Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan

Talent Adivisor, Speaker & Board Member

San Francisco Bay Area
Human Resources

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Steve Cadigan's Summary

With over 25 years of leadership and executive experience in the field of HR, the depth and breadth of industry experience in apparel, retail, insurance, semiconductor, networks, entertainment, and internet, has given me a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and what it takes to forge an organization’s sustainability. In addition, I’ve led WW HR efforts on over 60 M&A transactions in 3 large Global organizations since 1998.

Globally, I have practiced HR across Asia, Canada and the US, including over ten years of experience living and working overseas. Over the course of my career the teams and organizations I’ve led and helped build, have been recognized as exceptional performers and "world class" in every way.

I have built a personal and professional brand that is focused on winning creative talent solutions, and breaking down any barriers that suffocate, limit, or create impediments to high performance and the evolution of talent.

Similar to my love of sport, my overall professional objective is to do all that I can to make individuals, teams, and organizations the best they can be.

Specialties: Acquisition Integration, Turning Culture into a Strategic Advantage, Executive Coaching, Change Management, Leading and scaling in Hyper Growth, Leading organizations successfully through pre and post IPO transitions

Steve Cadigan's Experience

Talent Advisor, Speaker & Board Member

Cadigan Talent Ventures

Sole Proprietorship; Myself Only; Human Resources industry

December 2012Present (1 year 10 months) SF Bay Area

I work with individuals and organizations experiencing rapid growth and change.
Offer guidance on numerous subjects including: establishing a great culture, recruiting and building awesome teams, developing an employer brand, leadership and management fundamentals, and innovative recruiting strategies.

Have presented at numerous conferences and organizations on a whole host of topics such as: the future of recruiting, the future of talent, building a high performing organization, building an amazing culture while growing at hyper speed, employer brand, the realities of being a leader in the new "social" world, and world class M&A integration

Companies, Investment Firms, VC's & Education Institutions I have spent time helping and offering advice to include: Square, Airbnb, Executives Exchange, Blue Jean Networks, Nimble Storage, Twitter, Simppler, QuickMobile, PearlHPS, RentMoola, Gild, Slate Advisers, Nomaders, Chegg, BetterWorks, OpenTable, Thames Water, the BBC, GoodData, Shutterfly, Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Andreessen-Horowitz,, RocketFuel, Marketo, Georgetown University, Stanford University GSB, Brigham Young University, Ivey School of Business-Asia, University of Sydney Business School, Instituto Superior para el Desarrollo de Internet, University Nevada-Las Vegas, University Nevada-Reno, Spain Tech Center, KudosKorner, Wavelength, Talent Sky, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Jovenes con futuro, DataCycles, Stratesys Tech Solutions, Infusionsoft, Manos Accelerator, Capital One (Int'l), Royal Bank of Scotland, Deloitte(UK), and numerous teams in stealth mode working on exciting new talent solutions.

Member Board of Directors


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

August 2014Present (2 months) Israel

TalentTribe is the answer to every candidate's dreams: a firm committed to helping them find "career nirvana." The main purpose of TalentTribe is to actively support people through the entire recruiting life-cycle - so they stand a much better chance of making the best decisions for them and their family. Most search firms today focus much more on the company than the candidate. Today that changes.

Talent Tribe aims to disrupt the recruiting domain by empowering the most important element: the Talent.

TalentTribe puts Candidates in the driver’s seat in order to help them find their ideal opportunity: the right role, right boss, right culture, right compensation, etc.. TalentTribe aims to do this by building an amazing mobile platform that will simply and powerfully change the game.

We are in extremely early stage but watch this channel for some compelling news in the near future...

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

August 2014Present (2 months) Barcelona

Impact Accelerator launched in the summer of 2014 and the primary aim is to subsidize, accelerate & invest in the best mobile internet start-ups across Europe - leading and supporting them to generate global impact.

IMPACT's key objectives:
Accelerate at least 64 European start-ups focusing on Mobile Internet.
Subsidize each start-up up to 100,000 euros without equity consideration whatsoever investing a total of 6,400,000 euros in 2-years time.
Provide Premium Acceleration Service during 6 months consisting in Training and Mentoring under the guidance of key world class digital ecosystem professionals and entrepreneurs.
Manage the most promising start-ups towards the Extended Investment Phase with Business Angels and first class global Funds.

Global Partner

RedCAT Systems

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

May 2014Present (5 months) San Francisco Bay Area

RedCAT is an HR Systems company that is already changing the game! We are all about Speed, Scalability, Flexibility, Efficiency& Ease of Use.

RedCAT Systems LLC(former Hot Solutions LLC) is a cloud services company that delivers enterprise-class solutions to address complex HR processes (lord knows we got lots of those).

Our clients are some of the best high-technology or Financial Services companies of the Fortune 500 : Motorola Mobility, Linkedin, AMD, NYSE, ICE, Sun Edison & Spansion. These clients, like us, are simply frustrated with huge systems that are not user friendly and are too expensive to adjust. You deserve systems that are simply elegant and help you focus on what matters!

RedCAT can implement on top of your payroll systems or any HRIS such as Workday, Peoplesoft, SAP or we can build an HR Data Warehouse for the best quality/cost in the market place.

Talent Advisor


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Internet industry

April 2014Present (6 months) San Francisco Bay Area

At Eventbrite, we believe that gathering with others is the best way for people to learn, grow, get inspired, feel connected, get healthy, give back, and celebrate. So we're building technology that facilitates those gatherings, by helping people find and attend events that feed their interests, while connecting them with others who share their passions.

When we indulge our curiosity, events can transform us and make us better. We want everyone to join us in creating a world where we are encouraged to get out there and try new things, indulge in the things we love, and to express ourselves, improve ourselves and build our communities.

We are here to bring people together.

Thought Provoker, Teacher & Speaker

Wavelength Companies Ltd

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Events Services industry

March 2014Present (7 months) London, United Kingdom

I have the honor of helping support one of the greatest talent development organizations in the world. When called upon I help open minds to new ideas, inspire different thinking, and help people laugh at themselves and at me. Just as importantly I help connect "Wavelengthers" to other interesting people, companies and social enterprises around the Globe.

Wavelength is a world-class leadership company. We understand the key issues facing companies today: employee engagement, service excellence, social innovation, digital disruption, leadership resilience and change management.

Our unique programmes and insider access to inspiring organisations offer a radically different model for learning and tangible return on investment.

At the heart of our work is our year-long leadership programme, Connect, which enables leaders to develop their knowledge, connectivity, and resilience.

Advisory Board Member


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry

April 2013Present (1 year 6 months) San Francisco Bay Area

HR and recruiting have been begging for innovation. That’s why Gild is here. Gild exists to bring meritocracy to the professional world by providing hiring solutions that illuminate who’s talented. Over 60 clients use Gild’s patent-pending hiring solutions to find and engage the best developers in the world. Unlike professional networks and job boards, Gild’s solutions tell companies how good different prospects are, and provide the social insights hiring teams need to engage prospects effectively. Launched in 2011, Gild is backed by Globespan Capital Partners, Baseline Ventures, and SAP Ventures. Gild is headquartered in downtown San Francisco, CA.

Member Advisory Board


October 2013Present (1 year) Mountain View, CA

As organizations inevitably go through change, it is imperative to have an effective listening strategy. DataCycles has built the premier platform for "employee listening" called StoryPoint. Through the use cutting edge, proprietary software, DataCycles provides real-time insights to successfully drive change and progress.

DataCycles enables leaders to prescribe action plans based on eye-witness evidence. In a way, DataCycles is your organization's newsroom for operational change and intelligence. Storypoint engages employees as a global network of reporters who are always "at-the-scene" providing invaluable insights.

Advisory Board Member


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

December 2013Present (10 months) San Mateo, CA

Simppler is building the next generation of Data Driven Talent Management Systems. We believe that TMS should be simple, intuitive and personalized.

In stealth mode currently, but working very hard to make something delightful.

If you are curious, ping us at for more details!

Member Advisory Board


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Events Services industry

June 2013Present (1 year 4 months) Vancouver, Canada Area

QuickMobile is the pioneer of mobile event apps for meetings, conferences, and exhibitions.
Our event apps delight audiences by enhancing the way they network, schedule activities, engage with content, and access information. Available for all mobile platforms, our event apps are built on a highly secure, enterprise-grade platform that has the flexibility and scalability to fit any kind of event, regardless of size. QuickMobile’s event apps connect attendees, distribute and manage multi-lingual content, promote your brand, integrate with all social platforms, and gather real-time audience and participation data – all in one simple mobile solution.

Advisory Board Member


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

June 2013Present (1 year 4 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Serve as an strategic advisor for this "game changing" organization. Our flagship product Pearl Predict can predict up to 12 months forward the success probability of leadership teams tied to business outcomes. Whether you are in high growth mode, a turnaround situation, or contemplating an acquisition, Pearl Predict can quickly and accurately assess the critical leadership teams and provide actionable dashboards that reflect predictions about the future performance of your organization. Our solution is up and running in a matter of days with results in a matter of hours. No need for data scientists and big data analysts to provide relative trend analysis to document your company future performance story. We write the story and give you the conclusion in the preface! As one customer described Pearl Predict "it's 'Moneyball' for the corporate enterprise." Come check us out at

TrustedPeer Expert - Organizational Growth Inflection Points


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Management Consulting industry

November 2013Present (11 months) San Francisco Bay Area

The Right Expert, Right Now

TrustedPeer® provides high-quality consulting expertise, helping business professionals make critical decisions with certainty and with the immediacy demanded by today's fast-changing business world.

TrustedPeer combines the immediacy of the Internet, the trust of a personal network and the quality of traditional consulting into a single, innovative web-based expertise delivery solution.

TrustedPeer Experts are vetted, qualified and ready to help you solve your business problem – through live one-on-one consulting sessions or the rich content they have authored for TrustedPeer's Business Library.

Scientific Advisory Board Member


May 2013Present (1 year 5 months) Madrid Area, Spain

Creado por señalados profesionales de la industria de Internet, ISDI es una institución cuya misión es contribuir a la transformación de España generando un ecosistema digital competitivo, mediante la formación de profesionales digitales, la generación de emprendedores y la transformación digital de empresas.

Advisory Board Member

Slate Advisers

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Human Resources industry

April 2013Present (1 year 6 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Slate Advisers partners with companies to help transitioning employees accelerate their job search and find a role in which they will thrive. Slate is all about personalized and custom attention to employees in career transitions. Slate recognizes that everyone's needs in transition are unique to them and as such Slate works diligently to customize plans and support that are optimal for their clients. The Slate team is comprised of exceptional career advisers, as well as resources to navigate immediate needs such as financial and health insurance decisions.

Talent Advisor - Advisory Board

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Leisure, Travel & Tourism industry

February 2013Present (1 year 8 months) Menlo Park, CA

Discover a new way of traveling. Nomaders is a team of people who share a passion for traveling and creating an entirely new way to experience local places around the world.

Nomaders connects travellers with local heroes, area enthusiasts who are passionate about their city, share your interests, and would love to show you around.

People and Culture Advisor - Advisory Board


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Financial Services industry

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months) Vancouver, Canada Area

RentMoola is an online global payment network that allows tenants and owners to pay rent and other payments by credit card, debit card or direct debit and earn rewards. Our members have access to our MoolaPerks™ program which provides exclusive deals to travel, lifestyle, home services and other rewards redeemable across North America, UK and Europe.

Our secure online payment network is certified PCI DSS compliant providing financial, transactional and accounting reports ensuring seamless integration into existing accounting systems.

In partnership with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and RM Direct Debit™ powered by BMO Financial Group and Barclays.


VP Talent


Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; LNKD; Internet industry

August 2009December 2012 (3 years 5 months) Mountain View, CA

Helped grow the most valuable and engaging professional network in the world.
Responsible for building a world class global organization.
Led phenomenal organization growth
* from 400 to 3000+ employees in only 3 years (700%!)
* from offices in 2 countries to offices in over 20
* during growth productivity of employees (revenue per employee) actually increased which is an incredibly rare achievement. This accomplishment (on-boarding new talent while growing productivity) was recognized by several investment firms such as Morgan Stanly as being a massive achievement and huge strategic advantage.
* grew the Talent organization from 3 people based in the US to over 125 global talent professionals
Responsible for laying the foundation of an amazing transformative culture that is recognized today as being a "strategic advantage" for LinkedIn
Built a talent organization focused on high quality service and creating strategic advantage for the business.
Competed successfully in recruiting world class Engineering talent against highly successful global competitors for talent in clearly what has been the most challenging market for recruiting top technical talent.
Led all HR activities before and through the IPO that took place in May 2011 and post IPO have kept retention of top talent extremely high.

VP Human Resources

Electronic Arts

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; EA; Entertainment industry

February 2008July 2009 (1 year 6 months)

Led HR for Games Label Division, 2,500 staff & $2B in Revenue.
Managed a team of 20 HR Generalists covering 14 diverse studios located across the US, Canada and Europe.
Also responsible for all HR M&A for EA Globally.
Implemented the Label's first workforce planning process.

Vice President Human Resources


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; PMCS; Semiconductors industry

September 2004January 2008 (3 years 5 months)

• Responsible for the WW HR Function for 1,250-person organization
• Led the integration of two acquisitions: one in Santa Clara, US; and one in Herzliya Israel. Combined, these acquisitions brought 320 new employees to the company and made PMC-Sierra the #1 player in two key segments
• Helped build the foundation for PMC’s first Design Center in India – putting in place the necessary policies and practices to hire talented SW and HW designers. Within a year the site grew from 0 to 40 engineers and within two years the site grew beyond 100. Due to some strategic job design decisions turnover was extremely low compared to market norm.
• Revitalized company training and development programs. Took PMC University from a training clearinghouse and turned it into an impactful development portal focused especially deep in management fundamentals and core leadership skills
• Drove the research and implementation of PMC’s first Restricted Stock Unit (RSU) component to the PMC Total Rewards portfolio.
• Designed, built and delivered PMC’s first succession planning process.

Director Human Resources - Asia Pacific Region

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CSCO; Computer Networking industry

August 2002July 2004 (2 years)

• Led the HR Function for Cisco’s Asia-Pacific business: 13 countries, 2,000 regular employees, 1,500 contingent workers, and $7M Budget
• Re-built the HR function through talent upgrades and performance management to realize greater relevance to the regional business functions
• Managed staff of 25 employees and 15 indirect HR staff located throughout the region
• Drove the selection of new country leaders in India, Australia, Singapore, and Vietnam
• Instituted multiple measures and partnered with Cisco Brand Protection and Internal Audit to ensure Cisco’s governance is beyond reproach throughout the region
• Facilitated the nomination and recognition of Hewitt’s Best Employer Award in numerous countries: 2003 #1 Best Employer in Australia, 2003 #4 in HK, 2003 #5 in Singapore

Director HR Acquisition Integration

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CSCO; Computer Networking industry

March 1998August 2002 (4 years 6 months)

• Led HR management in all acquisition integrations and divestments. Staffed and built superior team of 21 individuals dedicated to HR integration
Team was repeatedly recognized globally as one of the premier integration teams in the world
• Designed and led implementation of virtually every HR process for Cisco acquisition integrations
• Personally worked on over 52 acquisitions ranging in size from 15 to 750 people
• Repeatedly recognized within Cisco as a leader of Virtual Teaming
• Served as external HR consultant for numerous start-ups wherein Cisco was a major investor
• Designed and implemented Cisco’s first formal HR Due Diligence Process
• Significant experience negotiating many highly complex elements in acquisitions including: employment agreements, compensation plans and benefit issues, stock plans, etc.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AMD; Semiconductors industry

19941998 (4 years)

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Insurance industry

19901994 (4 years)

HR Generalist

Esprit De Corp

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Apparel & Fashion industry

19861990 (4 years)

Steve Cadigan's Publications

Steve Cadigan's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Volunteers

      ARC - Association of Religious Communities
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      May 1982 August 1983 (1 year 4 months)

      Help build soccer programs for Southeast Asian Refugees settling in my home town of Danbury CT. I spent time with Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese kids and adults. We travelled across New England playing games against other refugees.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Poverty Alleviation
    • Organizations I support:

      • NAMI
      • National Institute of Mental Health
      • InnVision
      • Year Up
      • BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Steve Cadigan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Acquisition Integration
  2. Management Development
  3. Employee Relations
  4. Executive Coaching
  5. Human Resources
  6. Humor
  7. Change Management
  8. Performance Management
  9. Succession Planning
  10. Global Leadership
  11. Leadership Development
  12. Organizational Development
  13. Coaching
  14. Talent Management
  15. Employee Engagement
  16. HR Strategy
  17. Organizational Effectiveness
  18. Talent Acquisition
  19. Organizational Change
  20. Culture Change
  21. Change Leadership
  22. Organizational Design
  23. Talent Development
  24. Compensation
  25. Talent Assessment
  26. Corporate Culture
  27. Team Building
  28. Hiring
  29. Onboarding
  30. Public Speaking
  31. New Hire Orientations
  32. Awesomeness
  33. Mentoring
  34. Recruiting
  35. Start-ups
  36. Mergers & Acquisitions
  37. Management
  38. Training
  39. Employer Branding
  40. Leadership
  41. Enterprise Software
  42. Program Management
  43. Employee Benefits
  44. College Recruiting
  45. Executive Management
  46. Competitive Analysis
  47. Cloud Computing
  48. Deferred Compensation
  49. HRIS

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Steve Cadigan's Education

University San Francisco

MA, Org. Development & HR Management


Wrote almost every paper for this degree while on an airplane doing acquisitions for Cisco

Wesleyan University

BA, History


Activities and Societies: Member of Tennis team 1983-1986.

The Wooster School


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