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.
SVP, Global Sales
Prior to joining Executive Networks, Helga provided digital recruitment advertising to financial institutions at eFinancialCareers.com, where she helped launch and ultimately managed the North American and Global Enterprise sales teams. Helga started her career as a sales trader at a Philadelphia based broker-dealer, selling equity execution services to large investment management organizations. She is passionate about building strategies to bring products to market while empowering her teams with the tools to provide viable solutions to their clients.
Helga has BA in International Studies and German from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She also studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
SVP, 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
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.