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.
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.
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.
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.
Haroon M. Cheema is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, specializing in international business, corporate reorganizations, compliance, and other complexities faced by large companies with multiple subsidiaries. After two decades as an international tax lawyer, Haroon has developed expertise in formulating and executing innovative solutions that have added hundres of millions of dollars in value.
Most recently, Haroon completed his tenure as the Head of Taxation for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), a sovereign wealth fund in the United Arab Emirates with over $110 billion in assets under management. Haroon has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Williams College.
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.
Anne Robson is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, serving as a Senior Advisor on matters of leadership development, talent, strategy and culture transformation. Prior to N2Growth, Anne acted as Executive Vice President and helped build significant businesses for several Fortune 500 companies including McKesson, Ernst & Young, and Eastman Kodak.
Most recently, Anne acted as EVP and Chief Client Officer for Kelleher Associates, a firm focused on executive coaching and career management support for executives at the C-Suite level. Anne holds an undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Executive Development Program.
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.
Tim is an Executive in Residence at N2Growth, specializing in leadership development and high-performing teams, with a focus on teaching and the N2Institute. He is a team-building strategist with an extensive track record of helping individuals thrive professionally, exceed previous limitations, and reach unprecedented levels of performance. His unique perspective on leadership is grounded in over 20+ years of leadership development training and a comprehensive knowledge of leading high-performing teams and how to enhance professional growth through teamwork, accountability, and old-fashioned hard work.
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.