Alexander Saint-AmandCLICK FOR BIO
As a founding member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., Alexander serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his guidance, we have become the leader in providing timely and powerful connections to expertise. Alexander was previously our Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Gerson Lehrman Group, Alexander reported on companies and financial markets for Bloomberg Business News in New York and Frankfurt. His work has been published in The New York Times and Frankfüerter Allgemeine Zeitung, among other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Alexander has also volunteered as an emergency medical technician, is a licensed multi-engine pilot and has trained sled dogs for the 1995 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
Will BallardCLICK FOR BIO
Will Ballard serves as Chief Technology Officer at Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. He oversees the Engineering and IT Organizations.
Prior to joining us, Will was the Executive Vice President of Technology and Engineering at Demand Media. Before that, he was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Pluck, through its acquisition by Demand Media. At both organizations Will managed large teams of engineers responsible for software architecture, design, development and quality assurance. He was also responsible for the design and operation of large data centers that helped run site services for customers including Gannett, Hearst Magazines, NFL.com, NPR, The Washington Post and Whole Foods. Will has also held leadership roles in software development at NetSolve (now Cisco), NetSpend and Works.com (now Bank of America). He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College.
John DonoghueCLICK FOR BIO
John serves as Head of New Markets at Gerson Lehrman Group and is responsible for launching and operationalizing new customer segments for GLG.
Prior to joining GLG, John practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers and served as Associate Counsel at the White House in the Clinton-Gore Administration.
John received his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.
Laurence HermanCLICK FOR BIO
Laurence serves as General Counsel and Managing Director at Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. He oversees legal and compliance globally, and works closely with communications and business development.
Prior to joining us, Laurence practiced law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and was Senior Vice President, Operations, for Capital IQ, Inc. He worked in strategic development for Delphi Capital, working with the firm's affiliated fund of funds and hedge funds, insurance companies and other investment projects. He currently serves on the board of the Investorside Research Association. Laurence received a BA from Williams College and earned a JD from the University of Chicago.
Jessica HuntCLICK FOR BIO
Jessica serves as General Manager of HighTable, crafting strategy and executing business plans for product development, community development, marketing and sales. With us since 2004, Jessica has previously worked as General Manager of Corporate Markets and Senior Vice President in charge of the Life Sciences Segment. In these roles Jessica forged and grew multiple Fortune 500 corporate relationships, including many of the world’s leading global life sciences, industrial and technology corporations.
Jessica was instrumental to the firm’s growth from the original 11 corporate clients to 160 firms, including nine of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies. She has also managed and directed the sales and marketing teams across the business in the U.S., EU and Asia. Jessica holds a B.A. in biological anthropology from Duke University and a Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Yale University.
David LeggCLICK FOR BIO
David serves as Head of International Markets and Managing Director of Gerson Lehrman Group (Asia) Limited. Since 2003, David has developed our global client base and led our strategic expansion into Europe and Asia, with GLG teams now serving clients in over a dozen unique markets outside the US.
Prior to joining us, David was at McKinsey & Company overseeing strategy and business development projects in the United States, Canada and England. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada, and holds a PhD in political science from Yale University. In addition, David holds a law degree from Oxford University, where he was a Chevening fellow.
Phillip PonCLICK FOR BIO
Phillip Pon serves as Co-Head of Global Research and Managing Director of Gerson Lehrman Group (Asia) Limited.
Prior to joining us, Phillip held positions at KKR/Capstone, McKinsey & Company and CIBC Merchant Banking. He received his undergraduate degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and holds an MSc in Forced Migration from Oxford University.
Tania SecorCLICK FOR BIO
Tania Secor serves as Chief Financial Officer at Gerson Lehrman Group where she oversees finance, accounting, marketing, human resources and strategy. Tania has over 18 years of financial leadership experience, previously serving as CFO for Digital, Mobile and Print Media at Bloomberg. In 2009, she led the sale and integration of Businessweek into Bloomberg.
Before her involvement at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, she spent six years at McGraw Hill in various financial leadership positions, including Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at McGraw-Hill’s Information & Media division, a $1 billion division of McGraw-Hill. She began her career as an investment banker at JP Morgan and then worked for six years in private equity at Weiss, Peck & Greer as a Vice President. Tania attended Columbia University both for undergraduate and later for her M.B.A., graduating Beta Gamma Sigma.