back2 Anna McCormick Kelch
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Email: anna@ascendexec.com Anna is an accomplished search consultant with over 20 years of experience and a reputation for recruiting hard to find talent for clients in digital media, information services, SaaS, AI, machine learning, robotics and data & analytics. She is strategic, unbiased, and personally invested in every search focused on delivering best-in-class talent. Clients and […]

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back2 Stephen Buchanan
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Email: steveb@ascendexec.com Stephen is a Partner with Ascend and works in London. He has over 15 years’ experience delivering executive searches across Europe and beyond for the professional services industry. He has conducted numerous global engagements for executive positions at management consulting, IT services and outsourcing companies in western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, […]

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back2 Joanna Reesby
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Email: joanna@ascendexec.com Joanna is one of the UK’s leading search professionals known for her deep experience as both an executive and in recruitment. Her search career began in 2004 when she launched the London office of a US based search boutique and then later led the media division of Whitehead Mann, subsequently Korn Ferry International, London, […]

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back2 Dante Sucgang
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Email: dante@ascendexec.com With more than 25 years of experience in retained executive search, Dante has successfully led and executed executive searches in a wide variety of industries and functions, including Sales and Sales Management, Marketing and Marketing Research, Finance, Business Development, Information Technology, Management Consulting, and General Management. He is Ascend’s subject matter expert for the […]

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back2 Franca Virgili
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Email: franca@ascendexec.com Franca is an accomplished search consultant who has worked within the Executive Search community for over 20 years. She serves as Ascend’s subject expert in communications, media & entertainment working from our Los Angeles office. She began her career in executive recruitment in Italy, her native country, where she worked for almost a decade […]

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back2 Ginny Hood
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Email: ginny@ascendexec.com Ginny has more than 20 years’ experience in executive search. Over the course of her career, she’s been involved in hundreds of search assignments across numerous industries and functional disciplines in the professional services industry. She has worked on numerous assignments with Ascend’s Professional Services Practice and has a depth of experience in resources, […]

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back2 Kay Kaleba
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Email: kay@ascendexec.com As an Associate with Ascend, Kay works with the partners to find and recruit exceptional talent by providing targeted research, initiating candidate outreach, and conducting early candidate assessment. Her subject matter expertise extends to digital media, SaaS and education technology. Prior to joining the Ascend team, Kay spent 16 years with NSA Media (a […]

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back2 Willa Perlman
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Email: willa@ascendexec.com Willa is an accomplished executive, business owner and long-time colleague of Anna Kelch. As a prior C-suite executive Willa works with CEO’s, Boards and investors in a highly consultative manner bringing the context of her operating experience to bear on talent strategy, assessment and placement. Her practice specialty includes the digital media, edtech, SaaS, […]

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back2 Penny Davis
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Email: penny@ascendexec.com Penny is Ascend’s subject matter expert in healthcare, hospitals, and managed care. She is a senior healthcare executive leader with exceptional strategy and operational experience in for profit healthcare industry and not for profit integrated healthcare systems and community hospitals. Penny is a skilled change agent with proven ability to create environments of accountability, […]

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back2 Eileen DeFrances
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Email: eileen@ascendexec.com Eileen is an associate with Ascend assisting on client searches in healthcare, insurance and pharma. She is also focused on Ascend’s “Given the Chance” Diversity Board Director Practice. Prior to Ascend, she excelled in a 20+-year career in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and bio-pharma industries initially in sales and sales management roles with Syntex Laboratories […]

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