Leadership Team

Get to Know PDRI’s Leaders

As PDRI’s leadership team, we are dedicated to helping individuals and organizations achieve their maximum potential within and outside our company.

Elaine Pulakos, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Elaine sets PDRI’s course and cultivates the values and culture that enable PDRI to continue its history of innovation and growth. Under her leadership, PDRI has transitioned from a strictly professional services company to also offering scalable talent solutions.

Elaine is a well-known thought leader and product innovator in performance management transformation and enabling organizations, teams, and individuals to become ARA – adaptable, resilient, and agile.

She has been a long standing and trusted advisor to HR leaders and fellow professionals over the course of her career. Her multi award-winning products and publications have helped hundreds of organizations globally improve their talent management and organizational performance outcomes, setting the standard for PDRI products and services in the marketplace.

Elaine is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where she also served as a past-President.

Mike Meyrowitz, MS

Chief Information Officer

Mike leads the company’s Information Technology (IT) Services division, which provides scalable technology solutions, systems and services to PDRI’s customers and oversees all corporate infrastructure initiatives.

Mike is responsible for ensuring that our customers experience the highest levels of operational program success and service. He brings a customer-first orientation and deep business acumen that has contributed to growing PDRI’s strong reputation for quality and resulted in high customer confidence in the marketplace.

Mike has also played an important role in fusing PDRI’s talent management and information technology expertise, fueling the creation of integrated capabilities that have accelerated product innovation, development, and growth.

Mike came to PDRI in 2008 from Lockheed Martin where he directed the Internet Applications Division. He brings more than 16 years of experience in managing, designing and developing information technology systems and products for customers.

Ryan O’Leary PhD

Chief Solutions Architect

Ryan works with great enthusiasm in close partnership with each customer he serves to surface their most pressing priorities and ensure the right technical solutions are created or configured for them.

Ryan’s value to customers comes from his expertise and extensive experience with all different types of talent management systems over 15 years. His intimate understanding of talent management system integration enables him to connect the dots in ways others can’t so that new solutions fit well with existing processes and products, avoiding spillover and downstream consequences.

Ryan is passionate about ensuring that PDRI systems, processes, or products make a difference for each customer, which gains high levels of customer confidence and loyalty. His deep drive to do the right things for customers yields unique insights about emerging talent issues that spur important product innovations.

Ryan is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Tracy Kantrowitz, PhD

Chief Product Officer

Tracy leads product development, with passion and a solid track of delivering innovative, agile, and high-quality solutions that help customers address their most pressing talent challenges.

Tracy focuses on innovating new technology products and transforming PDRI’s R&D efforts into solutions that can scale easily and efficiently.

Tracy joined PDRI from SHL, where she served as Research Director for 13 years, innovating award-winning talent management products that have been recognized by leading industry associations and publications.

Tracy is a known thought leader in the area of talent assessment and has held several leadership roles within the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), having served as Conference Program Chair, Chair of the Professional Practice Committee, and an editorial board member for Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. She is a Fellow of SIOP and is a recipient of the M. Scott Myers Award for applied research in the workplace and the Distinguished Early Career Contributions Practice Award.

Gary Carter PhD

Chief Professional Services Officer

Gary has deep expertise designing and successfully implementing results-driven talent management solutions.

Gary is well-known for his work in career management and is author of Career Paths: Charting Courses to Success for Organizations and their Employees (Carter, Cook & Dorsey, 2009, Wiley-Blackwell).

Gary leads the company’s professional services division, which provides practical solutions tailored to each client’s unique needs in the areas of hiring, competency modeling, career development and performance management. His deep commitment to delivering solutions that make a difference for customers has been a driving force in building and sustaining PDRI’s reputation as a customer-oriented and trusted provider of effective talent management solutions.

Gary is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Macie Paynter, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer

With 20 years of corporate business experience, including at JLL, General Dynamics Information Systems, and United Healthcare, Macie directs all finance and administrative functions in the business.

Macie manages all financial, accounting, procurement, contracting, and M&A activities. She also oversees facility security, real estate and human resource activities.

Macie supports business growth through strategy development, proposal creation, and ensuring high-quality customer service. She develops new processes and procedures to enhance corporate efficiencies and ensure the highest level of compliance and ethics within the firm.

Macie has a MBA in finance from Bethel University and Bachelors in Organizational and Community Leadership from Depaul University.