Presenter: Stan Sewitch
Stan is a business psychologist and entrepreneur. Since 2012, he has served as Vice President, Global Organization Development for WD-40 Company, and heads the global human resources function.
Stan is one of the founding members of KI Investment Holdings, LLC. Formed early in 2006, KI is a private equity company whose mission is to be instrumental in the success of profitable, growing companies who create middle-class careers. KI is an investment experiment in long-term principles.
Stan is also the founder of HRG, Inc. Formed in 1989, HRG was a center for business advisory services, providing consulting to clients of all types in strategy, human resources, organizational effectiveness and executive leadership development. HRG served over 1,200 clients since its founding. The company is currently led by Paul Billimoria, its President. Stan serves on its board.
Stan formed two other companies. In 1990, he launched Emlyn Systems, a software company publishing a human resources information system. In 1991 he co-founded Chromagen, a biotechnology company which created proprietary assays for drug research, whose technologies were acquired in 2003.
Stan has served as a director for many private companies, ranging from $2M to $200M in revenue. He was Chairman of Elixir Industries, and is a director for Sabia Inc., SCWS LLC and KI Investment Holdings LLC.
Prior to his entrepreneurial adventures, Stan held senior management positions in operations and human resources. He was manufacturing director for TRW’s LSI products division in San Diego, a manufacturer of high-end integrated circuits. Stan was also operations director for Elm Corporation, a salmon fishery in Bethel, Alaska. Stan’s prior human resources management positions included Martin Marietta Aluminum, Smith International, TRW and Mycogen Corporation.
Stan holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University.
Stan authored a weekly column for ten years on various issues in business for the San Diego Daily Transcript, entitled “Notes from the Corporate Underground” and has written two books of the same title, published in 2005 and 2015.
Stan served as a Director of the Corporate Directors Forum, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the quality and performance of corporate governance. He chaired the programs committee for six years, creating the educational experiences for the membership.
Personal interests include his two adult daughters, his granddaughter, teaching the martial art of Kenpo, dancing Tango with his Goddess wife Cheri, and performing blues and classic rock in the band “Blue Hooz”.