Leadership Team

HireRight Leadership Team

The HireRight leadership team is an assembly of innovative, seasoned professionals dedicated to helping people get hired. They have represented many of the largest and most well-respected businesses in the world.

John Fennelly

John Fennelly

Chief Executive Officer

John Fennelly, chief executive officer for HireRight, leads the company with a strategic vision and strong operational expertise. Throughout his career, he has grown and transformed technology enabled businesses by forging deeper connections with customers and partners, developed global markets, and championed product innovation. Before joining HireRight, Fennelly headed up the wealth management division at Thomson Reuters, where he integrated a number of businesses and drove strong organic growth. Prior to that, he held a number of leadership positions with Xeye, Financial Models Co., Sungard Data Services, and Smith Barney. Fennelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hartwick College.

Tom Spaeth

Tom Spaeth

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Spaeth, chief financial officer for HireRight, brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting, investment banking, operations, and business development in the technology, consumer, and banking industries. Prior to HireRight, Spaeth served as CFO at UBM Technology, where he oversaw accounting, finance, sales operations, client delivery, and IT. Additional experience includes corporate finance, consulting, and investment roles at Motorola, Ernst & Young, and Deutsche Bank where he successfully led companies through funding growth, organizational change and international expansion.

Spaeth holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Jim Weber

Jim Weber

Chief Revenue Officer

Jim Weber is the chief revenue officer at HireRight where he oversees the marketing, sales and account management teams. He is responsible for building deeper relationships with customers and driving global revenue growth.

Weber brings more than 20 years of proven experience, most recently as head of wealth management sales at Thomson Reuters. Additional experience includes Barclays Global Investors, California Federal Bank, and First Nationwide Bank.

Weber has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Cleveland State University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College.

Dawn Hirsch

Dawn Hirsch

Chief Human Resources Officer

Dawn Hirsch is the chief human resources officer at HireRight and is responsible for attracting, developing, and advancing talent across the company. Hirsch brings more than 20 years of experience leading human resources teams in organizational effectiveness, acquisition and integration strategies, culture change and transformation, and talent acquisition for large, global companies.

Prior to HireRight, Hirsch served as senior vice president of human resources for inVentiv Health, a global provider of clinical, commercial and consulting services. She also held HR leadership positions at Lend Lease and Thomson Reuters.

Hirsch received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts.

Gregg Freeman

Gregg Freeman

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Gregg Freeman is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of HireRight, with primary responsibility for company legal, compliance and contract functions.

Mr. Freeman joined HireRight in April 2004 as Associate General Counsel, and in January 2010, was appointed Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Before joining HireRight, Mr. Freeman was the Associate General Counsel of Interplay Entertainment Corp., a publicly traded computer entertainment software company. Prior to Interplay, Mr. Freeman was an associate with Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri, a business law firm located in Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Freeman earned his undergraduate degree in Communications from UCLA, his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, and his Master's Degree in Business Administration in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Catherine Aldrich

Catherine Aldrich

Vice President of Operations

Catherine Aldrich joined HireRight in November 2009 as Vice President of Operations. Ms. Aldrich is responsible for leading HireRight’s background screening service delivery functions, as well as overseeing HireRight’s consumer compliance departments. With a focus on continuous process improvement, Ms. Aldrich also steers HireRight’s operational excellence teams.

Ms. Aldrich came to HireRight from Accurate Background, where she was Executive Vice President as well as Corporate Compliance Officer relating to all federal and state/local credit reporting laws. Prior to joining Accurate Background, she held the position of Vice President of Product Management at ChoicePoint from 1996–2000.

Ms. Aldrich has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and has been a member of several professional organizations including the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Mary O'Loughlin

Mary O'Loughlin

Vice President of Global Customer Experience

Mary O’Loughlin has built numerous partnerships to extend advanced screening solutions to a broad range of industries. She is responsible for the customer and candidate experience, product development and product strategy, as well as overseeing the company’s strategic partners and alliances group.

An expert in the collaborative economy space, Ms. O’Loughlin also leads HireRight’s Sharing Economy Practice, including developing screening solutions that meet the specific requirements and challenges collaborative economy marketplaces face, as well as overseeing market launch and outreach.

Previously, Ms. O’Loughlin co-founded Joppel, a health care technology startup company, where she directed strategy, business development, operations, and investor fundraising. Prior to that, she served as vice president, strategic alliances for SecureHorizons and Ovations at United Health Group. Ms. O’Loughlin holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. 

Steven Spencer

Steven Spencer

Managing Director, Transportation and Healthcare

Steven is the managing director for the transportation and heath care business lines at HireRight. He brings more than 25 years of experience in business development, operations, sales and product innovation. Steven joined HireRight in 1999, where he created the account management program for the transportation division and was responsible for building deeper customer relationships and driving revenue growth.

Prior to his tenure at HireRight, Steven held several management positions with Commercial Financial Services. He developed and implemented a standard operating procedure for portfolio management and led teams in operations and collections. In addition, he also has retail sales and management experience.

Steven holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in management and compliance from Missouri Southern State University. Steven is also active with some of the primary industry associations.

Steve Girdler

Steve Girdler

Managing Director, EMEA and APAC

Steve Girdler is the managing director of EMEA and APAC, responsible for building deeper customer relationships and driving HireRight’s growth outside the U.S.

Steve joined HireRight in April 2013 with a background in executive management, business development, marketing and product development with expertise in the resourcing, HR solutions and professional services industries. He has worked for KPMG as well as some of the largest names in the resourcing and outsourcing industry such as Manpower, Kelly Services and Adecco. In his most recent role at Adecco he was Director of London 2012, a three year endeavor that included the successful recruitment and delivery of 8,300 staff for the Olympic games as well as the management of the Adecco Olympic sponsorship. The project was lauded in the media and Government for delivering the most diverse and inclusive games ever through the development of innovative tools and programs.

Ayman Shoukry

Ayman Shoukry

Vice President of Engineering

Ayman Shoukry is the Vice President of Engineering at HireRight. He leads the company's global development team and engineering efforts. Before joining HireRight, Ayman spent over 15 years with the Microsoft Developer Division product groups. Serving as the Group Program Manager for the Visual C++ team at Microsoft, Ayman’s team was responsible for delivering the compilers, libraries, runtimes and IDE that enable developers to create great native applications using Visual Studio. Ayman brings executive level experience that focuses on strategy setting and team growth.  

Ayman holds Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Chief Marketing Officer

Eric Choi is the chief marketing officer at HireRight where he oversees all global marketing functions, including Marketing Strategy, Public Relations,  Brand,  Product Marketing and Demand Generation.  In this capacity, he is responsible for driving lasting relationships with prospects, clients and partners while helping to drive sales, retention and customer satisfaction.  Prior to HireRight, Eric led corporate marketing at Experian Information Solutions, the world largest credit data provider.  In addition, Eric has held numerous leadership positions with Gateway Computers, IBM, and consulting organizations including PwC and Arthur Andersen.

Eric has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics International Studies from UCLA and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Elise Eidemiller

Elise Eidemiller

Managing Director, Canada

Elise Eidemiller is the managing director of Canada, responsible for building deeper customer relationships and driving HireRight’s growth outside the U.S.

Elise brings more than 20 years of experience in managing client relationships, enterprise solution selling, and strategic leadership roles. Elise served as Vice President, Sales Specialist for the BETA and Wealth Management division of Thomson Reuters. Prior to that, her experience includes managing client relationships, enterprise solution selling and building successful platforms at leading companies such as Baseline Financial Services, Buckman Laboratories, and the Idaho Department of Commerce.

Elise earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with an emphasis in business and from Rhodes College.

Camilla de Villiers

Camilla de Villiers

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Camilla de Villiers is the managing director for the Asia Pacific region of HireRight, a leading provider of global background checks and employment verification services.

In her capacity, she is responsible for the HireRight business and activities across the Asia Pacific region.  She has extensive experience in driving operational efficiencies and overcoming business challenges, with a key focus on driving revenue and margin growth. Camilla brings to the role a diverse background in business and commercial strategy, product management, and delivering on strategic client-led solutions, which maximize technology, add value and create sustainable differentiation across service offerings.

Camilla joined HireRight in 2016 after 15 years at Thomson Reuters, where she led Regional Wealth Management across APAC and Digital Solutions for the firm globally. Camilla holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.