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Ron Proul
Ron Proul
Chief Executive Officer
Ron Proul
Ron Proul

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.

Affiliations

  • Financial Executives International
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Gerson Lehrman
  • Vistage International
  • Palos Verdes Country Club

Sample Client Industries

  • Real Estate
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Entertainment
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Services

Sample Searches

  • CFO
  • Treasurer
  • VP Finance
  • VP Technical Accounting
  • VP Taxation
  • Controller
  • Managing Director
  • Partner
El Segundo
Ron Blair
Ron Blair
President & Chief Operating Officer
Ron Blair
Ron Blair

President & 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.

Thought Leadership
Ron has served as a judge for the CFO of the Year Awardsis 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.

El Segundo
Phil Bruno
Phil Bruno
Executive Director
Phil Bruno
Phil Bruno

Executive Director

A veteran of nearly 20 years in the staffing industry, Phil Bruno serves as Executive 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.

Glendale
Ryan Malcolm
Corporate Controller
Ryan Malcolm

Corporate Controller

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.

El Segundo
sabrina maharaj
Sabrina Maharaj
Senior Marketing Manager
sabrina maharaj
Sabrina Maharaj

Senior Marketing Manager

Sabrina Maharaj is the Sr. Marketing Manager in the El Segundo office responsible for leading Century Group's overall marketing strategy. She works with the executive leadership team to promote the Century Group brand and drive the candidate and client experience through targeted marketing strategies. She has a passion for understanding user behavior and enjoys exploring data to identify optimization opportunities and develop informed business recommendations.

Prior to joining Century Group, Sabrina held various digital marketing roles working within the entertainment, tech and retail industries — focused primarily on driving brand awareness, developing consumer-driven content and implementing acquisition and engagement strategies. Sabrina holds a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

El Segundo
Megan Helgeson
Megan Helgeson
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition & Employee Relations
Megan Helgeson
Megan Helgeson

Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition & Employee Relations

Megan Helgeson is a Talent Acquisition Manager in the El Segundo office and works with Century Group leaders to recruit and retain top talent. She believes surrounding yourself with motivated, intellectual and inspiring individuals is important — so being able to help build her own team is a privilege.

Prior to Century Group, she honed her skills as a Corporate Recruiter for Celtic Commercial Finance. There, Megan supported the company’s talent management efforts through two acquisitions, handling both the hiring and termination processes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science – Law, Politics, and Policy from California State University, Long Beach.

El Segundo
Paulina Metz
Paulina Metz
Talent Acquisition Manager
Paulina Metz
Paulina Metz

Talent Acquisition Manager

Paulina is a Talent Acquisition Manager in the El Segundo office. She works with hiring managers to identify, acquire, assess and hire top talent — believing that uniting our organization with the highest quality individuals in the market is what makes Century Group an industry leader.

Prior to Century Group, Paulina started in the industry as a Client Relationship Manager, where she partnered with organizations to provide strategic and consultative guidance and assist with hiring needs in order to complete initiatives successfully.

Paulina holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Marketing from The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

El Segundo
Ellie Saba
Ellie Saba
Talent Acquisition Manager
Ellie Saba
Ellie Saba

Talent Acquisition Manager

Ellie Saba is a Talent Acquisition Manager in the El Segundo office. She works with Century Group leaders to recruit the right individuals to grow the firm — believing that connecting people with the right career opportunity can be impactful on both sides.

Prior to joining Century Group, Ellie served as the Director of Recruiting for Northwestern Mutual. There, she introduced candidates to a career in financial services, and helped develop a strong team of financial advisors.

Ellie holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

El Segundo
Airiin Wadley-Wright
Airin Wadley-Wright
Supervisor, Sales Operations Support
Airiin Wadley-Wright
Airin Wadley-Wright

Supervisor, Sales Operations Support

Airin Wadley-Wright is a Supervisor, Sales Operations Support who works with the Corporate Services team in the El Segundo Office. In her role, she supports both interim and executive recruiting teams with building their candidate and client relationships.

Prior to Century Group, Airin worked in Student Affairs providing resources and programs to women-identified students on campus while promoting diversity and inclusion. She also was a Residential Assistant for a summer program that helped prepare high school students and first-year students for college. A member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Airin is very passionate about giving back to the community and social justice.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, with a Public Relations emphasis from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

El Segundo
Silvia Castillo
Silvia Castillo
Senior Accountant
Silvia Castillo
Silvia Castillo

Senior Accountant

Silvia Castillo is a Senior Accountant in the El Segundo office. In her role, she handles the consultant's payroll for the project team. She also works with the controller to assist with other accounting projects and responsibilities.

Prior to Century Group, she gained experience in payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable through accounting positions with small to large size companies. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the California State University of Dominguez Hills.

El Segundo
Dani Villalobos
Dani Villalobos
Senior Associate, Sales Communication & Marketing
Dani Villalobos
Dani Villalobos

Senior Associate, Sales Communication & Marketing

Dani Villalobos is a Senior Associate, Sales Communication & Marketing in the El Segundo office. She utilizes her background in broadcast, online and print journalism to successfully share Century Group’s brand and services in a compelling, strategic fashion across multiple platforms.

Prior to joining Century Group, Dani wrote in the areas of health and fitness, arts and entertainment, agriculture, education, green-living and others for news organizations throughout the country. Most recently, she worked as an award-winning niche publications reporter at The Fresno Bee — highlighting lifestyle and community news. Dani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s degree in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University.

El Segundo
Josh Dias
Joshua Dias
Staff Accountant
Josh Dias
Joshua Dias

Staff Accountant

Joshua Dias is a Staff Accountant at in the El Segundo office. He assists the Corporate Controller, Ryan Malcolm, with all aspects within accounting and finance, and believes that surrounding yourself with highly motivated, intellectual and confident individuals is a recipe for success.

Having experience in Fortune 500s, Josh has consulted for various companies and firms. Prior to Century Group, Josh implemented systematic developments in accounting departments and business applications.

He earned his Bachelor's degree in Managerial Accounting/Taxation from the University of California, Riverside.

El Segundo
Jessica Canul
Jessica Canul
Associate, Sales Operations Support
Jessica Canul
Jessica Canul

Associate, Sales Operations Support

Jessica is a Sales Operations Support Associate in the El Segundo office.

Prior to Century Group, she was a writer for the California State University, Northridge page, "CSUN Today," with 30 published stories ranging from a sun spot discovery, the pioneering of a magnet school, faculty/staff awards and more.

Jessica earned a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge.

El Segundo

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