Simpson Group Senior Team

Michelle Marsden is the COO of the Simpson Group, as well as General Manager of Simpson Associates ‐ the executive search division of the Simpson Group. Joining the firm in early 2018, she has full accountability for all activities and operations of this branch of the company, and works with board chairs and CEOs across a diverse client base in multiple industries. To that end, Ms. Marsden directs a full-time, in-house research team which provides pivotal support services with all the search assignments that the firm conducts. This group is instrumental in helping to source first-class executives and leaders on a world-wide basis.

Throughout her work, Ms. Marsden employs The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory — one of the most advanced and sophisticated psychological assessment tools available in the marketplace. TAIS has been a pivotal tool in continuing the longstanding commitment Simpson Associates has made to its clients for more than three decades — “Getting It Done Right”.

Michelle graduated from the Sauder School of Business at UBC in 2011 with a Bachelor of Commerce. Prior to joining Simpson Associates, she held assignments in aerospace, aviation and consumer consumables.

Michelle can be reached directly at (604) 559-8582, or by email at


Cristina Esposto is the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for The Simpson Group. Her mandate includes total accountability for building trusted relationships with top CEOs and owners, throughout North America, of corporations which are experiencing significant growth or transition.

While her responsibilities cover the North American marketplace and beyond, Cristina’s current strategy is to direct special emphasis to Western US markets that include San Diego, San Francisco and Phoenix.

Cristina can be reached directly at (250) 819-0461, or by email at


Emily Brown, having joined the team in January of this year, is the newest addition to our research group in Simpson Associates — our executive search division. Emily has a complete mandate to execute the entire research side of projects, including comprehensive sourcing and evaluating senior executives for a broad range of assignments throughout North America.

Prior to joining Simpson Associates, Emily spent approximately two years in both corporate and search recruiting roles. Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance and Securities Law in 2016.


Richard Dawes is the Director of Technology for the Simpson Group. He has complete responsibility for all technical aspects of assessment delivery and related systems, online and in software, both of which he has worked for many years. Mr. Dawes also oversees website development and various internal technical projects.

Rich hails from southern California and is an avid outdoorsman. He also has a strong interest in music and keeps busy with a number of choral groups.


Jeanne Gilbert has been with the Simpson Group for over 20 years and has held a variety of key positions throughout these last two decades. She received her TAIS Certification license over 15 years ago, and has transitioned from a consulting role to one primarily focused in two areas of the business: world-wide customer support for our software and assessment users; and, as Acting Controller, overseeing all of the accounting and finance functions for The Simpson Group. Ms. Gilbert also provides technical support for the entire business.

During regular business hours, Jeanne can be reached at (800) 419-7473, Ext. 247, or at (604) 418-3474. In case of a technical emergency, she is also available after-hours, at (250) 516-2054.


David Simpson has owned and operated the Simpson Group, a diverse collection of businesses focusing on high-performance psychology, for over 35 years.

These operating units within the Simpson Group include: Simpson Associates, a generalist, boutique executive search group; TPSI, a world-wide publisher and distributor of psychological assessment instruments; Oceans Apart Management, a consulting group delivering end-user psychometric services; and Grandlark Investments, a private equity firm investing in small companies where building high-performance teams is essential for success

Mr. Simpson holds a B.Sc. in Science (minor in Environmental Engineering) from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and is licensed, as a psychometrist, to interpret TAIS. He is considered one of the foremost experts in the world with the instrument.

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