Marcus Buckingham

Founder & Chairman

Once you’ve broken all the rules and launched your career by writing an instant classic management book, what do you do for an encore? If you’re Marcus Buckingham, you dedicate yourself to understanding what makes world-class managers tick, bottling it, and sharing it with the world.

Marcus first conquered the bestseller lists in 1999 with First, Break All the Rules. While the title may imply an iconoclastic streak, his continuing plea for managers to break with tradition has nothing to do with rebellion; instead, he argues, rules must be broken and discarded because they stifle the originality and uniqueness — the strengths — that can enable all of us to achieve our highest performance.

His latest book, StandOut, has launched not just a new strengths assessment but an entire productivity platform based on a new research methodology to reveal your top two “strength Roles” — your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers and leaders with quick insights on how to get the best from each member of their team.

Marcus has worked with the world’s most prestigious companies, including Facebook, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Microsoft and Disney, to name just a few. His compelling message has also drawn attention from numerous media outlets. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The View,” and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review.

Jason Averbook

Chief Executive Officer

Jason Averbook is recognized as one of the top thought leaders in the space of HR, workforce and enterprise technology.

Jason brings with him over 20 years of invaluable experience helping organizations resolve common business problems through the use of innovative solutions. As one CEO has said about Jason, “He just gets it and can put it into language that we get.”

Jason has been a contributor to Inc., Businessweek, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CIO Magazine, HR Executive Online, Talent Management Magazine, NPR, SHRM, IHRIM and other well-known publications. He was named as one of the World’s 10 Most Powerful HR Technology Experts by HR Executive Magazine.

Charlotte Jordan Saulny

President & Senior Vice President, Coaching & Education

Charlotte Jordan Saulny is an expert in strengths-based leadership development and executive coaching. She has worked with Marcus since 2005, when he recruited her to design and develop learning initiatives and broaden the company’s service offerings. Charlotte has been instrumental in building long-term partnerships with a diverse roster of clients including Hilton, Facebook, Microsoft, Cisco, Accenture, Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and Kohl’s.

Prior to joining The Marcus Buckingham Company, Charlotte was Director of Coaching for The Anthony Robbins Companies. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of this large division, she recruited, trained and managed 70 coaches in the delivery of professional coaching services across the US and Europe. Her passion for the coaching profession grew from her earlier work at, a division of Ken Blanchard Companies, where she was responsible for the research and development of knowledge management systems.

Heidi Spirgi

Senior Vice President, Product & Technology 

As Senior Vice President of Product and Technology, Heidi Spirgi is responsible for the direction and strategy of the company’s technology products. She oversees all aspects of global delivery and consulting to ensure that products drive a measurable increase in team performance and engagement.

With over 20 years of experience in HR and the technology industry, Heidi has worked with many of the world’s largest companies, helping them reinvent their approach to talent and leverage new and emerging technologies to create a meaningful employee experience.

Heidi is an active participant in the HCM community and is a frequent presenter and panelist at industry events. She writes frequently on the topics of HR, talent management and technology. Heidi holds a master’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

David Wagner

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, David Wagner is responsible for the StandOut Platform’s technology architecture, strategy, and development, as well as the myriad internal and external technical initiatives and commitments of the organization.

Prior to The Marcus Buckingham Company, David was a Director of Technology at UnitedHealth Group, a health insurance company with over $100 billion in annual sales.

Kurt Deneen

Vice President, Client Experience

Kurt Deneen leads the team responsible for delivering excellence to The Marcus Buckingham Company’s clients. As Vice President of Client Experience, Kurt works with clients to drive performance through highly engaged teams. His efforts focus on developing strong and lasting relationships with each of TMBC’s partners.

Prior to joining TMBC, Kurt spent over a decade leading large-scale client projects for Gallup. His consulting engagements demonstrate his passion for strengths-based leadership and helping team leaders understand how they can maximize the impact they have on their team.

Amy Leschke-Kahle

Vice President, Performance Acceleration

Amy has led learning and development organizations for several Fortune 100 companies. She has also been involved in implementing global lean manufacturing initiatives, knowledge management solutions, technical recruiting and academic leadership.

As Vice President of Performance Acceleration, Amy helps to drive new sales and build partnerships with both software and service providers, collaborating with clients to transform performance and leadership development across the globe.

Jessica Cheung

Vice President, Marketing

As Vice President Marketing, Jessica drives all marketing, branding and customer acquisition. She also cultivates opportunities in new and existing customer markets and increases demand for strengths-based solutions.

Jessica comes to The Marcus Buckingham Company with more than 10 years of experience in the B2B market. She brings a unique understanding and passion for understanding the needs of leaders and finding solutions that solve the challenges of the future of work. In her previous roles, she worked with senior leaders from large global enterprises to provide insights into the factors driving the HR industry and helped them achieve their HR strategies and objectives. 

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