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WILLIAM V. LEPIESZA

Director

Mr. Lepiesza has managed executive searches for clients across a wide range of industries — from technology startups to Fortune 500 energy companies, including biopharmaceutical and medical device corporations, global professional services firms and major not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to joining The Alexander Group, Mr. Lepiesza held a number of senior human resources management positions. He most recently directed the human resources function for a global telecommunications company based in San Diego.

Mr. Lepiesza earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both economics and history from Brown University.

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Where did you grow up?

I’m from a small town in Central Massachusetts, and was the neighborhood paperboy growing up. I can remember getting up for the route at 5:00 am with it pitch dark, 20 degrees out, and somehow still raining. I think that might be why I call Southern California home today.

Why you love search?

The people – working together with our team here at the firm and partnering with our clients. At The Alexander Group we are all highly relationship-driven at our core and work extremely well together – we gravitate towards those type of clients, as well.

How do you approach clients and candidates?

I LISTEN without any preconceptions – I let people describe what's most important to them in their own way.

Describe your strangest interview.

I once got stranded overnight in Gillette, Wyoming, and then – after waking up to a herd of antelope grazing in the hotel parking lot – had to drive 260 miles to Billings, Montana in a massive ice storm the next day for candidate interviews. It was all worth it – the executive we found is still leading our client’s organization today!

What would you do if you weren't in search?

I ran track in college and still run (a lot slower) today. If I wasn’t in search, I’d be a college track coach – heavy emphasis on recruiting, team-building, and competition, in some ways very similar to our industry.