Meet the Team

Our team blends the career expertise of in-house HR executives alongside proven innovative professional services leadership to deliver world-class talent acquisition solutions to organizations in any stage of their business life cycle. This expertise spans continents, functions and industries, bringing broad business acumen and depth to deliver unparalleled customer experiences and results.

Jill De Forest

Managing Director, Customer Development

Meet Jill

Jill De Forest is Managing Director, Customer Development. Previously, Jill served as CEO of De Forest Search for nearly 30 years. TalentoHCM acquired the firm in 2022 to expand product offerings and transition from a boutique firm to a dynamic powerhouse with a business model that supports customer’s talent needs across the enterprise.

Prior to TalentoHC, Jill spent 30 + years in Recruitment in both agency and corporate. She created De Forest Search in 1995 with a specific niche in lifestyle consumer products companies in Los Angeles. With her experience as a Corporate Recruiter at Mattel, Jill had developed excellent relationships and was lucky enough to continue supporting Mattel’s talent needs. This evolved into many of the biggest toy and entertainment brands and ultimately into all lifestyle consumer products placing mid to upper management and C-Suite talent throughout the US.

When not developing new customers, Jill enjoys

Continuing to work most of the time as it is in her DNA but feels that if you love what you do, it never feels like work. Any spare time is spent, investing in Real Estate and spending time with her husband, Steve, three kids, Dane, Lexi and Cole, and two rescue dogs…Bentley and Bosco Bear.

Industry Experience

Lifestyle Consumer Products & Services-Health & Wellness, Food & Beverage, Cosmetics, Gaming, Entertainment, Toy, Sporting goods, Fashion, Tech- Fintech, Data Insights, Healthcare, SaaS, CPaaS, B2B-Marketing Agencies, Supply Chain, Logistics, Material Handling, Environmental, Climate Tech, Automotive, OEM

Functional Experience

Brand Marketing, Digital Marketing, Retail Marketing, eCommerce, Brand Licensing, Design & Development, Product Innovation, Sales, Operations, Human Resources, Legal, IT, Data Science and Supply Chain.

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