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
DEBBIE MILLIN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Debbie Millin has joined Globalization Partners as our Chief Operating Officer. Debbie’s specialization is supporting companies experiencing rapid growth build their systems and processes to scale. In the case of Globalization Partners, she joins early with the goal of helping the company retain it’s “Extremely Satisfied” Client Satisfaction Survey Results and continue to achieve its mission of making it easy for companies to hire people globally. With 20 years of operational, project management, and client relationship experience in a variety of industries, she is passionate about creating growth strategies at an executive level and translating them into tactical plans to bring operational excellence to internal processes, technology integration, sales operations, and account management.
She is an active member of The Boston Club as well as The Harvard Club of Boston, serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Special Olympics of Massachusetts, and is an active alumna of Bentley University currently serving on the Dean’s Business Advisory Council.
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
JANE BOOTH, DIRECTOR OF SALES
Jane has a passion for helping her clients scale their overseas operations by removing red tape, and helping them find the fastest and most effective way to bring new employees on board. She spent nearly five years working for High Street Partners, advising CFOs, controllers and VPs of HR on how to expand in over 60 countries from a payroll, accounting, tax, HR and compliance perspective. Before she relocated to the US from the UK, she worked in London as a headhunter, primarily helping US companies to locate the best talent to build out their pan-European organizations. She is therefore acutely aware of the cultural differences that US firms encounter in doing business overseas.
Jane is a graduate of the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK, with a B Sc. In Linguistics and International Relations. She speaks fluent German, plus some French and Swedish. While waiting for her green card in the US, she took up triathlon and wrote a book about it, and she still runs, bikes and swims. She also finds time to sing in a choir and ring handbells. After several years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jane now resides in San Diego, California. Jane Booth VCard
LESLEY NYGAARD, GPHR, SHRM – SCP, Global Advisory & Partner Relationships Director
Lesley started her career with large multi-national companies where she worked in Payroll Operations and Management and became a multi-jurisdictional tax subject matter and expatriate management subject matter expert. After 10 years in Global Payroll and HR Operations she relocated to the West Coast and began focusing on Business Development. She joined TriNet, a US PEO, during a time of explosive growth for them, including their IPO. She also worked as the Channel Sales Manager for the Western US on global outsourced payroll at the enterprise level with global payroll provider Ceridian.
Lesley is a global expansion expert that understands global business compliance issues, including customary practices as well as global employment law. She has advised the “C” suite on their global expansion plans for 10 years and has helped companies expand in more than 50 countries.
Lesley joins Globalization Partners with 20 years of global business experience. Lesley is an active member of SHRM, NNHRA, US Sailing, and a Junior League Sustainer. She is a world traveler and enjoys sailing and trekking.
ELISA VELARDE, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Elisa comes to Globalization Partners from the world of travel risk management where she helped implement strategic product and marketing initiatives including product portfolio management and the SAFe Agile process. Prior to that, Elisa led the early Marketing strategies and initiatives at High Street Partners where she was responsible for creating and executing the overarching Marketing plan as well as building a highly efficient Marketing team. When she’s not writing blogs, doing SEO research or thinking about nurture campaigns she can be found swimming, biking, running and doing triathlons.