Global leadership team

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews | Chairman

Location: Toronto

We’ve dedicated the last 70 years to understanding how people work and what drives them to excel

Chris joined Hay Group in 1975. Alongside his chairman duties, he continues to play an active consulting role, working with CEOs and boards of directors to turn their business strategies into reality. He works in the areas of corporate governance, executive reward, leadership transformation and organizational effectiveness.

In 1990, he led Hay Group through a successful management buyout from Saatchi & Saatchi.

Chris has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of business and a BBA degree from the University of New Brunswick. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.

Stephen Kaye

Stephen Kaye | President and CEO

Location: Philadelphia

We’ll enable you to make the changes you need so that your strategy becomes sustainable, impactful and real

Stephen joined Hay Group in 1993. After working as the chief financial officer for 15 years, he became chief executive officer in 2013.

Before joining Hay Group, Stephen worked with one of the leading international accountancy firms for over seven years, and has worked extensively with professional services businesses and the insurance industry.

He has a BSc in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London and is a chartered accountant in England and Wales.

Jesse Deutsch

Jesse Deutsch | Chief finance officer

Location: Philadelphia

Your success is our success

Jesse joined Hay Group in 2015. As chief finance officer, he brings a huge amount of relevant experience and knowledge to the role. Before joining Hay Group, he was chief finance officer of the refreshment services division of Aramark. Previously, he has over 15 years of experience in global CFO roles. He has acted as a change agent, creating a culture of financial success, partnering with the business for growth and standardizing global IT and finance processes.

Jesse holds a BSc from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University.
Jean-Marc Laouchez 

Jean-Marc Laouchez | Global managing director, expertise and knowledge management

Location: New York

We can be there with you, providing insights and help that enables you and your people to change, adapt and grow

Jean-Marc joined Hay Group in 2007. As global managing director, expertise and knowledge management, he is responsible for maintaining and growing Hay Group’s world-class intellectual property, and equipping Hay Group experts to help our clients with this proven knowledge and expertise, at local and global levels.

Prior to joining Hay Group, Jean Marc acquired broad experience working in management consulting firms and financial institutions. Jean-Marc holds a Business Administration degree from École Supérieure du Commerce de Paris and an MBA in strategy and finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, Jean-Marc completed an exchange program with Coppead, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Tharuma Rajah

Tharuma Rajah | Global managing director, fast growing markets

Location: Kuala Lumpur

If you present us with a challenge we’ve never seen before, we’re confident that we’ve got the experience and evidence to find the solution

Tharuma joined Hay Group in 1993. He is responsible for Hay Group’s business in the fast growing markets of Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

He believes organizations have a large role to play in the societal impact of a nation and is passionate about helping organizations transform. He has extensive consulting experience across the world and a spectrum of industries. He has worked with multiple governments and is a sought after executive coach to many Fortune 500 business leaders.

Tharuma holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales. He is co-author of the book “The Indian CEO: A Portrait of Excellence” (Sage Publications).


Monica Ralli

Monica Ralli | Chief marketing officer

Location: London

Our insights help reshape not just the world of work, but the world we live in

Monica Ralli joined Hay Group in 2014. As chief marketing officer, she strengthens the Hay Group brand, developing and driving marketing strategy and measuring the impact our marketing is having on our clients and our business.

In her previous role at Mercer, she led a number of global teams responsible for branding and visual identity, digital marketing and communications, global events, CRM and all marketing technologies, analytics and sales training.

Monica studied as a postgraduate in management studies at the University of Westminster and has an MBA in strategic marketing from The University of Hull.

Archana Singh

Archana Singh | Chief human resources officer

Location: Philadelphia

We believe people are the foundation of all great achievements in organizations

Arch Singh joined Hay Group in 2014. As chief human resources officer, Arch creates effective global HR processes, developing employee value propositions and enabling transformation across the company.

Before joining Hay Group, Arch worked in global transformation roles, leading and managing change. She is experienced at developing and delivering global organization and talent strategies, with an appreciation for the role of people in professional services and their needs.

Arch has a BA in economics and an MBA in marketing from Jodhpur University, as well as a MIM in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management and an AMP from the Harvard Business School.

Philip Spriet

Philip Spriet | Global managing director, productized services

Location: Brussels

We collaborate with thought leaders and break new ground using technology to connect people and strategy

Philip joined Hay Group in 1990. As global managing director, productized services, he ensures that local and international clients in over 100 countries have access to high quality and globally consistent tools and protocols that can support their recurring processes in talent, effectiveness and reward benchmarking. These services link to Hay Group’s world class databases and are delivered through local account management organizations or e-platform.

Philip obtained his Master’s degree at the University of Leuven. He achieved additional qualifications in statistics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and management from the Universiteit Gent.

Lesley Wilkin

Lesley Wilkin | Global managing director, mature markets and global managing director, services

Location: London

To ensure you thrive and grow, we stay ahead of the 21st century’s toughest organization and people challenges

Lesley joined Hay Group in 1996. As global managing director, people delivered services, she ensures that local and international clients have access to our world class intellectual property and expertise through a range of high quality, standardized services delivered locally.

Before joining Hay Group, Lesley worked in human resources for 15 years. This included her role as a director for a large public sector organization. She has a BSc in economics from the University of Hull, an MBA in management, a diploma in board effectiveness and is a Fellow of the CIPD.