Welcome to Preod, Executive Search

About Us

Search & Recruitment

Seeking the Best Talent at the Right Time? Welcome to Preod.

Thank you for visiting Preod, Professional Resources on Demand.  We were founded to provide clients with senior professionals to meet their needs for permanent executives, board members and consulting executives.  The 'On Demand' part of our name reflects our ability to deliver the best talent, fast and painlessly.

We look forward to being your partner for success.


We use our broad network of contacts and world-class recruiting talent to find the best senior and mid-level executives for your organization. And we present a diverse slate of candidates on every search.


We recognize that it is a new era for corporate governance.  With our network and assessment skills we provide companies with board members who have the right background, expertise and mindset.  This includes tough-to-fill audit chair 


Proven Track Record

We have placed executives in industries like:

  • Technology, including start-ups
  • Consumer Goods and Services
  • Industrial, including specialty chemicals/materials
  • ​Financial & Professional Services
  • Media & Entertainment


Catherine McGuinness, President

Catherine is a recruiting expert with over 25 years in corporate recruiting and executive search.  Before joining Preod in February 2008, Cathy managed sales, service, operations and general management executive search engagements for the $40+Billion Americas region for Dell Inc., a Fortune 50 company.  During her time with Dell, Cathy also had responsibility for executive recruiting for corporate services (IT, Finance, HR, Legal) for this global organization.   Her work experience spans leadership development, executive assessments and onboarding.  

Prior to ten years with Dell, Cathy worked on the executive search side, inclusive of five years with Heidrick & Struggles.  She started her career in the London office of Russell Reynolds Associates.

Cathy has also served as President of the Fordham University Alumni Association.

In addition to executive recruiting, Cathy is the author of the best-selling Emperors' Clothes.  Part cautionary tale, part farce, Emperors' Clothes tells the story of two executives and one mob boss who put a Sopranos-style spin on corporate strategy.

Cathy holds a BA in English Literature from Fordham University.

Donald Neville, Director 

Don Neville has a strong financial and operating background with 25 years of broad management and military experience. He has served as CFO and CEO of private and public companies in the real estate, security, high technology, software and manufacturing industries. Don's direct experience includes financial reporting, internal controls/SOX, strategic planning, capital markets activities, mergers and acquisitions, public/private offerings, international technology joint ventures, human resources, information technology, insurance/risk management and SEC reporting. 

In addition to his responsibilities with Preod, Don currently serves as CEO for Terrahydrochem, an environmental products company that applies innovative chemistry to solve difficult and costly industrial challenges.  Additionally, he serves as a Director and chairs the Audit Committee for Xplore Technologies.  Don previously held senior leadership roles at Field Asset Services, Reddwerks, Argyle Security, ClearCube Technology, Mall.com and Plasmaco following several years at Deloitte and Touche. He has a BS in Accounting from Fordham University in New York and received his CPA from NY State in 1991.  Don served from 1988 to 2003 as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves and received numerous awards and decorations.

Contact email: CMcGuinness@Preod.com

Mission and Code of Conduct

Our mission is to provide organizations with professionals who will make a real difference in the organization's performance be it as an executive, board member or consultant. We will introduce you to professionals who would not be identified using traditional approaches.  We will do this after investing our own time to understand your business model and culture.

The Preod Code of Conduct

Everyone associated with Preod is committed to our Code of Conduct. Each of us will:

  • Accept only those assignments that can be completed at the highest level of quality and within the budget and terms agreed with the client.
  • Divulge any potential conflicts of interest prior to accepting any assignment or as soon as possible after the conflict is discovered during execution of an assignment.
  • In all circumstances, provide accurate and honest information about technical matters, status, and all other assignment- related matters, even if the information is unfavorable.
  • Safeguard any confidential information and documents entrusted to us, and conform to the terms of any confidentiality agreements between the client and Preod.
  • Act in a professional manner at all times to include respect for clients and colleagues at all levels.

Preod Search Strategy & Process

Preod Search Strategy and Process

Preod Search Strategy and Process May 2018 (ppt)


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