kenneth Arroyo Roldan
CEO and Managing Partner
As one of the country’s reigning experts on diversity, Kenneth Roldan joined WB&B Executive Search in April 1998 as a General Counsel and Managing Partner. With a BS from Cornell University and a law degree, Ken was appointed to the Civil Rights Bureau of The New York State Attorney General’s Office where he was instrumental in driving workplace diversity.
Ken is the first Hispanic CEO of a national executive search firm. He has partnered with leading companies inclusive of GE, BP, MillerCoors, IAC, State Street, Cleveland Clinic, Raytheon, Bloomberg, Whirlpool, Google, Corning, TVA, UL, Nucor, Dow, Chevron, Praxair, and Disney in creating formal strategies to court and recruit talented minority professionals into the company. With a passion in diversity management recruitment for over a decade, Ken’s unique strategies in global diversity staffing, succession planning and retention have made a difference in the ethnic, gender and cultural diversity in America’s corporate structure.
Considered an expert in minority recruitment, Ken has been interviewed by ABC News, CNN, BusinessWeek, CBS News, Crain’s, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Tavis Smiley, Black Enterprise and Hispanic Magazine. Ken has expanded his audience by writing a book, “Minority Rules: Turn Your Ethnicity Into a Competitive Edge”, published by Harper Collins in fall 2006. “Minority Rules” provides a strategic career roadmap for professionals seeking to move up the corporate ladder.
Ken has served on the Board Development Committee for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is currently a Board Advisor for Veterans Across America, a 501(c)(3) veteran advocacy organization which enhances the economic well-being of veterans and their family caregivers.
Chairman and Founder
Following an academic career, Wes Poriotis founded the national executive search firm WB&B Executive Search 40 years ago before EEO and Affirmative Action with the then quite unique mandate to provide women and persons of color for every slate of finalist candidates. This commitment has remained unbroken and has expanded to include creative, unique leading edge diversity recruitment and retention practices. The result has been the firm’s achievement of the highest record of management diversity achievement in Corporate America, at all management levels, and across all functions and industries.
Wes also created The Foundation for Minority Professional Advancement and Veterans Across America, two non-profit organizations focusing on the special uniqueness of these two non-traditional populations.
Additionally, Wes has worked closely with the Pentagon for three Presidential Administrations, The White House, and 310 of the Fortune 500 on issues related to executive search, diversity and inclusion, and to the military transitioning to the corporate sector. He was instrumental in organizing the first White House Conference on the business imperative for corporate diversity in April of 2000. Recognized for his marketing and branding innovations for non-traditional talent, he has testified numerous times in front of the House and Senate creating legislation (Public Law 108-454) to enhance employment opportunities for these groups.
Wes continues to bring creative staffing solutions to corporate senior management in the ongoing “war for talent” – – solutions enhancing diversity, the transitioning military and all other non-traditional groups.
Soladé E. Rowe
Soladé Rowe is a seasoned talent acquisition and development professional and currently serves as WB&B Executive Search’s President. He has provided targeted advice on senior level recruitment and assessment to a wide array of the Fortune 500 as well as companies overseas.
His career has spanned several industries including manufacturing, supply chain/operations, financial services and management consulting. In his last corporate role as Director of Talent Management for Macy’s Logistics and Operations division, Soladé was responsible for building the entire talent infrastructure for their emerging direct-to-consumer business (macys.com), from the SVP-level to middle-management operations. In addition to talent acquisition, he led the performance management and succession planning process for the entire division.
Previously Soladé also led the global diversity recruitment initiatives at Pfizer, Inc. In this capacity, he was responsible for creating and driving recruiting strategies across all businesses. He also served as the company’s relationship manager with numerous diversity-based organizations and served on the Consortium of Graduate Studies in Management’s advisory board. Influencing the external environment on diversity related issues is one of Soladé’s key areas of impact. He has been quoted in publications such as Diversity Inc. Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and the Chicago Tribune to name a few.
Soladé holds a Bachelors degree in International Management from Utica College of Syracuse University, and a Masters in Organizational Change Management from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy in New York City. He has served on Utica College’s Board for 10 years, and was the youngest appointed Trustee in the college’s history. Soladé is also an alumnus from the United Nations International School.