Sterling Strand

Team

Hillary Mager

Hillary Mager

Founding Partner & CEO
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Hillary built Flatiron Health from 30 to 1000 employees in five years, working directly with the founders, leading all executive searches herself and building all hiring processes and operations along the way. She’s also spent time at top hedge funds, including Bridegwater and most recently Citadel, as MD, Global Head of Technical Recruiting. Search has and always will be where her heart is and she started this company because she wanted a search firm to exist that would serve the needs that were most pressing for her as an in-house recruiter.

Emily Hollander

Emily Hollander

Partner
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Before joining Sterling Strand, Emily led Creative & Product recruiting at Squarespace, post series B to IPO, scaling those teams from ~20 to 200 in 3 years as the company grew from 650 – 1,350 FTEs. Earlier in her career, Emily led talent acquisition at rag & bone and joined as recruiter #1 where she scaled their HQ teams from ~100 to ~350 FTEs. Emily began her career in executive search placing VP through C-level leaders in global retail, luxury, and fashion businesses.

Maren Schmitt

Maren Schmitt

Partner
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Maren started her career in recruiting in Germany before she moved to the US applying her global approach to the US market. Prior to joining Sterling Strand, Maren spent 5 years at Harry’s, a NY-based multi-brand CPG company, where she led Global Recruiting and supported the organization as a Global HR Business Partner. She scaled Harry’s from 60 to ~1,000 FTEs across the US, UK, and Germany. Earlier in her career, Maren worked at BaubleBar, a fashion eCommerce startup, where she joined as recruiter #1 scaling them from 30 to 150 FTEs within 18 months.

Chrissy Running

Chrissy Running

Partner
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Chrissy has spent the last 10 years of her career hiring engineering talent in the San Francisco Bay Area. She started her career at Aerotek where she placed Software and System Engineers building communication systems for the DoD. She later went on to work for Tesla hiring a variety of hardware and software engineers building everything from the coolant systems in the battery back to the firmware in the door handles. Most recently she spent seven years at Netflix leading Engineering hiring, overseeing hiring for virtually every engineering organization at the company including Security, Platform, Content, Product, Data Science, CDN  and UI Engineering.

Chrissy Desanctis

Chrissy Desanctis

Head of Executive Market Research
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Chrissy began her career on the client side, working in the fashion, retail and lifestyle industries. She transitioned into executive search where she has nearly a decade of experience across full-cycle recruitment, research and agency operations. Prior to joining Sterling Strand Chrissy contributed to the growth of several boutique executive search firms where she was responsible for internal administration including hiring, training, workflow, research and strategy and planning initiatives.

Warren Mager

Warren Mager

CFO
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Warren started his career at KPMG in South Africa focusing on audit before moving to the US. He then transferred to the L&D department in the US, creating and leading technical training programs. Later, he worked in Financial Advisory specializing in Corporate Banking Compliance, focusing on Compliance Risk, Mergers and Automated Digital Technologies until he left to join Sterling Strand!

Jane Nolting-Kolb

Jane Nolting-Kolb

Leadership Consultant
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Before joining Sterling Strand, Jane worked as an AE at Yelp, working with SMB clients to help grow their business through Yelp’s suite of services. She always knew her passion was people and quickly grew an eagerness to move into the recruitment side of things during her time there. Prior to this, Jane has worked in customer facing retail sales and was a top earner for her store. Through this, she became a number two to her manager, extensively training and onboarding new sales employees while keeping day to day operations afloat. Jane has also spent some time freelancing in casting recruitment for commercial and “real people” talent. With Jane’s array of experience, drive and passion for people, Sterling Strand was the perfect opportunity to finally make her leap into the world of recruiting!



Kica Bundalo

Kica Bundalo

Researcher

Kica has experience in sourcing for technical and non-technical roles. He started his sourcing & recruiting career more than five years ago, and has worked successfully with numerous companies in the EU and US.

Caryl Nucaza

Caryl Nucaza

Researcher

Caryl was a former full-stack software engineer who turned into talent researcher after discovering she had a keen interest in the field of recruitment and startups. She now has over four years of experience in identifying top engineering talent for reputable startups in the Bay Area and across US.

Bea Claret Lota

Bea Claret Lota

Researcher

Bea has seven years of recruitment and HR experience. She is adept at sourcing and recognized for filling executive and non-executive positions. She has had the opportunity to work with several Fortune 500 companies and successfully identify top industry talent.

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