Walter J. Sarkees CBA
President and CEO
Walt is the founder and CEO of Smithbridge Consulting, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business. He is also an executive with Navigator Associates and managing director for the Center for Strategic Integrity. He has more than thirty years of experience in executive level recruitment and organizational development. He has extensive experience working in turnaround situations and has functioned as a valued advisor to numerous private equity funds in assembling the management team for their portfolio companies. His client base ranges from large, multi-national corporations to fast growing high-tech companies and well-known local firms in industries such as professional services, healthcare, financial services, and consumer products.
In recent years Walt has worked with executive management teams on mentoring and talent management issues. He has worked with organizations to create the underlying human resources management and corporate structure that best suits the needs of executive leadership. He is well known for his holistic style that incorporates the many aspects of achieving both professional and personal success in the work environment. Prior to founding Smithbridge Consulting, Inc. he was managing director at several regional recruiting firms and held senior staffing and executive search roles at KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Walt has expertise in organizational change, frequently teaming with senior management to solve critical issues at the individual or team level. At the team level, Walt has worked with both high performing and stalled teams, and provided the guidance necessary to bring change initiatives to successful completion.
After completing his service in the United States Navy, Walt achieved a B.S. degree from Widener University and a M.S. degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, Walt has also held senior leadership positions at Cap Gemini, Chubb Computer Services and the Wharton MBA School. He is an adjunct professor at Neumann University where he teaches Organizational Behavior, Entrepreneurial Management and Human Resources Business Communications and Operations Management.