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Meet Our Team - Bios


Bradley J. Holden

Managing Partner

Industry Focus Automotive, Commercial Vehicles, Consumer Durables, Industrial Manufacturers and Services Functional Focus Senior Leadership, Financial Officers, Communications/Marketing Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-386-7191

Mobile: 847-460-8243
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Brad Holden is a Founder and Managing Partner of North Line Partners - a boutique executive search firm he founded in 2010. He has nearly 20 years of recruiting experience.

Prior to North Line Partners, Brad was a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles, where he served as Practice Leader, Global Automotive and as a Partner in the Global Industrial Practice from 2004 to 2010. For two years, he also served as the Managing Partner of the firm's five Midwest offices. Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Brad was the Office Managing Partner of TMP Worldwide, while also serving as Co-Leader of the Global Industrial Practice. Prior to TMP, Brad's search experience included nearly 10 years with Korn/Ferry International, where he served as President of the Global Industrial and Energy Practices his last few years with the firm.

Prior to entering executive search in 1992, Brad served in both Illinois government and industry. He began his career in government. After serving as an Illinois Staff Assistant to Senator Charles H. Percy (R-IL), he first served the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and later the Illinois Attorney General, as Chief of Staff. He later joined Container Corporation of America (CCA) as a Senior State Issues Manager, and FMC Corporation as a public affairs advisor to FMC's Chairman and CEO.

Brad attended the university of Wisconsin-Madison for two years, before graduating from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), a century-old child welfare organization. Brad and his wife Becky have three children and live in Chicago's Northern Suburbs.


Betsy G. Tilkemeier

Managing Partner

Industry Focus Consumer Products/Retail/Apparel, Alternative Channels, Direct Selling, Private Equity, Health and Wellness Functional Focus Marketing/Sales, Merchandising, General Management, Corporate Communications Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-386-7192

Mobile: 312-590-0225
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Betsy Tilkemeier is a Founder and Managing Partner of North Line Partners - a boutique executive search firm she co-founded in 2010. The mission of North Line Partners is to deliver fast, high-quality recruitment services through Partner involvement in all aspects of every engagement.

With nearly 20 years in executive search, Betsy has expertise in retail and consumer markets with a particular focus serving clients who go to market through multiple/alternative distribution channels including direct selling and eCommerce. Her expertise also includes in-depth experience within health and wellness, nutrition and personal care. She has successfully completed senior level general management and marketing searches for: YoCrunch, Plum Organics, See's Candies, Neways, StriVectin, ViSalus Sciences, Revolutions Foods, Amway, QVC, True Value, Carhartt, Isagenix and The Pampered Chef. Betsy also has expertise serving private equity clients. Since founding North Line Partners, she has successfully recruited many CEOs and CMOs for portfolio companies of Catterton Partners, ZCapital, SAC Capital, Roark Capital Group and Berkshire Hathaway. Betsy also has expertise in corporate communications having recruited senior leaders to Amway, Kendall Jackson, QVC, Comcast and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Prior to North Line Partners, Betsy was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles in the firm's Global Consumer Markets Practice serving Consumer and Retail clients. She began her search career with another large recruiting firm, first as an Associate and then advancing to Client Partner. Her earlier background includes R.H. Macy's Executive Training Program; Account Management at Tommy Hilfiger; and Operations and Merchandising at Neiman Marcus.

Betsy graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Betsy and her husband Jon have two children and live in Chicago's Northern Suburbs.


Hilary C. Jambor

Managing Partner

Industry Focus Consumer Products, Retail, Online/e-Commerce Functional Focus CEOs/General Management, Marketing and Sales, Operations Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-386-7193

Mobile: 312-952-1875
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Hilary Jambor is a Managing Partner with North Line Partners - a boutique executive search firm. The focus of the firm is to offer unparalleled service for our clients and candidates.

With nearly 20 years of search experience, Hilary has partnered with start-ups to large cap organizations to recruit some of the best executive talent in the marketplace. She has a particular expertise in consumer markets and retail organizations helping clients attract CEOs and other general managers as well as marketing executives with backgrounds in e-commerce, digital and loyalty.

Prior to North Line Partners, Hilary was with Heidrick & Struggles for 10 years. She began her executive search career in the Consumer Practice with Korn/Ferry International. Earlier in her career, Hilary was with KPMG as the Midwest Staffing Manager for the firm's Manufacturing, Retailing and Distribution management consulting practice.

Hilary has an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hilary and her husband, Steve, live in Chicago's northern suburbs with their three children.


Alex C. Richardson

Partner

Industry Focus Automotive, Industrial Functional Focus Senior Leadership, Supply Chain, Sales/Marketing Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-386-7194

Mobile: 312-925-7993
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Alex Richardson is a Partner at North Line Partners, a boutique executive search firm founded in 2010. The focus of the firm is to offer unparalleled service for our clients and candidates. At North Line Partners, our partners lead and are involved in all phases of the search process.

With 17 years of recruiting experience, Alex has largely served automotive and diversified manufacturing clients for both public and privately-held clients, including original equipment manufacturers, tier one and tier two parts suppliers, engineering service providers, as well as aftermarket manufacturers, serving both traditional and aftermarket retailers and specialty performance markets.

Alex has conducted assignments for chief executive officers, chief operating officers, divisional presidents and functional heads with a concentration in operations, supply chain management, engineering and commercial leadership roles.

Prior to joining North Line Partners, Alex was a Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International where he served in the Automotive and Industrial practice groups.

Alex received a B.S. degree from Ohio University in 1995.

Alex and his wife Melissa have three children and live on the north side of Chicago.


Jody H. Cooper

Client Partner

Industry Focus Health/Wellness, Consumer Products/Retail, Private Equity, Direct Selling Functional Focus Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, Marketing/Sales, E-Commerce, General Management Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-386-7183

Mobile: 312-493-1839
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Jody Cooper is a Client Partner at North Line Partners - a boutique executive search firm founded in 2010. The mission of North Line Partners is to deliver fast, high-quality recruitment services through Partner involvement in all aspects of every engagement.

With over 12 years of experience in executive search, Jody brings a wealth of experience to North Line Partners and leads the firm's Corporate Communications Practice. Her recent roles include Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International and Director of Talent Acquisition for American Eagle Outfitters, a $3 billion NYSE company. At Korn/Ferry International, Jody completed over 125 senior-level searches across a broad cross-section of industries in customer-facing functional areas including corporate communications, marketing and investor relations.

She has successfully placed senior marketing and e-commerce leaders at See's Candies, Equity Lifestyle Properties, Vibes Media, True Value, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Plum Organics and StriVectin; as well as senior communications leaders at QVC, Amway, Tenneco, AbbVie and Michigan State University.

Earlier in her career, Jody spent four years as a Media Planner and Account Executive for Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide working on a variety of consumer products and healthcare accounts. She also spent four years as Regional Relocation Specialist for Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Jody earned her M.B.A. in Marketing from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1996 where she was the recipient of the Graduate Business Foundation's National Leadership Award and the Saturn Company Student Leadership Service Award; and her B.A. in History and Italian Language from Northwestern University in 1991. She is on the Board of Directors for the Graduate Business Foundation and the Craig D. Tifford Foundation. Jody and her husband, Neal, have a daughter, Caroline, and live in Glencoe, Illinois.


Jon F. Tilkemeier

Client Partner

Industry Focus Media, Technology, Industrial, Consumer Functional Focus General Management, Marketing, Business Development Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-386-7188

Mobile: 312-203-8455
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Jon leverages his past operational and consulting experience to recruit top executive talent in a variety of industries including media, digital technology, industrial/manufacturing and consumer services. A sample of his clients includes InterPublic Group (with a focus on new ventures and digital media), Sears Holdings, SAVO Group, Aviva, Bodycote, Entercom, Brightspark (a division of TUI Travel) and various startups. He has successfully helped clients build out entire management teams across multiple functions for organizations needing to build new competencies and position for growth. Functional expertise includes business development, finance, marketing, sales, supply chain, e-commerce, content and general management.

Previously, he ran his own consulting firm working with media and technology companies launching new services and/or improving operations. Clients served include the past Chairman of a major film studio, a laser-based digital projection company, a recommendation algorithm firm spun out of the AI group at Northwestern University, a private equity-backed media distribution company, an early SaaS provider in marketing and sales enablement technology, a music DVD content creator, and a top-tier strategy consulting firm where he was engaged to help ideate companies out of their intellectual property.

Prior to consulting, Jon served in senior sales, marketing and strategy roles at various organizations including Leo Burnett, Ameritech and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. He serves as an advisor to several startups in the digital media arena in both Chicago and New York. He lives in a North Chicago suburb with his wife, Betsy, and two sons.


Patricia Hall

Client Partner

Industry Focus Consumer, Health & Wellness, Medical Devices, Life Sciences, Private Equity Functional Focus General Management, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, QA/RA Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-386-7184

Mobile: 847-814-6168
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Patti Hall is Client Partner for North Line Partners, a boutique executive search firm based in the Chicago area. The mission of North Line Partners is to deliver fast, high-quality recruitment services through Partner involvement in all aspects of every engagement. Patti's background includes significant functional expertise in general management, sales/marketing, human resources, operations and QA/RA across diverse sectors - consumer, large and specialty pharmaceutical and medical device and industrial. Her experience working with publicly-traded and privately-held clients provides a cross-industry, "best hiring practices" perspective.

Prior to joining North Line Partners, Patti was in the Global Life Sciences Practice of Heidrick & Struggles and focused on recruiting senior executives for leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Among her clients are Pfizer, GE Healthcare, Maui Jim, Walgreens, Baxter, Bayer Healthcare, Kraft Foods, Merck as well as numerous private-equity backed portfolio companies.

Previously, Patti was with another large, global executive search firm, where she focused on general management assignments for industrial and consumer clients. Patti resided in Paris, France for a number of years providing her a fluency in the language and appreciation for the cultural nuances of conducting business in the global marketplace. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ashland University. Patti resides in the greater Chicago area and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Career Resource Center on the North Shore of Chicago.


Megan Feeney

Client Partner

Industry Focus Industrial, Automotive, Transportation Functional Focus Finance, Operations, Marketing, General Management Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-278-4160

Mobile: 773-368-9595
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Megan Feeney is a Client Partner at North Line Partners - a boutique executive search firm founded in 2010. The mission of North Line Partners is to deliver fast, high-quality recruitment services through Partner involvement in all aspects of every engagement.

Megan brings significant experience in executive search as well as corporate human resources and recruiting. Her recent roles include Director of Human Resources, U.S. for Xchanging, a global technology and business process services firm, Walgreens, where she led the executive search function, and Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm.

Megan's clients have included private and public companies in the automotive, engineered manufacturing, chemicals, pulp and paper, and transportation industries. She focused primarily on retained executive search assignments for finance, operations, marketing and general management executives.

Earlier in her career, Megan led recruiting for Starcom, a media communications agency, and held various HR and recruiting positions with Motorola, across its automotive and radio communications sectors.

Megan received her master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations and bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Alexander von Berg

President, VonBergConsulting
Global Affiliate, North Line Partners

Industry Focus Industrial, Automotive, Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers and Suppliers Functional Focus International, General Management Frankfurt, Germany Office: 49+ 69 7422 1566
Mobile: 49+ 173 391 8986
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Alexander von Berg is the founder and owner of vonbergconsulting, an international Executive Search and Board Services firm. Serving both national and international clients, Mr. von Berg is focused on the Industrial markets, specifically on the Automotive, Aerospace, and Defense manufacturers and suppliers.

Prior to founding his own firm in May 2009, Mr. von Berg spent almost ten years with Korn/Ferry International in Frankfurt, Germany. Before joining Korn/Ferry International, Mr. von Berg had founded MarketingConsult SA, a management and marketing consultant and executive search firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Prior to entering consulting, Mr. von Berg spent more than two decades with German Robert Bosch Group, a global automotive and electronics manufacturer. He began his career in corporate sales and marketing and then held senior sales and marketing positions in the automotive, consumer electronics and telecom divisions.

Mr. von Berg's international assignments have included a stint in Milan as manager, consumer electronics; in Chicago, he was responsible for OE sales; in Madrid, Mr. von Berg held two general management positions as managing director, telecommunications and automotive; and finally in Buenos Aires, Mr. von Berg was the general manager of Robert Bosch's four automotive, power tools and telecommunications operations in Argentina and Uruguay.

Mr. von Berg studied law at the Universities of Tuebingen and Berlin (FU) in Germany as well as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He speaks German, English, Spanish, French and Italian.


Dick Buschman

President, Buteo Group
Global Affiliate, North Line Partners

Industry Focus Industrial, Consumer Functional Focus International, Board and Senior Management The Netherlands Office: 31+ 029 423 6601
Mobile: 31+ 646 001 571
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Dick has more than 17 years of experience in international Executive Recruitment and Management Assessment. Previously, Dick was a Partner of SHIKAR in the Netherlands, a boutique Executive Search and Assessment firm of which he was also a founder. Prior to SHIKAR, he was Managing Partner - Europe with Korn/Ferry International.

Dick started his career in Human Resources Management, with more than 20 years as Senior Vice President for HR with Sara Lee/DE, Buhrmann - Tetterode and the Dutch Ministry of Finance.

During his years in the search business, Dick has conducted a large number of Executive Recruitment and Management Assessment assignments both in the Netherlands and the UK, as well as truly international assignments. Most of these were board and senior management positions, with emphasis on the Industrial and Consumer market sectors.


Eduardo Matsushita

Founding Partner of C&O Infinitas - Executive Consultants
Global Affiliate, North Line Partners

Industry Focus Automotive, Capital Goods, Infrastructure, Energy, Transportation Functional Focus Senior Leadership, Operations, Engineering, Finance, Business Development Sao Paulo, Brazil Office: 55+ 11-3728-9326
Mobile: 55+ 11-99-219-0350
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Eduardo Matsushita is the Founding Partner of C&O Infinitas - Executive Consultants. He leads the firm's Automotive, Infrastructure/Energy and Transportation/Logistics Practices, having conducted several search projects related to CEO Succession, Private Equity Invested Companies and Family Business professionalization processes.

His career in executive search consulting started with AMROP PMC in Brazil as a generalist executive & board search consultant. Then, he joined FESA IIC Partners, the leading Brazilian Retained Executive Search firm, where he led, as an Equity Partner, the firm's Automotive, Autoparts, Logistics, Transportation, Capital Goods and Infrastructure practices; he also co-led the firm's Family Business and Private Equity practices.

Eduardo has 15 years of experience in high-level consulting services. Prior to entering his Executive Search career, he developed deep business & organizational acumen, acquired from his experience in Global Management Consulting firms such as Arthur D. Little, A.T. Kearney and France-based Solving International.

At these global firms, he led more than 50 projects for a diversified set of industries such as automotive, basic materials, energy, fast moving consumer goods, high tech, among others, in critical assignments related to Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning, Market Entry, Organizational & Business Redesign, as well as Operations Management.

Eduardo graduated in Civil Engineering from Escola Politecnica at The University of Sao Paulo (the #1 engineering school in South America) and took various strategy, consulting and financial courses in Brazil and abroad.

In 2012, Eduardo was one of the Senior Search Consultants in Latin America who attended the first Advanced Program in Executive Search & Leadership Consulting, conducted by Cornell University and AESC (The Global Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants - www.aesc.org) in NYC.

Eduardo is fluent in Portuguese and English and has a good command of Spanish.


Jennifer Kocour

Associate

Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-278-4168

Mobile: 847-361-5359
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Jennifer is an Associate of North Line Partners where she provides marketplace intelligence, search execution support and candidate development for the firm's Managing Partners and Founders. Jennifer brings to NLP a wealth of experience in human capital management, recruitment, organizational development, cultural change, compensation and benefits and performance management.

Prior to joining North Line Partners, Jennifer was a Benefit Analyst with Mesirow Financial serving as a financial strategist. She helped clients across multiple industries better understand health care reform provisions to determine the impact on their businesses -- both financial and administrative -- and delivered proprietary benefit solutions for each client.

Earlier in her career, Jennifer spent 15 years in the banking industry, primarily in Human Resources. She was one of the original employees of North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company -- and during her tenure served as a trusted advisor to 6 different CEOs, plus the Board of Directors.

Jennifer lives in Chicago's Northern Suburbs with her son and is active in softball and golf.


Christina Cohen

Associate

Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-278-4170

Mobile: 224-216-8644
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Christina Cohen is an Associate at North Line Partners supporting the Consumer and Retail practice. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, with a minor in Korean Language, and a graduate degree from Mount Mary University. After graduating, she participated in a post-undergraduate business training program with LG Electronics at their South Korea Manufacturing Plant utilizing her language skills. Her corporate background is in Consumer and Retail. Prior to joining North Line Partners, she served in Product Development and Management in her role at Kohl's Corporate Headquarters. There she helped launch and manage ready-to-wear brands including LC Lauren Conrad and Sonoma Women's Wear.


Norma Cotto

Business Manager

Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-278-0521

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Norma Cotto is a Business Manager at North Line Partners supporting the Founding Partners and serving as a key liaison to clients and candidates. She has been with North Line Partners since June 2014 and brings more than 15 years of C-level experience as an Executive Assistant having worked for CTPartners supporting the CEO & Board, Life Sciences and Professional Services practices. Previously, Norma worked for Noble Street Charter High Schools as Office Manager managing day-to-day operations for the Chicago Bulls College Prep campus. She was an integral part of the founding team that launched the school, including recruitment and enrollment of 225+ freshman students. Norma previously worked in various industries including: online travel, private equity, finance, printing and law.

Norma holds a Leadership in Ministry Certificate from Christian Fellowship Theological Seminary. She lives in Chicago with her three children.


Marielis Figueroa

Business Manager

Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-278-0522

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Marielis Figueroa joined North Line Partners as a Business Manager in September 2014, facilitating and coordinating within the Automotive/Industrial Practice. She brings more than 10 years of administrative experience including executive search. Previously, Marielis worked as an Executive Assistant at Russell Reynolds Associates supporting an Executive Director in the Consumer Practice where she developed her interest for the executive search industry. Prior to Russell Reynolds, she was the Office Administrator of an Actuarial Consulting firm where she handled the day-to-day operations and was an integral member of the business development team. Earlier in her career, Marielis worked in the banking industry as a Customer Service Representative and then a Personal Banker.

Marielis will be receiving her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from North Park University in December 2014.

She is fluent in both Spanish and English and lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.


Stephanie Hartman

Business Manager

Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-278-0509

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Stephanie Hartman joined North Line Partners in 2010. She has teamed with Brad Holden, Betsy Tilkemeier and Hilary Jambor since 2000. Previously, Stephanie worked in the Global Industrial Practice and Global Consumer Markets Practice of Heidrick & Struggles International, where she also served for four years on the Chicago Office Quality Council responsible for internally auditing and scoring search assignments annually -- for all recruiting teams across all practice areas.

Stephanie has worked on more than 200 completed searches. She began her recruiting career in 1999 with Russell Reynolds in their Chicago office. Stephanie has teamed with the managing partners of North Line Partners since 2000.

Stephanie attended Fort Hays State University, where she put herself through school. She graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

In Chicago, Stephanie has been involved with many volunteer programs - including "Partners in Education" (PIE), now the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program; as well as food service to the homeless via The Elam Davies Social Services Center; the annual "Blue Bow" Child Abuse Prevention program; Feed My Starving Children and the Care To Learn Fund.


Joanie Wahlund

Business Manager

Winnetka, IL 60093 Direct: 847-278-0517

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Joanie is an executive assistant for North Line Partners and serves as a key liaison and partner to clients and candidates. Joanie brings with her over 20 years of experience as an executive assistant, having worked at Credit Suisse as the assistant to the Midwest Regional Managing Director and acted as the primary conduit between the sales group and executive leadership. She also worked in philanthropy as the executive assistant to the Vice President of External Relations at NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation. Most recently, she worked at JP Morgan Private Bank where she supported senior bankers and trust officers in the ultra-high net worth area.

Joanie is known in both the financial services industry and not-for-profit sector for her knowledge and expertise in client service. Joanie earned an Associate's degree in Business from Mallinckrodt College.