PLANO, TX (October 20, 2014) – Dennis O’Gara, Chief Executive Officer of Altair Global, announces today a series of promotions and organizational changes to further enhance Altair’s global service delivery capabilities. These developments accomplish the primary goals of continuing to build Altair’s global bench strength by acquiring the brightest talent from both inside and outside the mobility industry, and building on provisions that have been in place for several years related to senior management succession as the company continues its global expansion.
Chad Sterling, CRP, GMS, has been appointed President in addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer of Altair, reporting directly to Mr. O’Gara. In this position, Mr. Sterling oversees the delivery of treasury and client accounting operations, household goods move management, sales and marketing, pricing and analysis, audit and legal services, supply chain management, and business technology. Having joined Altair in 2003 as Vice President of Accounting and then being promoted to Senior Vice President in 2006, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2009, and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in 2012, Mr. Sterling has been and continues to be a key player in the formulation and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives and an integral contributor to the creation of financial solutions for Altair’s clients.
Mr. O’Gara is quoted as saying, “Chad’s appointment as President has been in the works since before our senior management group bought the company in 2012 from Altair’s founders, due to his leadership abilities and reputation within the industry. His business acumen over the past eleven years, coupled with his integral part in helping to grow Altair, makes this a natural progression in our company’s ascendance within the talent mobility arena.”
A shareholder in the company and with over 20 years’ experience in the mobility industry, Mr. Sterling holds the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations from Worldwide ERC®. Prior to working at Altair, Mr. Sterling was Vice President of Accounting at The Associates Relocation. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Dallas.
Altair also announces the promotion of Kathryn Cassidy to Executive Vice President, Global Client Services, with direct responsibility for Altair’s operational services across all regions, client services, and global compensation services. Ms. Cassidy will report directly to Mr. O’Gara and is a participant in the management ownership of Altair. In this role, Ms. Cassidy is accountable for Altair’s service delivery worldwide as well as client account relationships, client satisfaction, and account retention.
“Kathryn’s previous leadership roles managing global client engagement and operations, combined with her history of professional and global mobility success, equip her with unique skillsets and strategic insights that are ideal to Altair’s global expansion initiatives,” stated Mr. O’Gara. “Kathryn’s experience running global organizations is a great fit for this position, as each of our regions, offices, and service delivery teams are delivering a wide spectrum of global mobility services.”
When she joined Altair in 2014, Ms. Cassidy brought extensive industry knowledge and over 20 years of global experience to Altair. She is a British citizen who grew up in Ireland and obtained a degree in Business Administration from Dublin City University. Beginning her relocation career in 1990 in London, Ms. Cassidy has held leadership positions both in The Americas and in Europe.
Altair is also pleased to announce the acquisition of two talented individuals who will further assist in broadening the company’s strengths as a global mobility provider.
Joining the mobility industry for the first time, Jeff Douglass, CPA, has been hired as Altair’s Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting, and will report to Chad Sterling. Mr. Douglass is assuming many of the responsibilities previously held by Mr. Sterling, as he will be responsible for all aspects of treasury operations, relocation accounting, corporate accounting, risk management, finance, and pricing strategy. “I can’t emphasize enough how excited I am to be welcoming Jeff to Altair,” said Mr. Sterling. “To have found a finance executive of his caliber who can also provide a fresh perspective to the organization, and to the industry, is exactly what we were hoping to accomplish when we began the search.”
While Mr. Douglass is new to the relocation industry, he brings to the partnership over 24 years’ experience in corporate accounting, including extensive experience in international finance. His previous positions include: Vice President of Finance for Aircom International (recently acquired by Teoco), a UK headquartered wireless provider; Director of Finance for TRX, a publicly held technology and data service provider; and Business Consulting Manager and Experienced Audit Senior for Arthur Andersen. Mr. Douglass earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Notre Dame and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Altair is also pleased to announce the addition of Susan Myers, GMS, joining Altair as Vice President, Global Compensation. Ms. Myers will report to Kathryn Cassidy. She is responsible for Altair’s global compensation service delivery teams and for ensuring high-quality service delivery in areas such as global compensation accumulation, home and host country payroll, allowance and benefits administration, and tax reporting. “The fact that Altair has an in-house compensation administration department is really quite a unique selling point,” observes Kathryn Cassidy. “While we have been offering these services for a number of years, the addition of Susan to this team will only serve to increase the value-add to clients. We’re so delighted to have her.”
Ms. Myers has a total of ten years’ experience in global compensation administration through two other relocation management companies, where she received several service awards, and through a global insurance broker, where she managed U.S. expatriate payrolls. Ms. Myers earned the Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designation from Worldwide ERC® in 2008, and holds a Bachelor of Science, Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.