Founded in January of 2007, Connery Consulting is a boutique HR consulting firm with a focus on technology.

With a team of 25+ hand-picked business consultants and research associates, Connery Consulting has decades of industry experience. Priding ourselves on quality and personalized service, we are committed to excellence by bringing you the best of the best with a specialized approach.

NANCY CONNERY
Founding Principal

The founding principal of Connery Consulting, Nancy Connery expresses her strategy succinctly, "I'm passionate about people." she says, and it's her passion for people that has fueled Connery Consulting's enormous success in helping to build many of the fastest growing technology companies in the history of the industry. Collaborating with entrepreneurs and senior executives to define their vision and build a strategic brand around talent acquisition, Nancy has helped companies including Airbnb, Dropbox, Instacart, Facebook, Medium, Twitter and Zendesk address the challenges of scaling and grow into vibrant and profitable companies. With personal attention to every project, Connery Consulting has become the premier human capital consulting practice, servicing the best of the best in technology.

Nancy has held management and operations positions in the human resources field for more than 25 years. Beginning her career in search, Nancy partnered with Marc Benioff to build two key divisions at Oracle Corporation, including Oracle's Promise, the company's first philanthropic venture. As the fifth employee of salesforce.com, Nancy recruited and hired more than 650 employees, and developed and built the human resources infrastructure to support the company's remarkable growth. In 2007, after a stellar run as salesforce.com's founding Vice President of Human Resources, Nancy founded Connery Consulting. With the idea of helping entrepreneurs with all things related to people, Nancy designed Connery Consulting to deliver a holistic approach that includes talent acquisition, strategic total rewards planning, and executive coaching for employees ranging from first-time managers to C-level executive.

Nancy is on the Board at Marin Primary & Middle School where she also chairs the development committee. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for Compass Family Services, a philanthropic organization devoted to breaking the cycle of homelessness in San Francisco.

Nancy is devoted to her family, and enjoys global traveling, outdoor activities and olives in her beer. Her mentors include Marc Benioff and her father, Dr. John R Benfield, both of whom inspired her to give 110% to everything she does. And finally, check out @ajaxthegoldenpup on Instagram.

THANH NGUYEN
Executive Director

Thanh and Nancy started working together in 2002 at Salesforce.com

Thanh originally held the position of Global Compensation Manager at Salesforce, where he was responsible for the strategy, design and implementation of key reward initiatives and program. As the company grew, he was promoted to Director of Human Resources for APAC. Relocating to Asia in 2006, Thanh served as a key member of the executive team which established APAC operations and expansion, and over the course of 3 years, the region expanded from five people to 300. He returned to the Bay Area in 2008, where he served as the Director of Enterprise Sales & Services Recruitment for North America, Japan, and APAC. In 2010, Thanh came to Connery as the company's Managing Director. He oversees operations, manages a team of management and delivery consultants, and focuses on business development.

Thanh is a pragmatist; his success is partially based on the tangible experience of working from the inside of a rapidly expanding company. When he arrived at Connery, his expertise was in the process of scaling a company from an internal perspective; since then, he's applied his knowledge to develop human resources and compensation strategies at companies including AirBnb, Github, Pinterest, and Uber. “We work with companies that are positioned to be the next 20 or 30 billion dollar companies. They're the best and the brightest. It's a challenge and a reward," he says.

Thanh holds a degree in Finance and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis at the John M. Olin School of Business, and serves on the board of Dell and Schaeffer Charitable Trust. He and his wife have two young children, an Australian Shepard and a Siberian husky named Danger and Alfred.

SHESTIN SWARTLEY
General Counsel & HR Account Manager

Shestin is an experienced HR and legal professional specializing in HR business partnership, employment law, compliance, and people operations. From law clerk to Account Manager, Shestin has spent the past 10 years successfully navigating a wide range of industries while simultaneously serving her community as a pro-bono lawyer and raising a family. Her experience provides a unique opportunity for a multi-lens assessment approach to realistic and market-relevant solutions for high-growth startups across the US.

In addition to acting as Connery Consulting’s in-house counsel, Shestin is a HR Account Manager evaluating new client opportunities and partnering with HR clients to understand and implement the specific needs of an organization. This includes performing compliance audits, creating employee handbooks, workflows, policies and programs, and dealing with general employee-relations issues.

Shestin holds BA degrees in English and Biochemistry, a Juris Doctorate (JD), an active bar license in both California and with the USPTO, and her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. She lives in the South Bay and frequently finds herself camping on the weekends in her 1985 VW Westfalia campervan.

ALESSANDRA PEGNIM
Senior Account Manager

Alessandra (or Ale - pronounced "Ollie" - as she likes to go by) has spent her entire career in talent acquisition and recruitment management, helping to staff companies from 10 people start-ups all the way to Fortune 50 companies. Ale has an ability to simultaneously manage multiple clients while maintaining a high level of personal service. At Connery she works closely with a diverse group of companies implementing scalable processes and sharing best practices in people operations.

In addition to Account Management, Ale is part of the Executive Search team, successfully assisting companies with VP level and above hires for HR, tech, sales and marketing, with an emphasis in human resources, recruitment, people operations, compensation and total rewards.

Ale graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in Biology. She resides in San Francisco and in her free time enjoys being active, running, biking, skiing, and spending time with her husband Ryan, son Maverick and daughter Camryn.