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.

David Fontaine

David Fontaine

Chief Executive Officer

David Fontaine is chief executive officer of HireRight and its parent company, Corporate Risk Holdings, LLC.  He leads the company with a strategic vision while focused on driving positive change against measurable objectives. David has a proven track record of managing enterprise business risk with a deep understanding of the global background screening regulatory landscape.

Previously, David held executive leadership roles, having served as the Chief Legal Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary for several public and private companies, including Travelex Global Business Payments, Inc., American Management Systems, Inc. and Proxicom, Inc. Before moving into a corporate executive role, David was a partner at the highly respected Washington, D.C. litigation firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin, LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of white-collar defense and commercial litigation. Immediately after law school, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and later as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

David earned his Juris Doctor from the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is admitted to the legal practice in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New York, and Virginia.

Jurgen Leijdekker

Jurgen Leijdekker

President and Chief Operating Officer

Jurgen Leijdekker is the president and chief operating officer of HireRight, whose 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.

Jim Weber

Jim Weber

Chief Revenue Officer

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

Jim 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.

Jim 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. 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.

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.

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

Gregg 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. Catherine 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, Catherine also steers HireRight’s operational excellence teams.

Catherine 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.

Catherine 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).

Steve Girdler

Steve Girdler

Managing Director, EMEA

Steve Girdler is the managing director of EMEA, 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 form the University of Kent.

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.

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.