Ann is a Managing Director at Focus Search Partners where she brings over twenty-five years of technology market experience building winning teams across the technology spectrum at service providers, hardware, and software firms.
An experienced C-level executive, Ann knows first-hand how team dynamics can make or break a company: she has lived both outcomes. Finding the right candidate means taking a deep dive into her client’s business: the industry, market position and company culture. She works tirelessly to recruit and place leaders with the character, passion and experience suited to each opportunity.
Beyond functional needs, Ann excels at recognizing and matching behavioral traits that will prove successful and has expertise in building a balance of skill sets and personalities at all levels to optimize results within the organization. Having the unique operating experience of directing sales and marketing for a large enterprise, running a company as the CEO, taking a company through an IPO, and selling several, Ann’s understanding of leadership and organizational structure propels her to be an invaluable asset to her clients as she applies that knowledge base to their recruiting needs. Ann has conducted assignments across a broad spectrum of industries serving consumer and enterprise clients in marketplaces, martech, gaming, IT Infrastructure, SaaS and energy, both publicly-traded and privately-held, as well as in select non-profit organizations.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Ann is based in Focus Search Partners’ Silicon Valley office. She currently serves and has served on the advisory boards of several privately-held companies and on non-profit boards. She is also a member of Penrhyn International, upholding the best standards of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
Mrs. Cynthia Labonté has a strong experience in assisting senior executives, boards and public organizations in managing complete executive recruitment processes.
Before joining the ranks of Leaders & Co., Mrs. Labonté was Executive Search Manager for an important strategic consulting firm in Human Resources, where she led a team of Managers and Senior Consultants. She has carried out more than 200 assignments of middle and top level executives, for major companies and renowned firms operating in various business lines. Ms. Labonté previously held different key positions with National Bank of Canada, Olymel and Telus. These experiences allow her to have a strategic and operational vision with regards to efficiency and performance, in line with the issues and corporate objectives of her clients.
Throughout her career, her approach as a business partner has been a major advantage allowing her to recognize the uniqueness of her clients and thus meet their needs by implementing sustainable with added value. Her thoroughness and analytical skills, combined with her approach as a business partner, were important assets allowing her to acknowledge the uniqueness of clients and meet their needs. Her work experience demonstrates her capacity to assess and evaluate candidates’ behavior and skills to ensure the perfect alignment between their full potential and targeted values of the organization.
Ms. Labonté is actively involved with the Montreal Board of Trade Young Professionals and the INdustrial Board of Trade for South Shore Montreal. She is also member on different committees for non-profit organizations.
Philippe Burton is an Executive in Human Resources with over 25 years of experience in industry sectors such as aerospace, energy & renewable energy sources and loyalty programs. He worked for world-renowned companies such as Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier, GE and Aimia.
Before joining Leaders & Co., Mr. Burton was Vice-President, Human Resources for a large firm with global operations where he successfully led a talented team and implemented innovative strategies. His experience working for medium and large corporations have allowed him to develop and exercise an influential leadership and implement a strategic and operational vision of human resources related to issues and business objectives of organizations in which he was involved.
Throughout his career he has developed extensive knowledge of several professional fields such as Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain, IT services, to name a few, as well as an expertise in governance, for having been involved in Human Resources committees of several Boards.Known for his pragmatic approach, his ability to listen, to engage team members and coaching skills, Philippe now aims to leverage his expertise to a more global network.
Philippe holds a Master of Industrial Relations from the Université de Montréal and a Master Certificate in Operations Management from York University in Toronto. He has served on the Board of the Association for Quebec Blinds and CAMAQ (Sectoral Committee of Labor in Aerospace in Quebec).