|Harvard Business School, MBA|
|Yale University, BA|
Marc Cenedella is the founder and executive chairman of the board of directors for TheLadders (www.theladders.com), a comprehensive job-matching service and employment website for career-driven professionals.
Marc Cenedella started TheLadders in July 2003 to fill a gap in the world of online recruitment and high-end employment. As the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at HotJobs, Cenedella saw that (at that time) large job boards worked well for entry- and mid-level candidates, but high-level job searches were not being conducted efficiently online. Job seekers were frustrated, and recruiters often elected not to post their executive opportunities online at all.
Cenedella’s solution to this dilemma was a reverse business model that catered to high-end job seekers. After orchestrating the sale of HotJobs.com to Yahoo! Cenedella started SalesLadder from his living room. He purchased several programming books, scouted job opportunities and started sending a personalized newsletter to a small group of friends, contacts and, eventually, subscribers. The initial offering developed into many “Ladders” such as FinanceLadder and OperationsLadder, prior to becoming what it is today. The company took on one round of series A venture capital funding in 2004, and since then had a varied company history and is profitable. TheLadders.com has received numerous accolades, including the 2009 Webby Award for Best Employment Website, 2009 Best Companies to Work for New York. TheLadders was considered one of the world’s most valuable digital startups in 2008, valued at the time at an estimated $500 million.
Marc is a populist scientist of employment. His passion in life is jobs, their sociology and culture: the process by which everyone passes from family through school and into a career. It’s the second most-important thing in people’s lives, after love and family and as a result, the subject of jobs itself is Marc’s chosen devotion in his professional life. A widely recognized thought leader on job search, career management, recruiting and business, Marc is frequently sought out by national media outlets and organizations for his expert commentary on employment and entrepreneurial related issues.
Prior to founding TheLadders.com, Marc was the senior vice president of Finance and Operations at HotJobs.com, where he orchestrated the company’s $436 million sale to Yahoo. Previously, Marc was an associate vice president at The Riverside Company, a New York-based private equity firm.