm, where she worked predominately with senior and director level executives on leadership development, team building, strategic planning, and talent management. Previously, she was a professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has conducted research, published articles, and presented to diverse audiences around issues pertaining to leadership, performance, and work-life balance.
A licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia, Dr. Foster received her doctorate and master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. Professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, the Society of Consulting Psychology, and the Atlanta Society for Applied Psychology.
Dr. Grant Levitan is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP, with responsibility for the firm’s United States Central Region. In this role, he leads RHR’s consulting team and business presence in the markets of Chicago, Dallas and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The primary focus of his consulting career has been effective leadership of client transitions associated with growth, globalization and leadership succession. A trusted advisor to senior level executives, he provides guidance and direction for career advancement and integration into the CEO position. His business acumen, psychological insight, and interpersonal skills have often been the factors that ensured successful tenures for these individuals, resulting in enhanced productivity for their organizations and satisfaction on the part of corporate directors and shareholders. With significant experience in international settings, Dr. Levitan has consulted with board members and senior management teams of large and small businesses from over 40 nations, devising and executing programs for building teamwork, off-site strategy meetings and strategic human resource development. Diverse industry segments which have benefited from his skill and knowledge include manufacturing, financial services, entertainment, energy, retail and aerospace. He has also consulted extensively with research and development centers in pharmaceuticals and consumer products.
From 1991 to 1996 Dr. Levitan managed the RHR London office, successfully completing a turnaround in that market. Before joining RHR International in 1985, he held numerous research and training positions at the Illinois Institute for Developmental Disabilities and served as a community mental health consultant in Ohio and Colorado.
Dr. Levitan received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University. A Ph.D. in Learning & Motivation and Clinical Psychology was granted to him by the University of Illinois at Chicago. A member of the American Psychological Association, he is also an alumnus of the British Psychological Society and Midwest Psychological Association. Dr. Levitan has served in leadership roles with The Boy Scouts of America in Europe and on the International and European committees of the Executive Club of Chicago.
Dr. Paul Ofman is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP, with responsibility for the firm’s United States Eastern Region. In this role, he leads RHR’s consulting team and business presence in the markets of Atlanta, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. His own consulting skills help organizations ranging from small start-up firms through Fortune 100 companies achieve business goals by aligning leadership behavior with corporate strategy. As part of this process, Dr. Ofman assesses and develops executives and their teams, advises corporate boards, and designs and executes leadership selection and succession planning programs. An architect of RHR’s Private Equity services, he evaluates the success potential of management teams and guides portfolio companies to increased productivity for an enhanced rate of return. Companies which have benefited from his experience cover a wide range of industries including: the pharmaceutical/biotech, financial, banking, private equity, distribution, media/entertainment, health insurance, consumer products, high-tech, electronics, energy, direct mail/fulfillment, food, weight loss, manufacturing, chemical, and retail sectors.
Dr. Ofman is also a nationally recognized expert in the field of corporate and public sector crisis leadership, and actively consults in this area. Known for his community service, he has served as a trustee of three community-based associations and was volunteer partner to the chief response officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York. It was there he established a program providing for the mental health needs of disaster victims. Dr. Ofman advised key government officials on how they could most effectively lead in the aftermath of 9/11. The New York Times has spotlighted his work in major disasters such Hurricane Andrew; the crashes of TWA Flight 800, Swissair 111, and Egypt Air Flight 990; and the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. For his years of pro bono public service and his contributions to the field of consulting psychology, he was awarded the Society of Consulting Psychology’s Exemplary Impact Commendation in 2006.
Prior to joining RHR in 1999, Dr. Ofman served as chief staffer and strategic planner for the CEO of the VA New York Harbor Health Care System. Previously, he served for 10 years in clinical roles in mental health services. He has worked in consulting roles to the NYPD, Cornell University Medical Center, and several investment brokerage firms. Dr. Ofman also served as assistant professor in psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine for over a decade.
Dr. Ofman received his bachelor’s degree from City University of New York/Queens College and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from New York University. He completed an MBA with a specialization in Health Care Management at City University of New York and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Additional academic achievements include honors from Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma. Dr. Ofman served as a member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Generation, a privately held educational technology company based in New York until its acquisition by News Corp. He is currently a Board member of Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
Due to his extensive teaching and lecturing experience, national television, radio, and newspapers frequently cite his work.
Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President, Dr. Elmer Orloff is responsible for the key account management operation of RHR International. Since joining the firm's suburban Chicago office in 1978 as a Consultant, he has held leadership positions in many areas of the organization. In addition to his consulting role, he managed the Atlanta office before assuming operational control of two regions as Vice President. In the role of Senior Vice President, he has been head of RHR’s Marketing function and North American operations. He is also an officer of the company.
Dr. Orloff specializes in consulting with boards of directors on CEO succession and senior management leadership. He works closely with CEOs and senior management on accelerating business strategies by strengthening individual leadership and team based performance. His consulting generally focuses on companies that are in the midst of significant shifts in strategy and culture. He has worked throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia in several industries including telecommunications, high tech, energy, heavy manufacturing and various service businesses.
Dr. Orloff received a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 1969. In addition he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois Medical School. Prior to joining RHR International, Dr. Orloff was on the faculty of Northwestern Medical School. He is an active member of community boards and organizations.
Senior Vice President & CFO
Robert L. Pierce is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RHR International LLP, which he joined in 1996. He also is Board Treasurer and Corporate Secretary and is responsible for all financial operations worldwide. He is in charge of external financing activities and investor relations, he leads the administrative and legal functions and he directs the acquisitions and alliances of RHR. Mr. Pierce is an officer of the firm and serves on the boards of RHR’s subsidiaries.
Prior to joining RHR, Mr. Pierce was a partner with a major international accounting firm. Possessing a specialty in international business and corporate finance, Mr. Pierce served as the firm’s resident US partner based in London where he identified and negotiated cross border acquisitions and alliances on behalf of client companies; and coordinated the post acquisition of those companies. Mr. Pierce has served on the board of directors for NTSW, a community organization with a multi-step reintegration program for the mentally ill and the board of directors for Thresholds, a psychosocial organization that serves the mentally ill throughout the Midwest.
Mr. Pierce has degrees in Accountancy and Organizational Behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the Financial Executives Institute, the AICPA, the ILCPA and various business and industry groups in the US and Europe.
Dr. Deborah Rubin is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP. Starting as a Consultant in 1996, she has held a number of positions within the firm, each with increasing levels of responsibility. Dr. Rubin specializes in CEO succession, senior executive and senior team development, and managing and implementing organization change. Her focus is on aligning leadership around future business requirements, selection of the proper talent to achieve the goals, and development of teams and individuals to accelerate productivity and increase impact. Due to her success in these areas, a select group of CEOs have come to appreciate her contributions as a trusted advisor and value her advice and guidance. Her client list is comprised of executives in a wide range of settings, from small-sized family-owned businesses to large multi-billion dollar, multi-national corporations. Dr. Rubin has served a variety of industry sectors including retail, travel, high-tech, energy, food and food service, manufacturing and mining.
Before joining RHR, Dr. Rubin worked in business for a number of years. Initially part of a management training program, she progressed to a variety of roles in manufacturing, recruiting and sales prior to returning to school to obtain her graduate degree.
Dr. Rubin received her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Her bachelor’s degree was earned at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology.
Dr. Peter Warshaw is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP. Much of his practice involves working with CEOs, their direct reports and corporate boards of directors. Highly experienced in the area of leadership transition, he has assisted a number of companies with the selection and integration of a new CEO, the development of his or her management team, and the execution of an appropriate change strategy for the first year. Dr. Warshaw has consulted at the senior level in a wide array of industries including distribution, communications, financial services, transportation, manufacturing, energy and nuclear production, health services, and retailing.
After joining RHR as a Consultant for the Detroit office in 1991, he was named Managing Director of the Toronto office in 1997. In 2002, he became Group Managing Director with responsibility for RHR’s New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston offices and later for Dallas, Denver, and Los Angeles. He was responsible for the firm’s Professional Development function from 2008 – 2010.
Prior to joining RHR International, Dr. Warshaw held positions in a variety of business and academic settings, including nine years spent as a senior human resources executive for two retail chains. He also served as an administrator at colleges and universities in New Jersey, Utah, and Missouri.
Dr. Warshaw received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 1976. He received a master’s degree from New York University and his bachelor’s degree from Queen’s College. In 2007, Dr. Warshaw was awarded specialty board certification in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Paul Winum is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP and serves as Global Practice Leader - Board and CEO Services. His duties include spearheading research, coordinating efforts with clients and supporting consultants in the field. Dr. Winum’s 25 years of management and consulting experience ranges across the spectrum of RHR service areas including board consultation, senior executive selection, development, talent management, pre-investment due diligence and merger integration. He has consulted to companies across several dozen different industries ranging in size from small businesses to Fortune 50 conglomerates. In 2012, his book Inside CEO Succession was published by Wiley with strong reviews by some of the country’s most prominent business leaders.
Prior to joining RHR in 1991, Dr. Winum was the Chief Operating Officer of a large New York City non-profit organization, managing five service divisions and a consulting operation. He also helped build a business from the ground up that is flourishing almost three decades later and founded a philanthropic organization in support of a human services agency.
Dr. Winum received his Ph.D. and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in Counseling Psychology and a bachelor’s degree concentrating in Sociology and Psychology from Columbia University. He has published numerous articles in his field, has twice served as the Chairman of the National Conference on Consultation to Business and Industry, is a frequent speaker at business and professional meetings including the National Association of Corporate Directors and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 2007, he was awarded specialty board certification in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Winum is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s business consultation society after co-chairing that organization’s national conference on three occasions. He also served two terms as a member of the editorial board of the Consulting Psychology Journal.
Dr. Winum’s civic involvement has included service as a Director and Chair of board committees of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Bridge, a non-profit community based organization. He has also been a member of the Alumni Admissions Committee of Columbia College.
Julie Wolf is a Senior Partner with RHR International LLP, with responsibility for the firm’s United States West Region. In this role, she leads RHR’s consulting team and business presence in the markets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Salt Lake City. Dr. Wolf is also responsible for RHR’s internal Operations Support, including development and management of RHR Learning and Development, Knowledge Management and the Support Team.
In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Dr. Wolf helps organizations achieve business goals by aligning leadership behavior with corporate strategy. Dr. Wolf consults with boards, CEOs and management teams during times of transition and change, helping clients quickly identify opportunities to improve individual and group leadership effectiveness. A leader in the firm’s CEO and Board Services practice, Dr. Wolf has helped boards improve their strategic focus and board dynamics through Board Evaluation, upgrade their annual CEO Evaluation practices and smoothly execute CEO succession. During her career Dr. Wolf has worked in such diverse arenas as Fortune 100 companies, technology start-ups, large family businesses, healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Specific industries in her client base include private equity, technology, financial services, consumer products, healthcare and professional services.
Prior to joining RHR in 1999, Dr. Wolf was a Harvard University Clinical Psychology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Wolf graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Wolf is a licensed psychologist in Colorado and a member of the American Psychological Association's Society of Consulting Psychology. She is active in her community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Mile High United Way and as a Tocqueville Society member, and providing pro bono CEO selection and consultation services to numerous non-profit agencies.
Dr. Joanna Starek is a Senior Partner with RHR International, an international firm of management psychologists and consultants. A Ph.D. psychologist with expertise in leadership and organization effectiveness, she specializes in CEO transitions, facilitating high performance in executive teams, executive assessment, and developing executives for C-suite roles. Since joining RHR International in 2004, she has had the privilege of helping organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to privately held companies and entrepreneurial start-ups deliver positive business results in complex, highly competitive environments.
While Joanna has experience in a variety of industries, her current client work is focused in retail, consumer products, the technology sector, financial services, and professional service firms. She currently manages several of the firm’s largest clients, where she leads teams that consult to a number of boards, CEOs, and global leadership contingents.
Repeat clients note that Joanna has an uncanny ability to hone in on what is most critical to the development of both individuals and groups. She leverages insight, humor, business acumen, and a fearless consultation style to push executives to break through barriers in their leadership. In addition to building strong relationships with individual business leaders, she is often sought after as an advisor to companies who are building new, innovative leadership platforms.
Prior to joining RHR, Joanna was a faculty member at CU-Boulder, where she won several teaching awards. In addition to her classroom and research duties at the University of Colorado, she worked as a performance enhancement consultant with elite athletes and teams. She also presented and authored a variety of articles based on this experience. Most recently, some of her research on self-deception and performance was featured on NPR’s Radiolab.
Joanna grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colgate University, her master’s from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and her Ph.D. from Colorado State University. She currently resides in San Francisco.
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