Leadership Team

We’ve built a senior management team that is unparalleled in the industry…

Teresa CreechTeresa Creech
Chief Executive Officer

With a passion for solving complex talent challenges and over 20 years of experience in human capital management, Teresa is responsible for raising the bar while driving pivotal results as the CEO of TalentWave. She approaches clients with the balance of learned experience and creative design to improve access to talent and optimize engagement models. Prior to joining TalentWave, Teresa held executive positions driving managed services provider (MSP), independent contractor, and professional payroll solutions for two of the staffing industry’s largest companies. Under her leadership as Group President at Randstad Sourceright, the company grew at a record pace to become one of the largest MSP providers in the world. She successfully managed the organization through the acquisition and integration of SFN group and designed several of the industry’s most sophisticated workforce management programs on behalf of her customers. As the contingent workforce outsourcing (CWO) Global Practice Leader for KellyOCG, Teresa was a pioneer in the evolution of single-country MSP into global solution design, delivery, and governance. Teresa is a frequent speaker on market trends, talent economics, policy, compliance strategies, and workforce management program architecture. She has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the 100 Most Influential People for the last four years.

Kieran BradyKieran Brady
Chief Operations Officer

Kieran Brady was one of the founders of IQNavigator 16 years ago and played an instrumental role in its evolution and market growth. He held a variety of leadership roles for the Denver-based VMS solution provider, most recently as EVP, Market Strategies, responsible for driving IQN’s industry leadership, managing the global sales team, partner and channel development, and their team of industry solution experts. Before joining IQN, Brady was a Principal Sales Consultant for Oracle, and Senior Practice Manager for Cap Gemini America. Brady earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.

Catherine ChidyausikuCatherine Chidyausiku
Senior Vice President, Legal and Compliance

Catherine Chidyausiku is Senior Vice President of Legal and Compliance for TalentWave. In her position, she provides legal advice and counseling to senior management, particularly with regard to employment policies and pre-litigation planning. Catherine also oversees TalentWave’s client-facing Independent Contractor Compliance program and manages client-contingent workforce functions. Catherine brings over 18 years of legal, compliance, HR, labor and regulatory expertise to our portfolio of clients, ensuring that TalentWave maintains its unbroken record of 100% success rate in defending audits at state and federal level on behalf of our clients and their contingent workforce. Prior to joining TalentWave, Catherine was in private law practice with the Zimbabwean law firms, Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans, and Atherstone & Cook. She is a graduate of the University of South Africa, and is a member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, the California State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

David WhippleDavid Whipple
Chief Technology Officer

David Whipple, a highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual, has over 20 years of experience in the technical and product development of technology solutions in both emerging and established markets. David co-founded Bloodhound Software Inc., a successful technology company specializing in leading edge software for the detection of errors, abuse and fraud in the Healthcare Reimbursement arena. His many roles during the company’s fourteen-year history include Director of Development, Chief Software Architect and Chief Technology Officer. After the sale of Bloodhound to Verisk Analytics in 2011, David remained on as a Divisional and later Enterprise CTO of the Verisk Healthcare division. David’s responsibilities included enterprise architecture, innovation management and oversight of the company’s technology unification strategies. David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Western Australia.

Joe RussellJoe Russell
Chief Financial Officer

Joe Russell joined TalentWave in 2015 and brings over 15 years of finance, operations, M&A and product marketing experience to the team. Most of his career has been spent with early stage and growth companies specializing in the enterprise software space, developing financial models and analysis to help accelerate growth and improve operational efficiency. Before joining TalentWave, he was the VP of Finance for Piston Cloud Computing, which was acquired by Cisco Systems. Prior to Piston Cloud Computing, Mr. Russell spent five years at both VMware and Yahoo! doing a variety of Business Operations, Corporate Development and Product Marketing roles. Prior to Yahoo!, Russell was a technology investment banker at GCA Savvian in San Francisco and Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Mr. Russell earned an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MSc, Accounting & Finance from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BS, Economics from the University of Washington.

Karen SawyerKaren Sawyer
Senior Vice President, Client Solutions

Karen is responsible for ensuring an exceptional customer experience through oversight of implementation, service delivery and program management. Prior to joining TalentWave, Karen served as Vice President of Professional Services for IQNavigator where she led the global development and deployment of Vendor Management System and Managed Service Provider programs. She has extensive experience in workforce management, implementation of large scale global programs and technologies, program and account management and strategy development. Karen is a Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from The University of Denver.

Jennifer GannonJennifer Gannon
Executive Vice President, Sales

Jennifer is responsible for continuing TalentWave’s remarkable growth in the independent workforce compliance and engagement market. Prior to joining TalentWave, Jennifer led sales teams for Robert Half International, and more recently with Randstad, global leaders in professional staffing and talent solutions. As Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales with both companies, Gannon’s responsibilities included business development, strategy, client relationships and building high-performance sales teams. Earlier in her career, Gannon worked as a regional manager at Glotel, a specialized supplier of workforce and project management solutions for the telecom and IT industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Kimball NorupKimball Norup
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Kimball brought over a decade of senior executive experience in the human capital management industry when he joined TalentWave in 2014. Most recently he was General Manager of the West for MBO Partners, preceded by roles as the Chief Marketing Officer for M Squared Consulting and SVP & General Manager for Collabrus. Prior to that Norup was Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Nelson Family of Companies, including WorkforceLogic. Earlier in his career he was a structural engineer, publishing entrepreneur, and ran a successful strategy consulting firm. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA with honors from the University of California, Davis.

Mark YoungMark Young
Human Capital Leader

Mark joined TalentWave in 2009, bringing with him 20 years of human capital management experience. In this role, Mark is responsible for all compliance and human resource activities for the organization, as well as consultative services to Synergy’s clients regard contingent workforce management.

Mark has guided TalentWave towards achieving a 94% satisfaction rate in quarterly Employee Satisfactions surveys and a 96% satisfaction rate in annual Client/Partner Satisfaction survey. Prior to joining TalentWave, Mark had a 15 year career with Ouray Sportswear, a sportswear manufacturing and decoration company, ultimately becoming the Vice President of Employee and Customer Experience for Ouray. Mark is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP). Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University.

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