Leadership

Here you can read more about the fantastic people that help make StepStone a great place to work.

Portrait of Sebastian Dettmers, Chief Executive Officer

Sebastian Dettmers Chief Executive Officer

Sebastian Dettmers joined StepStone in 2011 as Managing Director of StepStone.de. He subsequently became responsible for StepStone Continental Europe's activities in 2017. Since January 2020 he has been the CEO of StepStone. Before joining StepStone, Sebastian held various functions at Axel Springer SE, where he helped build the company's digital portfolio. Sebastian holds a PhD and an MBA from the University of Muenster, where he started his career as a research associate for professor Heribert Meffert.

Portrait of Thorsten Otte, Chief Financial Officer

Thorsten Otte Chief Financial Officer

Thorsten joined StepStone in May 2013. As CFO he is responsible for finance, legal and strategy in the group. Previously he held CFO positions in various companies and regions for Siemens Financial Services in the Nordic Region, Hoist Group and Thomas Cook Group in the Netherlands and Western Europe. Thorsten holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Freien Universität Berlin.

Portrait of Wolfgang Bruhn, Chief Development Officer

Wolfgang Bruhn Chief Development Officer

Wolfgang Bruhn joined StepStone Germany in January 2005 as a member of the management board (Vorstand) when Axel Springer AG acquired its shareholding in the company. Currently Wolfgang is in charge for Mergers & Acquisitions, International Sales and The Network, a strategic alliance of job boards in over 130 countries around the world. Wolfgang has extensive experience of managing digital media businesses at both the strategic and the operational level. Before he joined StepStone Wolfgang was speaker of the management board of the Axel Springer multimedia company AS Interactive. Following a publishing apprenticeship with Axel Springer in the 1980s, and after completing his studies in business economics at Hamburg University, he started his media career as an assistant to the CEO of Axel Springer in 1993. From 1995 he was the managing director of Computel GmbH in Hamburg, which was merged into AS Interactive GmbH at the beginning of 2002.

Portrait of Simone Reif, Executive Vice President EMEA & Managing Director

Simone Reif Executive Vice President EMEA & Managing Director

As Executive Vice President EMEA & Managing Director, Simone Reif has been responsible for the business of StepStone EMEA together with Ciaran McCooey since 2023. The segment combines the technical and commercial expertise of the Continental Europe and Atlantic business. It includes the units Continental Europe, Atlantic with TotalJobs in the UK, as well as the businesses in Ireland, South Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Mauritius. Simone joined StepStone in 2003 and has been Managing Director since 2011. Most recently, she was responsible for the business of Continental Europe After joining the Düsseldorf-based online job platform, she initially managed the internal sales department before taking over the overall sales management in Germany in 2010 and heading Continental Europe in 2011. Even before joining StepStone, Simone Reif gained sound sales experience and advised well-known companies on their sales activities for 15 years.

Portrait of Ciaran McCooey, Executive Vice President EMEA & Managing Director

Ciaran McCooey Executive Vice President EMEA & Managing Director

Ciaran McCooey has led the StepStone EMEA business as Executive Vice President EMEA & Managing Director together with Simone Reif since 2023. In this position, he is responsible for the StepStone businesses across Continental Europe, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mauritius. Previously, Ciaran held several senior roles at StepStone, most recently as CCO from 2021. Before joining StepStone, Ciaran was CEO of Saongroup which he grew from an Irish startup of 7 people in 1999, into a successful global digital recruitment business. He played a pivotal role in the acquisition of Saongroup by StepStone in 2013. Before joining Saongroup, Ciaran held Financial Controller positions in Ireland and America, with the recruitment company Marlborough International PLC and DPI Southwest Distributing. Before that, Ciaran worked as an accountant with PwC. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Portrait of Chris Forman, CEO Appcast

Chris Forman CEO Appcast

Chris Forman is the CEO and founder of Appcast Inc, which was acquired by StepStone in 2019. He previously served as CEO of StartWire (which he founded), CEO of AIRS, and Chief Development Officer of The Right Thing. Chris has worked in the recruiting industry for over 20 years, developing smart recruiting tools that have helped hire millions of people around the globe. He is a recognized expert in recruiting and talent management in the USA and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Staffing Industry Review.