David Ossip, Chairman and CEO of Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NYSE:CDAY; TSX: CDAY), is a transformational technology leader and serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience building and leading successful Human Capital Management (HCM) technology companies.
He is the driving force behind the innovation, vision and leadership at Ceridian, a global HCM company committed to delivering quantifiable value to its customers and great experiences for their employees.
Dayforce, Ceridian’s Intelligent HCM platform, has grown at an annual compounded rate of more than 50 percent since 2012, and Ceridian now serves more than 4,480 customers around the world. In 2018, Ceridian went public and its stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange.
Ceridian’s brand promise, Makes Work Life Better™, is a promise to deliver innovative technology that helps companies better engage and manage their employees.
David is the recipient of many awards for his leadership, including the Ernst and Young Award for Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst and Young National Special Citation for Technology Innovation, Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Waterstone Human Capital’s Most Admired CEO for Transformational Leadership, Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs, and Arthur Kroeger College Award for Management. David is also an investor, advisor and mentor in the Canadian business and technology communities and sits on the Board of Directors at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC).
Under David’s leadership, Ceridian has received numerous awards recognizing its products, services and employee engagement, including Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for Best Places to Work in the U.S. and Canada, Best Workplaces certification in the U.S and Canada, and Best Workplaces for Inclusion, for Millennials, for Women, and for Technology.
David holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts (Econometrics) from University of Toronto.
Leagh Turner is responsible for daily operations and driving revenue world-wide while overseeing a leadership team that includes R&D, Sales, Marketing, the Global Customer Office, and Information Technology. She is passionate about helping customers reach new and sustainable heights, and fosters a trusted advisor culture across the organization.
A seasoned global technology executive with a career in the software industry, prior to joining Ceridian in August 2018, Leagh served in many senior leadership roles at SAP including Global Chief Operating Officer for their Strategic Customer Program, as well as Chief Operating Officer in EMEA, and Canada prior to that. She also held sales leadership positions at MicroStrategy and Oracle and began her career in sales at Xerox.
A strong advocate for the advancement of women in leadership, Leagh has been recognized twice by Women’s Executive Network on their Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, and is a board member of Plan International Canada, a global not-for-profit that focuses on improving lives of children around the world.
Leagh is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
As Chief Customer Officer, Chris Armstrong is responsible for overall customer experience and satisfaction through his leadership of the Global Customer Office (GCO), a team that comprises Services, Support, and Customer Relationship Executives. Collaborating closely with Sales, the GCO’s prime directive is to ensure a seamless experience and maximum value for customers throughout their entire lifecycle with Ceridian.
Chris joined Ceridian in 2004, and since then has held several commercial and operational leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw operations, customer support and information technology globally. His experience with Ceridian has provided him with a well-rounded understanding of the HCM Marketplace and accurate perspective on specific customer needs. Chris’ involvement in building Ceridian’s customer support team has been instrumental in the overall success of the organization and its reputation for customer service excellence.
Chris holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University, has been active in the United Way, and twice served as the organization’s National Chair.
Arthur Gitajn is Chief Financial Officer at Ceridian. He is responsible for the company’s global financial strategy, financial planning, and reporting and analysis, as well as tax, treasury, purchasing, and investor relations.
Arthur has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting and is a Sells award winning CPA. Prior to joining Ceridian in October 2016, he served in senior financial management positions at SAP in Canada and Europe. Arthur has also served as CFO of Workbrain and Intentia.
Arthur earned a M.S. in Accounting from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also has an Institute of Corporate Directors designation from the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
As CTO, Ozzie Goldschmied leads all Research and Development and Product Management functions at Ceridian. He is focused on best practices, excellence, and innovation in product delivery. He has led the design and development of Dayforce, the award-winning single application for human capital management.
Ozzie has extensive experience developing human capital management applications coupled with deep analytical financial data applications. Prior to Ceridian, Ozzie was a founding member of Dayforce and Senior Vice President of Engineering.
Prior to Dayforce, Ozzie held a number of senior Research and Development positions at Infor, Workbrain, Sybase, Longview Solutions, and Syndesis where he was responsible for the design and development of robust, highly scalable applications.
Ozzie holds an honors Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Scott Kitching is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Ceridian, responsible for the management of all legal affairs for the company. Scott joined Ceridian in 2003 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Ceridian’s Canadian affiliate, Ceridian Canada Ltd., and was appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Ceridian HCM, Inc. in 2013.
In his role as General Counsel, Scott oversees a team of lawyers and legal staff, responsible for the negotiation of customer, third party supplier and vendor contracts, litigation management, intellectual property matters, corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk, employment law and all other legal areas. As a member of Ceridian's executive leadership team, Scott also plays an active role in Ceridian's overall management and the business affairs and strategic direction of the company.
Prior to joining Ceridian, Scott practiced business law with one of Winnipeg's largest law firms, with an emphasis on sales and acquisitions, financing, insolvency / receivership and commercial leasing.
Scott was a sessional instructor in the area of Business Law for the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba for many years. He also served on the executive of the Business Law Subsection of the Manitoba Bar Association. He received his LL.B. from the University of Manitoba in 1994, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1995.
Leading the Human Resources organization, Susan Tohyama is responsible for designing and driving the global people and culture strategy, including talent development, recruiting, diversity, compensation, benefits, and employee engagement.
Susan has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience and joined Ceridian in 2020 from Vice Media as their CHRO. She has held leadership roles at some of the world’s best-known multinational-brands across six continents including Starbucks, the NBA, and Disney. Throughout her career, Susan has built a reputation as a trusted advisor and strategic business partner who champions a people-centric culture built on diversity, equality, and opportunity. She is most passionate about building collaborative, innovative organizations that are rewarding places to work.
She graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, in London, ON.
As Chief Value Officer, Bill Crawford leads the functional teams whose prime objective is to intensify the company’s value proposition in the HCM market across the globe. He is focused on expanding Ceridian’s global network of system integrators, deepening the function of the Customer Relationship Executive organization, and refining Ceridian’s brand through image, voice, and strategic events.
Bill has significant experience designing organizations that enable sustainable growth and scalability. He joined ADP in 1998, and held a series of roles overseeing operations and channel development.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration of Management from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Warren Perlman is the Chief Information Officer at Ceridian. He is responsible for the organization’s global information technology requirements and leads the design, delivery, and management of Ceridian’s technology infrastructure. Additionally, he supports and helps grow Ceridian’s business with IT excellence to ensure compliance, protection, and security for all data. Warren’s strategic initiatives prioritize performance, scalability, and responsiveness for the company and customers focused on improved service delivery, self-service capabilities and agile business models for cloud solutions.
Warren was previously co-founder and vice president of infrastructure and compliance at Dayforce. Prior to that, Warren was a co-founder of Workbrain, where he held several positions in senior management. With over 16 years of industry experience, Warren has held leadership roles at a variety of leading technology companies.
Warren attended York University in Toronto.
Justine Janssen leads Ceridian’s strategic programs, overseeing the research, development and execution of critical growth initiatives around the globe. She collaborates cross-functionally with R&D, Sales, and Services teams to ensure Ceridian’s successful entry into new and innovative spaces.
Justine joined Ceridian by way of Dayforce, where she helped scale the platform from a tech startup into the leading global human capital management solution it is today. She also managed Ceridian’s 2018 IPO, the largest-ever technology IPO in Canada. Prior to joining Dayforce in 2011, Justine worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, where she led organizational change and growth strategy projects for Fortune 1000 companies.
Justine is Chair of the Board for Ceridian Cares Canada, an employee-driven charity supporting those in need in local communities, and serves as a board member for WEtech Alliance and Entegrus Powerlines. A champion of women in STEM, Justine acts as an advisor to #movethedial, and Build a Dream. In 2019 Justine was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” and as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women.”
Justine has an Honors Business Administration Degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
As Interim Global Head of Sales, Kim Gastle oversees all aspects of sales and sales management globally, across industries, markets, and products, including customer relationship management and go-to-market strategy execution.
Prior to joining Ceridian in 2019, Kim was Vice President of Regional Sales for SAP Canada, and led a high-performing sales force through large, complex customer engagements across the company’s full range of cloud, SaaS and on-premise products. Throughout her 16-year tenure at SAP, Kim worked closely with regional, North American and global customers in sales leadership roles that include Director of Solution Sales, Account Manager and Global Account Director. In a career dedicated to software and technology, Kim has also been a member of sales teams at DataMirror, and Ricoh Canada.
A passionate advocate for women in tech, and early career talent, Kim serves as an active mentor in both formal and informal programs.
As Global Head of Marketing, Brendan Reid is responsible for Ceridian’s global marketing strategy, brand initiatives, product marketing, customer acquisition and partner marketing functions. In his role, he is focused on driving brand awareness, growing market share, and building customer advocacy across the global markets Ceridian serves. Brendan brings deep industry expertise and a commitment to delivering value to customers, ensuring employers can thrive using technologies like Dayforce.
During his over 20 year marketing career, Brendan has held leadership roles at several prominent technology companies, most recently as VP Marketing for Desire2learn. He is also an accomplished author and blogger focusing on careers, leadership, and marketing topics.
Brendan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.
Stephen Moore is responsible for all customer operations and overall leadership of the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region. His focus is to empower the APJ team to deliver world-class innovations and experiences to customers while helping them optimize performance using Ceridian’s intelligent HCM and deep business insights.
Steve joined Ceridian in 2019 after a nine-year career with SAP, most recently as the Executive Director for the Australia New Zealand region during a period of sustained transformation. He has held a range of senior executive positions throughout APJ including managing director roles at Unisys, and Lawson Software; General Manager at Fujitsu Consulting; and leading PeopleSoft’s APJ Services business. Common to all are his sustained focus on customers, developing high performing teams, and delivering significant business growth.
A graduate of the Master of Information Technology program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Steve also holds degrees in economic history, and public administration, and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A recognized CSR leader, he has sponsored several ground-breaking initiatives, and is particularly passionate about driving the advancement of the social enterprise sector and empowering disadvantaged young people.
Wendy is responsible for the commercial and strategic growth across Ceridian Europe. Having spent most of her career working with organizations undertaking Global HCM and payroll transformation, she has a wealth of experience and has developed long-term partnerships with clients over many years in the HCM industry.
As a highly active member of the global HR and payroll community, Wendy knows the challenges clients face in managing global businesses with people in multiple territories and jurisdictions. Wendy has been part of the Ceridian family before and re-joined in January 2019 to drive growth across Europe. Over the course of her career, she has held roles in the industry across several ecosystems, which now helps her drive informed decisions to support a growing, scaling business.
Her drive and leadership have seen Wendy receive recognition of her talents over many years and in several industry organizations. Wendy has a Masters Degree from Glasgow University.
As the Managing Director of Ceridian’s Mauritius business, Vidia Mooneegan is responsible for the region’s profitability, direction, and customer-related activities. He leads teams dedicated to sales and operations, and works closely with businesses throughout Mauritius, leveraging the entire Ceridian ecosystem to ensure their success.
Vidia joined Ceridian in 2007 as Senior Vice President of the region, and has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe and South Africa. Prior to Ceridian, Vidia was Managing Director of TNT Document Services, serving customers in the UK and mainland Europe. He also worked at Arthur Andersen & Co. in London, UK, and began his career at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Cambridge, UK.
He holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University in Birmingham, England, and has participated in a senior executive program at Harvard Business School. Vidia’s contributions to the IT industry in Mauritius have been recognized by several award-granting organizations including CEO Global Africa and the British Computer Society, and he is a leader in the IT and business communities as chair of the Fintech Task Force, and board member of the Mauritius Artificial Intelligence Council, among other posts.
As Head of Accounting & Financial Reporting, Jeff Jacobs is responsible for global accounting, billing, collections and reporting as well as internal controls over financial reporting since May 2020.
Jeff joined Ceridian in April 2015 as Director, Finance and served as Vice President, Finance from December 2016 until May 2020. Prior to joining Ceridian, he held accounting and finance roles at General Mills, Inc., and started his career with KPMG LLP with increasing responsibilities up to senior manager-audit.
Jeff is a certified public accountant (inactive) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) degree and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Karen Variya leads the execution of Ceridian’s comprehensive strategic plan and cross-functional corporate planning process to further accelerate the organization’s rapid growth.
Karen joined Ceridian in 2019 as Vice President of Finance. Before Ceridian, Karen drove top- and bottom-line growth at Procter & Gamble for over 17 years as a senior member of the finance team. During her tenure, she was Vice President of Finance, Canadian Sales and Operations where she provided financial leadership across P&G’s Canadian business, and also held three Director of Finance positions that spanned responsibilities from corporate strategy development to financial leadership and execution for P&G corporately, within the Global Home Care business and Canadian sales division.
Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Erik Zimmer has extensive experience in finance, operations, innovation, sales, and strategy. Prior to joining Ceridian, Erik served as a managing director of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., and as an operating advisor for numerous Fortune 1000 organizations. Since 2011, Erik has acted as a strategic advisor of Ceridian, and had deep involvement in the design and build of our Dayforce Activate technology that led to a significant reduction in implementation cycle times for our customers.
Erik received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Master of Engineering (MEng), Design and Operations Management degree from McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, and his MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.