Leadership Team

Executive Networks

Michael Dulworth
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.


John Daut
VP, Global Sales

Prior to joining Executive Networks, John has driven growth in multiple verticals. For over 20 years, he has held leadership positions in market research, advisory and networking companies like Gartner and Meta.  He focuses on attracting great people and providing the tools and training they need to succeed.  John successfully led Marquis Jet as the Executive VP of Sales from $200MM to $500MM and eventual acquisition by NetJets. Most recently, John was the Chief Revenue Officer of 9Lenses, a start-up based in Sterling, VA, built on the premise of digitally engaging and capturing the collective insight and ideas of stakeholders in making more effective decisions.  His varied experiences have driven his interest in the unique challenges of the HR Executive.

Mr. Daut holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.


Karl Folk
VP, Global Service Delivery

Before joining Executive Networks, Karl served in the healthcare software and services industry for over 20 years.  He has lead large global consulting services, software implementation and learning services organizations for Fortune 50 companies such as Texas Instruments and McKesson and for start-up companies as well.  Karl is passionate about leading services teams to deliver exceptional customer service.  By focusing on value-add services and meticulously executing best-of-class customer-focused processes, Karl has been able to lead organizations to substantially improve customer satisfaction, retention and perceived value.  He is known for developing innovative solutions and was instrumental in helping McKesson to build a physician-based portal that is used by more than 3 million physicians a day and has saved countless patient lives.  Karl also played a substantial leadership role to take a start-up company (TenFold) public with Goldman Sachs – which closed at $26 per share at the end of their first day of trading.

Karl holds undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Maine, an MBA from Bentley College’s McCallum School of Business.  He resides near Atlanta GA, with his wife and five children.


Vincent C. Perro
Executive Chairman

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 1,000 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.


Ian Ziskin
Executive-in-Residence

Ian Ziskin is President of EXec EXcel Group LLC, a human capital coaching and consulting firm he

founded in 2010 following a highly successful 28-year career as a corporate business executive. Ians global leadership experience includes serving in Chief Human Resources Officer and other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 corporations Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications, and TRW where he had a track record of designing and implementing innovative business and human capital solutions for complex businesses with combined revenues of $68 billion and 300,000 employees in over 25 countries.

Ian is an author and speaker on subjects including acquisition integration, career management, executive compensation, globalization, HR strategies and competencies, HR public policy issues, leadership and talent development, the future of HR, and the workforce/workplace of the future. His writings and commentaries have been featured in books by authors such as John Boudreau, Ed Lawler, Dave Ulrich, Pat Wright and others, as well as in periodicals and websites including Directors and Boards magazine, CFO magazine, HR Executive magazine, HR Management magazine, SHRM magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Organizational Dynamics Journal, People & Strategy Journal, Talent Management magazine, and Workforce magazine. Ian authored THREE, The HR Emerging Executive (2015) and WillBe:13 Reasons WillBes are Luckier than WannaBes (2011), and he is a contributing author to The Chief HR Officer: Defining the New Role of Human Resource Leaders, edited by Pat Wright, et.al. (2011), from Wiley Publishing.

Ian has a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University, where he held a research and teaching assistantship based on scholastic achievement; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Binghamton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. In 1988, Human Resource Executive magazine named Ian one of twelve Up and Comers in HR. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, considered to be the highest honor in the HR profession.


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