Work&Partners Retained by Toppan Merrill

June 24, 2024 – New York-based Work&Partners has been selected by Toppan Merrill to lead in its search for a director of ESG. “Our client is the best-in-class partner for complex, secure communications,” said Alan Work, founder and president of Work&Partners. “A company that is trusted, responsive, expert and human, our client delivers premier technology-driven solutions to communicate mission critical content more efficiently and accurately. Built on what today’s business demands and tomorrow’s business requires, our client provides a responsive partnership, rooted in deep market expertise, modern agile solutions built around business needs, and a commitment to forward-thinking technology that ensures speed, precision, and accuracy.”

The director of ESG will be responsible for advising and leading Toppan Merrill’s Environmental, Social, and Governance strategy. The director will support the company’s internal goals for ESG, complying with the latest standards in the industry and developing a “go to market” strategy to ensure their products and solutions are innovative, competitive and market leading.

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.

Earlier this year, Work&Partner 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 2022, 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.

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Work&Partners also placed Cindy Sattler as the 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.

Proven 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.


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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 and Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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