Working closely with CEOs, leadership teams, and boards of major global corporations has given us the insight and knowledge to create customized, world-class talent strategies. From directing successful leadership transitions at Fortune 50 companies to conducting in-depth board assessments and development plans, we create value for organizations that reaches far beyond our engagement.
Just as we strive for the exceptional in our talent strategies, we seek to offer exceptional people, ideas, communication, and level of commitment to our clients each day.
Stephen Miles is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Miles Group. Previously, he was a vice chairman at Heidrick & Struggles and ran Leadership Advisory Services. With more than 20 years of experience in assessment, executive coaching, top-level succession planning, organizational effectiveness and strategy consulting, Stephen specializes in CEO succession and has partnered with numerous boards of global Fortune 500 companies to ensure that a successful leadership selection and transition occurs.
Stephen is a recognized expert on the role of the chief operating officer, and has consulted numerous companies on the establishment and the effectiveness of the position and supporting the transition from COO to effective CEO. He is a coach to many CEOs and COOs around the world, and Stephen and his CEO advisory services were profiled in the Bloomberg Businessweek article “The Rising Star of CEO Consulting.”
Stephen has been featured in numerous publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Directorship, and Strategy + Business. Stephen is author and co-editor of the best-selling business book Leaders Talk Leadership. He also co-authored Riding Shotgun: The Role of the Chief Operating Officer as well as Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of CEO succession, coaching C-level executives, talent management and complementary leadership at the top.
Stephen is a director at CDK Global (NASDAQ: CDK), where he serves as a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of business administration, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He also holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Victoria. Stephen currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He has lived in Kenya, South Africa, Iraq, Argentina and Canada.
Taylor Griffin is the Chief Operating Officer of The Miles Group. Her client work focuses on CEO and senior team succession planning, CEO and senior executive coaching, executive assessments (including pre-hire or pre-invest assessments), and board evaluations and optimization. As COO, she is responsible for the overall operations and management of the firm. Prior to helping start TMG, she was with Heidrick & Struggles’ Leadership Consulting Practice.
Taylor has significant experience across a wide range of leadership advisory services, and in addition to the areas noted above, she has consulted with clients on talent management, planning for leadership transitions, and organization structure and change. Taylor serves as an executive coach to numerous senior executives around the world, and this includes high-performance coaching as well as transition coaching for those executives moving into new roles or organizations. Her coaching work has been across a range of executives—operating, functional, as well as building CEO “viability” for potential successor candidates. She has worked on numerous CEO succession projects around the world, partnering with clients to ensure that a successful leadership selection and transition occurs.
Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Taylor was an attorney specializing in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters in state and federal court. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and with honors, from the University of Arizona, and a juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Taylor lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Matthew Bedwell is a managing director with The Miles Group, where he focuses on executive assessment and coaching (including CEO assessment and development, and CEO viability), succession planning, board effectiveness, and top team effectiveness services. Matt has worked on CEO succession assessment and planning for numerous Fortune 500 clients and serves as an executive coach for leaders in senior business and functional roles across industries, including consumer products, technology, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, and energy. Matt also leads TMG’s product division, overseeing the development and deployment of online leadership tools and software applications like TMG’s Leadership Accelerator video library and the mobile coaching and feedback application, lloop.
Prior to joining TMG, Matt was senior counsel with First American Title Insurance Company where he developed litigation case strategy and managed talented teams of outside counsel, serving as a trusted advisor to the executive team. Utilizing the customer-facing nature of the role, Matt also worked closely with peers across the organization to identify challenges and opportunities in the marketplace and to influence and improve product offerings and operations. Before joining First American, Matt rose from associate to shareholder at Gust Rosenfeld, PLC. While at Gust Rosenfeld, Matt successfully defended clients at trial and appellate stages of litigation in state and federal courts.
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude with honors, from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law.
Matt lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Courtney Hamilton is a managing director with The Miles Group, where she serves leaders of high-performing organizations in the areas of management assessment, board effectiveness, leadership coaching and organizational change initiatives and advises their boards and senior executives on their most important leadership challenges. Since joining TMG, Courtney has advised on numerous CEO Succession projects, partnering closely with Boards and key stakeholders, to ensure seamless transitions across a breadth of companies in the financial services, technology, transportation, media, industrial products, consumer products, manufacturing and healthcare industries. In addition to her work in CEO succession projects, Courtney has significant experience assessing and developing senior executives across an array of Fortune 500 Companies.
Prior to joining TMG, Courtney served as Regional Manager for livingsocial in Asia, where she was responsible for market entry strategy, acquisition integrations, and retail e-commerce expansion. Before her tenure at livingsocial, Courtney attended business school full-time. Prior to that, she held roles in marketing and investment banking with American Express in Beijing and FBR & Co. in New York.
Courtney holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University with honors in Chinese. She lives in New York City.
Endre Holen is a seasoned coach of C-level executives and Managing Director at TMG. Prior to joining TMG, Endre was a Senior Partner at McKinsey and Company, the world’s leading management consulting firm. In his 25+ years as a consultant, he successfully led the global Tech Media and Telecom practice and was a leading advisor for some of the world’s most influential CEOs.
Endre has helped numerous Fortune 1000 CEOs and executive leadership teams change their companies – working in large cost, revenue, portfolio, and performance transformations globally. His experience crosses all parts of a company’s value chain – from sourcing and supply chain to product strategy, development, and engineering to sales and marketing to the broader strategy around growth. He is valued by clients for his frank and trusted advice, his ability to put himself in the position of executives and understand their business objectives and challenges, and his unwavering loyalty to equipping his clients to succeed.
Endre received his undergraduate degree in computer science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
William (“Billy”) Stern is the Chief Administrative Officer at The Miles Group. His client work focuses on CEO and senior team succession planning, CEO and senior executive coaching, executive assessments (including pre-hire or pre-invest assessments), board evaluations and optimization, and top team effectiveness services.
Prior to joining TMG, Billy was the Chief Legal Officer at Ancestry.com, where he was responsible for Ancestry’s initial public offering, domestic and international acquisitions, going-private transaction and subsequent sale. He also had responsibility for Board relations and communications.
Prior to joining Ancestry, Billy was General Counsel at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”), where he represented MSLO in a wide array of licensing transactions, SEC matters, acquisitions and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining MSLO, Billy was a Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C., and a Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP. At Morrison & Foerster, he was also the hiring partner for the New York office.
Billy received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1986, and his juris doctorate and master’s in business administration from The University of Chicago in 1992.
Ruth Cochran is a director at The Miles Group. Her client work focuses on CEO and senior team succession planning, CEO and senior executive coaching, executive assessments (including pre‐hire or pre‐investment assessments), and board evaluations and optimization.
Prior to joining The Miles Group, Ruth was a Principal Consultant in Board & CEO Services at Korn Ferry, where she worked with clients on CEO succession planning through board consulting, executive assessment and coaching, and external talent benchmarking. Additionally, Ruth led learning and best practices implementation for Korn Ferry partners specializing in CEO Succession services. Ruth’s consulting experience also includes roles at Heidrick & Struggles and Egon Zehnder in executive recruiting, practice strategy and thought leadership, and research operations.
Prior to her career in talent advisory services, Ruth held information management leadership roles at the American University of Paris, the University of North Carolina. Hewlett-Packard, and Kimberly-Clark.
Ruth received a B.A. from the University of California at Irvine in 1985, as well as a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1993 respectively. Ruth also completed a Master of Science in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University in 2011.
Ruth lives in Atlanta, GA, and has served on the Boards of Directors of several non-profits in the Southeastern U.S.
A director with The Miles Group, Jeff Jones has deep experience across the spectrum of TMG services, including executive coaching, the firm’s worldwide executive development and assessment activities, and team effectiveness events for top leadership teams. As a product leader within the firm, Jeff also plays a key role in leading and managing the design, development, and marketing of various TMG products and scaled services including the Leadership Accelerator tool and the lloop app for 360 feedback.
Before joining TMG, Jeff was a senior associate within Heidrick & Struggles’ Leadership Consulting Practice, where he served a number of global Fortune 500 clients across numerous industry sectors, including technology, financial, transportation, pharmaceutical, and natural resources industries, among others.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles in 2011, Jeff was adjunct faculty in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech where he directed the Leadership Education and Development Program and taught courses on leadership and crisis management. During this time, Jeff also conducted state and federally funded research on the privatization of government services and publicly-funded partnerships.
Early in his career, Jeff served as a management consultant for TATC Consulting in Washington, DC., providing policy analysis, program development, and grant administration assistance for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
Jeff studied for his doctorate (ABD) in public policy at Georgia Tech, and earned his master’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude, from the George Washington University. Jeff lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
John Nasr is a Director with The Miles Group and focuses on executive assessments and coaching, senior team succession planning, and board optimization. John advises senior stakeholders, including C-suite executives, business unit leaders, and functional heads, on talent decisions to help large, multi-national organizations build bench strength and individual viability for future roles. Additionally, John is a trusted partner and counsels executives on selection and organizational talent decisions to ensure effective transitions at the senior-most levels. He is also an executive coach to senior leaders (both business and functional) and has served clients throughout North America, Latin America, the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. John has experience across several industries, including airlines, defense, technology, financial services, consumer packaged goods, oil and gas, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and retail.
Prior to joining TMG, John worked in operations accounting for one of the country’s largest oil and gas companies in Dallas, TX. Following his work as an accountant, John practiced law at a large firm in Phoenix, Arizona, where he represented primarily institutional clients, including publicly traded banks, in commercial bankruptcy and related matters and was recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance and accounting double major) from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a juris doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the W.P. Carey College of Business at Arizona State University. John lives in Phoenix.
Christina Woodard is a director with The Miles Group, where she focuses on executive assessment and coaching, succession planning, board effectiveness, and top team effectiveness. Christina works on talent assessment and planning for numerous Fortune 500 and private equity clients, and serves as an executive coach for leaders in business and functional roles across industries, including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, technology, and energy.
Before joining TMG, Christina was director of growth operations for NorthStar Anesthesia, a TPG Growth company. Prior to that, Christina led professional development for McKinsey & Company’s Northeast offices, where she managed strategic human capital issues, advised on career development, and coached teams on effectiveness. Christina was also a senior engagement manager with McKinsey where she focused on advising clients across a range of industries through all aspects of mergers & acquisitions, including top team success and onboarding, cultural integration, organization design, and operational and financial integration.
Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Methodist University and a master in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Elizabeth is a senior consultant at The Miles Group, where she focuses on executive assessments and succession planning across a variety of distinguished Fortune 500 clients. Prior to joining TMG, Elizabeth practiced law as a civil litigator in New York and Michigan. She also worked at KPMG within its People & Change practice, specializing in change management strategies and communications. Before her current role, she created bespoke learning and development programs at The Mind Gym.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, and received her juris doctorate from the University of Iowa. During law school, she taught and led undergraduate courses for the University of Iowa’s psychology department. Elizabeth is based out of TMG’s New York office.
Stephanie McCoy Loquvam is a senior consultant with The Miles Group. She provides services and support across TMG’s platforms, and partners closely with clients in a variety of leadership development capacities, including senior team succession, executive assessments and coaching, board advisory work, and team optimization.
Before joining TMG, Stephanie was an attorney in private practice representing businesses of all sizes in commercial disputes, regulatory issues, corporate governance and constitutional matters. Stephanie has developed curriculum and taught undergraduate courses across disciplines including organizational behavior, public policy, psychology and professional ethics. She has served in numerous leadership roles in the American Bar Association and has spearheaded initiatives to provide resources related to professional growth for lawyers, gender equity and preserving the jury system. Stephanie was recognized as one of the Top 40 “Lawyers on the Rise” by the ABA in 2016 and as SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Prior to practicing law, Stephanie was the Assistant Director of Admissions at Tiffin University where she was responsible for launching an interactive digital marketing platform, advancing strategic relationships to increase visibility to key constituents, and developing resource utilization metrics.
Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in forensic psychology and a master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin University, as well as a juris doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Law, Science and Technology. Stephanie lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jennifer Baer is a Consultant with The Miles Group, where she focuses on engagements across TMG’s practice areas, including executive assessment, succession and top team effectiveness.
Jennifer has previously worked at Cerberus Capital Management’s proprietary operating affiliate, Cerberus Operations & Advisory Company (COAC) where she focused on C-level recruitment and talent assessment for the firm’s portfolio companies, along with internal talent management and development initiatives. She has also worked in talent acquisition and human capital management at G100 Companies and Goldman Sachs. Jennifer serves as Chair of the Partnerships & Awareness Committee for the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), a non-profit that works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement.
Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University, where she majored in Journalism and Global Studies. She lives in New York City.
Lisa O’Connor is a consultant with TMG. She focuses on executive assessments and coaching, senior team succession planning, board advisory work, and team optimization services.
Prior to joining TMG, Lisa practiced law at a boutique litigation firm in Phoenix, Arizona, where she represented clients in complex commercial and employment disputes. As an advisor to firms in a broad cross-section of industries – including defense, healthcare, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, media, real estate, technology, and transportation – she worked with senior leadership to develop and enact strategies to reach desired outcomes, align with business initiatives, and support growth. She was active in the local and national legal communities, serving as Chair and a member of the Executive Board of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Litigation Section and in leadership roles within the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. She was also a mentor and volunteer with the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, a national project dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion in the law.
Lisa holds a juris doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where she was an editor of the Arizona Law Review. A magna cum laude graduate of Wofford College, she served as a captain of Wofford’s NCAA Division I volleyball team. Lisa is based out of TMG’s Phoenix office.
Anne Orcutt is a consultant with The Miles Group. She focuses on executive assessments, succession planning, board effectiveness, and team optimization across TMG’s practice areas.
Prior to joining TMG, Anne worked as a management analyst for the Department of the Army in both Germany and Maryland, where she advised senior Army leaders on strategic planning, performance measurement, and process improvements. While in Germany, Anne also counseled combat veterans with substance abuse issues. Following her work with the Army, Anne practiced law in Arizona and Washington D.C., where she represented private and public clients in commercial disputes, employment litigation, and constitutional matters and was recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star. In her spare time, Anne serves as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America.
Anne has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Claremont McKenna College, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a juris doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she served as an editor of the Arizona State Law Journal. Anne lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Teri Adam is an Associate Consultant with The Miles Group. She provides support for numerous client engagements across TMG’s practice areas. Since joining TMG, Teri has supported projects for succession planning, leadership development, top team optimization, and executive assessments.
Prior to joining TMG, Teri was a Director for The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she presented professional development programs and provided coaching services, as well as managed the placement, administration and assessment of more than 200 individuals in professional and legal positions. In this role, Teri also worked with Am Law 100 law firms and Fortune 500 companies to identify organizational needs and facilitate diversity and pipeline initiatives. She is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators and Women in eDiscovery, where she holds local board positions.
Teri holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Judson College, cum laude, where she was captain of the varsity basketball team and recognized as a national scholar athlete. She also holds a juris doctorate from Washburn University, where she was an editor of the ABA’s Family Law Quarterly, and a master’s degree in English from Arizona State University. Teri lives in Chandler, Arizona.
Taariq Tayob is a Business Development Associate at The Miles Group, where he focuses on developing and strengthening client relationships. He is part of the collaborative TMG team, providing support to clients at every stage of the engagement. Prior to joining TMG, Taariq worked at InvestReal, developer of an artificial intelligence real estate platform, and helped lead business development for an emerging start-up. He also worked at Neuberger Berman as a Business Development Analyst focusing on North American Institutional and Intermediary.
Taariq graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he studied both Finance and Accounting. He lives in New York City.
Robert Williams is an Analyst with The Miles Group, where he provides support for client engagements across TMG’s practice areas.
Prior to joining TMG, Robert worked as a Research Analyst at Gartner Inc. In this capacity, Robert supported a variety of human capital research projects for Fortune 500 clients across various industries.
Robert graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where he studied Government and Theology. He currently resides in New York City.
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