Our Team

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Kelvin Thompson

Founding Managing Director

As the Founding Managing Director of MontaRosa, Kelvin Thompson has set out to develop a firm that is a catalyst to redefining the search industry.

Disillusioned by the global generalist search ethic of simple fulfillment, his mission within MontaRosa is to work with organizations at an inflection point where the injection of the right human capital delivers long-term value and growth.Today he works with many of the world’s largest financial and technology institutions where innovation and creative solutions matter more than filling a job. He leads a tightly integrated and stealth team of people based in North America and Europe.  He is also Managing Partner of MontaRosa GmbH and is responsible for the Swiss based recruiting business of the MontaRosa Group.

Prior to founding MontaRosa, Kelvin was a senior partner for over eight years with the international executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles. During his tenure there he was the global managing partner for the Private Equity, Venture Capital & Alternative Financing Practice. He also held several leadership positions, including global head of the CIO/CTO Practice, chief innovation leader, chief strategy & development officer and chief marketing officer. Prior to that, Kelvin worked for Norman Broadbent International, where he was president of U.S. operations and chairman of its global New Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice.

Having worked as a leadership consultant on nearly every continent across the globe, Kelvin is a regular speaker and panel leader at international conferences and seminars on such topics such as human capital, global growth and innovation, and hiring of new thinkers. He has helped grow client companies by leading them through provocative and innovative strategizing exercises.

He has more than 20 years of experience working for clients in Europe, the United States and Asia. He has also held non-executive roles and served as an advisory member for both U.S. and European firms.

Kelvin holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from London University.

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Jodi Kaelle

Managing Director

Jodi is one of the Founders of MontaRosa and came from Heidrick & Struggles where she helped manage the global private equity, venture capital and alternative financing practice focused on driving revenue through global knowledge management and partner/client engagement.

She was also Associate Director of the San Francisco office for several years working with clients across the globe on hundreds of C-level searches. Her position as Managing Director at MontaRosa has been focused not only on driving stellar delivery for clients, but also building out the content behind the projects for its talent initiatives, thought leadership and metrics-based research programs. At MontaRosa, every client engagement is commenced with a deep understanding of qualitative and quantitative market drivers to get to the right leadership solution. Part of Jodi’s role is to identify proven transformational talent and the next generation of leaders around the globe with a particular emphasis on companies going through a major step-change or restructuring.

She is also highly specialized in emerging markets, financial services and private equity.  Upon graduation from the University of the Pacific with a degree in international affairs and commerce, and a minor in French language, Jodi started her career as a research analyst at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. She worked with the Senior Economist focused on population, sustainability and emerging markets issues, which ultimately led to a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Cameroon. Upon her return to the U.S., Jodi worked for Montgomery Securities first in equity research and then on special projects for the CEO. Just prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Jodi spent time as a career counselor for MBAs going into private equity and venture capital at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.

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Anthony Brown

Managing Director, Investment Banking - North America

Anthony joined MontaRosa in 2014 having spent the preceding 18 years at UBS Investment Bank.

During his time at UBS, Anthony spent 16 years as a Business Partner supporting the Investment Banking business as both Americas region head and subsequently as Global Head. As such he served on the Global Investment Banking Management Committee, the Investment Bank HREC and the Americas HREC. He was responsible for all aspects of personnel strategy including recruitment, compensation, and succession planning.

During his time at UBS, Anthony was also responsible for HR on a cross-Group basis for Latin America and served in an interim capacity as Global Head of HR for the Equities business.

Originally from Baltimore, Anthony graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Language & Literature. He is based in New York City.

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Alex Seiler

Alex is a senior Wall Street executive with over 30 years of experience representing, managing, and developing diverse businesses within global blue-chip firms, i.e. Credit Suisse First Boston, Morgan Stanley, and UBS. He combines strategic perspective with deep operational experience.

Alex Seiler joined the MontaRosa team in September 2017 as a Managing Director in the firm’s New York and Zurich offices. His past roles have involved equity research sales, equity capital markets, senior relationship management, and he has held the positions of CEO, President, and Vice Chairman at public and private companies. Most recently, Alex served as the President of Auerbach Grayson, responsible for the firm’s overall operations. He brings deep experience in asset management, hedge funds, capital markets, institutional trading, and distribution. Alex works alongside MontaRosa’s financial services clients on leadership and strategic consulting projects.

Raised as a dual national Swiss American, Alex is a tremendous asset to the firm’s clients throughout the US and Europe.

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Anne Donnelly

Senior Director

Anne joined MontaRosa in 2010 following a thirteen year career with international executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles.

At Heidrick & Struggles, Anne was a senior associate in the global Chief Information Officer’s practice where she worked on global CIO/CTO and VP-level search assignments for a diverse range of clients in the consumer, retail and technology industries. Additional roles with Heidrick & Struggles included research leadership, internal training and development, and knowledge management positions working globally across practices.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Anne has enjoyed living in San Francisco for the past twenty years.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the National University of Ireland, County Kildare, Ireland.

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Marisa Pope

Senior Director

Marisa Pope is a Senior Director at MontaRosa, with twenty years’ experience in Financial Services executive search.

Marisa Pope is a Senior Director at MontaRosa who leads searches with clients going through exponential and/or transformational growth across the globe.  She primarily spends her time building long-term relationships with exceptional talent on behalf of the firm, which continually adds to the broader global MontaRosa network.  Based in our London office, Marisa also works closely with colleagues in New York and San Francisco on projects for clients across the globe.

Having been in executive search for almost twenty years, Marisa worked in the Financial Services practices of Heidrick & Struggles, Egon Zehnder and Sainty Hird before joining MontaRosa in 2013. Her expertise includes investment banking, capital markets, investment officers, strategy officers, and other C- and board-level searches for corporate clients.  Her wide range of assignments throughout the years have also been with global banks, investment houses, broader financial institutions, hedge funds, private banks, private equity funds and asset managers.

 Marisa has a degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Bristol.

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Sandra Dawson

Sandra has over thirty five years of professional experience working across a range of industry sectors at a senior level in Dublin, London, Sydney and Zurich.

She recently relocated back home to Dublin to join AIB Group, having spent 5 years leading the UBS Global Wealth Management Talent Acquisition team in Zurich, Switzerland.  As time progressed she realised an ambition to form her own business – Searchlight Executive – with whom we are proud to partner.

Previously she was a headhunter supporting Irish financial services clients in the regulatory space at the time of financial crisis. Sandra also led the Recruitment and Learning & Development teams within Anglo Irish Bank in Dublin, where she recruited the new executive leadership team post nationalisation in 2009.  Formerly, she was Head of Recruitment for UBS WM UK based in London responsible for delivering key talent as part of the European Wealth Management Initiative. 

Her earlier career was spent in management consulting, media and organisation development businesses in London and Dublin.

Sandra is an accredited Hogan Development Psychometric and Myers Briggs professional.

In her spare time, she is an avid sports enthusiast, particularly watching rugby union and cricket, having represented Ireland 24 times for the Irish women's cricket team.  In 2013, she stepped down from managing the Irish international squad and the chairman of national selectors having served 11 years in a voluntary capacity.





 

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Caroline Bruno

Senior Director

Caroline joined MontaRosa in 2019 as a Senior Director and brings over 20 years’ experience executing senior level assignments for clients across Financial Services and an international network from a career spent in London, New York and Dublin.

At MontaRosa, Caroline delivers executive searches for Investment Banks, Private Wealth Management and Global Financial Services Clients. Her diverse expertise includes C-Suite and leadership roles across Relationship Management, Product and Investment Advisory, Portfolio Management and also, Origination, Sales and Governance functions.

Prior to joining MontaRosa, Caroline worked for a leading Executive Search firm in Dublin delivering C-level mandates for Global Banks and Investment Managers across Ireland and the UK. Caroline was also responsible for advising UK clients on Ireland as a strategic European location to support their Brexit considerations, through a Talent lens.  

Caroline’s earlier career was spent at Barclays where she spent 14 years supporting the Private and Investment Banking business with their Talent Acquisition strategies. Her career with Barclays involved relocating to New York, London and Dublin as she delivered their global hiring requirements. She brings deep expertise at Board and ExCo level stakeholder engagement and candidate management, search mandate execution and delivery. Her last role at Barclays was leading the Executive Resourcing team for the UK business.

Caroline holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Public Relations from Bournemouth University and is based in Ireland.

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Stacey Oyler

Senior Associate

Stacey Oyler joined MontaRosa in 2014 having spent the last fourteen years in recruiting and consulting.

Prior to joining MontaRosa, Stacey spent six years as a consultant advising candidates on application strategy for top tier MBA programs in the US and Europe. She personally helped hundreds of business school applicants gain admission to top programs. In addition to consulting, Stacey served as an industry expert and was featured in articles in Businessweek, and CNN Money.

Stacey’s earlier experience includes recruiting for McKinsey & Company. In her initial role at the firm, she pioneered McKinsey’s Tuck recruiting program, which resulted in the firm becoming Tuck’s top employer. She spent the latter part of her career at McKinsey leading recruiting efforts for the firm’s West Coast offices, hiring hundreds of candidates from MBA and other advanced degree programs as well as experienced hires for senior roles in the firm.

In addition to her recruiting experience, Stacey served on the admissions committee for Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.

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Keanan Clark

Associate, Innovation & Financial Technology

As an associate, Keanan is responsible for executing on the strategic direction of searches focused on innovation and financial technology.

Prior to becoming an associate, Keanan was a senior research associate focusing his efforts full-time on identifying both senior executives for our current clients, and the next generation of senior executives for future clients and projects. Keanan graduated with a B.A. in American Politics from Princeton University in 2013. He served as the varsity coxswain for Princeton’s heavyweight rowing team, leading the team to medals at the Eastern Sprints and IRA National Championships. Upon graduating, Keanan remained at Princeton for a year to serve as an assistant coach for the men’s rowing team, aiding the head coach in his coaching and recruiting efforts. After his stint in collegiate athletics, Keanan moved to Washington D.C. and worked as an intern in the press office for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania. Keanan then completed a season as the varsity assistant coach and boatman for the men’s rowing team at Deerfield Academy before joining MontaRosa full-time in the summer of 2015.

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Helen MacPhail

Helen has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and Talent Management within financial services.

She worked at UBS for 12 years, beginning her career in HR running their Graduate Training Programme and later moving into Corporate Finance, where she was responsible for the resourcing and recruitment of senior Bankers in EMEA.  She played a key role in the compensation and remuneration, sitting on the executive committee. During her time at UBS she was responsible for the leadership programme and developed an on-boarding programme for senior hires.

She has also spent some time working in the Private Equity sector, focusing on C-suite searches.

Helen has worked extensively in Europe, NY and Asia and is based in London.

 

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Nikolas Stredich

Nikolas has over 8 years of combined experience in Front Office Talent Selection and in Investment Banking.

Nikolas has a master’s degree in economics and initially started his career as an Investment Banker and Derivative Salesperson at Societe Generale in Frankfurt and Leonteq in Zurich, before joining the recruitment industry in 2012. 

There, he initially worked for Russell Reynolds and Robert Walters in Zurich and later joined a Swiss executive search boutique to take charge of projects in the asset management space, focusing on the selection of portfolio management and research specialists.

Nikolas recently joined MontaRosa from Bank Vontobel where he was responsible for the distribution of cross-asset structured solutions to Swiss Private Banks, Family Offices and independent FAs.

 

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Judy Edrada

Executive Assistant

Judy joined MontaRosa in 2016 having spent 15 years in executive search.

Prior to MontaRosa, Judy spent eight years at Spencer Stuart supporting assignments within Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Education, Nonprofit and Government practices. She began her search career at Heidrick & Struggles supporting a high-performing vice chairman assisting in placements of C-level executives at Silicon Valley technology companies. Judy graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Industrial Art and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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Joanna Hart

Executive Assistant and Business Administrator, Europe

Jo joined MontaRosa in 2016 as the Executive Assistant and Business Administrator for Europe.

Prior to joining MontaRosa, Jo spent ten years as Office Manager and Administrator for a London-based hedge fund and global alternative asset management firm, managing the day-to-day operational needs of the firm and providing assistance to the CEO.

Previously, Jo spent nearly five years at Merrill Lynch's London headquarters serving as the Business Co-ordinator for the Investment Banking division.  Jo moved into the financial sector from an intellectual property firm specialising in international trade mark law, where she supported the senior partner and oversaw facilities matters.

Jo is based in London, United Kingdom.

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LINDSAY BARRY

Lindsay joined MontaRosa in 2019 after having spent 10 years in executive search.

She spent seven years at Spencer Stuart in the Education, Nonprofit and Government practice, a year in the Board practice and two years in a boutique search firm. Lindsay graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Communications. She is a published children’s book author and community volunteer.

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Christina Cottingham

Executive Assistant

Christina Cottingham officially joined MontaRosa in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant, but has been affiliated with the firm since 2009.

She is based out of Charleston, SC. Prior to MontaRosa, Christina began her career in executive search in Charleston in 2005, serving as both an Administrative Assistant and Recruiter, primarily in the areas of Accounting and Administration. 


Previously, Christina worked for four years at City News Publishing, the company responsible for the publication Vital Speeches of the Day. The company was originally started in New York City in 1934 and relocated to Charleston, where Christina served as an Executive Assistant to the Editor.

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Natasha Vassilopoulos

Natasha recently joined MontaRosa as an Executive Assistant to our European based teams.

Having returned to the UK in 2011 after managing and developing her own clothing brand, she studied as a virtual assistant, with a view to setting up her own VA recruitment agency.  She became the PA to Hugo Burnand, an internationally renowned photographer.  She managed all the day-to-day operational needs of the business including all of the administration, securing the bookings, liaising with clients and managing all of the accounts.

In 2013, she joined D.S. Churchill, a bespoke property consultancy business, to manage all of the administrative side of the company and acted as the personal assistant to the CEO.  This role developed into managing all properties in the lettings department, providing a tailored and discreet service to meet the individual requirements of both the landlords and tenants.

Natasha is based in London, United Kingdom.

 

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Janie Ryan

Document Specialist

Janie Ryan joined MontaRosa in September 2016 having spent 17 years in executive search.

Prior to joining MontaRosa, Janie spent ten years at Heidrick & Struggles initially assisting in the Asset Management and Capital Markets Practices and most latterly in the Financial Services Infrastructure and Chief Financial Officers Practices. Janie began her search career in 2000, joining the Insurance Practice at Whitney Group. Previously, she spent five years working within the Buying Administration function at a major UK High Street retailer and four years at a global FMCG company.