Founder & President

Paula Seibel

Throughout my career, I have led and successfully completed VP to C level searches across a broad range of functions spanning general management, operations, marketing, strategy and business development in media, education, manufacturing, and hospitality.

As a recruiter in the late 90’s, I worked with trail blazing start-ups such as Yahoo!, CompareNet (sold to Microsoft), (sold to iVillage), (Cendant), and Music Boulevard Network (acquired by CDNow). As my practice grew, my client base expanded to include major corporate companies as diverse as Barnes & Noble, Citigroup, Bertelsmann, Scholastic, Virgin Group, Time Life, Ziff Davis, IDG, The Ford Foundation and Kaplan.

Learning the search discipline from the ground up, my career in search began in the New York office of UK-based Norman Broadbent International. In 1997, at the frontier of the digital revolution, I established the company’s internet practice. In 2000, at the height of the boom, I joined the premiere boutique technology firm Christian and Timbers, charged with building the firm’s new media practice.  In 2005 I founded Paula Seibel Associates, specializing in retained senior-level digital searches.  In January 2019 I expanded our practice to include the burgeoning cannabis industry.

A graduate of The Juilliard School’s American Opera Center, prior to entering the business world, I enjoyed a career as an international opera singer and soloist performing with major opera companies and orchestras in the U.S. and throughout the world. My unorthodox path to a career in executive search was fueled by the experience and knowledge I gained of the business world when I invented a pharmaceutical product for which I was awarded two patents.

Christina Burz, of Paula Seibel Associates

Head Of Research

Christina Burz

Christina Burz has been recruiting senior executives for established and respected search firms both domestically and internationally for over 15 years.

From 2003 until 2007 she was a Vice President in the Media & Entertainment Practice at Diversified Search Ray & Berndtson. From 2001 until 2003 she was a Co-founder and Managing Director of Lex Media Solutions, based in New York City. Christina was previously a Vice President with Bishop Partners recruiting executives at the CEO, and COO levels and helped build senior management teams for start-up companies.

From 1990 to 1993, Christina was an independent consultant managing assignments in a wide variety of industries from retail, publishing, and entertainment through financial services, biotechnology, and manufacturing. She began her career in the executive search industry at Johnson, Smith & Knisely, a recruiting firm in New York City.

Christina received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Office Manager & Administrative Assistant

Michele Horky

Michele has over 20 years of experience as an office manager and administrative assistant with top tier companies in the consulting and executive search industries. Early in her career she spent ten years at Booz Allen & Hamilton as Administrative Assistant and Team Coordinator serving as liaison between the practice group leaders and managing the firm’s Harvard MBA consultant recruiting program.

In 1988 she joined executive search firm Johnson Smith & Knisely as facilities manager and assistant to the senior partner of the communications and media practice. From 1995 until 2001, at TMP Worldwide, an executive search and recruitment advertising firm, Michele coordinated and supervised the complex physical move of TMP’s merger with three separate executive search companies; Lamalie Associates, Highland Group and Accord Group.

In 2004 she joined Korn Ferry International where until 2009 she served as administrative assistant and project coordinator for three senior partners in two separate locations in the financial services, industrial and human resources practices. Most recently, she was Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing and Government Relations for the Community College of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.