OUR TEAM

  • Amy J. Friedman, Founder & CEO

    A pioneer among a new generation of women business owners, Amy founded Partners International in 1993. With her history of corporate and entrepreneurial success, a background in industrial psychology, and a solid core of integrity, Amy brings a strong mix of talent and accomplishment to her role as our CEO. Under her leadership, Partners International sustains a reputation for being a truly unique global presence, known for its client loyalty and flexible responsiveness to current market trends.


  • David Saias, EVP, Managing Director

    David Saias as EVP, Managing Director leads the firm’s efforts including Client Delivery, Sales, Business Partnership Development, Practice Management and Operations. David is highly regarded for his hands-on leadership and ability to build high-performing sales and management teams. His special expertise is in marketing high value services and solutions across a wide range of industries and businesses, from Fortune 100 companies to venture backed startups. David has a demonstrated record of driving results in new business development, business turnaround and operations. Additionally, he has built strong customer and business partner relationships while strengthening revenue generation, process improvement and the bottom line.


  • Andrea Chester, Director, Client Services - Executive Coaching & Talent Consulting

    As Director of Client Services at Partners International, Andrea leads the Client Services team and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Executive Coaching and Talent Consulting practices. She is the interface between clients and coaches around the world, providing a seamless customer experience. Andrea is in constant motion meeting clients exactly where they are and partnering with them to craft sustainable solutions to their Executive Coaching and Talent Development challenges. Andrea holds an MA in Corporate Communication from Baruch College and BA in Communication Studies from the State University of New York at Albany.


  • Dave Ciliberto, SVP, Client Services - Career Transition

    Dave Ciliberto, leader of our Career Transition & Mobility practice, has a 25-year background in Human Resources with expertise in Career Transition, Diversity & Inclusion, and Training & Development. Dave’s consultative approach, assessment expertise, and skilled insight into what motivates the success of individuals serves to strengthen and sustain existing client relationships. Dave is a graduate of Lynchburg College and also an adjunct instructor at Cornell University for many of its Diversity & Inclusion programs.


  • Michael Valentine, PhD, Managing Consultant

    Michael’s primary responsibility at Partners International is to continue to define and design the company’s theoretical approach to and practical methodology for executive coaching and talent strategy consulting. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategy, managing organizational change and developing leadership talent.
    Mike is a Juris Doctor at Temple University School of Law, he also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Mike earned his PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, where his research focused on leadership behavior change in complex organizations. He has conducted research and co-authored papers on team dynamics and the impact of implicit bias on leadership decision-making. Mike has executive coaching certifications from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and Case Western Reserve University and is an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at NYU School of Professional Studies.


  • Debbie Jackson, VP Business Development

    Debbie’s primary role is to continue to build on Partner’s loyal client relationships and drive business growth through new client organizations. She accomplishes this by serving her clients through listening carefully, building trusted relationships and ensuring solutions are a value add to them and their organization. She has a reputation of collaboration with clients and consultants alike and a 15+ year track record of excellence in the career transition, executive coaching and talent consulting industry. Debra has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and an Undergraduate Business Degree from Western Michigan University.


  • Eileen Rourke, Business Intelligence Specialist

    Eileen has a 25-year background in Research and Information Management in organizations from both the private and public sectors, from financial services firms such as Fannie Mae and Dun & Bradstreet to nonprofits such as Peace Corps and DC Public Library. Eileen delivers excellent customer service to our candidates by conducting in-depth database research for job prospects and trains people to optimize the information infrastructure uniquely available to Partners International candidates. Eileen holds a Masters in Library Science from Columbia University, where she also taught graduate courses in database searching. She is a member of SLA (Special Libraries Association) and of ALA (American Library Association). Her leadership activities in professional information organizations provide a global network of resources that enhance the capabilities of Partners International.


  • Jim Hajny, Vice President, Client Services - Career Transition

    As VP of Client Services for Career Transition, Jim oversees the outplacement candidate experience from initial transition through program conclusion. He works closely with the practice lead and sales team to provide our corporate clients with tailored business solutions, as well as initiates services for individuals as they start their career transition journey. He manages the team of career coaches and matches the candidates to the right coach. Jim also manages the national and international referral process, developing and maintaining relationships with our partnering offices to ensure quality career transition services are delivered. Jim is a graduate of New York University, Stern School of Business, receiving his BA in Marketing.