Vantage Leadership Consulting promotes Kathrina Dubnicek to CAO

07 February 2023 2 min. read
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Vantage Leadership Consulting has promoted Kathrina Dubnicek to chief administrative officer. The Chicago-based consultancy also promoted Stephanie Clay to director of HR, learning & development.

In her new role, Dubnicek will manage day-to-day operations of the company and oversee the human resources, benefits, and finance departments.

She has 25 years of experience, including 13 years at Vantage. She previously served as director of finance and HR, responsible for all human resources, including benefits, payroll, recruitment, on-boarding, performance reviews, and subcontractor engagement, as well as overseeing all financials, including full life-cycle bookkeeping, financial reporting, budgeting, client billing, and collections.

Before Vantage, Dubnicek held project, program, and office management roles in the entertainment and legal industries. Her roles included working as assistant to Paula Wagner of Cruise/Wagner Productions, information management coordinator at law firm Cook Alex, and production and administration manager at visual effects studio The Third Floor.

Dubnicek has a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePauw University.

Vantage Leadership Consulting promotes Kathrina Dubnicek to CAO

“I am excited to continue to drive Vantage’s long history of financial stability, unparalleled customer satisfaction, and amazing culture,” Dubnicek said. “I am also looking forward to bringing new ideas for structure and technology initiatives in order to support our company’s growth and to face the evolving challenges of the changing landscape of today’s workplace.”

Clay has 15 years of experience and has been at Vantage since 2017. She previously was the firm’s client services coordinator, managing a number of companywide projects focusing on IT and internal events. Before Vantage, Clay was an event and logistics specialist at Summit Professional Education and education department manager at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA.

She has a master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College and a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Illinois Wesleyan University.

“We are honored to welcome Kathrina onto the leadership team having seen her expertise continue to evolve to include execution and integration of key strategy initiatives that benefit our clients as well as ensure high internal employee morale and development,” said Keith Goudy, managing partner. “Stephanie’s skillset has also grown since she joined the firm and we have had the pleasure of seeing her passion for operations, culture, and technology benefit our employees. We are excited to see both Kathrina and Stephanie thrive in their new roles.”

Vantage last year added consultants Danielle Klene and Lacey Savage.

The firm delivers advisory services in selection and development assessments, executive coaching, leadership competency models, successional planning, high-performance teams, and culture audits, among other offerings. The firm has more than 40 employees, according to LinkedIn.