Struan has 17 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 also competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and plays the flute and didgeridoo.
Cathy Kim Walker
Cathy has 15 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 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 guides Breitlane's recruiting and market intelligence efforts. She is in charge of staying abreast of the latest trends and leading companies, executives, influencers, and business models that are shaping the consumer and healthcare industries. Prior to Breitlane, Sam spent a decade working with private equity firm, Equitas Capital, in Santiago, Chile helping the CEO and executive team raise multiple investment funds, conduct due diligence, and advise portfolio companies on marketing and business development. She also worked with the leadership team on optimizing the firm's portfolio of investments. Throughout her 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, technology, 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 busy with her three teenagers, volunteering for women-led entrepreneurship initiatives, and exploring far-flung corners of the world. An outdoors, health and wellness enthusiast, you can find Sam relaxing at the beach, going to the gym, practicing yoga, hiking or biking, or coaxing her expansive collection of plants to thrive.