Leadership

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

Dr. Sebastian Dettmers Chief Executive Officer

Dr. 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 Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heribert Meffert.

Thorsten Otte Chief Financial Officer

Thorsten joined StepStone in May 2013. As CFO he is responsible for finance, legal, strategy and communications 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 degree in Economics from the Free University in Berlin.

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.

Simone Reif Managing Director StepStone Continental Europe

As Managing Director Simone Reif is responsible for the business of StepStone in Continental Europe. This includes the German-speaking markets in Austria and Germany. Simone has been working for StepStone since 2003 and has been managing director since 2011. 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. Even before joining StepStone, Simone Reif gained sound sales experience and spent 15 years advising renowned companies on their sales activities, including Provinzial, Allianz and Dresdner Bank.

Susan Standiford Chief Product and Technology Officer

Susan Standiford joined StepStone in 2020 as Chief Product and Technology Officer. In this position, Susan is responsible for the Product, Tech & Digital Marketing organizations at StepStone. She has joined StepStone Group from IKEA where she held the position as CTO. Throughout her career she has held various executive roles in tech companies such as Zeal Network, Rue La La, Disney Online, Travelocity and Oracle.

Ciaran McCooey Chief Commercial Officer

Ciaran is Stepstone’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) with responsibility for all Commercial Product Management, Commercial IT and Inventory Management across the Stepstone Group since 2021. Having joined the company in 2000, Ciaran was previously Group CEO of Saongroup managing the businesses across Ireland, South Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Mauritius. Before joining Stepstone, Ciaran held Financial Controller positions in Ireland and America for Marlborough International plc and DPI Southwest Distributing, a US-based subsidiary of the Irish Dairy Board. Ciaran qualified as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in Dublin, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Diploma in Professional Accounting from University College Dublin. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Jon Wilson CEO StepStone Atlantic

Jon joined StepStone UK in November 2019 as the leader of the Totaljobs Group. Since January 2021, he has been responsible for StepStone Atlantic as CEO. This includes TotalJobs in UK and the Saongroup business in Ireland, South Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Mauritius. Before joining StepStone Jon was Managing Director for Northern Europe at Groupon. In this position Jon was central in leveraging customer intelligence, segmentation and shopping trends to direct a large and diverse sales organisation to deliver growth and value. Previous to Groupon Jon has held various key positions at LivingSocial, Reed Business Information and Thomson Local with core responsibilities in leading commercial, marketing and operations functions.

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.