October 12, 2022 – Chicago-based Cooper Coleman LLC has assisted in the recruitment of Gillian Power as the new chief technology officer of Lambda Legal. “We are proud to have Gillian join our team as our new chief technology officer,” said Kevin Jennings, CEO of Lambda Legal. “Gillian’s rich depth of experience and ability to adapt quickly to technological change will be critical to the success of our organization. I’m excited to work with her to establish a technology roadmap and strategy for the organization that will advance and support its mission and goals.”
Ms. Power has served for over a decade as the CIO of an AM Law 200 firm. She has over 20 years of legal technology experience at four firms, from a global firm to two regional and a national firm. Before her career in legal technology, Ms. Power was a physician in the complementary health field in South Africa.
Ms. Power is an active member in the legal technology community, having served for five years as a committee member, including two as a thought leader, for the annual International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference. She was a recipient of an ILTA Distinguished Peer Award in 2011 for the area of server/operations and was a shortlist nominee for the ILTA Distinguished Peer Award for IT Professional of the Year award in 2013. Ms. Power is an active advocate and public speaker for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.
“I’m incredibly honored to be joining Lambda Legal as their new CTO,” said Ms. Power. “The mission and work of Lambda Legal has never been more pressing and pertinent. I’m passionate about creating solutions that support efficiency and empower teams to be successful. I am excited to create and execute best practice solutions and to spearhead strategies to accelerate the digital transformation of Lambda Legal’s mission and objectives.”
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
Founded in 2020, Cooper Coleman is a full-service executive search and consulting firm partnering exclusively with non-profit organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions to drive meaningful growth. Its team moves organizations forward by placing “the right leaders in the right roles at the right time” and helps to strengthen their management and fundraising capacity to amplify their mission and impact.
CTOs in High Demand
Demand for top technology executives continues to gain momentum and executive search firms have been there to meet this demand. Here is an overview of some top firms working with organizations to fill their needs for technology executives from the Hunt Scanlon archives.
San Francisco-based Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, has assisted in placing Urvashi Tyagi as chief technology officer of ResMed, a medical device company in San Diego, CA. Partner Dante Carpinito led the assignment. Ms. Tyagi will lead ResMed’s digital health technology team, driving the innovation and adoption of its cloud-based digital health platforms, as well as investments in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning.
ChampionScott Partners, which specializes in senior-level appointments for technology and technology-enabled companies, recently helped to place James Smith as chief technology officer at Libertas Funding, a financial technology firm specializing in providing small to medium-sized businesses with fast access to capital. Mr. Smith brings 20-plus years of product, development and operational leadership with him to Libertas Funding. He joins the firm from Hakkiri, a delivery tracking and reporting navigation system, which he co-founded and led as CEO.
San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Alan Matuszak as the new chief technology officer of Greenphire, a global provider of financial lifecycle management for clinical trials. Vice presidents Katelyn Quaresma and Ned Lanphier led the assignment. “We’re delighted to have Alan join our team,” said Jim Murphy, CEO of Greenphire. “Over the years, Greenphire has established itself as an innovator, market leader and trusted partner. The organization’s success is the result of our team’s deep commitment to continuous improvement and evolution.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media