Brandt A. Handley has more than 15 years of experience in senior level general management, recruiting top executive talent and in international marketing & sales leadership and operational roles with the top Fortune 50 companies. He has held director, vice president and executive level positions with The Procter & Gamble Company and The Walt Disney Company in EMEA, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.
Handley is credited with developing start up operations into successful multimilliondollar businesses; recruiting top executive management talent; creating and managing multiple-country sales and marketing teams; negotiating third party partnerships, strategic alliances, licensing agreements and government contracts; and designing and implementing fundraising and sponsorship programs. He is an accomplished operational and general management executive with experience in large multinational corporations, start-up enterprises and Middle Market companies.
Handley has worked in executive recruiting, international marketing consulting, business and organizational development and private equity funding since 2000. He enables Middle Market companies with sales between $10 million and $1 billion to recognize, recruit and retain executive talent. He founded Resource Options International, Inc. or ROI in 2009 to better serve their needs. ROI has successfully conducted executive search assignments and organizational development projects for +50 Middle Market companies over the past three years.
Prior to ROI, Handley spent three years with mid market Somera Communications, a $250 million B2B global provider of telecom infrastructure equipment, as Vice President, International and CMO. Before that he was with The Walt Disney Company for almost nine years. As a vice president, Handley ran the Millennium Initiative and then retail operations at the Epcot© theme park at Walt Disney World. He also established Disney’s Entertainment Projects in Singapore for the Asia Pacific region. He raised over $25 million in sponsorship support at Disney. Prior to that he founded Disney’s Consumer Product licensing operations in Southeast Asia with five offices he opened, staffed and operated. Working with over 1,000 manufacturing licensees he qualified, Handley built a $500 million business at retail from scratch.
Prior to his successful career at Walt Disney, Handley spent eight years with The Procter & Gamble Company in international and domestic brand and marketing management assignments with increasing levels of responsibility. His last position was as Marketing Director for Singapore and Malaysia, based in Singapore. Prior to that, Handley held several brand and marketing management roles at P&G based in Cincinnati, Ohio and in Geneva, Switzerland with operational roles in the USA and the Middle East.
Born and raised in La Jolla, California, Handley received his bachelor’s degree in international business (with honors) from the University of Oregon. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of Business. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where ROI is based, with his wife and teenage daughter. Handley has two older children; his son just completed his mechanical engineering degree at UC Berkeley and is now working for The Ford Motor Co. in Global Product Design of Sustainable Vehicles. His elder daughter is studying child psychology at the University of Exeter in Devon, the United Kingdom.