September 11, 2023 – New York-based Work&Partners has been selected by Toppan Merrill to lead in its search for a chief product officer. Founder and president Alan Work is leading the assignment. The chief product officer will join the company’s executive leadership team and will report to the president. The executive in this role will be expected to reimagine the approach to product development and establish a customer-driven and product-led mindset that is focused on enhancing the customer experience and driving value to the organization.
The CPO 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.
The successful candidate, says Work&Partners, will be a champion for a customer and product-led digital experience that embraces transformative technology and innovation. This role will define and drive the approach to product management, with a focus on creating metrics that will guide decision making all while maintaining the utmost level of security and trust, consistent with Toppan Merrill’s culture and brand promise.
The search firm is looking for candidates that are currently a sitting chief product officer or top division product executive. They should have 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. Candidates should have a passion for learning and innovation, balanced by business needs and customer requirements/expectations. They must have experience in navigating complex organizations and creating cross-functional teams that are skilled in collaboration across all levels of the organization. Prior experience with creating and managing budgets and ROIs is also a plus.
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.
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.
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.
Work&Partners Recruits CFO for Toppan Merrill
Work&Partners placed Cindy Sattler as the CFO of Toppan Merrill, a provider of financial printing and communication solutions. Founder and president Alan Work led the assignment. Ms. Sattler was formerly the secretary and CFO of Archway Marketing Services. Prior to that, she was secretary, chief operations officer and CFO of Lawrence Merchandising Services. During her tenure there, Ms. Sattler also served as CEO and board member. Before that, Ms. Sattler was senior vice president, chief administrative officer and principal financial officer for HomeServices of America. Earlier in her career there, she also served as VP, corporate controller.
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.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media