Don Chia - Director, Executive Search

Don has 10+ years of executive search experience leading senior level searches for clients across Consumer and Technology verticals with a focus on media, entertainment, video games, consumer products, retail and consumer electronics.  Don has functional expertise in the areas of Technology Operations, Data & Analytics, Product, Strategy, eCommerce, Customer Success and Operations. His recent clientsinclude: Nike, Red Bull Media House, Google, Motorola, Activision, Warner Bros., Nintendo, Dolby and LivingSocial.

Prior to joining Katalyst Group, Don worked with Heidrick & Struggles in their Media & Entertainment Practice in Los Angeles and, previously, he also served in a knowledge management role for Heidrick’s Global CEO & Board of Directors practice where he lead projects for Fortune500 search assignments, thought leadership and talent management initiatives focused on diversity.  Previously, Don worked for a boutique search firm in Chicago, The LaSalle Network, specializing in senior searches for Consumer and Industrial clients.

Don completed his BA in Sociology from Northern Michigan University and received his MA in Sociology from California State University.

Don lives in Los Angeles with his Head of Post Production wife and their massively friendly Bernese Mountain Dog.  Ever the outdoor enthusiast and when not searching for the best talent, he can be found snowboarding, surfing, and mountain biking.  He and his wife also support the Surfrider Foundation and are more than halfway through a shared goal of visiting every National Park in the United States.