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Scott Staples

Chief Executive Officer

Scott has more than 28 years of experience in the Services sector, having co-founded Mindtree, a digital transformation and IT services company, in 1999. Scott helped take Mindtree public in 2007 and the Mindtree IPO became one of the most successful in IT Services history. Scott is known as a “growth entrepreneur” and was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology Services in 2015. Most recently, Scott served as president of the Americas and head of vertical markets.

Prior to co-founding Mindtree, Scott served as a Director at Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), where he was responsible for key accounts in the mid-Atlantic region. In this role, Scott drove e-business, CRM, IT strategy and application management initiatives for Fortune 1000 companies. In the early 1990s, Scott moved into the consulting arena as a director of marketing for Gemini Consulting’s North American financial services practice. Scott is a frequent contributor to industry magazines and journals, webinars, and conferences. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey.

David L. Gamsey

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President​

David Gamsey joins First Advantage from Air Serv Corporation where he was the CFO for six years and most recently the Chief Operating Officer (COO), leading an organization of more than 12,000 global employees. David has a unique blend of skills having been a successful global CFO for both publicly traded and private equity owned companies with deep experience in business startups, IPOs, acquisitions, business transformation and rapid revenue growth.

Prior to Air Serv, David held CFO and senior financial leadership positions at Beecher Carlson, Innotrac Corporation, AHL Services, Inc., Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen. David is also a Certified Public Accountant, receiving a BBA in Accounting with distinction from Emory University.

Joe Jaeger

Chief Revenue Officer 

Joe is a talented executive with deep expertise in the Human Capital Management industry. He has substantial experience in developing growth strategies that drive customer success, which results in increased market share, revenue and profitability. At First Advantage he leads the Customer Success, Marketing, and Sales Organizations which provides a cohesive strategy to delivering a seamless customer experience.  Joe is a talented sales and client executive with deep expertise in the Human Capital Management industry. He has substantial experience in developing growth strategies that drive consistently increasing market share, revenue and profitability. He joins First Advantage from the human resources technology leader, Kronos, where he was the Vice President of Americas. At Kronos, Joe drove the transformation from an on-premise based software model to a cutting edge global SaaS solution yielding strong revenue growth and positioning them as the market leader in their segment. Prior to Kronos Joe held Executive Sales, Marketing and Services leadership roles at Authoria in the Human Capital Management market and at HPR in the Healthcare Software industry. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Business and completed the Leading High Impact Teams Program at the Kellogg Executive Education School at Northwestern University.

Reddy Karri

Chief Technology Officer​

Reddy Karri joined First Advantage from Harman International bringing a proven track record of aligning operational initiatives with corporate vision; delivering dynamic gains in revenue and operational effectiveness; and leading multiple, complex enterprise initiatives while simultaneously building strong leadership teams. Prior to Harman, in a technology career spanning 20+ years Reddy has helped technology companies scale across the globe. Reddy has served in various executive leadership roles from startups to 1B+ software companies. He has proven track record of building and scaling high-performance teams in USA, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, India, China, and South America.

Ron Douglas

Chief Operating Officer

Ron is a seasoned executive with vast cross-functional experience and a track record of success in building high performing organizations and achieving transformational goals. Ron leads First Advantage’s global operations including the regional operations teams and the global operations center employing 3,000+ individuals and supporting clients in over 13 countries. Ron came to First Advantage from the consulting firm, FCM LLC, where he led their operations and shared services practices. Prior to FCM, Ron led Nielsen’s global operations function and its transformation to becoming a truly global entity. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Akron.

Michael Pilnick

Executive Vice President, Head of Human Resources​

Michael is a highly accomplished executive with particular expertise in helping organizations achieve the highest return on their investment in human capital. Michael's background includes significant experience in both corporate and consulting environments across a variety of industries. Most recently, he was Chief Human Resources Officer for Wolters Kluwer. Prior to Wolters Kluwer, he held roles as Senior Vice President at both Harcourt Education Group (Reed Elsevier) and Columbia House (formerly the Blackstone Group). Michael played a key role in transforming the businesses to ultimately position both companies for sale. 

Nick Grecco

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Nick has over 20 years of experience in technical operations. Prior to joining First Advantage, Nick served as Vice President of Technology Operations at New York Life Insurance Company, where he was responsible for leading the technology infrastructure support teams to enable business innovation and ensure stability in their production and development platforms. He has previously worked as Chief Information Officer, and other executive level positions, at Advocate Networks, AIG and Bank of America.

Nick has written several articles on IT best practices and delivered speeches on IT strategy, security, asset management and current trends at various industry conferences. Nick is a member of the Society of Information Managers and the IT Service Management Foundation, as well as a 2008 Enterprise Finalist for the Atlanta Telecom Professional of the Year Award. Nick holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Business Computer Systems from Hofstra University.  

Bret Jardine

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Bret Jardine joined First Advantage's legal department in 2004. Prior to joining First Advantage, Bret was employed with Zimmet Unice, Salzman Heyman & Jardine PA where he served as partner handling commercial litigation. Bret graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida and received his juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law. 


Erik Schmit

Executive Vice President, Managing Director Asia Pacific

Erik Schmit is an enterprise software veteran with more than 17 years of leadership experience in HCM (human capital management) solutions in Asia and Europe, most recently as Vice President & General Manager at Lumesse, a leading human capital technology.  Erik has a proven track record of achieving consistent double-digit growth and deep experience working across the Asia Pacific region (APAC) including management and director positions at a broad range of enterprise software companies including Exact Software, MrTed and StepStone Solutions in both Europe and Asia.

Erik earned his Masters in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has also received recognition for his contributions in Europe and Asia and in 2010 was awarded the "Leadership of Excellence Award" from the Hong Kong Capital Magazine.

Purushotam Savlani

Senior Vice President and Managing Director of India

Prior to First Advantage, Purushotam worked with Wipro where he was General Manager and head of sales, responsible for the infra managed services business. He has the expertise in sales management, executing mission critical projects, business consulting, general administration and business leadership. 

Additionally, with over two decades of global diversified experience, Purushotam has held senior leadership positions in some of the leading companies like Wipro, Tata Communications Ltd, Godrej Pacific Technology Ltd among others in India and Middle East. He has a track record of being a business savvy professional with strong aptitude in developing business strategies and executing them in real time sales environments. Purushotam holds a post graduate diploma in business management from the Birla Institute of Management & Technology in New Delhi.

Suzanne Mastrofski

Executive Vice President, Global Clients & Strategy and EMEA

Suzanne drives the overall strategic direction of First Advantage with its global and multinational clients. She also runs our Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business.  She built her global experience, over 15 years of leadership, within The Nielsen Company and the Kantar Group. Suzanne was the executive architect of a global integration and consulting practice where she led some of Nielsen’s largest global client relationships, working across all continents and a broad spectrum of marketing, consumer and retail strategy challenges. She was one of the pioneers in developing a global approach and service model for global and multinational clients that is now the standard for multiple information services industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University.

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