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.

ALESSANDRA PEGNIM
Director, Recruiting

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.

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.

RICHARD STECKEL
Director, Executive Search

Richard's career in talent acquisition has spanned the course of two decades to include the likes of Gap, Microsoft and Nokia. A California native, Richard had the opportunity to move to Dubai with Nokia where he oversaw their talent team for India, The Middle East and Africa. Having also built and run his own recruiting consulting practice, Richard worked with several companies to include Posit Science, Amgen and Intuit among others. 

Richard currently runs the executive recruitment practice at Connery Consulting where he focuses on VP and C-level hiring. He prides himself on delivering a high-touch, truly personalized experience where he really listens to the clients and candidates alike to fully understand their needs. Richard places equal emphasis on the client and candidate experience. 

Richard holds a degree in Humanities from the University of Southern California.  In addition to globetrotting, Richard enjoys snowboarding, scuba and spending time with his daughter, and their Lancashire Heeler, Maya. 

NICOLE KHAZANEDAR
Director, TalentAQ

With nearly a decade of technical recruiting experience, Nicole Khazanedar brings an unparalleled approach to matching exceptional talent with leading technology companies. Under Nicole's leadership, Connery Consulting has launched a new division called TalentAQ which provides a high-touch approach to the agency side of recruitment.

Prior to launching TalentAQ, Nicole was part of the management team at Connery Consulting. For over 4 years Nicole managed key accounts and led talent acquisition efforts for technology and executive partnerships. She has also been coined the Data Scientist Expert having built teams for several Connery clients. A sampling of Nicole's clients have included the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Instacart, Juicero, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and Uber. Through seamless communication, strategic sourcing and collaboration, Nicole has become a trusted talent acquisition partner for seed-stage to unicorn startups.

Nicole grew up in the Napa Valley and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, skiing and spending time with her dog, Lucy.

CLARISSA YU
Manager, Sourcing

Based out of Austin, TX, Clarissa Yu has led the talent research and sourcing team since 2016. She has managed key sourcing accounts and led full-cycle recruiting efforts for top technology companies in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. A few of her past clients include Remix, Weebly, and Zendesk. She has built long-lasting client relationships as a collaborative and creative talent partner.

Prior to Connery, Clarissa began her career with the HR benefits team at Microsoft then transitioned into healthcare recruiting. Outside of the office, Clarissa loves to cook, work out, and spend time with her husband and their dog Tango.