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The SkillSurvey Team and Culture

Great companies start with great people.

Our open culture empowers people to perform at their best which creates a highly energetic, productive, passionate and positive working environment.

We strive to maintain an environment of inclusion that promotes a high degree of collaboration, where employees seek colleagues from across the organization to work together, solve problems and create new solutions.

SkillSurvey Core Values

Our core values are the fundamental principles that guide our daily actions – the values we live by every day.

People First

Selflessness

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Communication

Work Hard, Play Hard

Innovation

Integrity

Passion

SkillSurvey Management Team

Ray Bixler

Chief Executive Officer

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Ray brings over 20 years of leadership and management experience to his role as CEO of SkillSurvey. A seasoned executive, he sets the strategic direction of the company and manages relationships with clients.

Previously, Ray served as Vice President of Caliper where he consulted with hundreds of small, mid size and Fortune 500 businesses to develop better hiring, development, performance management and succession planning strategies.

Randy Bitting

Head and Co-Founder of Career Readiness

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Randy is leading SkillSurvey’s efforts to enable higher education institutions to measure and assess student career readiness leveraging SkillSurvey’s proven HR solution and the eight competencies identified by the member institutions of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Prior to SkillSurvey, Randy joined Handshake as the first senior member of the early, pre-seed team and played a lead role in helping Handshake grow from 5 to 500+ universities and 220,000 employers in just three years. Randy pioneered the video interviewing category in 2003 with InterviewStream, which was acquired in 2012 and has previously been named to Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 under 30”.

Keith Cook

Chief Marketing Officer

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As CMO, Keith leads all aspects of the company’s marketing efforts. Prior to SkillSurvey, Keith most recently served as a strategic consultant with OfficeTroops Technology, and as VP, Global Digital Marketing with Chubb Insurance where he led their “Center of Excellence” for digital marketing strategy.

Brenda Dandrea

Chief Client Relations Officer

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Brenda oversees SkillSurvey’s customer base and the team of relationship managers who are dedicated to ensuring a strong partnership and exceptional service. Since joining SkillSurvey in 2008, she has nurtured deep relationships and a strong level of partnership with a focus on helping our customers hire, retain and source top talent through our solution. Brenda brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience, with a strong background in recruitment and technology prior to SkillSurvey.

Dr. Cynthia Hedricks

Chief Analytics Officer

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Since joining us in 2007, Cynthia has expertly aligned our technological innovations with market demands and uses psychometric research principles to maintain the integrity of our assessment methodology.

An expert advisor with global consulting experience, she’s spent her career improving the quality-of-hire of organizations as varied and successful as Wal-Mart, GlaxoSmithKline and Reebok.

She has a Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Chicago and is active in industry bodies including the Human Capital Institute and the Society for Human Resources (SHRM).

Steve Heister

Chief Product Officer & GM Credential OnDemand

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Steve works directly with recruiting teams to improve their quality-of-hire and increase recruiting efficiency with technology. He brings over 13 years of experience in business management and talent acquisition solutions with him.

Before SkillSurvey, Steve was with leading technology firms in North America, where he worked closely with a number of Fortune 500 firms including eBay, Kohl’s and McDonald’s.

Burke LaShell

Chief Technology Officer

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Burke is responsible for software development and computer operations. He created and manages our low-risk and responsive software development process.

Before joining us, he served as The Vanguard Group’s Agile Process Expert where he established himself as a thought leader having designed the Vanguard Agile development methodology.

Mark Norek

Chief Financial Officer

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Mark brings 20 years of experience in finance and accounting with him, having worked for and enhanced the accounting systems of a number of international organizations.

John Routhier

Chief Sales Officer

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John oversees all SkillSurvey’s sales activities including inside sales and field sales across all lines of business. John has over 15 years’ experience as a sales executive with a record of rapidly growing sales through the implementation of strategic processes, development of corporate strategy and business alliances.

In his prior role, John held several long-term engagements serving as VP of sales for numerous clients and provided strategic planning and sales productivity execution to SaaS and healthcare companies. Prior to Derby Management, John also served as VP of Sales for Crowe Paradis (acquired by Verisk Analytics), a Fortune 500 company, Harmony Healthcare, and Acronis Software. He is a Tufts University Graduate where he was the captain of the football team and has his MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation. 

Catherine Waligunda

General Counsel & Head of Employee Relations

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Catherine brings over 13 years of corporate legal expertise to SkillSurvey. She has a law degree from Harvard Law School, and she has worked at two top international law firms. Prior to joining SkillSurvey, Catherine was in-house counsel for a leading Fortune 100 company.

Advisory Board

Dr. Fred Oswald

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A professor in industrial/organizational psychology at Rice University, Dr. Oswald’s research and expertise focus on personnel selection systems and psychological measurement in organizational settings.

Dr. Oswald’s considerable statistical, consulting and legal expertise and experience has resulted in his writing 50 peer-reviewed papers, 15 book chapters, and over 100 presentations. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1999 from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Robert E. Ployhart

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Dr. Ployhart has published over 90 scholarly articles and chapters, and presented over 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. He holds two copyrights, has written two books and has a third book under contract (Global Talent).

An internationally known expert in Human Resources with specific expertise relating to the acquisition, development, and maintenance of human capital, Dr. Ployhart has worked with a number of organizations to develop selection and psychological assessments and performance management processes.

Dr. Chet Robie

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Dr. Robie has consulted for international firms such as General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and Caliper, Inc., addressing issues related to multi-source feedback, applicant faking, test development and validation.

His current research addresses non-cognitive testing and cross-cultural measurement issues. Dr. Robie received his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University.