Struan has 16 years of C-level search experience (14 of those years working with Cathy Walker) advising leading consumer and healthcare services companies, both public and private equity backed. Before his career in executive search Struan was a business strategy advisor at Bain & Company where he worked with clients across many industries including health & wellness and consumer. Struan was based in Bain’s San Francisco, Sydney, Johannesburg, London, Paris, and Los Angeles offices. Earlier in his career, Struan was a process engineer.
Struan holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
When he's not working with clients and interviewing candidates he spends time with his wife and two kids and their stable of animals. He can also be found bashing his mates on a rugby field or at home perfecting his flute and didgeridoo technique.
Cathy Kim Walker
Cathy has 14 years of C-level search experience and focuses on placing executives into high growth consumer-focused companies, most of which are backed by private equity firms. Before her career in executive search Cathy worked for a number of high growth consumer-focused companies. She was a member of the pre-launch team at The New York Times Digital as well as the pre-launch team at FairMarket, Inc., an e-commerce technology company that went through an initial public offering and was later acquired by eBay. After business school she was the sixth employee of Bluebeam Software, a software company focused on architecture and engineering companies. Bluebeam was acquired by European software leader, Nemetchek.
Cathy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
When she is not working or chasing after her two kids (and husband and dog, fish, and family of guinea pigs), Cathy supports community-focused arts and cultural institutions with their growth initiatives. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Westport Weston YMCA. She is also an Adviser to several early stage consumer products companies on the east and west coasts. To relax Cathy tests out the latest fitness concepts and builds things, plants things, and fixes things.
Sam leads Breitlane's market intelligence efforts. In this role she is in charge of staying abreast of the leading companies, executives, influencers, and business models that are shaping the consumer and healthcare industries. Prior to Breitlane, Sam spent a decade working with Equitas Capital in Santiago, Chile helping the CEO and executive team raise multiple investment funds. She also worked with the leadership team on optimizing the firm's portfolio of investments. Throughout her 20-year career in business consulting she has worked with a number of high-growth start-ups in a variety of industries including consumer goods, digital, healthcare, hospitality, and education.
Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Marketing.
When she's not helping Breitlane identify the best C-level talent, Sam is [literally] running after her three kids, volunteering for women-led entrepreneurship initiatives, and exploring far-flung corners of the world.