Deborah M. Soon is responsible for Catalyst’s business strategy and planning, market assessment, and overall marketing operations. For Catalyst’s entry into new markets, she sets priorities and develops the business model, market entry strategy, and initial operating plan. Ms. Soon leads a number of Catalyst's strategic initiatives, including Corporate Board Services, recently acquiring Women On Board® in Vancouver, Canada, as well as Catalyst's Inclusive Leadership Initiative, which will leverage Catalyst's extensive research to create leadership training curriculum. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing brand management, corporate events, government affairs, and information technology.
Prior to working at Catalyst, Ms. Soon was a consultant at Spencer Stuart, one of the leading global executive search firms. Her search engagements focused on the areas of technology, education, and healthcare, with specific functional emphasis on CEO, other senior executives, and board placements. Prior to Spencer Stuart, Ms. Soon was the CEO of Larscom, a telecommunications company she took public in 1996 and subsequently led as a public entity. Earlier in her career, Ms. Soon held various executive positions in marketing and software engineering at AT&T, BBN, and EDS.
Ms. Soon holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She also completed special studies in Mathematics at Cambridge University, England. Ms. Soon is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Advisors of DirectWomen Board Institute.