Deborah M. Soon is responsible for Catalyst’s long term strategic initiatives. Today, that focus is on two critical areas – accelerating diversity in the corporate boardroom through alliances and key programs such as Women on Board® and Catalyst’s Corporate Board Resource, and the development and launch of the Inclusive Leadership Initiative which will leverage Catalyst’s extensive research to create leadership training curriculum delivered through a blended approach and through a MOOC platform. Prior to taking on the role of Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Ms. Soon was the SVP of Strategy and Marketing at Catalyst.
Before joining 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.