Melissa Henderson

Melissa A. Henderson

President & CEO

Melissa A. Henderson is the disruptive thinker behind a revolutionary new model in executive search — the executive agent. As founder, president, and CEO of Summit Executive Resources, she helps companies and Boards of Directors find highly qualified executive talent swiftly and at no cost, while providing coaching and preparation services for candidates seeking new leadership opportunities.

Melissa’s groundbreaking new model is informed by her experience on both sides of the process. She has served as Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates as well as in leadership and management positions at companies like Xerox and Gartner Group. She established and led the mid-Atlantic office of the global retained executive search firm Gilbert Tweed Associates International before founding Summit Executive Resources, where she introduced the executive agent model and set out to create an entirely new way of thinking about executive search.

Melissa is regularly quoted in industry publications and speaks frequently on issues surrounding executive agents, executive placement and recruitment, private equity operating partner models, and building effective boards. She has served on leadership councils for numerous organizations, including the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation and the Northern Virginia Family Service, while acting as a member of associations such as the Washington D.C. Chapter of Business Forums International.

After receiving a B.A. in advertising management and marketing strategy and execution from Michigan State University, Melissa remained involved with her alma mater through the Washington D.C. Semester Internship Program. In this role, she speaks to students on career preparation and professional growth, while also sponsoring interns with Summit Executive Resources. She is an avid wine enthusiast, holding multiple certifications from the Sommelier Wine & Food Society.

http://summitexecutiveresources.com/uploads/Kenneth_Taormina.jpgKenneth C. Taormina

Board Director and Operating Executive

Ken Taormina is an accomplished software services industry operating executive in business, IT technology services, and digital product engineering industries. Ken has expertise in enterprise, M2M, connected vehicle, mobility, cloud, and data analytics. He  has run, created and grown service industry P&Ls of significant size. Ken has also led global organizations through successful transformation, growth and change.

In 2015, Ken co-founded Nablis LLC, an advisory and hosted technology matching company that brings together Fortune 500 companies and their requirements for technology innovation with mid- and later-stage innovative technology companies.  Prior to Nablis, Ken served as the CEO of Cortland Advisory Services LLC, a company he created to provide leadership and support to companies developing businesses within the Internet of Things evolving ecosystem. Ken provided services to Trilogy and Aurea, a private equity partnership. He integrated the services business of 5 global acquisitions that supports the delivery of mission-critical solutions for Global 2000 enterprises. Previously, Ken was Managing Director of Accenture’s Products Operating Group. In addition, Ken led Accenture’s Products Mobility Business and developed Accenture’s “Connected Vehicle Offering” while stationed in Europe and successfully integrated it to North America. Prior to Accenture, Ken worked closely with the Chairman and founder of Satyam Computer Services as SVP of the Global Manufacturing Industry.

Ken most recently has been a Board Director with update Software AG (www.update.com), a leading provider of premium customer relationship management solutions headquartered in Vienna, Austria one of Europe's leading CRM providers. Ken has served as a board member with the National Association of Manufacturing and QD Technologies. Ken also was the lead executive member to the Genivi Open Source Automobile Mobility Consortium for Accenture. Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Georgetown University and a Masters in Information Systems from American University. He attended the executive training program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and is a graduate of GE’s Executive Management Training at Crotonville, New York.