Martha and her team at Heller Search specialize in recruiting CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and other IT executives across multiple industries. Prior to founding Heller Search in 2010, Martha was Managing Director of the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG Partners, a global executive search firm.
Before she established her career in executive search, Martha was Founder and Managing Director of IDG's CIO Executive Council, a professional organization for CIOs.
During her seven-year tenure at CIO magazine (IDG), Martha developed leadership programs for CIOs and directed the CIO Best Practice Exchange, a members-only network of IT leaders from top-tier organizations. Martha wrote a weekly column on IT leadership and led a series of executive events on IT staffing, career development, and leadership. Before CIO, Martha was an editor at Rutgers University Press.
Martha continues to engage with CIO audiences every day. She is author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership, and Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT. She writes CIO.com’s Movers & Shakers blog, and her e-newsletter, The Heller Report: You and Your CIO Career, is read by thousands of IT professionals every week.
As a highly sought after keynote speaker on leadership and the CIO role, Martha has appeared at the Research Board, CIO Perspectives, MIT, Harvard University, SIMposium, the National Retail Federation, Cisco, Sprint, and ServiceNow. Each year, Martha serves on the judging panel for the TBM Awards and the CIO 100 Awards.
Martha received her B.A. in English from Hamilton College and her M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She lives near Boston with her husband, two children and their dog.
Carol Lynn is one of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable IT executive recruiters and is a founding member of Heller Search Associates. Carol Lynn has recruited an amazing range of CIO, CTOs and tough-to-find architects for companies in a wide array of industries. In addition to her own impressive search engagements, Carol Lynn directs Heller Search’s team of executive recruiters.
Prior to joining Heller Search, Carol Lynn was Director of Recruiting for the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG Partners where she honed her technology recruiting skills and led a team of IT recruiters. Previously, Carol Lynn was a director at Prestonwood Associates where she led national searches for Fortune 500 organizations.
Prior to joining Prestonwood in 2000, Carol Lynn worked for Goodwin Procter LLP, a large, national law firm based in Boston. She held management roles within the human resources and litigation departments.
Carol Lynn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boston College. She has previously served on the board of directors for a non-profit community service organization, and she is an active member in the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA).
Carol Lynn and her family live in Norwood, MA.
As Executive Director at Heller Search Associates, Steve Rovniak is responsible for marketing, public relations and digital media operations.
Steve has spent 20 years in the IT industry. He was one of the very first staff members at CIO magazine’s CIO Executive Council. Steve helped to define the Council’s CIO program offerings and recruited dozens of its founding members. With the program thriving in North America, Steve expanded the Council to the European CIO community.
Prior to the Council, Steve held consulting and sales roles in the IT professional services industry. Over more than a decade, he managed programs and client relationships on large systems integration, custom software and web development projects for client companies such as Kodak, Pfizer, EMI, Nikon, and Philips-van Heusen.
Steve earned a BA in Economics from Kenyon College in Ohio. He and his family live in Natick, MA.
Leveraging her 15 years of executive recruiting experience, Pamela Kurko consistently delivers quality candidates that exceed our clients’ expectations. Resourceful, efficient, and a natural builder of trust, Pam is exceptionally adept at candidate recruitment and development.
Prior to joining Heller Search, Pam worked as an executive recruiter for Prestonwood Associates, The Derby Group, Resource Options, Daley & Associates and Xavier Associates (a Gatti & Associates company). Prior to executive search, Pam was a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the State of New Hampshire for seven years.
Pam earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling, with honors, from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. She and her family live in North Providence, RI.
Katie Ross first joined Heller Search Associates as a Recruiting Associate, and earned a promotion to Executive Recruiter in 2013 after demonstrating superior levels of client focus, creativity and resourcefulness.
Katie came to the executive recruiting industry from the world of public relations. Most recently, she was an Associate at the Bateman Group, a boutique PR firm focusing on proactive editorial outreach, awards pursuits and speaking engagements. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Account Executive at Weber Shandwick, where she helped coordinate several successful events including the Commonwealth Club, which hosted Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Katie graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a BA in Marketing. She and her husband reside in Boston, MA.
As Operations Manager, Lauren O’Connor provides logistical support to the executive recruiting team and serves as executive administrative assistant to Martha Heller, President. Lauren is a critical member of the team who keeps track of all the moving parts on our search engagements, and ensures that our candidates and clients receive excellent service from start to finish.
Before joining Heller Search, Lauren worked at EMC where she provided operational support to a high performing channel sales team. Her earlier career experience includes several years as a freelance writer in marketing and public relations, and fifteen years in the financial services industry in a variety of marketing and administrative roles.
Lauren graduated with honors from Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where she received the President’s Convocation Honor Award for Excellence in Spanish. She lives outside of Boston, MA.