True, the fastest-growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, announced today Kate Vanek has been named global chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Kate has deep experience leading operations and finance for complex, multinational companies. She joined True earlier this year as general manager of its EMEA and APAC businesses, which she will continue to oversee. Going forward, Kate will be responsible for growing and scaling True’s global investments and ensuring operational excellence across the firm’s worldwide team and 21 offices in North America, EMEA, and APAC in order to continue to drive unparalleled value for clients and candidates.
Kate’s professional experience spans strategy and business operations, finance, M&A, investor relations, DE&I initiatives, and leadership development. She took the helm of True’s EMEA and APAC operations in April after departing BlackRock, where she was COO of global finance and CFO of EMEA. Previously she served as Nielsen’s CFO of their U.S. media business and as SVP of global investor relations.
True co-CEO and co-Founder Brad Stadler said, “Kate is a proven strategic COO and a high-impact finance executive who will help solidify our operational maturity, which will ultimately benefit our clients, teams, and candidates. Kate’s expertise will also ensure we continue to be the most innovative and efficient firm in our industry while maintaining our unique culture.”
“In addition to her professional experience, Kate has a leadership style that motivates and inspires,” said Joe Regione, True co-CEO and co-founder. “She complements our outstanding operational leadership team and steps into her new role as an already-trusted partner with a deep understanding of how we’re reshaping the talent management industry to be more transparent, people-focused, and technologically sophisticated.”
As global COO and CFO, Kate will have leadership responsibilities for both the EMEA and APAC businesses as well as all of the firm’s functional departments and will share her data and technology-forward viewpoint of how to operate as a global firm and expand the success of True Search, AboveBoard, Thrive and TrueBridge.
“True is at an exciting inflection point where we’re building on immense growth and actively constructing the talent management firm of the future we believe will be the industry standard,” said Kate Vanek, True global COO, and CFO. “Through it all, we’ve maintained a people-first focus and continual investment in new data technologies that will push the boundaries of what an executive search firm can be. I’m thrilled to continue this journey with True and help realize that dream.”