Tampa Campaign Committee

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Steering Committee

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Katherine Young, Chair
Deirdre Brown, Treasurer

Katherine brings over 20 years of Executive Search and Talent Management consulting experience to the formation of Young Search Partners, - a boutique retained executive search firm- having worked for the largest global firms in both the executive search and career management consulting industries.

Katherine formed Young Search Partners -Executive Search in 2009 with over 20 years experience in the executive search industry, previously as Director of the Retained Search Division for Hudson Highland Group and prior as a Principal with Korn Ferry International. Katherine’s search experience has spanned across industry and functional roles to include search assignments in the consumer/retail, financial / professional services, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors, with a focus on critical leadership roles. A partial listing of Katherine’s corporate clients include: PMSI/ Amerisource Bergen, Ansell, Healthplan Services, TECO Energy, Jabil, Raymond James, Bloomin Brands, Tupperware Brands, Gerdau Ameristeel, AAA Auto club, Masonite International, Checkers/Rally’s, Tech Data, Intelident Solutions, Darden, HSN and Catalina Marketing.

Additionally, Katherine has conducted CEO searches in the Non-Profit sector in Tampa Bay for clients including- The Children’s Home, SPCA of Tampa Bay, The Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, The Centre for Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association of Florida, The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, and AMIkids ( CFO ).

Katherine’s prior experience in Career and Leadership consulting only strengthens the value she brings to recruiting critical leadership talent for her clients. Katherine spent over 10 years with the top two global leaders in the career management services sector―Right Management/ Manpower and Lee Hecht Harrison. Here Katherine’s central focus was consulting to CEO’s around key retention and performance coaching initiatives.

A native of Connecticut and a Tampa, Florida resident for over 25 years, Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Katherine remains very active and committed to her involvement in the Tampa Bay and Florida business community serving on several boards to include: The Board of Directors and Central Florida Chair of WEL- (Women Executive Leadership) and the Board of Directors, Chair Elect, of the Florida State Association for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Katherine previously served on the Board of Leadership Tampa Alumni, the Florida Venture Capital Forum, and Chaired the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Council. Katherine is a member of the Athena Society, University of Tampa Board of Fellows, and is a Key Partner to the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay. Katherine was recently honored as a finalist for the 2015 TBBJ Business Women of the Year in the Business Services category sector. Katherine is a graduate of the Leadership Tampa class of 2005, a member of LTA Alumni, and member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Deirdre Brown is a strategic and results-oriented leader with a track record of significant accomplishments in a range of functional areas primarily in energy. Her skills and experience include energy policy, rates and regulation, cyber security, efficiency, leadership development, corporate strategy, compliance, risk management, financial analysis, and mergers and acquisition. She also has significant experience serving and working with a variety of boards of directors of major organizations.

Brown currently is the Chief Executive Officer of a consulting practice advising businesses, non-profits and individuals on achieving strategic and organizational initiatives. Previously and for nearly 25 years, she led numerous complex and multi-faceted departments for TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an S&P 500 energy company. She consistently achieved efficiency, bottom line and employee development results. benefits. Through her leadership, TECO was recognized as one of the top places to work in Tampa Bay in 2013.

Brown was TECO Energy’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Chief Integration Officer and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, responsible for the development of strategies to achieve growth in gas and electric mergers and acquisitions, electric generation optimization, and investment in emerging technologies. Brown was also responsible for ensuring execution of corporate efficiency and process improvement initiatives and managing various corporate services departments including internal auditing, corporate strategy and financial analysis, safety, ethics and compliance, information technology and telecommunications, and internal and external corporate communications.

While at TECO, her responsibilities expanded in 2013 to include all aspects of planning and executing the successful integration of then newly-acquired New Mexico Gas Company. This included supporting negotiations during a competitive bid process, leading the integration management office and 12 teams, and co-leading regulatory activities for transaction approval including serving as the primary witness before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

During her tenure, Brown’s roles afforded her the opportunity to work with TECO’s board of directors on a regular basis and to assist in the preparation of financial and operational updates with financial analysts, bankers and investors.


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Bob Dutkowsky
Eileen Kamerick
Gail Lione
Stacie Schaible

Executive Chairman, Tech Data Corporation

Corporate Director: AIG Funds, Associated Banc-Corp, Legg Mason & Hochschild Mining

Corporate Director, Former General Counsel of Harley Davidson

News Anchor, WFLA-TV

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