Advisory Board

Good Leaders Listen. Great Leaders Listen to Each Other.

Ellig Group’s Advisory Board is comprised of outstanding corporate executives whose wisdom and expertise inform our search and leadership solutions. Diverse in their backgrounds and core proficiencies, they are united in their commitment to excellence and are forward thinking. Our advisory board exemplifies our vision for the cultural evolution and diversification of corporate America, and we are deeply honored to receive their guidance as we work towards that vision.

Meet The Board

Truett Tate

Chairman, TLC Lions, Reference Point, and Thinkably;
Director, DEVClever Fmr Chairman, QBE NA

Chairman of a number of Boards, including Reference Point, TLC Lions, Thinkably and the recently retired Chairman of QBE, NA. Truett Tate is also Director of the DEVClever board. Truett has a long and esteemed global executive history including most recently as CEO of ANZ USA, Europe, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. Immediately prior, he was Group Executive (and Board member) at Lloyds Banking Group, responsible for Wholesale & International Banking (Including Global Wealth and International Retail) across the United Kingdom, the Americas and worldwide and prior spending 27 years at Citigroup where he held a variety of senior roles including corporate banking business across each of its regional geographies. Truett’s long board history includes Virgin Group, Ten Group, the BITC, BAB Inc along with many other charitable and academic organizations. A speaker, guest lecturer, philanthropist and professional coach/mentor, Truett has seemingly bottomless energy and passionate interest in a safer, more just, more humane and more sustainable world.

Myra Biblowit

Myra Biblowit

Board Director, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Myra Biblowit is the President Emeritus of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the nation’s highest-rated breast cancer research organization with a mission focused exclusively on funding the world’s most promising research. Myra took the helm as BCRF President in 2001 and, after 22 years, retired in April 2023. During Myra’s tenure, BCRF funding enabled breakthroughs in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, metastasis, and survivorship. Myra was widely recognized for leading one of the most impactful, financially efficient, and transparent nonprofits in the United States. Prior, Myra was Vice Dean for External Affairs at NYU Medical Center where she headed the Development, Alumni Relations and Public Relations departments. Previously she led the capital campaign as Senior Vice President of the American Museum of Natural History. Earlier, Myra served as Executive Vice President of the Central Park Conservancy. Myra is a member of the Board of Directors of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, the Housewares Charity Foundation and the Historic House Trust of New York City. She is a member of the New York Women’s Forum, the Yellow for Pink

National Council, Extraordinary Women on Boards and serves on the Advisory Board of Project Hope for Ovarian Cancer Research & Education.

Priscilla Sims Brown

Priscilla Sims Brown

President, CEO and Board Director, Amalgamated Bank

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Priscilla Sims Brown serves as President and CEO of Amalgamated Bank, a full-service bank, lender and investment manager with a century-long commitment to advancing positive social change. Amalgamated Financial Corp., the holding company for the Bank, is the first publicly traded (NASDAQ: AMAL) financial institution to be a public benefit corporation. Priscilla guides Amalgamated Bank in championing social responsibility through values-based banking, customer-centric services, and mission focused lending, serving individuals and organizations, including climate groups, foundations, labor unions, advocacy groups, political campaigns, and other socially responsible businesses, who care that their deposits are put to work for good. Priscilla is also dedicated to addressing environmental and social justice issues at Amalgamated Bank. More than 60% of the Bank’s lending and select balance sheet investments are high-impact through affordable housing, nonprofits, and climate solutions. Named one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2023 by American Banker, Priscilla has been featured in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, PBS, and CNBC Changemakers, among others.

David Chun

Founder and CEO, Equilar, Inc. 

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David Chun, Founder and CEO, Equilar, Inc., has led Equilar since its inception to become one of the most trusted names in the corporate governance community. David has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Disruptor Award by 2020 Women on Boards and Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business. David speaks publicly on corporate governance and board diversity matters, including events hosted by The Conference Board, Deloitte, EY, HR Policy Association, KPMG, NACD, NASDAQ, NYSE, The Society for Corporate

Governance and Stanford’s Directors’ College. Prior to founding Equilar, David was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Before DLJ, David was a management consultant with Bain & Company and also Kenan Systems, a telecom software developer acquired by Lucent Technologies. David serves on the boards of the Commonwealth Club of California, PGA Reach, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG). He is on Nasdaq’s Center for Board Excellence Advisory Board and Catalyst’s Women on Board Advisory Council. David is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Past Chair of the SF Bay Chapter, a founding member of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) and a former board member of the Wharton Center for Entrepreneurship and the Asian Pacific Fund Community Foundation of San Francisco.

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Cindie Jamison

Chair, Darden Restaurants

Chair, Big Lots

Audit Chair, Office Depot

Cindie Jamison was elected Chair of the Darden Restaurants Board (NYSE: DRI) in September 2023, having served as a Director since October 2014 as part of a complete Board replacement slate through Starboard Value’s proxy fight. Since 2013, she has also served on the Office Depot Board (NASDAQ: ODP) where she Chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. In May 2015, she joined the Big Lots, Inc (NYSE: BIG) Board, and became Chair in May 2022. In May 2023 Cindie stepped down from the Tractor Supply Company Board (NASDAQ:TSCO), a position she has held since 2002, where she was Chairman of the Board, after serving as Lead Director, and Chair of the Audit, Compensation & Corporate Governance Committees. Cindie joined the Board of Save the Children in February 2024.

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Tonie Leatherberry

Lead Director, Direct Digital Holdings Board Director Zoetis; Amfam, Inc.

Tonie Leatherberry was at Deloitte for nearly three decades where she was the principal architect of The Board Leadership Forum and the NextGen CEO Academy, each of which has had a meaningful impact, ultimately placing more than 70 Black leaders into executive-level and board roles. As Chair Emeritus of the Executive Leadership Council, she created the Chairman’s Council of Academic Achievement to address achievement gaps for students of color in America’s educational systems, and as President of the Deloitte Foundation, the mission was to drive initiatives to develop future leaders through education. She is a passionate leader who has devoted much of her professional life to creating opportunities for women and people of color. Tonie is Lead director for Direct Digital Holdings, and a Board Director at Zoetis Inc. and American Family Insurance.

Chris Perry

Chris Perry

President, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

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Chris Perry serves as President of Broadridge Financial Solutions (NYSE: BR), where he focused on driving Broadridge’s overall growth strategy, including overseeing Broadridge International as well as helping lead M&A, DEI and ESG strategies. Chris also oversees all client and marketing activities globally and is responsible for delivering the company’s annual sales targets spanning all business units and product lines. He has been a driving force behind the transformation of the organization from a portfolio of companies to an enterprise cloud-based services provider. Under Chris’ leadership, Broadridge has enjoyed eight years of consecutive record-setting sales. Previously, Chris has held numerous management and commercial roles at Thomson Reuters (NYSE:TRI), and its predecessor, Thomson Financial, and prior worked in several FinTech

companies. In January 2019, Chris was elected to the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Institute (FSI) and is former Chairman and ongoing member of British American Business, a membership organization that enables transatlantic commerce. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profits, including Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, NPower, an organization that provides underprivileged youths and military veterans with the opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential, the United Way of NYC, and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. In addition, he is a sponsor of the Women on Wall Street Association, a New York-based business leadership organization that helps accelerate careers of women in financial services and unites business professionals in support of equality, executive leadership and breaking the glass ceiling.

Nicole Sandford

Nicole Sandford

President, CEO and Board Director, Aspira Women’s Health

Nicole Sandford was appointed to Board of Aspira Women’s Health (NASDAQ:AWH) in February 2021 and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2022. Nicole brings more than three decades of executive and leadership experience to the role as an innovator, business leader and sought-after advisor to CEOs and Boards on strategy, operations, human capital, governance, and risk. She spent over 27 years with global consultancy, Deloitte, where she launched new ventures, transformed underperforming practices, and led mature businesses, including the firm’s flagship Regulatory and Operational Risk practice. She started her career with Deloitte as an auditor specializing in high-growth global companies in the technology, healthcare and industrial sectors, and advising on complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions, financings, and securities offerings. Nicole is a member of the Advisory Board for Ellig Group, a

boutique human capital and strategy consultancy, an Emeritus Member of the Weinberg Center at the University of Delaware and the patient representative for the Greenwich Hospital Breast Cancer Accreditation Committee. She was previously the Board Chair of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, and Board Member of the Stamford Public Education Foundation.

Myrna Soto

Myrna Soto

Founder and CEO Apogee Executive

Advisors; Board Director, CMS Energy, Spirit Airlines, TriNet & Popular Inc.

Myrna is Founder and CEO of Apogee Executive Advisors, an advisory firm focused on providing strategic consulting to Executive Leaders and Boards (Public & Private) in the areas of Technology Risk, CyberSecurity, Technology integrations, Digital Transformations and Enterprise Risk Management. She also serves as a Strategic Advisor and on the Advisory Boards of multiple privately held organizations. Myrna serves on the Boards of CMS Energy/Consumers Energy (NYSE: CMS, Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE), TriNet (NYSE: TNET), and Popular Inc. (Banco Popular, and Popular Bank) (NASDAQ: BPOP). She is recognized as a Governance and Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corp Directors (NACD). Additionally, she serves on Privately Heald Boards of Delinea, Headspace, Vectra.ai and Huntress. Myrna has over 28 years of focused Information Technology/ Cybersecurity experience and accolades within a variety of industries, including: telecommunications, financial services, hospitality, Insurance/Risk Management, and gaming/entertainment. Myrna served as the Global Chief Information Security Office at Comcast Corp & MGM Resorts. Additionally, she has also served in other senior executive roles including Chief Strategy Officer, Chief trust Officer and Chief Operations Officer.

Kathy Higgins Victor

President & CEO, Centera Corporation 

Board Director, Conduent Inc., and formerly, Best Buy Co., Inc.

Kathy is the President and CEO of Centera Corporation, an executive development and leadership consulting firm, located in Minneapolis, MN. Kathy advises Boards, CEOs and C-suite executives on leadership effectiveness, executive and CEO succession, and corporate governance. Her firm’s work spans a multitude of diverse Fortune 500 industry sectors. Prior to founding Centera in 1995,

she had broad experience in senior executive and officer level positions. Her experiences and competencies cover the major human resource functions including: executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, CEO and executive succession, organizational culture, and employee and labor relations, gained through director and senior vice president roles with the global companies of Northwest Airlines, Grand Metropolitan PLC, The Pillsbury Company, and Burger King Corporation. Kathy sits on the boards of Conduent, Inc. since 2019 and formerly Best Buy, where she was Nom/Gov Committee Chair (1999-2020).

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Janice Reals Ellig

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of the Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as the Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK: www.womensforumny.org).

Janice is personally committed to several NFP organizations: Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Incoming Chair, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

“Listening to our clients’ needs, learning their business and understanding their culture is how we present the best talent and provide  a competitive advantage. We place candidates with the character, competencies, commitment, (intellectual) curiosity and courage to make a difference. Our goal is always to go beyond the expected and deliver valuable advice, measurable results and great talent!”

– Janice Reals Ellig

  • Champion of gender parity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Industry expert, speaker, and author
  • Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative
  • Committed board and committee member and philanthropist

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