Chief Executive Officer
Ron Proul has been a member of the Century Group management team since 1995 and was appointed CEO in 2007. Over his tenure, he has held various responsibilities, including President and COO, prior to his appointment to CEO. He began his career with the firm as an associate with responsibility for direct recruiting and sourcing of candidates for the firm’s clients.
During his tenure, Ron has managed numerous clients and successfully executed hundreds of searches in a variety of industries, including biotech, consumer products, software, financial services, investments and entertainment. He currently oversees all corporate administration, business development, research, recruiting, and marketing for retained search, contingency search and project consulting practices.
Ron has also been published and quoted on the field of executive search by a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Fordyce Letter and Los Angeles Business Journal. He served on numerous committees and boards and is a judge for the annual CFO of the year Awards for the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Ron holds a Bachelor Degree from Whittier College and was previously with a national firm prior to joining Century Group in 1990.
Chief Operating Officer
Based in Los Angeles, Ron’s focus is executing client search engagements for CFO/Finance Executives, Controllership, and mid-management roles in finance and accounting for emerging, mid-market and Fortune 1000 clients. He is COO and Secretary of the Board for Century Group International and co-founder of Century Group Professionals LLC, which provides project and interim services in accounting and finance.
Ron has served as a judge for the CFO of the Year Awards, is a frequent speaker to professional groups and associations, and has contributed articles on career search to ExecuNet’s CareerSmart Advisor, The Daily Deal, The Business Edge and AFP’s Futures in Finance newsletter.
Beyond Century Group
Ron currently serves as Director for CFOLA, and as a Board member and committee chair for EO – Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Glendale Memorial Health Foundation, ranked one of America’s Top 50 Hospitals and Prototypes. He is also a member of Financial Executives International.
Before Century Group
Prior to joining Century Group, Ron was with the OC practice of RH Management Resources, a $500m division of a Fortune 1000 company. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant with Peterson Consulting – now Navigant Consulting (NYSE) – consulting with financial institutions and government agencies on restructuring, finance and transaction advisory. He began his career in public accounting and is a graduate of the University of Redlands, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Tim Calley is Managing Director for the Orange County practice office of Century Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Recruitment and Interim Services practices. Based in Costa Mesa, he manages key client projects and searches in real estate, consumer products, entertainment, manufacturing and financial services. His success in completing searches and providing a valuable consultative service to his clients has resulted in repeat business clients.
Beyond Century Group
Tim serves on the Board of Directors for Mission Viejo Hospital Foundation. He is a member Financial Executives International and the Institute for Internal Auditors.
Before Century Group
Prior to joining Century Group, Tim was Regional Managing Director with an international staffing firm where he ranked as one of the top managing directors in 2011. He specializes in accounting and finance, and was responsible for leading multiple start-up and turnaround offices that generated $15mm in search and project revenue. Before entering the executive recruitment and staffing profession, he spent 17 years in sales, financial services and management with Smith Barney, Inc., and UBS Financial Services, Inc. He graduated cum laude from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and an emphasis in Marketing. He is also a Certified Financial Planner.
A veteran of nearly 20 years in the staffing industry, Phil Bruno serves as Managing Director of Century Group’s San Fernando Valley Office. Throughout his career, he has participated in all aspects of the business, from hands-on sales and recruiting to serving as Regional Vice President of one of the national leaders in employment and staffing services. He has also worked in various business lines of the industry as well, including management consulting, accounting and finance, legal, technology, and creative, which helped prepare him for the task of building and managing markets.
Phil took this expertise and expanded on it when he served as Market Manager for another leading staffing firm, turning a small operation into a multi-division team with internal growth potential. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands. Beyond the staffing industry, he is a proud supporter of the March of Dimes and their annual fundraiser, March for Babies, as well as the Dolores Mission and HFS Adoption and Foster Care.
Ryan Malcolm joined Century Group as Corporate Controller in 2017. A Certified Public Accountant, he began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he spent more than seven years. In his last role as Manager in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services group, he worked with large and middle market clients in the manufacturing/distribution, retail and service industries.
Most recently, Ryan held a Senior Accounting Management role with DirecTV, where he managed a variety of aspects of operational accounting and finance in the Supplier Payments division. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Managing Director, Human Resources and General Counsel
Francesca Brooks joined Century Group in 2016 as Managing Director, Human Resources and Associate General Counsel. She previously served as a Director of Human Resources and General Counsel for Nautilus International Holdings Corporation and Aston Marketing Group.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills and Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, Francesca worked as an Associate Attorney with Rovens Lamb LLP, where she specialized in employment law, advising, consulting with, and representing employers. She holds a Professional Human Resources certificate, is a member of the California State Bar, and earned the Rising Star Award at the Corporate Counsel of the Year Awards. She is also an alumna and former board member of Leadership Hermosa Beach, member of Kiwanis International, and former member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club.
Director of Talent Acquisition
Lisa Chang joined Century Group as the Director of Talent Acquisition in 2015. Prior to that. she spent more than a decade honing her skills in recruitment and talent acquisition through positions with a number of companies – both locally and nationally – and as a consultant. This background makes her well-suited to lead the company’s internal recruitment efforts as the company continues to grow.
Lisa previously handled the recruitment process for the tech and entertainment industries with companies such as Disney and Technicolor, as well as in finance, more specifically in the areas of banking, financial planning and tax with Indymac Bank and KPMG. She has been described as extremely knowledgeable, professional and polished – a recruiter who makes it a point to get to know the needs of a company, has a positive attitude, stays ahead of industry trends, and has keen understanding of the hiring process. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Human Resources Management from the University of California, Riverside.