RiseSmart Team


RiseSmart was founded on the idea that there had to be a better approach to career empowerment. We’re always refining our outplacement and career management services in a concerted effort to give our customers the best solution on the market and to help displaced employees land even faster. Along the way, we’ve built a winning culture and an impressive team that continues to grow.

Management Team

RiseSmart is led by an accomplished, experienced and diverse group that together comprise its management team.

Dan Davenport, President and General Manager

Dan Davenport

President and General Manager


President and General Manager

Dan serves as President and General Manager of RiseSmart, the company he co-founded with Sanjay Sathe in 2007. Serving initially as Vice President of Operations and Finance, and later, Senior Vice President, Dan built RiseSmart’s world-class service delivery organization and managed all operations in the US, Canada, and India. Dan also led all finance, accounting, HR and administration activities since the company’s inception. After the company was sold to Randstad Holdings in 2015, Dan was named Executive Vice President of Global Operations, where he led the launch of RiseSmart in Europe and Asia Pacific, and the creation of a global network, RiNGS – establishing delivery capability in over 80 countries.

Before RiseSmart, Dan worked nearly a decade with Sabre Holdings, the parent company of Travelocity. Dan served in various roles in Sabre’s software and services unit, Sabre Airline Solutions, including leading international teams in finance, operations, and account management. Prior to joining Sabre, Dan worked in finance roles at Electronic Data Systems, now HP. Dan launched his career as a licensed investment advisor with Fidelity Investments.

Dan holds an MBA from Texas Christian University (TCU), and a BS in Economics from Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Karen D. O’Boyle, Chief Commercial Officer

Karen D. O’Boyle

Chief Commercial Officer


Chief Commercial Officer

Karen serves as Chief Commercial Officer for RiseSmart. As an accomplished and customer-focused leader of global human capital organizations with over two decades of outplacement industry experience, Karen is responsible for RiseSmart’s business development, partnerships, sales and customer success teams.

Karen has built and led high-performing teams that have helped organizations navigate change by empowering leaders to achieve business goals, develop leaders to execute business strategies, and manage employee transitions while ensuring business continuity and brand protection during organizational change. She has been consistently successful in partnering with organizations around the world as they flex, adapt, and transform their businesses to drive growth, productivity, and profitability.

Prior to joining RiseSmart, Karen was President of global outplacement and redeployment firm, Mullin International, and a key leader responsible for executing the successful, recent sale of the firm. She was also Executive Vice President of Global Sales for Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), President of Career Partners International (CPI) and Senior Vice President for Right Management.

Karen graduated from the Global Executive Leadership/Executive MBA Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. She received an MS in Management from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Smith College’s Global Management Program in Northampton, Massachusetts.

David Chapman, Chief Financial Officer

David Chapman

Chief Financial Officer


Chief Financial Officer

David Chapman is RiseSmart’s Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, David oversees the finance, accounting, and human resources functions at RiseSmart and provides strategic financial guidance as the company continues to expand its contemporary career transition operations globally.

Chapman is a finance veteran with over fifteen years of multinational and venture-backed organization experience. Most recently, Chapman served as the vice president of finance at Thomson Reuters, an $11 billion information technology and solutions company. He spent eight years in a variety of executive finance roles supporting SaaS and content businesses across the world, and most recently partnered with the chief technical officer of Thomson Reuter’s $1 billion Global Growth Organization to develop software solutions and professional services for emerging market clients.

Chapman has also served as the vice president of finance at Realtime Worlds, a venture-backed online entertainment company, where he was responsible for managing global financial, accounting, human resources, legal, and real estate operations. Chapman began his career at Ford Motor Company and Verizon Communications and earned his Master of Business Administration in finance and management from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Kim Johnson, Sales

Kim Johnson

Senior Vice President, Sales


Senior Vice President, Sales

Kim Johnson brings a unique combination of experiences to her work as sales leader and global trainer. She’s known for securing and maintaining relationships with key customers and for ensuring that the company meets client and customer expectations in the very best way. Kim has worked in a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, telecommunications, high tech, financial services, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Before joining RiseSmart, she was senior vice president of sales at the New York-based outplacement services company Drake Beam Morin Inc. In nearly 11 years at DBM, Kim progressed from a sales executive to senior vice president, leading many successful sales teams along the way. As a member of the executive leadership team at DBM, Kim was responsible for top-line revenues and bottom-line profitability in a 26-state territory.

Prior to DBM, Johnson worked in sales leadership positions at Pryor Resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.


Josh Barlow, Vice President, US Operations

Josh Barlow

Vice President, US Operations


Vice President, US Operations

Josh Barlow has been a key player in RiseSmart’s operational success. It’s his mission to improve our processes and build our teams so that we can meet and exceed our goals for effectiveness, excellence and customer satisfaction.

Josh brings an expansive, senior-level background in professional services delivery to his role, which puts him squarely at the hub of everything we do. He integrates input from every team at RiseSmart to achieve results, from client services to technology development to product management.

With a skill set that bridges technical, business and client-facing needs, Josh makes innovation and quality the cornerstone of RiseSmart.

Karin Bootsma, Vice President, Marketing

Karin Bootsma

Vice President, Marketing


Vice President, Marketing

As vice president of marketing, Karin adds to RiseSmart’s talented leadership team two decades of high-tech, HCM, and SaaS marketing experience, including several years as vice president of marketing at public and private companies.

In her role at RiseSmart, Karin is responsible for providing the marketing foundation and execution for ongoing customer, sales, and channel success in each of our markets. She believes in combining customer partnerships, market insights, creative ideas, and impactful execution to drive long-lasting success.

Before RiseSmart, Karin led Product Marketing, HR Alliances, and Monster’s Talent Management Suite at Monster Worldwide. While there, she drove product marketing for many new products, such as Monster’s flagship semantic resume search products. Prior to Monster, she was responsible for all aspects of marketing at Trovix, a purveyor of resume and job matching, which was later acquired. This included branding, awareness, demand generation, sales enablement, and competitive intelligence. She also established a competitive presence for Entopia, a venture-backed knowledge management company, and led marketing strategy and execution at ISD, leading to successful initial and secondary public offerings.

Karin holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business, and a mechanical engineering degree from UOP.

Vikash Chauhan, Vice President, Engineering

Vikash Chauhan

Vice President, Engineering


Vice President, Engineering

As leader of the engineering team, Vikash steers the vision, roadmap, and builds and delivers RiseSmart’s suite of web-based products. A dynamic market innovator, Vikash is known for leadership in both small startusps and Fortune 500 organizations. He builds talented onshore and offshore teams and executes strategies that help our products scale in the marketplace.

Vikash has spent over 15 years implementing Agile development methodologies to maintain the quality and stability of applications. He brings the analytical and technical skills of a computer engineer and the business mindset of an entrepreneur to produce innovative, industry-leading technologies. As the Co-Founder of Market2Lead (acquired by Oracle), Vikash built a strong development team and managed end-to-end solution delivery in addition to creating critical strategic plans and made key business decisions.

Vikash is a member of TiE Silicon Valley and has a Master of Science, Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University.

Michael Gray, Vice President, Product

Michael Gray

Vice President, Product


Vice President, Product

As leader of the product team, Michael sets and drives the product vision for the company in its pursuit to be the global market leader in career transition services.

Michael has over 15 years of executive leadership experience from leading HR and recruiting companies. He has a strong track record of managing the development of complex enterprise applications from the ground up as well as overseeing global products lines generating hundreds of millions of dollars.

Michael has interacted closely with recruiters, hiring managers and jobseekers, learning a great deal about the challenges and pain points each group faces. In addition to his business experience, Gray was educated at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and is also a certified Agile Product Owner.

Kevin Gounden, VP, International Strategy

Kevin Gounden

VP, International Strategy

Kevin Gounden

VP, International Strategy

Kevin is responsible for driving RiseSmart’s global growth strategy. By working closely with our teams around the world, he is focused on expanding RiseSmart’s global footprint and driving rapid implementation, seamless relationships, and robust processes among our international operations, delivery, and business teams.

An experienced leader with a track record of success, spanning more than 20 years, Kevin is well positioned to lead RiseSmart’s global business initiatives and drive significant growth worldwide.

Before joining RiseSmart, Kevin co-founded and led Teamery, an enterprise operations software customized for the outplacement industry. He also led the development of a gamified e-learning platform. Earlier in his career, Kevin spent several years in the financial services, hedge fund industry, developing technology for stock selection and later managing the operations teams of several hedge funds.

Kevin’s extensive background in outplacement and his entrepreneurial spirit make him a valuable asset to RiseSmart’s global operations.

Kevin earned his MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management, his MSc, Information Technology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his BScEng, Electronic Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Country Leadership

Alison Monroe

Alison Monroe

Australia, New Zealand

Alison has directed several industry-first career transition and ageing workforce projects, including the Federal Government Corporate Champions program, the NSW Government Mature Workforce Retention Project and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games career transition. Alison is a passionate and insightful advocate for holistic career transition, ageing workforce and gender equality. She is a sought-after conference chair, presenter and awards judge. Alison is a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador and the recipient of the 2017 Stevie Award for Women in Business, Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia / New Zealand. Alison co-founded Sageco in 2004 and is proud to lead its evolution as RiseSmart in Australia and New Zealand.

Laurie Compartino, General Manager, Canada

Laurie Compartino


As General Manager of Canada, Laurie is responsible for RiseSmart’s in-country commercial, operational, and financial results. Laurie’s efforts in the Canadian marketplace are a key contributor toward RiseSmart’s mission to becoming the dominant global provider of end-to-end transition solutions.

In her role as General Manager, Laurie has the responsibility of building out the RiseSmart business in Canada and will have P&L accountability including overseeing the sales and client services teams.

Laurie joins RiseSmart from parent company, Randstad, where she most recently served as Area Vice President in the Province of Quebec. Laurie brings more than 17 years of combined management, sales and customer service experience to her role.

Marc Van Harneveldt

Marc Van Harneveldt


Marc offers a world-class background in leading change management, reorganization and business integration from an ICT, commercial, HR, logistics and operational perspective. His international experience spanning from the US to France and Poland and communication skills in Dutch, French, English and basic knowledge of German adds value to his overall profile.

During his progressive career at Randstad Group Belgium, Marc drove considerable growth by successfully integrated two new lines of business. He played a critical role in positioning Belgium as the flagship store within Randstad and the most successful acquisition for outplacement services. Marc guided other countries for sales enablement and worked on international tenders. He is currently Coordinator of European Expansion with the Global Outplacement Steering Committee.

As Director for RiseSmart, he is providing leadership to 240 staff with five lines of business encompassing outplacement, career Services, welfare to work, competence and assessment services and B2C career coaching. His leadership style is transparent with a strong focus on the human aspect of achieving results.

Marc holds a master in Commercial and Financial Sciences and a Bachelor in Informatics.

Joel Paul

Joel Paul


Joel Paul has been instrumental in the establishment and rapid growth of RiseSmart India Pvt. Ltd. As a founding member of operations in India, Paul has successfully lead the growth of RiseSmart India from just 2 people in 2008 to 100 team members in 2017. In his role as director of operations, Paul is responsible for the commercial, operational, and financial results of RiseSmart India.

A ten-year veteran of RiseSmart, Paul continues to innovate and expand the company’s presence in India and is a key contributor to RiseSmart’s overall success globally. Paul brings his talents as a motivational leader, effective negotiator, and strategic entrepreneur to his role, placing him at the center of operations in India where he continues to achieve phenomenal revenue growth while providing exceptional service to RiseSmart customers.

Previously, Paul served as training manager at iPlace India Pvt Ltd. and training and recruitment manager at Envisionize Services.

Inge Dijkstra

Inge Dijkstra


As Director for Randstad HR Solutions in the Netherlands, Inge is responsible for integrating RiseSmart’s innovative, contemporary outplacement services featuring a unique combination of tech and touch into the well-established Randstad HR Solutions business model. Currently, Randstad HR Solutions is the Netherlands market leader for outplacement helping candidates in career transition from work to work, sickness to work, welfare to work, and disability to work. Inge brings 20 years of experience in the staffing and outplacement business.


Sanjay Sathe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Sanjay Sathe


Sanjay Sathe founded RiseSmart after more than two decades in marketing management, leading successful sales and marketing organizations domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has specialized in product marketing, CRM, loyalty programs, branding, marketing communications, public relations and strategic alliance initiatives for companies in telecommunications, banking, airline and technology.

Sanjay served as vice president for enterprise data management for Sabre Holdings, the parent company of Travelocity and a $2.5 billion global leader in travel commerce. Before Sabre, Sanjay was senior vice president of marketing for Brierley & Partners, a CRM and loyalty management company that serves global brands such as Hilton HHonors, Hertz #1 Club Gold, Sony and Nokia. He also has worked in marketing management in Europe and Asia with Lufthansa, HSBC and other major corporations.

Sanjay holds a Master of Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines, and has completed an executive education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.