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Lisa Ekman - President

Lisa Ekman is a proven information technology executive with extensive responsibility in leading IT organizations across multiple industries, focusing on managing IT from a technical and business perspective.  Ekman’s breadth of experience spans 31 years working in both domestic and multinational companies.  During her career, Ekman has earned a solid reputation for being business focused, results oriented and committed to excellence in execution. She has held many senior level roles including the office of CIO and has developed IT teams ranging from 50-250 people with significant budget responsibility.

 

Ms. Ekman’s expertise crosses diverse industries such as Entertainment, Banking and Investment Management, Consumer Packaged Goods, Nutraceutical CPG, Internet Service Provider, Real Estate, Insurance, Health Care, Hospitality, Retail, Development and Construction, and Foodservice.

 

As President of Ekman Associates, Inc. Ms. Ekman is engaged in all aspects of project assignments and complete oversight to ensure program / project success.  This includes vendor management, application design, process design, configuration, data cleansing / migration, transformation management, training, and infrastructure operations.  Additionally, Ms. Ekman has accomplished and expertise in the following areas:

Program / Project Management

Big Data / Data Analytics

Software Implementation

Infrastructure Operations

Business Analytics / Business Intelligence

Enterprise Architecture

Software Development

Merger & Acquisitions

Ms. Ekman has served on several Boards in addition to lecturing and public speaking.

 

Education

  • Master of Business Administration   University of LaVerne
  • Bachelor of Arts, English    California State University Northridge

Tom Ekman - CEO

Mr. Ekman founded Ekman Associates, Inc. in 2007 based on his belief that EA can fill a significant void in the industry by supplying honest, high quality, consulting and direct hire expertise. The primary focus for the Firm is to hire well-rounded professionals who are experts within the fields EA specializes in.

 

Ekman’s experience spans 30 years and includes executive level positions within the Finance, Banking, Corporate Communications and Crisis Communications and Executive Recruiting industries.  Mr. Ekman also co-founded a Corporate Communications firm focusing on Investor Relations and Crisis Communications.

 

Prior to founding Ekman Associates, Inc. Mr. Ekman served as Vice President at a retained executive search firm specializing in the communications, investor relations and brand marketing functions.  He managed senior-level search assignments on behalf of clients across all industry sectors and served as the leader of the Investor Relations Practice Group at the firm.

 

Mr. Ekman served as Head of the Investor Relations Practice for Sitrick and Company, leading national public relations, investor relations and crisis communications agency.  Reporting to the Chairman and CEO, he spearheaded numerous strategic communication programs for clients ranging from $50 million in the market capitalization to over $50 billion.  He managed a team responsible for handling clients experiencing significant crisis communications issues such as Chapter 11 restructuring activities, loss of Wall street support, M&A activity, missed earnings estimates and executives level personnel issues, among others.  Additionally, he was instrumental in counseling corporate executives on public relations and investor relations issues.

 

Additionally, Mr. Ekman co-founded Seiler Martin Ekman, LLC, a financial communications firm that specialized in investor relations and crisis communications.  His area of expertise while at Seiler Martin Ekman included development and implementation of strategic investor relations programs for small and mid-size companies, crisis communications, IPO, financial communications, and communications surrounding M&A activity.

 

Ekman’s early career began as a financial consultant at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter where he primarily focused on portfolio management for high net-worth individuals.

 

Mr. Ekman leads the Executive Recruiting division at Ekman Associates in addition to running the day-to-day operations of the Firm.

 

Education:

  • Master of Business Administration – University of LaVerne
  • Bachelor of Arts – California State University, Northridge