The Partners at GM Ryan are experienced operators who have successfully built and led scaled teams in both start ups and publicly traded companies. They have been accountable to Boards of Directors, Venture Partners, and Shareholders, and have been “in the seat” to make critical hiring and growth decisions. They understand the complexities and nuances that determine success, and bring this level of real world experience to each engagement.
CEO & Managing Partner
Brian Mitchell is the Founder and Managing Partner of GM Ryan. Brian is a well-known figure within the technology and investor communities, having personally executed 250+ executive searches for leading Internet and software companies for over a decade. Prior to entering Executive Search as an entrepreneur in 2005, Brian led all commercial revenue for RCN, an $800M publicly traded MSO. Previous experience included a rapid rise up the sales and GM ranks in the telecom space at MCI and Qwest. Brian managed $100M+ P&L’s; scaled organizations; opened new markets, hired and managed 100’s of diverse personnel; devised product and go-to-market strategies; developed incentive and benefit plans; turned around underperforming teams and business units; participated and led M&A due diligence and post-event integrations. These many lessons learned as an operational leader cannot be replicated in any other environment and provide an invaluable edge for servicing GM Ryan clients.
Lisa has been with GM Ryan since 2013 and leads candidate development efforts for many GM Ryan searches spanning both commercial and technical executive roles. In addition to recruiting exceptional leaders for key clients, Lisa also leads GM Ryan’s research and operations team. With her high caliber of business savvy and organizational skills, Lisa has been a significant contributor to GM Ryan’s overall efficiency and success. She has designed and implemented core processes and tools that are now used as a benchmark for differentiation with GM Ryan’s top clients and executed by GM Ryan staff. Lisa is the glue behind the scenes at GM Ryan. Lisa previously ran sales, marketing, and business administration functions for Enterprise, while earning several promotions and increased responsibilities based on stellar performance. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and volunteers with a local nonprofit group in her spare time.
Gena joined GM Ryan in 2006 and has placed countless Internet and software executives around the country and western Europe, earning a reputation for impact and empathy with her clients and candidates. Gena previously led both the research and candidate development teams for GM Ryan for several years, and contributes in several strategic and operational capacities. Gena brings an optimal combination of experience to GM Ryan – having been wildly successful in complex solutions sales with MCI; subsequently launching, building, and selling a venture backed ecommerce business (PopLollies); and leading business development efforts for Ajilon, one of the largest recruitment firms in the world. This blend of technical, entrepreneurial, and recruitment expertise enables Gena to perform at the highest levels within GM Ryan. Gena is the mother of three beautiful daughters and is actively involved with multiple charity organizations including serving as Founder of devenio, inc. Gena holds a BA from University of Maryland where she played field hockey.
Since 2005 Camilla has been executing top end searches across the digital technology space in Europe, both in the UK and mainland. Well-known for her client dedication, Camilla’s work has included working with VC’s on various start-up executive projects; consulting with US businesses to help them gain a foothold in the European market and subsequently building the initial senior team; and opening offices for both F1000 and high growth businesses across all the main European territories. Camilla has successfully represented hundreds of strategic searches for her clients. Camilla is also a qualified psychotherapist, uniquely trained with techniques for advanced interviewing, matching personalities, and, understanding people’s motivations. Camilla is based in London, and a common fixture at many industry events and conferences.