We are pleased to announce several changes to our organizational structure, including naming Lisa Brezonik as president.

Brezonik, previously Salo’s chief operating officer, will assume day-to-day management of Salo. Brezonik’s appointment builds upon the organizational change announced in July that included expanded responsibilities for several of our existing leaders. 

Brezonik joined Salo in 2015 as chief talent officer and became chief operating officer in 2017. Prior to Salo, she held various leadership roles at RBC Dain Rauscher, including chief administrative officer of fixed income business and senior vice president of human resources and communications. She also founded and grew her own executive coaching and consulting firm for nine years.

“Salo was built on valuing the relationship over the transaction,” said Amy Langer, Salo co-founder. “Lisa is a business builder who has continued to create a business environment where people thrive and provide exceptional service to our clients.”

In addition to Brezonik, there are several other changes to our leadership team:


Jeff Donnay has been promoted to general manager of the Minneapolis office, responsible for all of the sales operations in Minneapolis.

Nikki Kietzer has been promoted to managing director of human resources.

Nick Gust will take on additional responsibilities, supporting Mary Cook in leading our Chicago business.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to advance Salo’s mission – “connecting people to make a difference”.” said Brezonik. “As we work with C-level leaders, we’ve seen that they desire to work in a different way. Either they are looking for different career models in which to use their expertise, or they need to leverage outside expertise to help their teams.

We have begun to capitalize on opportunities beyond the Twin Cities and Chicago markets, and this team is perfectly positioned to help us go after continued growth. This is exciting as we’ll be able to take advantage of talent trends to better help individuals and companies alike.”

Our co-founders, Amy Langer and John Folkestad, will retain ownership of the company. They will serve as business relationship builders and Salo ambassadors through their work within the finance and human resource communities and board service. 

“We feel very fortunate to have exceptional talent within our organization,” said Folkestad. “It is gratifying to see new opportunities unfold for these deserving leaders who are committed to taking on new challenges and driving our growth.”