Our People 2017-05-16T13:08:23+00:00

OUR PEOPLE

Board of Directors:

Dumas M. Siméus

Dumas Siméus is the Founder and Chairman of Siméus Foods International, Inc. He is an entrepreneur, global executive, former presidential candidate for Haiti, and philanthropist whose career has included positions in executive management, finance, marketing, and operations.

Entrepreneur

Siméus Foods was formed when Mr. Siméus engineered two leveraged buyouts in the late 1990s. Today, with revenues in excess of $100 million, Siméus Foods is a major food processing operation with facilities in Texas and North Carolina supporting its customers throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Siméus led the successful transformation from an in-house supplier with two customers into a highly competitive enterprise with a diverse customer list that today includes Quizno’s, Burger King, Denny’s, Hardee’s, TGI Friday’s, Sara Lee, 7-Eleven, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and ARAMARK, among others. Today, Siméus Foods is recognized as the single largest black-owned food processing company in the United States and the largest black-owned business in the state of Texas.

Global Executive

Prior to founding Siméus Foods, Mr. Siméus achieved corporate success in a variety of companies including Atari, Inc., Rockwell International, Bendix Corporation, and KB Homes. He wrapped up his corporate career as President of TLC Beatrice Foods, a $2 billion multinational corporation with operations in 25 countries. During his career, Mr. Siméus earned the reputation of being a cost-cutter and international turnaround executive.

Fluent in Spanish, French, English and Haitian Creole, Mr. Siméus has lived in Paris, France; Caracas, Venezuela; Barcelona, Spain; and Brussels, Belgium.

Past Board Directorships

  • TLC Beatrice Foods, a $2 billion multinational food company (1990-1992)
  • Savoy S.A. Venezuela, the largest chocolate and snack manufacturer in Venezuela (1987-1990)
  • Red Tulips, the largest chocolate manufacturing company in Australia (1987-1990)
  • Artic, an ice cream manufacturer and distributor in Belgium (1984-1987)
  • Holanda Dairy Products, one of the largest dairy product manufacturers in Mexico (1985-1988)
  • Etablissements Baud, one of the largest food distributors in France (1990-1992)
  • International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA) (1998-2000)
  • National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (1998-present)
  • New Century Packaging (2006-present)
  • ROME Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing underdeveloped countries with medical care (2002-2006)
  • New Century Packaging, a packaging distributor in the mid-western U.S. (2006 – present)

Presidential Candidate

In 2005, Mr. Siméus became a leading candidate for the presidency of his native country, the Republic of Haiti. During his campaign, Mr. Siméus was a substantial contender in public opinion polls, either first or second among 15 candidates.

Ultimately, René Préval, a former president of Haiti, won the 2006 election. President Préval has asked Mr. Siméus to help him bring in foreign investment in Haiti in order to create desperately needed jobs.

Motivational Speaker

As a dynamic motivational speaker, Mr. Siméus has shared his journey and philosophy for success with numerous associations and gatherings including the University of Chicago Alumni Association, several Chambers of Commerce, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, the University of Nebraska Medical School, and the Haitian Medical Association. Additionally, he was a keynote speaker at the National Restaurant Association, the 7-Eleven Corporation celebration of the Martin Luther King Holiday, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Conference. He is still a frequent guest on various U.S. and Haitian radio and television stations.

Awards and Community Involvement

Mr. Siméus has received many honors, including Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst %26 Young LLP, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. A number of organizations have honored him for his business success and charitable work including: the National Coalition for Human Rights; the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians; the Haitian-Canadian Association; and the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council, Inc. He was also a finalist for the Horatio Alger Award and nominated by the Dallas ABC affiliate for Texan of the Year in 2005.

Mr. Siméus served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s 2005 Advisory Committee for Haiti’s economic development and has advised various U.S. ambassadors.

Philanthropist

Mr. Siméus established Organisation Sové Lavi (Saving Lives) in 1999 to help the less fortunate in the U.S. and Haiti. Sové Lavi operates a full-time medical clinic in the Haitian village where Mr. Siméus was born, treating up to 800 patients a month for the U.S. cost equivalent of 35 cents per patient. In 2005, the charity also initiated a project to bring clean water to over 30,000 people in Haiti. Born in extreme poverty to parents with no formal education, Mr. Siméus believes that “success is a moving target” and that the most important ingredient to the equation of success is giving back.

Education

Mr. Siméus received his Electrical Engineering from Howard University and graduated with honors with an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

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Vanessa Brown

Vanessa is General Manager and Shareholder of New Century Packaging (NCP). NCP is a 45-year-old company supplying packaging equipment, parts, supplies (including stretch film and shrink film), and service to Fortune 500 companies and medium to small businesses. NCP represents Sealed Air, Cryovac, Shanklin, Paragon Films, Wulftec, Shurtape, Paragon Labeling Systems, and other fine brands. NCP is certified by the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council as a Small Business Enterprise and a Minority Business Enterprise.

Vanessa also enjoys working with Organisation Sové Lavi to improve the lives of less fortunate people in Haiti. She travels with medical teams to work at the charitable clinic run by Sové Lavi. She raises funds to drill and maintain water wells, each providing clean water for up to 2,000 people.

Rockfeller Herisse, PhD.

Organisation Sové Lavi is pleased to introduce Dr. Rockfeler Herisse as a member of its Board of Directors.  He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now works to support efforts geared towards improving the quality of life for people around the world. Following relocation to upstate New York as a toddler, Dr. Herisse attended and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in Agriculture. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Agricultural Extension Education from the Pennsylvania State and Michigan State Universities respectively. As an organizational development and grants specialists, he has worked with public sector agencies, private and nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and voluntary associations.  He conducts seminars on diverse topics, fundraisers for charities, and serves on advisory committees and Board of Reviewers for several professional journals in his field.  He is married with two children. is pleased to introduce Dr. Rockfeler Herisse as a member of its Board of Directors.  He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now works to support efforts geared towards improving the quality of life for people around the world. Following relocation to upstate New York as a toddler, Dr. Herisse attended and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in Agriculture. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Agricultural Extension Education from the Pennsylvania State and Michigan State Universities respectively. As an organizational development and grants specialists, he has worked with public sector agencies, private and nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and voluntary associations.  He conducts seminars on diverse topics, fundraisers for charities, and serves on advisory committees and Board of Reviewers for several professional journals in his field.  He is married with two children.

Gary Jean-Baptiste, M.D.

Dr. Gary Jean Baptiste is a Board Certified Family Physician with over eight year’s experience in Alternative Medicine. Dr. Jean-Baptiste is an Assistant Professor at S.U.N.Y Health Science Center, President of North Eastern Network Wellness Center, President of North Eastern Network IPA (Physician based HMO), Chairman of Young Genius Foundation (Non-profit organization) and the author of several publications. Not only is he an accomplished Alternative Medicine Physician and Family Physician but he also a skilled Surgeon.

Dr. Jean-Baptiste currently practices in Hicksville, Long Island (Medical Network of Long Island) and Brooklyn, NY (North Eastern Network Wellness Center).

Dr. Jean-Baptiste received his Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University and he also graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington. He trained as general surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian/Harlem Hospital, trained in Family Practice at S.U.N.Y. Health Science Center, and studied Alternative Medicine under Dr. Ronald Hoffman.

Dr. Berthie Labissiere

Born in Haiti and raised in the United States, Dr. Berthie Labissiere believes she has had the best of both worlds. The daughter of Haitian immigrants for whom the importance of a good education was foremost, Dr. Labissiere, understood very early what was expected.

Dr. Labissiere and her mother immigrated to the US following her father at the age of four. Receiving all of her primary education in Washington, DC, she decided to remain in the area to pursue her undergraduate degree. Dr. Labissiere received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the now Trinity University in Washington, DC. Following graduation, Dr. Labissiere attended Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine where she received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree. Dr. Labissiere then relocated to New York City for a two-year surgical residency at the Maimonides Medical Center.

Upon completion of her residency, in 1998, Dr. Labissiere decided to return home (Washington, DC). Once in DC she became affiliated with Howard University Hospital and Providence Hospitals. In 1999 she began her private medical practice. She opened her practice with only one patient and in less than six years her practice has grown to serve over five thousand patients.

Dr. Labissiere, while still young in her professional career, is affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, American Women in Healthcare, and a member of the DC Podiatric Medical Association, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics, American Board of Wound Care Specialists, and the Metropolitan Health Care Initiative.

In 2000 Dr. Labissiere joined the National Association for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH), a not-for-profit social policy and economic development corporation based in the Washington metropolitan area. Through NOAH Dr. Labissiere learned of the painful healthcare situation plaguing Haiti. Dr. Labissiere has at present coordinated the ongoing health care mission under the auspices of NOAH. Dr. Labissiere is also presently engaged in a medical mission with the Simeus Foundation and has developed an intimate relationship with the prestigious Howard University School of Medicine.

Through all of Dr. Labissiere’s hard work professionally, what has given her most pleasure and sense of accomplishment has been her service to others. Through organizations such as NOAH and Organisation Sové Lavi, the hope is to rebuild a Haiti where medical missions are a thing of the past. Dr. Labissiere is working toward a Haiti with a medical infrastructure which will accommodate all Haitians.

Dr. May Parisien

May Parisien was born May Plummer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, of Glassford Plummer and Yolande Benedict. Dr. Parisien attended primary and secondary school at the Institution Sainte Rose de Lima in Port-au-Prince, where she obtained her baccalaureate degree. She entered Medical School at the Faculte de Medicine and Dentistry of the State Universite of Haiti in Port-au-Prince. After graduating with honors, she did a year of Service Residency in Pathology at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and joined her husband in Philadelphia where she entered the Albert Einstein Medical Center for a mixed Internship in Internal Medicine and Pathology. She then completed a Residency Program at the New York Medical College in New York and joined the Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University as a Fellow in Musculo-Skeletal Pathology in 1976. She subsequently became a full member of the Pathology Faculty. In 1985, Dr. Parisien traveled to France where she joined the Institute National de Recherche Medicale (INSERM 234) at the University of Lyon 2 for a Research Fellowship in Metabolic Bone Diseases. Upon her return to New York, she became a research Scientist at the Regional Bone Center of Helen Hayes Hospital of West Haverstraw, New York State Department of Health for the next 10 years.

Dr. Parisien is a Diplomate of the American Boards of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Associate Professor of Pathology at Columbia University in New York City. She is a Fellow of The College of American Pathologist, a member of The American Society of Clinical Pathology, of The International Skeletal Society, a former member of The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, of The International Council of Calcium-Related Hormones and of The International Congress of Bone Morphometry. She is a Founding Member of the Metropolitan Skeletal Society in New York. She was a member of the Search Committee for the present Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and, currently serves on the Membership Committee of The International Skeletal Society.

Her achievements include a prestigious grant of a million and a half grant awarded to her by the National Institute of Health for scientific research on Osteoporosis in 1991 and has presented her research findings at many scientific meetings throughout the world. She is the author of many scientific exhibits and of more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has contributed many book chapters to the literature. She is an active member of the Teaching Faculty of Columbia University School of Medicine and a Guess Lecturer in several Hospitals in New York, and a reviewer for several journals of Pathology and Research. She has, for several years, taught the Physiology and Pathology of Bone at the University Notre-Dame in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is currently involved in several medical and community projects for the benefit of Haiti. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH), of PromoCapital, an Investment Bank in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and was the official spokesperson of the Forum of the Haitian Diaspora recently held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 12-13.

Dr. Serge Parisien

Dr. Serge Parisien was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, the first of six children of Dr. Vastey Parisien and Mrs. Philomene Latortue. In 1957, upon completion of his secondary education, he entered Medical School at the State University of Haiti in Port-au-Prince, receiving his medical degree in 1963. At the end of his residency, he married May Plummer, a medical student at the same University and left the country for further training in Canada. Joined by his wife, he moved to Philadelphia for an internship and residency in General Surgery. Following in his father’s footsteps, he entered a very competitive program of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, his father’s Alma Mater. At the completion of his residency, he became interested in the emerging field of Arthroscopic Surgery, which he pioneered in the United States, along with a handful of Orthopaedic Surgeon. At that time, the technique known as Arthroscopic Surgery was non-existent worldwide, even though it had been originally described by a Japanese and an American surgeon during the 1930’s. In 1974, the became a Founding Member of the International Arthroscopic Association. In 1976, he established the first training program in Arthroscopic Surgery in the United States at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and acceded to the position of Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at the same institution. Dr. Parisien has authored and co-authored more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, editorials and seven textbooks on Arthroscopic Surgery which have become reference books. He is a devoted teacher who has trained more than 150 residents and, many American and foreign surgeons have visited his operating theater.

Dr. Parisien is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He currently is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University Medical School and a member of many national and international medical societies. In 1996, he was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the oldest and most prestigious society of Orthopaedic Surgeons which recognizes annually a select group of Orthopaedic Surgeons for their lifetime achievements. Dr. Parisien has been a Visiting Professor and Guest Lecturer at many academic institutions and medical societies throughout the world. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopic Association of North America, of the International Society of Arthroscopy, former Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, past President of the Orthopaedic Section of the New York Academy of Medicine and former Fellow of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2000, he has been on the Best Doctor list of the New York Magazine. He is on the Board of Director of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians and of PromoCapital, an investment Bank in Haiti and was the Coordinator of the Forum of the Haitian Diaspora, a historic event held in Port-au-Prince Haiti on July 12-13, 2006.

Jaïr Saint Louis

  • Born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, in 1974
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance, Syracuse University, New York, 1997
  • Financial Analyst, Citibank, Haïti, 1997-1999
  • Senior Loan Consultant, Unibank, Haïti, 1999-2001
  • Co-Owner and General Manager, Les Aliments Congelés S.A., Haiti, 2002 to date.

Kimberly Siméus

Kimberly Siméus is a business executive and social advocate with over 20 years experience in multinational human resources management and innovation, serving companies ranging from $135 million to $40 billion in revenues and 700 to 30,000 associates. Her journey has involved developing organizations built on trust, integrity, and fairness while leveraging leadership effectiveness models and engaging the head, heart, and hands of all associates so that they feel ownership in the bottom-line results of the company.

Ms. Siméus’ most recent corporate challenge was with Transamerica Real Estate Information Services. In the role of Senior Vice President, People, she was a key member of the executive team that led the development and implementation of an organizational strategy that produced dramatically improved results in shareholder return achieved through improvements in culture change; leadership development and retention; associate engagement; coaching and feedback; incentive and recognition programs; process improvement; and customer and associate satisfaction. As a result of this comprehensive strategy, shareholder return increased by 250%, costs reduced by $40MM annually, and associate and customer satisfaction increased by 50%.

Once the Transamerica Real Estate Information Services executive team met their stretch objectives for all stakeholders, Ms. Siméus became part of the effort to sell the business, which was successfully accomplished in late 2003. At that time she decided to redirect her career and transition out of the organization to join Organisation Sové Lavi (Saving Lives), a non-profit organization founded to help the poor of Haiti.

Prior to Transamerica, Ms. Siméus held human resources leadership roles for other Fortune 500 companies, including Pizza Hut, Frito Lay, and Unilever. In these organizations, she was often involved in a turnaround and utilized her strengths in creativity, change management and communication to drive improved performance.

Social Advocate

Ms. Siméus joined Organisation Sové Lavi (OSL) in 2004. This non-profit organization operates a full-time medical clinic in rural Haiti that services upwards of 800 people each month at the cost equivalent of US. 35 cents per patient. In 2004, Ms. Siméus began a five-year project to bring clean water to 30,000 people in the village where the clinic operates. This project alone will save the lives of thousands of children who die annually due to water-borne disease. OSL also provides educational scholarships and has a longer-term objective of developing a social enterprise initiative, a for-profit company in Haiti that will create jobs and provide funding for this non-profit enterprise.

Education

A graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in Organizational Behavior, Ms. Siméus is an avid learner and practitioner of various philosophies of personal growth, development, and leadership. She has utilized a blend of approaches and technologies to build organizations that help individuals reach their full potential. She is currently writing a book of leadership meditations.

Community and International Service

Ms. Siméus has served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Executive Options, as an executive mentor for Menttium, and was involved in the planning of the Haitian Diaspora Reconnection Forum, an initiative whose objective is to develop programs to draw upon the human capital of all Haitians to help develop this poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. She is a guest speaker for local community organizations.

In 2005, Ms. Siméus joined her husband, Dumas Siméus, in Haiti during his campaign for President of this country. Mr. Siméus was a leading candidate, running first or second in all polls of registered voters. The Siméus’ remain committed to helping Haiti through their non-profit organization and assisting the newly elected President, René Préval, with economic development and job creation.

Jean-Michel Voltaire

Born in a small town called Roche-Jabouin in the south side of Haiti, Mr. Jean-Michel Voltaire immigrated to the United States in 1994 as a political refugee. Although he did not even speak English when he first stepped on American soil, Mr. Voltaire graduated from New York Law School in 2003, magna cum laude, seventh of his class. Mr. Voltaire served as an articles editor of the New York Law School Law Review, a Teaching Fellow and a Research Assistant to one of his professors. Mr. Voltaire received his undergraduate degree from the City University of New York, where he finished first of his class, summa cum laude, in just seven semesters with a near-perfect grade point average. Mr. Voltaire was named the class valedictorian and student commencement speaker, the president of the honor society, and was profiled in the New York Law Journal, New York Daily News, and Caribbean News. Mr. Voltaire received several academic and service awards from both the law school and college. Mr. Voltaire credits his parents who never had an elementary education themselves for instilling in him a deep sense of the value of education, hard work, and discipline.

Mr. Voltaire is now an accomplished Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, DC. Mr. Voltaire joined the Justice Department through the Attorney General Honors Program in 2003 and has represented the United States government in more than 25 states, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. For example, Mr. Voltaire successfully defended a constitutional challenge brought by the citizens of Puerto Rico seeking the right to vote in the U.S. presidential elections and worked with the U.S. Department of State to ensure that the United Nations enjoys absolute immunity from suits for its peacekeeping operations in Liberia. Mr. Voltaire practices in the areas of Constitutional Law, International Law, Immigration Law, Administrative Law, and Civil Rights Law.

Mr. Voltaire is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and is admitted in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, First Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Seven Circuit, Eight Circuit, and Tenth Circuit. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Council on Foreign Relations. He writes frequently on several Haitian blogs about the Haitian Constitution and politics. He was a guest speaker at the Haitian Diaspora Reconnection Forum in June of 2006, where he urged the Haitian politicians to revise the Constitution to recognize dual nationality, welcome the Haitian Diaspora within the Haitian family and bring much needed economic development to the country. Mr. Voltaire is a board member of the Haiti Micah Project, a non-profit organization that creates an orphanage in Mirebalais, Haiti, and is currently feeding hundred of children and paying the school tuition for hundred more. Mr. Voltaire is also the Legal Advisor to the NOAH Medical Mission and travels to Haiti in the past two years to help provide free medical care to several hard-reached villages and towns in Haiti.

Advisory Council:

Nicole Siméus

Nicole is a Manager at Deloitte & Touche, where she consults on operations redesign, change management, and communications.

Previously, she co-founded and served as President of CUBIS Group, a management training company that teaches management consulting skills to emerging corporate leaders through an innovative, 16-week, experiential learning program.

Before founding CUBIS Group, Nicole was an Associate at Nonprofit Financial Center (NFC), a not-for-profit organization that provides financial management assistance to small to mid-sized not-for-profit clients.

She completed her M.B.A with Honors at University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. She received her Bachelors of Arts with Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Political Science.

Nicole’s passions include triathlons and other outdoor sports.

Jack Vaughn

Jack C. Vaughn, Jr. is a native of Dallas, Texas and has worked in the petroleum industry as an independent oil and gas producer/investor for the past 25 years. He recently served as a Managing Director of Vaughn Petroleum, Ltd., a firm he and his brothers founded to acquire mineral and royalty interest in domestic oil and natural gas fields. Mr. Vaughn served in President George H. W. Bush’s Administration as a “Schedule C” appointee to the United States Department of Energy and worked in the Department’s Office of International Affairs on Middle East energy policy.

In 1997, then Governor George W. Bush appointed Mr. Vaughn to the Board of Directors of the Trinity River Authority of Texas – a state entity engaged in wastewater treatment and drinking water supply. He served on President – Elect George W. Bush’s Transition Advisory Committee and in 2002 he was President George W. Bush’s Delegate to the Inauguration of President Ricardo Maduro of the Republic of Honduras. In 2004, President Bush appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation.

Mr. Vaughn is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University where he and his wife sponsor undergraduate interns to the U.S. Department of State. He serves on the Boards of the Baylor Research Institute, The University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical Foundation, and Children’s Medical Missions to Haiti – a non-profit organization based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a former President of the Dallas Council on World Affairs. Mr. Vaughn is a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church where he is active on committees supporting international mission trips and missionary development. He has led or participated in numerous faith-based mission trips throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently manages a water well rehabilitation project in Leogane, Haiti as the volunteer representative for Living Water International, a water-resources focused ministry based in Houston, TX.

Mr. Vaughn is a graduate of Culver Military Academy (1972), The University of Texas at Austin (BBA 1976), and Southern Methodist University (1977 MBA). He is married to Annette Kay Larson and they are the parents of two fine children ages 13 and 11.

Marcia Thomsen

Marcia Thomsen brings more than 20 years of business experience with Fortune 500 companies, where she held numerous senior positions in Marketing, Communications and General Management. Marcia delivers powerful, transformative results; and brings an important perspective from her leading high-performance teams in fast-paced, complex and rapidly changing corporate environments. She delights in enabling others to achieve balance, power, autonomy and success in all the chosen areas of their lives.

Prior to joining BRANDspeak LLC, Thomsen held executive positions at PepsiCo, Inc. She was Vice President/General Manager for a $400 million business unit, where she honed her skills in team leadership and people development. Running a large organization with 16,000 employees, Thomsen is credited with creating focused, strategic plans, delivering consistent sales and profit results, while developing a pipeline of promotable talent.

Other PepsiCo assignments include VP National Sales/Field Marketing for Frito-Lay and VP National Marketing for Pizza Hut, where she led integrated marketing communications, brand strategy, national calendar initiatives, public relations, advertising, media spending and direct marketing. Thomsen spearheaded the national marketing effort to launch Pizza Hut Delivery, considered the most successful launch in the history of the brand.

Additionally, Thomsen has held various executive marketing positions building some of the most recognizable consumer brands in the world. While at Leo Burnett and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Thomsen managed several top consumer products accounts, including M&M Mars, Procter & Gamble, Anheuser Busch, HJ Heinz, Kimberly Clark, and Keebler.

A fervent advocate of people development, Marcia learned firsthand how impactful the proper training intervention can be to growing executive capability. As a fast-tracked, young executive, her participation in top-notch leadership development programs had a transformative impact on her own professional success, as it opened up new ways of thinking, interacting and leading. This set into motion a lifelong passion for personal growth and a commitment to mentor and coach others to greater performance.

Thomsen remains active in a variety of community and civic groups, including serving on several non-profit Boards of Directors, with a special interest in serving children in crisis and mentoring elementary school students in reading. She is a graduate of University of Missouri School of Journalism. She and her husband Tim have two children.

Nicole Siméus Patterson

Nicole Patterson is a Director with Deloitte Tax LLP and has over 15 years of professional services experience. She recently joined Deloitte’s Global Employer Services – Global Talent and Performance group, in which she consults with companies on a global alignment of leadership’s talent priorities and approaches, including competencies, job structures, career paths, rewards packages, performance management, and retention tools.

Previously, Nicole served as part of Deloitte’s U.S. India Tax Leadership Team. She executed a broad set of talent, operational and marketplace strategic initiatives related to Deloitte U.S. Tax’s offshore practice in India. As part of this role, Nicole completed a two-year expatriate assignment in India where she served as a local leader. She has leveraged these experiences to consult with clients on their U.S. tax global talent sourcing strategies, with a special emphasis on offshoring.

Nicole began her career with Deloitte Consulting in 1997, helping clients navigate the “people” side of large transformations. She transitioned from Deloitte Consulting to Tax in 2005 to focus on strategic initiatives for the Tax practice. Early in her career, Nicole co-founded and was president of a leadership development company, CUBIS Group, which focused on experiential education.

Nicole serves as the Partner Advisor to the local Deloitte Black Employee Network (BEN). Nicole is also a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM), as well as DallasHR, the organization’s local chapter.

Nicole holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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