Work&Partners Recruits Chief Product Officer for Toppan Merrill

January 5, 2024 – New York-based Work&Partners has placed Jonathan Chu as chief product officer of Toppan Merrill. The search firm was seeking executives with demonstrated success in taking products from discovery to execution, producing measurable business value as well as a track record of success in driving culture change and mind-set shifts.

Mr. Chu fit the bill. He was formerly with PrivCo and served as their chief product officer. Prior to that, he was the co-founder and chief operating officer at Jetson, AI. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chu was the co-founder of Spiffy, a consumer retail startup and before that, at Deloitte LLP as their digital product development manager, for the U.S. innovation team.

In his new position with Toppan Merrill, Mr. Chu will lead the product development function and partner with functional areas including sales, service, marketing, and engineering to discover and introduce new products and refine and enhance existing products, further enhancing the customer experience.

Toppan Merrill, a provider of financial printing and communication solutions, is part of the Toppan Printing Co., a global printing group, headquartered in Tokyo with about $14 billion in annual sales in the U.S. Toppan Merrill has been a partner to the financial, legal, and corporate communities for five decades, providing secure, innovative solutions to complex content and communications requirements.

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Last year, Work&Partners recruited Beau Mersereau as the chief technology officer for Toppan Merrill. Founder and president Alan Work led the assignment. Mr. Mersereau was formerly at Fish & Richardson P.C. During his 21-plus years with the company, he served as chief technology officer, leading the legal technology solutions group. Prior to that, he was Fish & Richardson’s director of applications for development and support.

Work&Partners also placed Cindy Sattler as the new CFO of Toppan Merrill. As CFO, Ms. Sattler will join Toppan Merrill’s executive leadership team in a high-impact and strategic role reporting to the business unit president. She will be responsible for the direction and management of its client’s financial strategies and activities across a multi-national business and will be instrumental in driving transformation and simplification of the business. Ms. Sattler was formerly the secretary and CFO of Archway Marketing Services.

Experienced Search Firm

Work&Partners is a retained executive search firm that recruits senior-level executives for top management and technology consulting organizations, high-tech firms, and corporations on a global basis. The firm combines this core competency with a strong focus on M&A due diligence, TAS, and corporate finance consulting environments. Its team of retained search consultants, researchers, and support personnel that have built a network of global contacts in the financial services and Fortune 500 arena.

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 10 Recruiting Stories of 2023
For the recruiting industry, 2023 was a mixed bag. Recruiters continued to look for new ways to provide value to clients, AI remained a hot topic, and market consolidation led by investors continued to impact the industry. While fears of a recession, talent shortages, and candidate-driven market have been challenges for search consultants. Meanwhile, finding talent for the private equity sector has been a hot area for recruiters. In addition, truly transformative events and innovative change dominated our newswires, rankings and market intelligence reports this year. As we do every year, Hunt Scanlon Media took on the challenge of selecting our Top 10 stories that shaped the recruiting landscape.

2023 was a quite the year for technology. Recruiters have told Hunt Scanlon that generative AI is on track to becoming the most pivotal advancement for human capital and talent-centric business in more than four decades and reports from McKinsey & Company have confirmed that. This has also led to the emergence of the chief generative AI officer, a subject that H.I. Executive Consulting’s (HIEC) Tony Leng detailed in one popular story from this year. In addition, chief information security officers are another role on the rise. These executives saw an 11 percent increase in compensation over the last year, says a report from IANS Research and Artico Search.

Mr. Work founded Work&Partners in 2002. In focusing on the development of C-level teams, he has filled roles at the managing director, partner, vice president, and president levels. His expertise spans a range of industries and includes knowledge of the management consulting, technology consulting, financial services, and telecommunications sectors. He has placed candidates in the Big Four accounting firms, both public and private companies, professional services organizations, and venture-backed entities. Cognizant, FTI Consulting, Be Informed, Deloitte Consulting, eBay/PayPal, Capgemini, LiquidHub, and Electronic Ink are among the clients Mr. Work has worked with since the firm’s inception.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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