Rob Brouwer is the Senior Vice President of Latin American and Developing Markets for Monster Worldwide and oversees all business strategy and execution for Monster’s Global Expansion Program. He’s also responsible for managing Monster’s existing presence and operations in the rapidly growing Latin America region.
Since joining Monster, Rob has spent almost 10 years in a variety of roles focused on Monster’s European markets, most recently as the Senior Vice President, Europe, where he was directly responsible for the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. A native of the Netherlands, Rob currently resides in Sao Paulo.
If you ever had to evacuate your house immediately, excluding loved ones and pets, what is the one thing you would grab on the way out?
My wallet and BB. Could not make a choice and they are always together anyways.
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?
Monster Sales Achievers trip to the Maldives. I got to host the trip for 60 of the top sales achievers in Europe with their partners. A magical experience.
Do you have a hidden talent(s)?
People say I am fairly good singer.
What’s your favorite city?
São Paulo obviously. My family and I recently moved here.
What’s the hardest business decision you’ve ever had to make?
In business there are many tough decisions but being forced by the economic environment to take the decision to let go good people probably has been the hardest. Luckily that was a long time ago and I hope I don’t have to do it again.
Ted Gilvar has been Executive Vice President and Chief Global Marketing Officer since July 2008. Ted oversees all aspects of Monster Worldwide’s marketing strategy and execution globally. He joined Monster from BBDO where he was an EVP, Management Director, and managed the NFL, Guinness and Red Stripe, Target and Monster brands. Throughout his 23 year career, Ted has managed successful marketing and advertising for other great brands including General Mills, Reebok, Timberland, Nickelodeon Networks, Fidelity Investments, Dunkin Donuts, and AOL.
At Monster, he has led a brand re-launch that won awards at the Cannes Film Festival and from B2B Magazine alike; the campaign’s television work was named Super Bowl XIV’s best commercial by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also launched a first of its kind partnership and promotion with the NFL and oversaw 2009’s “Keep the World Working” Tour, a 100 city international tour of innovative career fairs designed to help job seekers in their time of need.
Ted believes that now more than ever, in today’s time-starved, content-saturated world, the best story wins.
Jeff is Vice President of Global Brand Marketing and oversees all brand and consumer marketing strategy and execution globally for Monster. He is also responsible for the integration of the Monster brand across channels, functions and markets worldwide. Jeff has spent nearly 20 years in advertising and marketing helping build large national and global brands in a broad array of categories for companies like Verizon Wireless, GE, Spalding Sports Worldwide, Subway Sandwiches, Fidelity Investments and Dunkin’ Donuts to name a few.
What was the very first job you ever had?
I cut lawns in the neighborhood – with a push mower – uphill – both
Name one thing that would surprise people most about you.
I was a poor struggling actor before I began my marketing career.
If you ever had to evacuate your house immediately, excluding loved ones
and pets, what is the one thing you would grab on the way out?
What’s your favorite city?
Boston, of course! Great food. Great sports teams. And the quirkiest
streets and street signs in the world!
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?
Spent a week in Ireland. Visited the homeland. Met relatives and then
saw the family farm. Played great golf courses. Oh, and had a few pints!
Do you have a hidden talent(s)?
I’m a pretty good cook.
Sal Iannuzzi has been Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2007 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2006.
Prior to joining Monster Worldwide, Mr. Iannuzzi served as President of Motorola, Inc.’s Enterprise Mobility business from January 2007 to April 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Iannuzzi served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Symbol Technologies, Inc. from January 2006 to January 2007, when Symbol was sold to Motorola. He previously served as Symbol’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer from August 2005 to January 2006 and as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative and Control Officer from April 2005 to August 2005. He also served as a director of Symbol from December 2003 to January 2007, serving as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from December 2003 to April 2005.
From August 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Iannuzzi was a partner in Saguenay Capital, a boutique investment firm. Prior thereto, from April 2000 to August 2004, Mr. Iannuzzi served as Chief Administrative Officer of CIBC World Markets. From 1982 to 2000, he held several senior positions at Bankers Trust Company/Deutsche Bank, including Senior Control Officer and Head of Corporate Compliance.
Mark Kantrowitz is President of MK Consulting Inc. and Publisher of the FinAid and FastWeb web sites owned by Monster Worldwide. He is ABD on a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and philosophy from MIT and a Master of Science degree in computer science from CMU. Mark is also an alumnus of the Research Science Institute program established by Admiral H. G. Rickover. He has previously been employed at Just Research, the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Center for Excellence in Education, Bitstream Inc., and the Planning Research Corporation.
Mark has testified before Congress about student aid on several occasions. He is interviewed regularly by news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, MSN, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, Bloomberg, Money Magazine, SmartMoney, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, US News & World Report, Consumer Reports, Newsweek, Bankrate.com, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Reuters and the Associated Press. Mark is on the editorial board of the Council on Law in Higher Education and the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Wealth (a Boardroom, Inc. publication) and is the Student Loan Guru for FiLife.com (a Dow Jones property).
Lew has been at Monster for two years. He has also worked for Hewlett Packard, Compaq Computer Corp., and Digital Equipment Corp.
What was the very first job you ever had? In high school I worked in a bank as a “Runner” — someone who “ran” between branches delivering papers, documents, supplies, etc.
Name one thing that would surprise people most about you. I’ve authored/published several local histories.
If you ever had to evacuate your house immediately, excluding loved ones and pets, what is the one thing you would grab on the way out? Pictures of my grandparents — as immigrants they established the foundation for where I am today.
What’s your favorite city? Boston
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life? A trip to Greece with my wife and two sons.
Do you have a hidden talent(s)? I don’t think so.
What do you collect? Early to mid 20th century postcards and 19th century souvenir china.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night? Go out to dinner with friends.
What makes you angry? Apathy.
What’s the hardest business decision you’ve ever had to make? I was the philanthropy officer at Compaq during the 9-11 tragedy and had to turn down so many good requests for support.
What is one food that you will not eat? Fish — I’m allergic to it!
What are you most proud of? The successes and achievements of my two sons.
What is the one thing that makes you laugh the hardest? My wife’s dry wit.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did they teach you? My grandparents. You can do anything you want if you work hard enough and believe in yourself.
What kind of student were you? A good one. I’m still learning.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up? A teacher.
As Monster’s first Chief Privacy Officer, and leader of Monster’s global fraud prevention efforts, Patrick Manzo frequently reminds his teams that they wear “white hats.” “Every day, we are charged with making sure that we are doing the best we can to protect our customers – employers and job seekers alike — and provide a safe, secure experience. We also spend a lot of time thinking about how to best meet job seeker expectations of privacy, while still achieving our primary goal of providing our seekers with the exposure required to help them find their next job.”
The notion of mixing career and noble pursuits is not new to Patrick. His first career was as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal (twice) and the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious performance. His military experience also informed a management philosophy focused on clearly articulating a vision for success, and developing and empowering employees to succeed.
Following his naval service, Patrick attended law school and practiced law in both a large international and small regional law firm. “A legal background is essential to navigating the shifting landscape of data privacy regulations.”
What are you currently reading? I recently finished the second volume of Edmund Morris’s biography of Theodore Roosevelt. TR is one of my role models; he characterizes the American spirit — bold, action-oriented, and principled. And he was a true Renaissance man — he was a soldier, a published author, big-game hunter and an athlete who took visiting diplomats on wild horseback rides through Rock Creek Park in the dead of winter to assess their mettle.
What’s one food you will not eat? I’m willing to try just about anything. Having spent time in the military, and having eaten lots of airline food, I’ve probably tasted worse. I’ve traveled widely in Europe, Asia and South America, and have had some really great food. My newest find is pork knee in Prague. The best meal I’ve had abroad in recent memory was in Seoul while on a visit to JobKorea.
What are you most proud of from your time at Monster? I’m very proud of the progress Monster has made in improving the quality of our site from a fraud, security, and privacy perspective. Take a look at any of our competitors —there is really no comparison.
Eric is one of our most passionate customer advocates — maybe because he was one. After serving as a charter member of Monster’s Customer Advisory Group and contributing to Monster as an active and vocal customer for over six years, Eric joined the Monster ranks in 2004. In his current role, Eric is responsible for all client training and post-sale consulting services at Monster and speaks to thousands of human capital professionals a year on leveraging the changing recruiting landscape to hire and retain the best talent possible. When asked, “What do you love about your job?” Eric is quick to respond, “I love that it doesn’t feel like a job at all. I am in a position to help enable others to find a good fitting job and to me a good job equals a good life.” Eric and his team work with thousands of recruiters to perfect the art of online recruiting. With a job that keeps him on the road most days of the year, Eric is proud to be supported by his wife and 3 princesses and currently lives in Ohio.
Here’s what Eric had to say when we asked him some behind-the-scenes questions:
What’s your favorite city? “New York City. There is just no comparison. To me, it’s the center of the Universe with its diversity and non-stop action. Growing up in a farming community, I remember my first time in NYC and feeling like I could just ‘disappear’ into the city. I was there for 3 days and never once turned down the sheets on my bed. There was just too much to do and no time for sleep.”
What is the one thing that makes you laugh the hardest? “Quite simply — the human condition. I am a self proclaimed people watcher and believe that it’s important to find humor in everything. Life is too short and we need to be able to laugh at ourselves.”
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up? “A pediatrician. I was on track until my senior year of college when I switched my major to Communications. Thanks to my internship that year, I found the world of recruiting and haven’t looked back since.”
What do you collect? “My answer is airline miles and hotel points. My wife’s answer would be shoes!”
What is the best meal you ever ate? “There is a small restaurant called Pinot Provence in the Westin Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA that makes the best omelet I have ever eaten. I admit that I have even scheduled my flights just to ensure I have a chance to have one while I am there. It’s a pesto and goat cheese omelet with tomatoes and mushrooms. Unbelievable.”
He is responsible for all the company’s business operations across Europe and North America. He has extensive experience driving international business operations in the internet, advertising and recruitment industries. Prior to his current role, Bertone was the Senior Vice President for Europe where he delivered a customer-focused re-organization that resulted in significant expansion of the business.
A native of his homeland of Italy, Bertone graduated from Turin University with a First Class Honours degree in Business Administration and Economics. He is fluent in Italian, French and English.
Mary Ellen Slayter
Mary Ellen Slayter is the Managing Editor of Monster Thinking, overseeing HR and recruiting focused content creation, engagement, community management and blogger relations across social media platforms as a contributor to Monster Worldwide’s Global Public Relations and Communications team.
She is the managing director and founder of Reputation Capital Media Services. Before creating her own content marketing firm, she served as director of content development and a senior general business and finance editor at SmartBrief, a leading publisher of e-mail newsletters. There, she led the editorial development of the SmartBlogs network, including SmartBlog on Leadership and SmartBlog on Social Media.
Before joining SmartBrief, she spent 8 years at The Washington Post, where she authored the Career Track column and worked as an editor in the business news department. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in agronomy from Louisiana State University.