Talent management firm names new global chief operating officer/chief financial officer

Haddonfield-based True, a growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, on Monday announced Kate Vanek has been named global chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Vanek has deep experience leading operations and finance for complex, multinational companies. She joined True earlier this year as general manager of its Europe-Middle East-Africa and Asia-Pacific businesses, which she will continue to oversee. Going forward, Vanek will be responsible for growing and scaling True’s global investments and ensuring operational excellence across the firm’s worldwide team and 21 offices in North America, EMEA and APAC in order to continue to drive unparalleled value for clients and candidates.

Vanek professional experience spans strategy and business operations; finance; mergers & acquisitions; investor relations; diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives; and leadership development. She took the helm of True’s EMEA and APAC operations in April after departing BlackRock, where she was COO of global finance and CFO of EMEA. Previously, she served as Nielsen’s CFO of its U.S. media business and as senior vice president of global investor relations.

True co-founder and co-CEO Brad Stadler said: “Kate is a proven strategic COO and a high-impact finance executive who will help solidify our operational maturity, which will ultimately benefit our clients, teams and candidates. Kate’s expertise will also ensure we continue to be the most innovative and efficient firm in our industry while maintaining our unique culture.”

“In addition to her professional experience, Kate has a leadership style that motivates and inspires,” said Joe Riggione, True co-founder and co-CEO. “She complements our outstanding operational leadership team and steps into her new role as an already-trusted partner with a deep understanding of how we’re reshaping the talent management industry to be more transparent, people-focused, and technologically sophisticated.”

As global COO and CFO, Vanek will have leadership responsibilities for both the EMEA and APAC businesses as well as all of the firm’s functional departments and will share her data and technology-forward viewpoint of how to operate as a global firm and expand the success of True Search, AboveBoard, Thrive and TrueBridge.