NICOLE SAHIN, CEO
Prior to launching Globalization Partners, Nicole advised a wide range of fast-growing technology companies establishing branch offices and subsidiaries in more than 60 countries, and managed the legal, accounting, tax, compliance and human resources issues inherent of complex corporate infrastructures. Based this experience, Nicole founded Globalization Partners with a mission to make it easy for companies to hire talented employees in any jurisdiction. Nicole laid the foundation for the firm's Global Employee Leasing Platform by spending a year doing due diligence and negotiating with business partners in almost two dozen countries. During this period, she also co-founded the Sweet Life School in Cambodia.
In her prior life, Nicole helped build High Street Partners, a software-enabled services firm which developed software to simplify management of global accounting, payroll and tax matters for CFOs and controllers. Prior to joining High Street Partners, Nicole earned an MBA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has BA degrees in Humanities and Environmental Studies. Before that, she owned a small business in the Caribbean. Nicole currently lives in Boston. She loves to travel, likes historical fiction, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and lets her inner artist loose by experimentally cooking exotic cuisines. NICOLE SAHIN, CEO VCard
Melissa (Green) Cooper – Director of Operations
Melissa (Green) Cooper has a tremendous amount of experience providing international HR and finance management services to fast-growing multinational companies. She is a widely experienced global finance/international expansion professional with a track record of success building professional services organizations to scale. Melissa has a broad understanding of global business compliance issues, including employment law in multiple countries, international accounting, and local compliance requirements, gained over 7+ years advising the CFOs, controllers and HR directors of venture backed and public companies expanding their international operations. She has wide practical experience of individual and multi country business expansions into more than 60 countries.
Melissa is a graduate of Fairfield University with a B.S. in accounting. She started her career with KPMG, and subsequently worked with a series of fast-growing companies in progressively senior roles, culminating as controller of a legal services firm. She worked with High Street Partners, where she managed the international operations and expansions for up to 100 companies hiring in countries spanning the globe. After working in the client services division of High Street Partners for several years, Melissa led the charge to streamline the firms’ operations and billing processes. She joined Globalization Partners with a focus on providing excellent ongoing support to each of our clients and building our business to scale. Melissa is an avid athlete who enjoys any outdoor activity including running, volleyball, and baseball. She’s recently found a new passion in Pure Barre. Originally from Boston, she found her true home in San Diego, California. Melissa (Green) Cooper VCard
Sue Shedd, Director of Finance
Sue Shedd manages Globalization Partners’ complex international finance system and is our guru of US tax issues. Sue worked for nearly a decade as international controller of the Boston Consulting Group prior to launching her own CPA firm in 2007. Prior to the Boston Consulting Group, Sue spent almost a decade at Gemini Consulting, and prior to that, worked as a supervisor at Deloitte. Sue is based in Boston.
LAUREN CONAWAY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Lauren Conaway joins Globalization Partners as Director of Marketing, bringing over ten years of experience to the firm. In addition to directing the firm’s sales and marketing strategy, Lauren supports the marketing efforts of inward-bound corporate clients seeking strategic and tactical marketing support when entering the US market. As founder of Ideative Creative, a marketing services consulting firm, Lauren designed and implemented marketing and social media strategies for a wide range of clients, including Sauce and ALIVE magazines, several corporations, authors, artists and musicians, as well as several city and state level politicians. She has also held sales, marketing, and event management roles at companies ranging from Boeing to Hendrick Automotive Group. As a founding editor of the Midwestern blog site, Girls Guide to the Galaxy, Lauren was instrumental in the creation and promotion of the popular website. Highlighted in several online publications and as a featured contributor in the textbook “The Keys To Marketing Communication,” Lauren has made it her mission to bring marketing and social media expertise to the masses, and to help companies and individuals everywhere share their messages with the world.
BRIAN MEDD-SYGROVE, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Based out of London, Brian has helped grow global businesses through business development and strategic partnering since leaving the Royal Air Force in 1994. Brian began his career with the UK’s Royal Air Force, graduating with the Queens Commission from the Royal Air Force College and served in various training & Staff roles for 14 years. Subsequently, Brian established a specialist British expatriate pensions’ transfer service company in Houston, Texas and helped grow the business to a US multi-million dollar revenue organization within 4 years. Brian was seconded to the British Consulate-General’s office in Houston for a year as a Consul working with US Multinationals establishing a new operation in the UK and Fortune 500 Corporations expanding their operations in the UK. Brian returned to the UK in 2001 as an intercultural trainer and director of business development for an international relocation company. As managing consultant Brian set-up and grew an offshore management and staffing company, which was sold to a US major contractor corporation. Brian returned to Houston in 2007 to run business development and subsequently as director of strategic partnerships for a global payroll company and was integral in the company’s growth to a US multi-million corporation. Brian is married with 6 children, the 2 youngest live at home with him and his wife Sarah.
With over a decade of international experience as a corporate manager and consultant, Ruben joined Globalization Partners as Director of Strategic Planning. Having lived and worked in the United States, Colombia and Australia, Ruben helps clients develop meaningful insights about the nuances that can make or break international market-entry strategies. His specialties include strategic planning, on-the-ground behavioral research, innovation management, and product development.Prior to joining Globalization Partners, Ruben worked for a boutique corporate strategy consultancy in Sydney, helping C-level executives craft and execute strategies for organic growth in Australia and the APAC region. He also has experience in international corporate management, having spent over 6 years working for the global operations and training group of McDonald’s corporation. In this role he partnered with leaders from the company’s 10 largest markets to develop global technology platforms for operations and training. This experience gave Ruben significant insights about how seemingly insignificant cultural, social, and organizational differences may translate into significant differences in value delivery across different markets. Early in his career, Ruben lived in Bogota, Colombia, where he held roles in manufacturing and business development for an industrial parts producer.
With over a decade of international experience in higher education and non-profit management, Casie joins Globalization Partners as the Director of Higher Education and Corporate Training. Casie is driven by the opportunity to help higher education institutions and non-profits improve their programs and expand their international profile. Prior to joining Globalization Partners, Casie worked at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where she undertook roles as both a Department Administrator and English instructor. She has also worked as a Sr. Manager of Chicago Sister City’s International Program, helping solidify Chicago’s relations with other global cities. As an independent consultant, Casie has assisted Fortune 500 corporations in the US and Australia on a variety of subjects, including education and employee development, strategy, geopolitics, and emerging markets.
SAM DIVINE, DIRECTOR OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT
Sam joins Globalization Partners as the Director of our Africa sales consulting practice. Originally from Liberia, and residing in the US since age 18, Sam has used his experience and network in West Africa, along with his American business expertise to lead US and European company expansions into South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Senegal. Sam’s work at Globalization Partners includes advising clients on African sales development, establishing distribution networks through Africa, target country assessments, and due diligence work of local partners throughout Africa. Sam’s career launched in accounting and audit practices at Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young. Using the invaluable strategic planning expertise he learned while with these companies, Sam then moved on to managing careers at WebMD and Cox Communications, where he was soon promoted into a directorship level position.
Sam holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in Massachusetts. Sam lives in Atlanta and enjoys soccer, golf, and enjoying time with his family.