Thought Leadership On Demand
The N2Growth EIR program is comprised of former board and C-level executives, as well as highly regarded subject matter experts who serve as senior advisors to N2Growth and N2Ventures. In addition to their portfolio work at N2Growth and N2Ventures, EIRs are also available for select interim executive and consulting assignments. Our Executive In Residence program is a highly competitive, application only process, with less than 3% of prospective EIRs being accepted into the program.
Patrick Lawlor is an Executive In Residence at N2Growth serving as a senior advisor in the global strategy practice with an emphasis on business transformation and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining N2Growth Patrick was President of the America’s at Sapa Extrusions. Patrick is an experienced CFO and received his Accounting degree from the College of Commerce in Dublin Ireland.
James Myers is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, serving as a Senior Advisor in cybersecurity, digital transformation, risk, and strategy. As TerremarkWorldwide’s global security leader, James secured thousands of servers worldwide. More recently, James has leveraged his deep understanding of information security problems to consult for public and private clients with varying needs in the insurance, financial services, and education sectors. James holds an MS in Technology Management from the University of Denver and a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Communication Systems from Arizona State University.
Eric serves as an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, serving as a senior advisor on matters of leadership, talent, organization, and culture. Eric helps his clients as a transformative consultant and/or coach as they navigate uncertainties and complexities in the course of business. Prior to joining N2Growth, Eric had extensive international experience as an HR executive. Eric is an executive alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP) and holds an MBA and an engineering degree. Eric serves on the Advisory Boards of two International HR Master’s degree programs.
Marcelo Castro Zappa is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, serving as Senior Advisor to the firm’s culture transformation, strategy, and executive coaching practices. Before joining N2Growth, Marcelo had a successful, 30-year career at Grupo Santander. There, his roles included CEO of Global Banking & Markets of Grupo Santander UK, CFO and Board Member of Banco Santanderrio S.A., Global CFO of the Investment Banking Unit, Spain and Global Treasurer of Grupo Santander. Marcelo Castro was also a Member of the Board of ISDA, EMTA, MEFF (Spanish Futures Markets), Asociacion de Mercados Financieros (AMF) and Chairman of the Argentinian Electronic Market (M.A.E.). Marcelo holds degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina.
Steven Kenney is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, serving as a senior advisor in the global strategy, culture transformation, and organizational practices. He brings an emphasis on strategic foresight into his work with clients to align their strategies and organizations in anticipation of emerging future trends. Prior to joining N2Growth, Steven was a senior executive and practitioner in the strategy consultancies Monitor 360 and Toffler Associates. Steven holds degrees from the University of California and Columbia University and completed Executive Education programs at Harvard Business School and Wharton.
Tom Wright is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, serving as a Senior Advisor to Private Equity in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. A former President and CEO of a private equity backed government contractor specializing in small arms firing ranges for law enforcement departments and military installations, Tom brings a wealth of hands on, C-level, strategic operating experience to N2Growth clients. Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Nana Yalley is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, specializing in international business, strategy, leadership development, energy, and biotechnology. Prior to joining N2Growth, Nana was the CEO of Agrobrasilia and the Director of Corporate Operations at Abengoa. Nana has experience building companies from the ground-up and leading complete business turnarounds. He has addressed China’s top industrial leaders at the behest of China’s government, and received honorary recognition at the People’s Parliament in Beijing, a first for a foreign business leader. He is a global citizen, a quadrilingual by virtue of his Scandinavian and African roots, and he holds citizenships in the U.S., the European Union and Ghana.
Mike Kerouac an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, specializing in supply chain and the full value chain, mergers and acquisitions, and data analytics. As a 35-year veteran in technology, Mike most recently completed a 21-year career at EMC Corporation. Mike’s experience at EMC was functionally diverse including tenure as the President of Global Product Operations and strategy work on the firm’s Operational Excellence Committee, Diversity Council, and IT Budget Committee. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac received an MBA from Duke University, an MS in Applied Management from Lesley College and a BS in Engineering from UMass, Lowell.
MARCUS DE FREITAS
Marcus De Freitas is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, serving as a Senior Advisor in inbound and outbound investment in Latin America, international trade, geopolitics, and business in emerging markets. Uniquely situated at the intersections of business, law, and international relations, Marcus is particularly skilled at considering all factors of business decisions before making recommendations.Before joining N2Growth, Marcus was the Administrative Director of the Sao Paulo Housing Company. Marcus’ previous consulting experience includes time spent at the Latin American Business Center of Ernst & Young as well as at Global Trader International as the Managing Partner and CEO.
Marcelo Bernardez is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, specializing in risk management, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and negotiations. With nearly 25 years of experience, Marcelo brings his passion for work, attention to detail, and risk management centric approach to all of his business engagements.
Most recently, Marcelo completed his tenure as the Chief Operating Officer and Legal Manager of Providence Solutions Participações, a Brazilian firm which buys and sells consumer credit card debt. Marcelo has received three LL.M. degrees—two from UniversidadeCatólica and one from Alcala University—an MBA from ISEAD, and a B.S. of Law from Catholic University of Salvador.
LIZ PIETERS | Global Chair – Executive Advisory Services
Liz Pieters serves as Global Chair of N2Growth’s Executive Advisory Practice, which is responsible for the oversight of our Executive in Residence program. Liz leads the team responsible for the recruiting and onboarding of EIRs as well as liaises between our EIRs and practice chairs on project deployment of EIRs. Liz is an exceptional leader who combines strong business acumen and a unique set of leadership skills to coach, inform and transform business leaders, driving remarkable personal and business success. As a former Xerox executive and Vice President of Business Development for Lee Hecht Harrison, Liz brings a wealth of corporate leadership experience to N2Growth.