Matt Ferguson is the CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of "The Talent Equation." An award-winning leader who has always challenged the status quo, Ferguson took CareerBuilder to the No. 1 position in online recruitment within five years. Under his direction, CareerBuilder continues to outpace competitors in technology innovation and revenue, and is quickly expanding its global footprint as it evolves into a leading HR SaaS provider.
Focused on empowering employment, Ferguson has transformed CareerBuilder into a world-class organization that has revolutionized recruitment and job search with the convergence of advertising, software and data. He has taken CareerBuilder beyond operating the largest job board in the U.S. to a global company that offers everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions. His ongoing commitment to delivering the greatest ROI to clients has driven dynamic growth that sets the bar for the industry.
Working with top employers in more than 60 markets worldwide, Ferguson is often called upon to provide insights on the labor market, as well as job search and workplace trends. He has appeared on CNBC Squawk Box, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, Bloomberg TV, the TODAY Show, FOX Your World with Neil Cavuto, Nightly Business Report and CNN, among others. He was named to Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40" and ranked in the top 10 list of Glassdoor.com's "Highest Rated CEOs."
Ferguson joined CareerBuilder in 2000, serving as Senior Vice President of Business Development and COO before taking on the role of CEO in 2004. Prior to CareerBuilder, Ferguson developed strategic partnerships for DigitalWork.com. He also started two entrepreneurial ventures, and practiced law at Baker & McKenzie. Ferguson holds a master's in business administration from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Northwestern University.
Kevin Knapp is responsible for ensuring CareerBuilder's financial and operational strategies deliver sustainable and profitable growth. He oversees the company's global financial management, information technology, customer care, marketing and facilities functions.
Knapp is one of the key leaders driving CareerBuilder’s evolution as a company. His innovative approach in applying lean development principles to finance helped to quickly scale a fast-growing company that has a presence in more than 60 countries around the world today.
Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Knapp was part of the original leadership team that launched cars.com, the leading automotive marketplace website. At cars.com he served as Vice President of Strategy and Operations where he led the company's operations and business development efforts, including building new business opportunities and securing strategic acquisitions and alliances. Knapp began his career with KPMG the global audit, tax and advisory firm, serving in various roles including senior manager in its mergers and acquisitions practice.
As a recognized financial expert, Knapp is often called upon to speak at industry events or interview with top tier media and has authored various articles on the labor market. He holds a master's in business administration from the University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor.
As CTO, Eric Presley is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of the company’s global technology infrastructure. Building CareerBuilder’s technology from the ground up, Presley is a central figure in the company’s ongoing leadership in recruitment technology and its transformation into an HR SaaS powerhouse.
Presley has driven innovation in organizations for more than 25 years and helped CareerBuilder become a pioneer in applying lean software development principles within its industry. With a focus on delivering impactful business results to customers, he developed a global platform that is revolutionizing the way companies acquire talent. His development team operates worldwide and releases production code from four markets on a daily basis.
When Presley first joined the company in 1997, he was responsible for software development, integrated financial systems and EIS systems based on an advanced data warehouse. He also served as the chief architect of the website.
Prior to this, Presley held a number of technology positions - including Senior Consultant and System Architect - at Advance Technology Corp., a technology solutions provider. While at ATC, Eric oversaw the re-architecting of the DNA platform used in Telco proactive maintenance, the production of a GPS-based vehicle monitoring system and an enterprise-integrated technician dispatching system.
Earlier in his career, Presley worked at Northern Telecom, where he was a lead developer for software controlling subsystems within the BNR switch architecture.
Presley has appeared on national and local news shows to provide insights around the tech labor market and was named one of ComputerWorld’s Premiere 100 IT Leaders.
As Chief Human Resources Officer for CareerBuilder.com, Haefner is responsible for developing and implementing global strategies for employee engagement, talent management, organizational design, recruiting, benefits, and community outreach.
Pulling from her more than 20 years of extensive HR experience and research, Haefner is an employment expert who regularly addresses a variety of industry forums as well as appears on national Television (CNN, FOX NEWSCHANNEL, the Today Show, The Early Show, etc.) and radio (NPR, CBS Marketwatch, etc.) programs to discuss the state of the job market, hiring practices and a multitude of workplace issues.
Under Haefner's leadership, CareerBuilder has received numerous employment focused awards including BusinessWeek's 'Best Places to Launch a Career,' Training Magazine’s Top 125, ComputerWorld’s Best Places to Work in IT and 'Best Places to Work' features by Chicago Magazine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Glassdoor.com, and the Chicago Tribune. Haefner also received the 2008 American Business Award for "Human Resource Executive of the Year."
Before joining CareerBuilder.com, Haefner headed up the Midwest Region's Employee Services team for RCN Corporation. Prior to this, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for AGENCY.COM as well as a Senior Human Resources Consultant at McGladrey & Pullen. Haefner has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
As President of CareerBuilder International, Farhan Yasin drives the strategic vision and company operations in EMEA, APAC and South America. He is responsible for growing CareerBuilder’s international footprint as a leading HR SaaS provider, leveraging innovation and deep market knowledge to help companies connect with the right talent.
Yasin’s tenure in the technology sector spans more than 20 years. He co-founded and was the CEO of DataClover, a SaaS platform for the auto industry. Prior to this, he served as Groupon’s Chief Operating Officer, International, where he focused on increasing revenue and market reach through acquisitions, organic business launches and expansion of existing entities.
Yasin has a long history with CareerBuilder. Before DataClover and Groupon, he served as the President of CareerBuilder EMEA and played a pivotal role in helping CareerBuilder become the global leader in online recruitment. Under his direction, CareerBuilder built a fast-growing business and strong competitive force in Europe, Canada, China and other key markets worldwide.
Yasin sits on the boards for DataClover, RuMe and Big Shoulder’s Fund. He holds a JD/MBA from the University of Denver.
As President of Recruiting Software Solutions, Mary Delaney oversees the development and operations of CareerBuilder’s global software platform business. A leader with a rich history of building high-growth and profitable organizations, Delaney plays a critical role in CareerBuilder’s transformation from top job board to HR SaaS leader.
Delaney joined CareerBuilder back in 1999 and most recently served as CEO of CareerBuilder’s recruitment software companies Luceo Solutions and Profilsoft. Within three years, she launched offerings to 11 additional countries and integrated solutions into CareerBuilder’s product line, setting the stage for accelerated expansion.
Before this, she served as President of CareerBuilder’s business intelligence consulting, a division specializing in branding, sourcing and human capital management that she conceptualized and built from the ground up.
Her tenure with CareerBuilder also included a term as Chief Sales Officer, where she tripled revenue for the company’s enterprise and staffing and recruiting units. She also oversaw two acquisitions and orchestrated launches in new vertical markets.
Earlier in her career, Delaney was Senior Vice President for InterCall Inc., a conference services provider, where she developed the long-term company vision and national sales strategy, and grew revenue from zero to 00 million.
Delaney is an employment expert who has appeared on CNN, Headline News, FOX and CBS National Radio and in the Harvard Business Review. She is a fellow at Leadership Greater Chicago and board member of Broadbean, Indiana University SOIC Dean Advisory Board, Horizons for Youth and BEST (Building Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology). She has an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in marketing from Indiana University.
As Chief Creative Officer, Hunter Arnold is responsible for the vision and execution of CareerBuilder’s branding, marketing and communications strategies across the globe. Known for his nontraditional, multimedia approach, Arnold is leading CareerBuilder’s rebranding efforts as the company evolves into a premiere HR SaaS organization. Whether communicating to a business or consumer audience, Arnold focuses on developing campaigns that drive traffic and awareness, amplify engagement and thought leadership, and provoke action.
During his tenure with the company, Arnold has overseen major business channels for CareerBuilder in the U.S. and international markets. Prior to this role, Arnold led CareerBuilder’s operations and expansion in the Asia Pacific and Latin America, managing sales, marketing, products and business development. He spearheaded the acquisitions of leading employment sites in Singapore and Brazil and joint ventures in China and Malaysia, helping to build a strong presence for CareerBuilder in emerging markets.
Arnold has a direct line into top employers around the world. He serves as an employment expert for leading media outlets, drawing from ongoing research to provide insights around hiring, job search and workplace trends.
Arnold holds an MBA from the TRIUM Global EMBA program issued by New York University Stern School of Business, The London School of Economics and Political Science and HEC School of Management in Paris.
Alex Green is General Counsel for CareerBuilder, responsible for managing all legal matters involving the company. In his role, Green develops policies, programs and strategies to support and propel the company's fast-paced growth domestically and overseas.
Green has an extensive background in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and litigation management, with an exceptional track record in commercial and employee relations matters. He has also played an integral role in the company's international expansion efforts. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Green served as Senior Counsel for Household International and McDonald's Corporation and worked as a corporate attorney for the law firm of Ross & Hardies.
Green holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Green is active in the local Chicago community and has served on the board of Windy City Habitat, Chicago's Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
As Chief Innovation Officer for CareerBuilder, Abdel Tefridj is responsible for managing the company’s growth-focused strategy while accelerating innovation across the company’s products, services and software. His key role in acquisitions has helped CareerBuilder evolve into a cutting-edge SaaS organization. Tefridj also leads the development of CareerBuilder’s innovative big data tools and speaks regularly at conferences regarding user adaptation and technology applications.
Prior to CareerBuilder, Tefridj spent more than 10 years in various senior-level positions, including product management and consulting roles in the manufacturing, financial, engineering and technology industries. He led numerous global deployments of e-commerce B2B and B2C platforms for Fortune 500 companies, including Honeywell, Motorola, QUALCOMM, BP, Fortune Brands and Tyco. Tefridj led several global development teams in nine countries throughout his tenure at Honeywell and Click Commerce. He identified and automated numerous business processes in client supply chain deficiency, resulting in millions of dollars in savings and new revenue streams.
Tefridj earned his MBA from Northwestern and his Bachelors of Applied Statistics from DePaul University.
John Smith is the Chief Sales Officer for CareerBuilder, the global leader in human capital solutions. In his position, Smith oversees all sales strategy and operations in North America to ensure continued gains in revenue and profitability. Known for challenging the status quo, Smith works hand-in-hand with top employers and technology and product development teams to deliver innovative recruitment solutions for companies of all sizes.
During his tenure at CareerBuilder, Smith has played a pivotal role in helping the company outpace competitors in revenue growth. Armed with industry expertise, a unique leadership style and extensive professional network, he has built a world-class sales organization that continues to capture more market share every year.
Smith has presented at a wide range of industry events and has interviewed with key news organizations to provide insights around the labor market and workplace trends. He first joined CareerBuilder in 2002, and has served in a variety of sales leadership positions including President of Enterprise Sales and Vice President of the Recruiters Business Unit. Smith holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University.
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