Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Career Partners International guides and governs the strategic direction of the organization. Comprised of nine equity-partner owners, this seasoned group of industry professionals ensures a clear vision for Career Partners International to successfully serve the needs of its clients. 

Doug Matthews, President & CEO

Sharon ImperialeDoug provides full leadership responsibility to drive Career Partners International’s brand visibility both nationally and globally in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan. In this role, Doug oversees the functions of partner services, technology, program management, marketing, and sales in order to best serve global partners and their local markets.

Building on Career Partners International’s unique strengths, Doug works to grow global market share and competitive differentiation of our best-in-class services. Throughout his 30 year career, Doug has held senior leadership positions within the outplacement, executive coaching and career management industry. Contact Doug at

Sharon Imperiale, Chairperson of the Board

Sharon ImperialeSharon is the President of Career Concepts. Career Concepts, founded in 1988, is one of the Philadelphia region’s largest management consulting firms specializing in career transition, executive search, human resource consulting, executive coaching and leadership development.

Prior to Career Concepts, Sharon held executive positions with Aetna and Prudential Financial leading the start-up and integration of large customer service operations. During her tenure with Prudential, Sharon led the human resource, organizational development and training efforts for a large Mid-Atlantic business unit of 8500 employees. She led many change management and organizational excellence initiatives throughout her tenures. Contact Sharon at

Elaine Varelas, Chairperson Emeritus

Elaine Varelas is Managing Partner of Keystone Partners, a founding member of Career Partners International. She has over 20 years experience in career consulting, executive development and coaching, and has worked with executive management teams to improve organizational effectiveness. Elaine has expertise in resolving complex career management issues, including workforce planning, redeployment and multi-site restructurings. Elaine's experience spans Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and not-for-profit organizations.

Elaine served as Director of Career Services at Stonehill College where she was a member of the faculty, and in Career Planning and Placement at the Boston University School of Management. Elaine frequently addresses professional associations and has achieved widespread recognition for her expertise and insight on career matters, including two monthly columns featured in the Boston Globe and on advising job seekers and HR professionals on career, management and human capital issues. Elaine holds degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Contact Elaine at

Terry McCloy, Director

Terry McCloyTerry is the Managing Director of Career Partners International – New Zealand, New Zealand’s leading Strategic Talent & Career Transition group. Career Partners International - New Zealand is the market leader within Career Transition & Talent Management in New Zealand with 18 consultants delivering services across the country. Career Partners International - New Zealand was also recognised in 2014 when they won the Global Participant Satisfaction Award within the international Career Partners group.

Terry is internationally recognised as a transformational change leader who has exceptional facilitation skills. He is also an insightful and perceptive thinker in terms of developing change strategies and business pathways for organisations. His success has been driven by his strong market focus which is combined with his ability to identify business opportunities, develop innovative client focused solutions and to create programmes that deliver transformational value to his clients. Contact Terry at

Larry Fisher, Director

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Larry Fisher has more than 10 years of experience helping clients navigate change successfully and previously served in a variety of consulting positions focused on leadership and new business development. He has expertise in performance improvement and organizational change and is responsible for leading the global sales effort of The Ayers Group to insure the highest level of client service across their full suite of career transition, executive coaching and development solutions. 

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Terry Gillis, Director

Terry is President and Managing Partner of Carswell Partners, the London, Canada office of Career Partners International. In addition to overall leadership of the firm, he leads the development practice area, which includes coaching and training and development solutions. Terry is knowledgeable and has tremendous experience in both the public and private sectors. Serving as a professional coach to many senior officers, Terry is proficient with the delivery of quality best practices that pertain to key employee assessments, retention, development and transition. With a passion for seeing people succeed coupled with a solid business acumen and rigorous academic training, he helps individuals and organizations realize their full potential. 

In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, Terry serves as the Marketing Division Leader. Contact Terry at 

Robert Newland, Director

Robert Newland, ManagerRobert Newland is a socially conscious entrepreneur and consultant. He is the Market President of the Florida Caribbean Region and Chair of the Career Partners International Global Research Institute.  Robert has been a member of the Board of Governors and Region Leader for Latin America.

Robert is a certified M&A Advisor, Business, Executive and Career coach. His work is focused on driving business goals through research-based strategic activities in executive assessment, talent management and selection, utilizing his business acumen and critical thinking skills to help clients drive organization performance.

He graduated Cum Laude from Sacred Heart University and attended Harvard Business School and Pepperdine University for executive education programs. He has received various recognitions from his alma mater, the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando among others. Contact Robert at

John Myers, Director 

John Myers, ManagerJohn Myers is a Founder and Managing Partner of Kensington International. Founded in 1989, Kensington is the Chicago office of Career Partners International and is one of the largest career transition, leadership development and executive search firms in the Midwest.  This is John’s second time on the CPI Board and he is a former Chairman.

John has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive coach and works with CEO’s, Boards of Directors, senior executives and their teams to increase their leadership effectiveness and maximize business and career performance. Prior to becoming an executive coach, he was a successful executive and general manager with Federal Signal Corporation and held positions in general management with full P&L accountability, marketing/product management and sales.

John has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Contact John at 

Lynne Hardman, Director

Lynne Hardman, ManagerLynne Hardman is CEO of Working Transitions, the United Kingdom's leading transition specialist offering a range of tailored support services in Outplacement, Onboarding, Redeployment, Change and Coaching. In addition to her strategic leadership of the business, Lynne is also responsible for the Executive Transitions practice and leads a team of consultants delivering specialist talent management services to senior leaders.

Lynne has a significant track record in executive search, sales leadership, service development and innovation, business growth and start up. In her early career she worked in the media sector supporting blue chip clients with global campaigns. Prior to joining Working Transitions she was a UK board member at two leading global recruitment firms where, during a twenty year career, she led the substantial growth of international teams and was responsible for business units with turnover in excess of £200m.

Lynne is a frequent contributor to industry journals and online forums and has spoken at many career related events. Her knowledge of trends within the ever changing world of work, how to maximize your career opportunities and what really makes the difference in executing successful change programs, has made a significant impact to the clients she works with. Contact Lynne at

Michael D. McKee, Director

Mike is Managing Partner of Career Partners International - Houston and CEO of The McKee Group, a division of Career Partners International - Houston, providing executive coaching and career transition services to "C" level executives. Leading the overall operations and business development for the firm, Mike is a strategic business planner and implementer who enables clients to achieve their organizational and professional career goals.

Mike began his consulting career in Oklahoma with Michael D. McKee and Associates which relocated to Houston and grew to become one of the leading outplacement and human resource consulting firms in the Southwest. After selling his successful practice, Mike experimented with early retirement but quickly returned to his passion for providing talent management services in the private and non-profit sectors. Mike holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. Contact Mike at