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CORRECTING and REPLACING Leadership Powerhouse Lineup Joins Merryck & Co.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Leadership–Sixth bullet of release should read: former CEO of Banamex USA (instead of CitiBanamex).

The updated release reads:


Merryck & Co., a global executive coaching and mentoring firm, welcomed seven distinguished leaders to its growing cadre of executive mentors:

  • Dawn Zier, former President & CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc.
  • Denice Kronau, former CFO of Siemens Americas & Global Chief Diversity Officer
  • Jenny Ming, former President & CEO of Charlotte Russe
  • Joe Laymon, former VP, HR and Corporate Services of Chevron
  • Kathy Waller, former CFO of The Coca-Cola Company
  • Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, former Head of Citigroup’s International Personal Bank & former CEO of Banamex USA
  • Saar Gillai, former CEO of Teridion & former GM Head of Cloud, HPE

“We are excited to add seven incredibly talented and diverse leaders to our cadre of professionals,” said David Reimer, Merryck’s chief executive. “Each has played critical roles in transforming businesses and all have exceptionally strong track records of developing leaders along the way. That operating experience, plus their boardroom exposure, will be invaluable to other leaders. Companies are navigating unprecedented complexities, and now more than ever, an organization’s most strategic asset is Leadership. These executives understand that at a DNA-level. I’m proud and humbled to have them join the team.”

Dawn Zier is an accomplished CEO and independent board director best known for engineering a remarkable turnaround of the iconic brand, Nutrisystem (Nasdaq: NTRI). Throughout her career she has successfully led enterprise-wide transformations and seized high impact opportunities to drive aggressive growth in fast-paced, dynamic consumer-facing industries. A marketer at heart with intuitive insights and a passion for data and analytics, she has architected product innovation and marketing breakthroughs that have created noteworthy industry firsts, competitive advantage, and enviable shareholder value.

Denice Kronau is a seasoned corporate executive and board member with over 35 years of leadership experience working for the world’s leading multinationals including Siemens, Diageo, Kraft, and Phillip Morris. Skilled at leading across highly matrixed, global organizations, Kronau has held numerous C-suite positions throughout her career including CFO, CEO, and Chief Diversity Officer. A recognized authority on the importance of personal and career fulfillment, Kronau is the author of “Falling in Love With Work” and is a frequent speaker on workplace happiness and women in leadership.

Jenny Ming is a respected CEO and board director with over 35 years of leadership experience running global organizations. A seasoned veteran of the retail industry, Ming brings extensive knowledge into boardrooms and C-suites on turnarounds, consumer trends, technology and innovation, brand development, planning, and distribution. She is a frequent speaker on various leadership and business topics.

Joe Laymon is an accomplished C-suite executive and independent board director best known for his 30 years of leadership contributions to human resources at several iconic, multinational brands including Chevron, Ford Motor Company, Xerox, and Kodak. Over his career, Laymon has had a track record of success in managing diverse global workforces and overseeing several senior leadership succession initiatives.

Kathy Waller is an accomplished senior executive and Fortune 100 CFO. She has over 35 years of experience, culminating in a 5-year stint as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services of The Coca-Cola Company. At Merryck & Co., she works with succession candidates, C-suite executives, and senior leaders in critical roles. She is the first Black and first female CFO of a Fortune 100 company.

Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann is a seasoned CEO with broad leadership experience in sales & marketing, risk management and international business operations, most recently at Citigroup and its subsidiaries. She brings deep expertise in the financial services industry and digitizing the consumer experience. With a demonstrated track record of leading highly successful business turnarounds, scaling new businesses and expanding operations globally, Macieira-Kaufmann also brings a strong background in governance through her corporate and non-profit board experiences. At Merryck & Co., she works with succession candidates, C-suite executives and senior leaders.

Saar Gillai is an accomplished senior executive and board director with over 25 years of experience in the technology sector. Through his experience, he has gained both technical expertise and strategic insights in a variety of key markets and applications, as well as an in-depth understanding of the evolution and adoption of cloud technologies and processes in the enterprise and service provider market. At Merryck & Co., he works with succession candidates, C-suite executives, and senior leaders in critical roles.

About Merryck & Co.:

Merryck & Co. is a global firm of experienced CEOs and global business leaders who specialize in the business world’s most valuable strategic asset: Leadership. We bring an operator’s lens to executive development with services that focus on senior executive development, succession, emerging leaders development, and enterprise development.


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