Mike Cooke, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Analyst

Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike was the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of AC Growth. Mike has held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales and marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries.

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Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer and Principal Analyst

Rachel Cooke is the Chief Operating Officer at Brandon Hall Group and Principal HCM Analyst. Rachel is responsible for business operations, including client and member advisory services, marketing design, annual awards program, conferences, and overall accountability for the company’s project management function.  Also, she leads initiatives covering Advancing Women in the Workplace and Diversity and Inclusion research and events.  Rachel has worked in the HCM research industry for fifteen years and has held several key management and executive positions within Talent and Learning Research and Performance Improvement Industries.

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Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst

Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Michael was the Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder at AC Growth. Michael serves in a variety of roles including overseeing consulting and advisory support for corporations and solution providers. 

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Claude Werder, Vice President and Principal HCM Analyst

Claude Werder runs Brandon Hall Group's Talent Management Practice, focusing on solving corporate's challenges in developing and retaining talent. He takes a strategic, unified approach, with a keen eye on leveraging technology to drive efficiencies that enable leaders to better engage employees and drive performance. 

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