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.

Jurgen Leijdekker

Jurgen Leijdekker

Chief Executive Officer

Jurgen Leijdekker is the chief executive officer of HireRight. Jurgen's global experience spans private equity investment, corporate enterprise, and management consulting as well as government service with central bank and international monetary institutions.

Over the course of his career, Jurgen has driven growth strategies, customer experience improvements, and operational transformations for organizations across many industry sectors including healthcare, enterprise software development, and financial services.

Prior to HireRight, Jurgen was a senior operating executive at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), a leading private equity firm that specializes its investment activities in information/business services and healthcare. In addition to participating in more than 30 diligence/deal processes, Jurgen served in numerous capacities for portfolio companies, including interim COO, board director, and PE operating executive.

Jurgen holds a Master of Arts degree in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam.

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, Tom 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.

Tom 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.

Ayman Shoukry

Ayman Shoukry

Chief Technology Officer

Ayman Shoukry is the chief technology officer 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.

Kathleen Delaney

Kathleen Delaney

Chief Marketing Officer

Kathleen Delaney joined HireRight in 2017 as the Chief Marketing Officer, managing the marketing and product management team worldwide.

Prior to HireRight, she was CMO of Vistage in San Diego, California, responsible for all branding, direct marketing, communications, social media, sponsorship and product management initiatives. Prior to joining Vistage, Kathleen served as Senior Vice President at Aon Risk Services where she and her team were charged with transforming new prospect and client relationships and driving new revenue.

Kathleen brings a wealth of experience to the team, having managed marketing and product teams for some of the top brands in the world, holding leadership positions at Dow Jones, AT&T and Johnson & Johnson. She was a pioneer in the introduction of social media, paid search, demand generation and various digital marketing initiatives to drive leads, differentiate against the competition and manage reputation. Driving revenue by developing teams, leveraging great brands and evangelizing a company’s value to clients and prospects is just part of what Kathleen brings to HireRight.

Kathleen graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business and received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. 

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. Dawn 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, Dawn 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.

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

Dr. Todd Simo

Dr. Todd Simo

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Simo served as HireRight’s medical director starting in 2009 and was promoted to chief medical officer in 2015. In addition to maintaining his role as CMO, Dr. Simo was also appointed to the role of managing director of transportation and drug & health screening in 2018.

Dr. Simo came to HireRight with a decade of experience in the medical consulting arena. Before that he was the medical director for an occupational health clinic in Virginia and owned a consulting firm providing medical director services to employers across the United States. In that capacity, he established multiple customer-specific health and drug screening services.

Dr. Simo completed his medical training at the University of Minnesota and served as a Naval Medical Officer until 1998. He is a board-certified medical review officer with vast experience and training in family, occupational and addiction medicine. Along with his clinical experience, Dr. Simo was a clinical investigator for three pharmaceutical companies and has served on multiple speaker bureaus.

Steve Girdler

Steve Girdler

Managing Director, EMEA/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. Steve 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.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from the University of Kent.