Our Team

About Us

Meet the team members who help make global expansion a reality every day.
Going above and beyond for our clients, our partners, and our business, these are the leaders who make Globalization Partners the great company that it is today.
Nicole Sahin
Nicole Sahin
Chairman, CEO, Founder

Nicole Sahin’s mission is to eliminate barriers to doing business internationally and building global teams. As founder and CEO of Globalization Partners, she is recognized for having created their innovative Global Expansion Platform™, which empowers companies to hire anyone, anywhere within a few business days – expanding their global footprint without the need to set up in country branch offices or subsidiaries.

Nicole’s vision has led to her being named Gamechanger of the Year in 2019 and Entrepreneur of the Year in New England. Globalization Partners has also earned the ranking of No. 6 on the 2016 Inc. 500 list, and the company has won numerous awards for breaking the traditional corporate mold by building a nationally-recognized company culture. She credits the success to an exceptional team with global expansion in their DNA, and to her philosophy of the Triple Bottom Line – what’s good for the clients and the employees is good for the shareholders. From day one, Nicole has built Globalization Partners to scale, with a mindset towards meeting the needs of Fortune 1000 companies, which require the highest compliance standards in the world.

Prior to launching Globalization Partners, Nicole was a Senior Director at High Street Partners, a firm that provided international HR, tax, legal, and compliance services to CFOs, HR Directors, and General Counsel of fast-growing technology companies establishing subsidiaries and hiring in dozens of countries. Her experience advising companies ranging from Tesla to HID Global on their international expansions, was a catalyst for founding Globalization Partners in 2012.

Nicole’s primary nonprofit endeavors focus on eliminating extreme poverty through education and economic development. She’s currently on the board of School the World and has spearheaded efforts to build schools in rural communities in Guatemala and Cambodia.  She also works on gender and racial equality initiatives and serves as the Vice-Chair of Diversity on the Membership Committee of YPO New England. Nicole holds an MBA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She lives in Boston, loves to travel, and is inspired by the belief that making it easy for people to expand internationally, and work seamlessly across borders, ultimately makes the world a more exciting and open-minded place.

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Debbie Millin
Chief Operating Officer

Debbie Millin formally joined Globalization Partners in May of 2016 after acting as an advisor since early 2015.  With over 20 years of operational, project management, and client relationship experience in a variety of industries, Debbie’s specialization is supporting companies experiencing rapid growth scale their systems and processes. Debbie has helped grow Globalization Partners to be the No. 1 fastest growing women-led company in America, and has helped two different companies achieve the honor of No. 1 fastest-growing private company in Massachusetts — including Globalization Partners in 2017.

Just prior to joining Globalization Partners, her consulting firm, offering part-time COO services, was named in Boston Business Journal’s “Startup Watch: Five to Follow”.

Debbie serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Special Olympics of Massachusetts, as well as the Corporate Advisory Board for The Commonwealth Institute.  She is a frequent speaker on topics including entrepreneurship, fast-growing companies, global expansion, and women’s leadership. She is a long-standing member of The Boston Club, and has been a member of multiple non-profit and private boards throughout her career.

Debbie graduated with honors from Bentley University, and is a life-long Massachusetts resident and Boston sports fan. An admitted coffee addict, she also enjoys a nice glass of whiskey and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have two children, and she spends most weekends following her son’s college hockey team around the northeast.

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Diane Albano
Chief Revenue Officer

Diane Albano has led high-performance sales teams for more than three decades, and is recognized for her strategic expertise in managing complex sales and services organizations. She has extensive international experience establishing and growing global markets, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Prior to Globalization Partners, Diane served in executive sales leadership roles at OpSec Security Inc., Ipswitch Inc., SmartBear Inc., Deltek Inc., Soundbite Communications, Workscape Inc., Fast (a subsidiary of Microsoft), and Progress Software.

Diane is passionate about leading and developing organizations to achieve success and exponential growth, all while combining fun, motivation, integrity, and inspiration.

Diane holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Massachusetts and attended the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family, skiing, golfing, playing tennis, scuba diving, and traveling the world.

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Bob Cahill
Chief Financial Officer

Bob Cahill joined Globalization Partners in March 2018. He has 20 years of C-level experience and has a proven track record of executing global strategies. Prior to Globalization Partners, Bob served as CFO, COO, and CEO at a variety of companies such as Smarterkids.com, Cambridge Interactive Development Corp/Everest Poker, Warcloud Inc., KaBloom Inc., and most recently, Fetch Storage LLC.

Bob brings an extensive amount of knowledge in all aspects of business management including equity & debt financing, international operations, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, systems, legal and regulatory. Bob is a results-driven financial expert who has substantial experience scaling rapidly growing companies and has directed numerous successful exits, including two IPO’s.

A born-and-raised Bostonian, Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration from University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a Master of Business Administration with an MIS Concentration from Bentley University, and is a CPA in the state of Massachusetts. Outside of work, his passions include traveling, running, and spending time with his family and friends.

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Gerard Keating
Chief Technology Officer

Gerard Keating joined Globalization Partners in December 2019. He is a technology leader with a proven track record managing high-caliber engineering, program management, product and operations teams. Prior to Globalization Partners, Gerard spearheaded and devised a scalable and customer-oriented technology platform for Indigo Ag, resulting in the company being ranked #1 on CNBC’s 2019 Disrupter 50 list. Before that, he was executive vice president of products and senior vice president of engineering at DataXu. Mr. Keating also held leadership positions at Nokia, Enpocket, and e-tractions.

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Todd Goffman
General Counsel

Todd Goffman joined Globalization Partners in January 2020. He has more than 24 years of legal experience, including nearly 20 years as General Counsel of innovative, growth private and public companies, in addition to expertise in human resources, finance, M&A and corporate operations. His experience includes leading the legal departments at Netcracker Technology Corporation, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, Realitywave and Improv Systems, and advising public and venture-backed companies as a member of one of Boston’s then largest law firms.

Since 2015, Todd has been a volunteer strategic advisor to ThinkMD which was founded by two Professors of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine with a focus on developing technology to eliminate preventable death in children around the world. Todd is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Hofstra University School of Law.

Besides having a passion for entrepreneurship, Todd enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling and playing doubles beach volleyball.

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Melissa Cooper
Senior Vice President of Global Operations

Melissa Cooper joined Globalization Partners in April 2014. She has held several positions within the company, and has a tremendous amount of experience providing international HR and finance management services to fast-growing multinational companies. She is a widely experienced global international expansion professional with a track record of success building professional services organizations to scale.

Melissa 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.  Melissa has a broad understanding of global business compliance issues, including employment law in multiple countries, international accounting, and local compliance requirements, gained over 12 years advising the CFOs, controllers and HR directors of venture backed and public companies expanding their international operations.  Melissa joined Globalization Partners with a focus on providing excellent ongoing support to each of our clients and building our business to scale.  She currently leads Globalization Partners’ Global Operations team, comprised of the outstanding Client Success Account Managers, and the Regional HR Specialists based around the world.

Melissa is a graduate of Fairfield University with a B.S. degree in accounting. She is an avid athlete who enjoys any outdoor activity including running, volleyball, and baseball — and Pure Barre, of late. Originally from Boston, she currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband and two young children.

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Charles Hamilton Ferguson
General Manager, Asia

Charles Hamilton Ferguson is the General Manager and head of Globalization Partners business in Asia, where he is responsible for establishing scale and efficiency for the company’s business expansion in one of the most dynamic markets in the world. Charles was most recently group Chief Commercial Officer for Tricor Group, a leading business expansion specialist in Asia, with global knowledge and local expertise in business, corporate, investor, human resources & payroll, and corporate trust & debt services.

Charles is accredited with an EMP in international management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the National University of Singapore. He holds a master’s degree in innovation management from the Helsinki School of Economics at Aalto University, and did his undergraduate studies at Bard College in the United States.

He sits on the advisory boards for several firms serving the cloud computing and consulting industries and volunteers in his community as a Grass Roots Leader focused on new immigrant integration and new media advocacy.

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