Les Martel, Managing Director, Martel Consulting Associates

Dr. Martel is a talent and leadership development professional, with extensive experience and success partnering with senior leaders across a wide range of industries. He specializes in the assessment, selection, and development of executive talent. Most recently, he was an Executive Consultant with Personnel Decisions International in the New York office serving their strategic accounts. Prior to that he was a Senior Consultant at Development Dimensions International, managing and delivering global talent & leadership development engagements. From 2000-2003 he was based in New York City as head of Global Talent & People Development for the Instinet Corporation, the world’s largest global electronic securities broker. In that role he successfully partnered with senior leaders to address and drive key strategic, operational, process re-engineering and human capital challenges.

Prior to joining Instinet, Dr. Martel was a senior consultant for Downey-Kates International, strategic human resources consulting firm based in New York City, serving a diverse range of global clients. In that role he specialized in executive assessment, feedback, and coaching as well as design and delivery of customized senior management leadership development programs.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Martel was a practicing psychologist as well as principal in his own consulting firm specializing in comprehensive career assessment and development for individuals and corporate clients. He continues to maintain an active Psychology license in Connecticut.

Dr. Martel received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, and his B.A. from University of Michigan. He also served as a Graduate Fellow at Yale School of Management, and conducted his pre-doctoral internship at the Yale School of Medicine/Consultation Center for Organizations.

Nancie S. Whitehouse

Nancie provides strategic advisory consulting services to companies redefining their business and requiring exceptional new talent.  She counsels corporations, private equity firms and hedge funds on recruiting and retention processes, including:

  • Evaluating current talent management processes
  • Developing strategic recruitment plans that complement overall business strategy
  • Counseling leadership teams on recruitment methods, and staffing process improvement
  • Assessing, recommending and selecting executive search firms specific to individual leadership requirements

Before launching Whitehouse Advisors in 2005, Nancie was Director Search Strategies at General Atlantic (formerly General Atlantic Partners), a leading global private equity firm providing capital for growth companies driven by information technology or intellectual property.  There she was responsible for leading the assessment, selection and management of executive search firms and search related activities in approximately 60 GA portfolio companies globally.

Prior to joining General Atlantic, Nancie spent eighteen years in the executive search profession, most recently with a boutique search firm specializing in recruiting leaders in the software and services sector. She spent the first fifteen years of her career with Korn/Ferry International, in a series of increasingly responsible positions in recruiting and research.

Nancie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Hartford.  She Chairs the Board of Directors of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (IACPR) and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Executive Search Information Exchange and the Executive Search Academy.

Mark Gilbertson, Principal, Strategy Dynamics

A specialist in corporate strategy and organizational development, Mark’s varied experiences as a coach, manager and board member for nearly 30 years have given him a unique perspective on the challenges of conditioning organizations for maximum success. At the core of Mark’s practice is his ability to guide organizational emergence and transformation through individual mentoring, coaching and group facilitation. His role is to provoke and guide discovery, to kindle the spirit of adventure that lies at the heart of all great businesses. He connects the thinking with the doing, patiently works on the “whole” problem and uses powerful conversation as his catalyst.

Among his many achievements, Mark co-founded a men’s grooming business, widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative companies in specialty retail, that was recently sold to a UK company. He also helped build Strategos, a consulting company that works with multinational companies to identify and act on game-changing growth opportunities. Mark worked with Strategos at Shell Oil to design and develop an internal venture capital unit to turbo-charge business activity and nurture entrepreneurial talent. The results were described in a Harvard Business Review article. Mark also co-founded the Los Angeles Entrepreneur Series that coached over 1,000 entrepreneurs, stimulating job growth in local communities, and he founded Breakthrough Partners, a mentoring program for senior executives in a wide spectrum of businesses.

Mark holds an MBA from the Andersen School of Management at U.C.L.A. and a B.Sc. in Monetary Economics from the City University Business School in London.

Michael S. Dunn, Chief Technology Officer, Hearst Interactive Media

Michael directs all of Hearst’s enterprise technology initiatives, manages the enterprise Program Management Office, performs venture-related technology due diligence and coordinates all strategic technology relationships. He is also the go-to person for exposing Hearst’s traditional media businesses to emerging media technology trends and capabilities. He is actively involved in Hearst’s strategic investment activity, identifying and conducting technical due diligence on new investment opportunities as well as providing ongoing technical support to the companies within the HIM portfolio. He is responsible for technology oversight of all HIM wholly owned properties including UGO, 1Up and Kaboodle. Finally he oversees and coordinates Hearst’s sponsorship of the MIT Media LAB and the partnership Hearst has with Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, related to technology initiatives.

Michael joined Hearst Interactive Media in July 2003. He had been CTO at Encoda Systems, a global supplier of sales, traffic, programming and financial systems for the broadcast industry. Before Encoda, Michael spent much of the last decade in CTO roles including Time Warner, where he was the Corporate CTO and also lead technologist for the Time Warner Digital Media Investment Fund, and was the founding CTO of Dell’s online division. Earlier in his career, Michael held senior technology-related posts at True North Communications; Turner Broadcasting; Hanna-Barbera Studios; and Americast, a joint venture of Walt Disney Co. and four telephone companies.

Michael serves on the advisory boards of Mochila; the Internet Capital Group; and Advisen. He is the founding member of InfoWorld’s CTO Advisory Council and is a board member of Ballston Spa National Bank, a community bank servicing Saratoga County in New York.