• Meet Our Team

    Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.  ~Vince Lombardi

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    Frank Wander

    Founder and CEO

    Frank Wander is a former turnaround CIO, author and founder of PeopleProductive®, a next generation Human Capital Management (HCM 2.0) company. PeopleProductive helps HR organizations and their business partners tap vast pools of dormant talent potential so the people side of their business can move faster than the rapidly changing business environment. By increasing the velocity of work, clients unlock stronger business results.

    Prior to PeopleProductive, Frank was a Chief Information Officer at three different companies, most recently at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, as well as the President of GroupIntelligence.com during the .com era. Early on, he developed a knack for transforming organizations and spent many years turning around failing IT divisions across corporations. After his third turnaround, Wander realized failure had a consistent root cause: corporate cultures where the leaders knew everything about products, processes and technology, but nothing about the human factors that underpin workforce productivity, earnings and innovation. This awareness led him to write a book for Wiley Publishing, titled Transforming IT Culture: How to Use Social Intelligence, Human Factors and Collaboration to Create an IT Department that Outperforms. This book is the missing operators manual for the human infrastructure.

    Frank was deeply moved by this knowledge gap, and founded PeopleProductive in order to create solutions that enable companies, and the people that work for them, to flourish together. As a biology major who was always intensely interested in the human side of business, Wander witnessed how powerful human understanding was when methodically applied to improve business outcomes. Today, Wander is helping companies apply knowledge about what makes teams of workers productive so they can manage their human infrastructure as powerfully as they manage their business processes and technology, thereby improving their bottom line and winning in the marketplace.

    Michael Wilson

    Head of Solutions Partner Services

    Michael Wilson is a former Director of MSCI and has been involved in industries of finance, accounting, banking and manufacturing over the last 20 years. His experience ranges from manufacturing, production engineering, quality control, technology sales, to customer service and support, and also spans the cultural differences of international workforces.

    Prior to joining PeopleProductive Michael worked for various firms such as BDO, Vishay, Bank of Brazil, NCR and National Semiconductor.

    Michael spent a number of years developing a deep understanding of what truly drives team performance in organizations. His experience has been drawn from working with teams in Australia, South East Asia, UK, Germany and the US, across several industries. He has created award winning teams for exemplary service and at one company quadrupled the retention rate in his organization.

    His innovations in team management and near zero turnover were cited by Infoweek magazine in an article called “20 Great Ideas To Steal”. He has also coached hundreds of individuals to seek professionalism and meaning in their work and life.

    Since 2015 he has been working with Frank Wander who is leading a new wave of Human Capital Management with a singular mission to help companies create unbeatable human infrastructure. Michael holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and a Transnational EMBA in Finance and Strategy.

    Steve Plante

    Head of Professional Services

    Steve is the Chief Education Officer of the PeopleProductive Institute, an educational ecosystem dedicated to helping organizations master the human side of business shaping flourishing culture resulting in extraordinary mission critical outcomes around the globe.

    He is a visionary executive dedicated to helping organizations flourish by mastering the human side of business. He is a servant leader who delivers value through a profound understanding of strategic execution and value creation via high performance culture. A seasoned executive helping Fortune 100 firms and United States Federal Government agencies successfully navigate business transformation programs for four decades. He possesses a rare blend of business acumen, program life-cycle management, business capability enablement, stakeholder engagement, and organization adoption experience.

    Steve was formerly director of professional development for the Business Relationship Management Institute (BRMI), an organization dedicated to maximizing the benefits of the business relationship management discipline around the globe. He has been a significant contributor to the institute’s body of knowledge (BRMBOK) and certifications: Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP) and Certified Business Relationship Manager (CBRM), and continues to be a recognized thought leader and mentor in the global Business Relationship Management (BRM) Community.

    He lives in Reston, VA just west of Washington DC and when he breaks free of his passion helping organizations flourish by mastering the human side of their business, he enjoys landscaping, gardening and time with family just unwinding!

    Jack Killion

    Head of Community Networking

    Jack Killion has been developing diverse businesses over the past 4o years as:

    • Founder of 8 of his own companies in diverse industries including B to B and B to C publishing, industrial equipment manufacturing, real estate development, coaching and hedge fund investing.
    • Advisor to owners of and investors in start-up and emerging companies in many sectors
    • Strategic advisor to “C” level leaders of Fortune 500 type organizations such as AMEX, CBS, City of New York, Port of Philadelphia and the Burlington Great Northern Railroad while working with McKinsey & Company
    • Managing Director of Elliott Automation, a UK based, listed tech company.

    Jack has raised funding for his own and client companies and bought, sold and merged companies.

    His business development experiences include growing markets for his various organizations in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and throughout Latin America. He also worked full time in the research lab for a middle market industrial manufacturing company in France.

    Jack has served on the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors with various U.S. and international public and privately owned companies and with prominent charitable organizations including Medical Missions for Children, American Heart Association, Park Avenue Club and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation.

    Jack’s educational background includes:

    • A Mechanical Engineering degree from Yale
    • A MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Business
    • Additional courses at the Harvard “B” School
    • Teaching as an adjunct professor in three New Jersey business schools at Rutgers, Montclair State and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities
    • Recruiting students for MIT
    • Being selected as the 1st Entrepreneur in Residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Jack has written extensively on business issues for publications such as The New York Law Journal, New York Enterprise Report and for web based publications for Citibank and others.

    His book: Network all the time, everywhere with everybody focuses on developing networking and relationship development skills as a way to accelerate careers and drive profitable business growth.

    Dan Diachenko

    Head of Global Business Relations

    A firm believer that great people invest in good companies and great companies invest back in great people, Dan is driven by facilitating organizations to create a culture where everybody wins.

    Dan is responsible for leading PeopleProductive's Global Business Relations. He has spent the past decade bringing people who aspire to do great things, together.

    His international experience, from budding start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, has enabled him to positively influence organizations to benefit from hot new technology solutions, while transforming workplace cultures.

    Taking part in the Social Software Start-up movement, Dan was one of the original Argentina-based, founding team members of Avature in 2004, a recruiting tech start-up led by the co-founder of HotJobs.com. His early adoption of online social networking and creative business-relationship building, ignited his strong organizational ties and guided international teams to optimize their product delivery and profits.

    Further expanding his IT Solutions experience, he dove deeper into Software Development, a transition that led him back to the US to launch Operations in the Northeast for two reputable LATAM software engineering companies. Dan’s niche for connecting people has endless reach. His professional community of outstanding individuals, encompasses amazing organizations such as SIM Boston, MassTLC, Mobile Tea meetup, Microsoft communities, and many more IT arenas.

    Dan received his BA in International Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and his bilingual MBA at La Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Christina Nay

    Head of Business Operations & CulturalFitnessTM Head Coach

    Christina joins PeopleProductive’s as the Director of Operations and our Head CulturalFitnessTM Coach, with over 10 years’ from the Big Four giant; Deloitte. She is an expert and proven leader in driving high performing teams, operational excellence, process efficiency, change management, strategies, forward thinking innovation and budget optimization.

    Known as a change agent, she has an unwavering commitment to teamwork, employee empowerment and operational excellence, and excels in revamping low performing areas directly impeding productivity and client service delivery.

    Over the last decade, Christina gained a reputation for her ability to take on and tackle large-scale, highly complex projects and initiatives, and deliver immediate impact and dramatic operational transformation. She is known for her ability to drive a new level of accountability and engagement across diverse stakeholders and global teams. As a result, Christina has consistently been successful in transforming employees to become high performers.

    Christina received her BSBA in Business Administration/Marketing from Suffolk University and received Harvard Business Certificates in Management, Leadership and Finance.

    During her down-time, when Christina is not creating cultures where everyone wins!. . . She loves being active outdoors with her German Shepherd, an avid CrossFitter - competing in local competitions, coaching varsity high school softball, and spending time with family and friends.

    Fabiano Covas

    Head of Technical Team, Latin America Regional Manager

    Fabiano is responsible for People Productive’s expansion in Latin America. He has been working with Frank Wander since the inception of the company. Fabiano is a Certified Professional Coach and has always been genuinely interested in the human side of business throughout his career.

    Prior to the PeopleProductive mission, Fabiano was a passionate leader with 18 years of experience in Information Technology. He has an extensive career in software engineering and project management and has successfully led the development and implementation of systems for the telecom, financial, transportation, logistics, media and arts, entertainment and recreation industries.

    He has provided consulting services for the Federal Bank Reserve New York, Mckinsey & Company, Wells Fargo, GAO (Government Accountability Office), NBC, The Travelers, Sprint, Navy Federal Credit Union, Quicken Loans, Georgia State University, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), Countrywide and others.

    He holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Pace University and a Masters of Science in Technology Management from Columbia University.

    He is also a former Taekwondo world-class elite athlete and served as a sparring partner for the Brazilian Taekwondo National Team. He lives between Brooklyn-NY and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He loves percussion and playing the guitar.

    Fred Wander

    Head of Quality Assurance

    Prior to joining PeopleProductive, Fred worked for 38 years in the IT industry, with the majority of those years in the Global Services division at IBM. He has worked in all phases of software development, with the last 20 years in a Project Manager role, successfully leading the development and implementation of a wide range of applications including Financial systems, Manufacturing floor control and automation systems, supply chain management systems, and most recently mobile applications supporting Sales Force automation. While leading projects, he had a clear focus on the human factors involved in running a winning team, and saw first hand the positive impact on productivity and team synergy of such things as showing respect and compassion for team members, having open communication from the leadership community, and building trust amongst team members and leadership. Fred is PMI and IBM project manager certified.

    David Aragona

    Head of Content Development and Management

    Dave Aragona was most recently a Vice President at TriZetto, a healthcare insurance software company with more than 100 million lives on their claims processing and group administration systems. At TriZetto, Dave was responsible for development, maintenance, support and training for their mainframe legacy systems. With a career spanning 32 years Dave worked at ADP, Beneficial Finance, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and also as a consultant at a Bell Labs data center. Dave oversaw large scale projects that brought new products to market and significant new functionality to existing products. Projects spanned several months to years, had challenging deadlines and required the coordination of a large team, with many at remote locations. Dave and his team established a project development methodology and standards that clearly defined roles, processes, deliverables and developed metrics that allowed them execute large-scale projects. He established a track record of delivering projects on schedule and of high quality while maintaining a strong team of business analysts, programmers, quality assurance analysts, customer support specialists and documentation developers. Dave has a great deal of experience in the human side of business and always strove to put people first, believing that if you treated people well, they would achieve a high performance ethic. The products he oversaw received the high customer satisfaction ratings for the company and his team members reported high levels of employee satisfaction under Dave's management. With this depth of experience Dave has been coordinating the development of a significant wealth of content to bring knowledge of this critical mission to life and to help organizations flourish through the learning and empowerment of its leaders.

    John J. Gillen

    Work Strategist & Advisor

    John Gillen is an Advisor and is our subject matter expert when it comes to issues related to the future of work and the future of the Human Resources profession. He serves as our Work Strategist. John is an experienced HR professional, a Human Capital management consultant and a work futurist. Prior to helping PeopleProductive, John has worked as a Human Capital management consulting for various HR and Change Management consulting firms on issues related to HR transformation. At Deloitte Consulting, John worked in their Human Capital Management (HCM) where he focused on Future of Work concepts and projects related to Contingent Workforce Management. John has deep and broad corporate HR experience as a Senior Director of Workforce Initiative for Standard & Poor’s, a Director of Employee Services for AT&T Capital and Manager of Management Development for Young & Rubicam. He holds Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications. John is a frequent presenter to corporations, HR professional organizations and community-based non-profits where focuses on topics related to culture as well as to the future of work so as to help workers and organization adapt to the new world of work.

  • We have an incredible development team spread across the US and Brazil. Like the rest of our team, they are highly seasoned, capable, multi-lingual and really cohesive. They believe in our mission and vision and are very, very busy building our industry leading, on-demand solution. Each one of them is here to make a difference and to create a world where everybody wins. They love working on the future, especially when it matters so much. As a tightly bonded team, they have asked not to be listed for now so they can work in peace. Talent is the only enduring source of competitive advantage. They know that; we know that; others know it too. The moment they ask, their pictures and bios will all appear.

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