Navient is led by an experienced group of organizational
and information technology experts.
Robert H. Sharron, Ph.D. , CEO & Founder
Bob has a career history spanning more than twenty-three years as an entrepreneur, industrial psychologist, and CEO. In 1982 he became partner at Hurst Associates Inc of Boston MA, where he headed the Executive Development and Assessment Division. By 1987, he had founded the USA operations of the SHL Group plc, building that company from inception to being the number one provider of employee selection and testing systems to Fortune 1000 companies. After SHL went public in 1996 (London Stock Exchange), Bob went on to become Managing Principal for a newly launched division of Educational Testing Services (ETS) in Princeton, NJ. That ETS division strategically focused on HR consulting to Global 2000 companies. While at ETS, Bob expanded operations in Europe and Asia Pacific and headed all domestic corporate consulting. In 1999, he founded Criterion International, an Internet based assessment company that was purchased by ePredix, Inc, the current market leader in Internet based employee-testing systems. Following a two and a half year tenure as President of Manchester, Inc. (a career management consulting firm) and a unit of the MPS Group Inc. (MPS:NYSE), Bob provided the creative work in performance management automation that led to the founding of Navient Corporation. Bob holds a PhD from Boston College, and is a member of the American Psychological Assn (APA) and a member of the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychologists (SIOP).
Walter Jackson, Ph.D., EVP, Talent Management Consulting
Walter Jackson has over 20 years of executive and organization development experience. As VP Talent Management & Strategic Staffing for The Hartford, he was responsible for the development of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide talent strategy through the integration of Talent Management, Leadership Development and Executive Staffing practices. Previously, he was Corporate Vice President of Executive Development at Cablevision, one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. There he oversaw the development of an integrated approach to managing the performance and development of executives and leaders throughout all of Cablevision's business units, which included Radio City Music Hall, Rainbow Media Holdings, Madison Square Garden Network, arena and the teams. Prior to Cablevision, he was COO and co-founder of US consulting operations for Saville & Holdsworth, Ltd., (SHL), a publicly traded international human resources consulting firm. Prior to his ten years at SHL, Walter was a partner in a regional consulting firm in Boston and had managed his own consulting firm that focused on executive coaching and development. He is a licensed psychologist, who received his Ph.D. from Boston College after studying at Columbia University (M.A.) and Bates College (B.A.).
Jeffrey Breen, Chief Technology Officer
Jeffrey is responsible for the architecture, development, implementation, and support of the company's products and internal systems. Jeffrey joins Navient's executive team after six years in IT management at Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR). At Forrester, Jeffrey and his teams were responsible for developing, customizing, and maintaining all of Forrester's internal and client-facing systems including Forrester's web site. Prior to Forrester, he built the web development team at SNL Financial, a leading provider of financial data on firms in the financial services and energy sectors. Jeffrey has also been a successful independent consultant, having built custom database and software solutions for several large clients including Pan American World Airways. He is an instrument-rated pilot and holds an Instrument Ground Instructor certificate from the FAA. He earned a master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Patrick Hauenstein, Ph.D.
Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the field of employee selection and screening. Throughout his career, he has provided consulting expertise to a number of Fortune 500 companies. Notable accomplishments include developing and implementing a multi-million dollar world-wide promotion system for Nortel first-line supervisors, developing and implementing a million dollar staffing plan for Chrysler's flag ship Jefferson assembly plant, and developing and implementing the staffing process for Prudential's first Far Eastern insurance offices. Previously, Patrick spent 13 years with DDI (Development Dimensions International), a worldwide consulting leader in HR assessment center and selection systems. He was the Vice President of the Assessment Technologies Group at DDI where he was responsible for the quality, integrity and competitiveness of DDI's selection and assessment technologies in the marketplace. Prior to his position in the Assessment Technologies Group, Pat was Vice President of Developmental Assessment at DDI where he was responsible for the general management of one of DDI's key selection and assessment business practices. Patrick left DDI in 1999 to found Advantage Hiring, a successful Internet ASP firm that provided on-line employee screening, testing, and interviewing applications to hiring managers and HR professionals. After the sale of Advantage Hiring, Patrick co-founded Hiremarks, Inc., another successful startup focused on building integrated, high performance human capital assessment and selections systems.