Leadership Team

Marcus Buckingham
Founder and Chairman

Marcus Buckingham broke all the rules and launched his career by writing a classic management book. He has since dedicated himself to understanding the fine nature of world-class managers, articulating it, and sharing it with the world. Learn more...

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. Previously Jason was the Chief Business Innovation Officer at Appirio, which acquired Knowledge Infusion, the company he co-founded and served as CEO. He has also held senior positions at both PeopleSoft and Ceridian Corporation. Show more...

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
President and Senior Vice President of Coaching and Education

Charlotte Jordan 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. Show more...

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 Coaching.com, a division of Ken Blanchard Companies, where she was responsible for the research and development of knowledge management systems.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Law degree, and several professional coaching certifications.

Rosette Cataldo
Senior Vice President of Business Development

Rosette Cataldo comes to The Marcus Buckingham Company with 20 years of sales and business development experience in new or emerging markets. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Business Development for mBLAST, a social media analytics software company in Cambridge, MA, where she developed the initial go to market reseller and OEM strategy and led the sales organization. Show more...

Prior to mBLAST, Rosette was part of the KMS Software Company executive team. At KMS, she built a strategic partner distribution channel and direct sales from the ground up. She led all sales initiatives for over six years, helping KMS become the selected vendor of numerous well-known industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies. Quickly recognized as a subject matter expert on employee onboarding technology, she was frequently invited to speak about this rapidly growing HR market niche.

As Director of Business Development at Webhire (later acquired by Kenexa), Rosette headed all partner initiatives. In 2005, HR.com, one of the HR industry’s leading research firms, recognized her team’s efforts by identifying Webhire’s partnership strategies as among the best of any talent management company. Prior to Webhire, Rosette served as Senior Director of Worldwide channel sales for Elron Software, Inc., increasing channel revenue by over 100% in two years.

Having spent all of her professional career in both direct and channel management, Rosette has been an invited guest at numerous Channel Management-specific speaking engagements, including Channel Focus North America, the largest and most respected conference for channel sales executives.

Rosette earned her MBA, with a concentration in strategic management, from Boston College, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Organizational Behavior with a minor in social psychology from Boston University. She volunteers with multiple non-profits and currently sits on the board of directors for The Revere Beach Partnership and Steps4Cancer.org.

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. David has more than 17 years of professional experience in software, spanning the gamut of the development lifecycle including requirements gathering/analysis, system architecture, coding, database design/modeling, testing, and systems integration and administration. Show more...

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.

David graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Economics in 1993, but quickly realized that software development was where his strengths lay, and has loved the field ever since.

Amy Leschke-Kahle
Vice President of Product Platform

Amy Leschke-Kahle comes to The Marcus Buckingham Company from Kohl's Department Stores, where she most recently served as Vice President of the HR Solution Center. She led several of the company's recent HR Technology initiatives, including optimizing the Workforce Technology systems and processes and building a best-in-class learning management system. Amy also served as Vice President of Learning & Development for Kohl's. Show more...

Before joining Kohl's, Amy 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 Product Platform for TMBC, Amy will focus on the StandOut platform, overseeing user experience, product communication, and the platform's future roadmap to build upon and improve StandOut as a tool to help leaders and their teams do more of their best work.

Amy holds a chemical engineering degree from Miami University (Ohio) and an MBA from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She's often asked how she went from chemical engineering to people-focused work. Her reply: both focus on solving really hard problems that you can't see.