Director, Executive Networks
Martin has served in several media oriented executive positions over the past 25 years – including as Senior Vice President for Business to Business Publishing at Macmillan Incorporated, President of the Simon and Schuster International and professional Group and CEO of Primedia Business to Business Magazine and Training Group. He has also worked as a Managing Director within the Investment Banking arm of Veronis, Suhler and Stevenson and served as a Principal in its private equity group. Martin currently is managing Riverstone Partners which is involved in media consulting, brokerage and principal investing. He serves on six corporate boards all within media and education.
Director, Executive Networks
Rick Smith is a speaker, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author with an eclectic range of accomplishments.
He founded World 50, the leading global senior executive networking organization. World 50 contributors include Robert Redford, Bono, Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Francis Ford Coppola and more than 100 other iconic leaders. More than half of the Fortune Global 1000 are World 50 customers.
Smith is the co-founder of Fast Radius, an innovative company aiming to shape the future of digital manufacturing. He is the co-founder of Bionic, and the founder of the Bionic Network, working with the most respected organizations (GE, Boeing, Tyco, Cisco, etc.) to launch net new growth businesses in a repeatable, scalable way.
Rick is the founding CEO of Next Generation Leadership, the leading CEO succession development program for the Fortune 500, with faculty representing the most respected Chief Executives of a generation, including Anne Mulcahy, A.G. Lafley, Jim Kilts, Carlos Gutiérrez, Jack Welch and others.
He is the author of two nationally bestselling books, The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (Random House/ 2003), and The Leap (Penguin Portfolio/2009), both of which reached #1 on the Amazon business bestseller list, and have been translated into more than 13 languages.
Vincent C. Perro
Vince currently works in private equity, provides strategic advisory services to CEOs, and serves in interim CEO roles. Previously, he was President of Heidrick & Struggles’ non-search consulting division, focusing on C level succession and talent management. He built this division into a global enterprise serving top 1000 companies. Previously he was chief executive of Sibson Consulting, a highly regarded global strategic human capital consulting firm. Vince was responsible for turning Sibson around during the 2001 industry downtown and was Chair of the firm during its rapid growth, private partnership period. Subsequent to leading Sibson’s sale to Nextera Enterprises, he became COO and a board member of Nextera responsible for four consulting divisions providing strategy, IT, econometric and human capital services. He was also part of the team that managed Nextera’s IPO and has led multiple acquisitions and divestitures. Vince has also served a wide variety of financial services and professional services firms globally on strategy, organization, sales effectiveness and human capital issues as a senior client partner.
Prior to entering consulting, he was CAO of the Public Finance division of EF Hutton and was also with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macys. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of business.
In addition to Executive Networks, Vince serves on a number of public, private and not for profit boards. He teaches leadership in the Stern and Baruch MBA programs.
President and CEO
Before forming Executive Networks in 2007, Mike was the CEO of Executive Development Associates, Inc. Prior to that, Mike was a Vice President of Learning Services at The Concours Group, the Founder and CEO of Learning Technologies Group, Inc., and has worked for The Conference Board, Sirota & Alper Associates and the U.S. Congress. Mike is the author, co-author or a contributor to seven books on executive development, learning, and high-performance organizations. His most recent books are Corporate Learning: Proven and Practical Guidelines for Building a Sustainable Learning Strategy (Pfeiffer, 2005), Strategic Executive Development: The Five Essential Investments (Pfeiffer, 2005) and The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional and Virtual Networks (Berrett-Koehler, 2008). Mike has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPA, with a concentration in organizational behavior, from the University of Southern California. Mike and his companies have received the following recognition:
- Gold Medal for Online Training from the NewMedia Invision Awards
- Top 100 Multimedia Producers Award from AV/Multimedia Producer Magazine
- HR Product of the Year Award from HR Executive Magazine
Mike is also the Founder and Board President of the VeraMax House for Older Homeless Women (www.veramaxhouse.org) in San Francisco and is on the Leadership Committee of the Organizational Studies Program at the University of Michigan (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/orgstudies/). Mike is married to Teresa Goodwin, his co-author on Renovate to Riches: Buy, Improve and Flip Houses to Create Wealth (Wiley, 2003) and has a son, Theo. Mike lives in San Francisco, CA.
Director, Executive Networks
Bob Danna retired as a Managing Director from the Human Capital practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP on June 2nd.
With more than 40 years of experience in HR and learning transformation, leadership development, workforce analytics and associated management consulting, he has provided consulting services world-wide for both commercial and government clients. In January 2013, Bob joined Deloitte as part of the acquisition of Bersin’s Associates where he served as EVP and COO. Since joining Josh Bersin in 2005 he routinely leveraged Bersin’s research insights and benchmarking for clients seeking to accelerate the impact of human capital management, along with associated business results. Prior to Bersin, he held senior executive management positions at several consulting firms, served on several Boards of Directors (both domestically and internationally), was a naval officer, and completed masters degrees in physics and engineering. Following his retirement Bob will be applying his experience as an industry analyst and advisor, and serving as a member of several boards of directors.