Pepper Binner is the President and Founder of PLBsearch, a boutique executive search firm focused on communications, public affairs, and investor relations professionals.
Prior to launching her own firm in 2012, Pepper spent two decades in executive recruiting, most recently serving as Senior Client Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Korn/Ferry International. There, she was an original member of the firm’s global Corporate Affairs practice, where she executed hundreds of searches for Fortune 500 companies, agencies, trade associations, non-profits and academic institutions.
Pepper has a widespread reputation as a true expert in the fields of communications, public affairs and IR. She is active in industry trade organizations and a frequent panelist at events, covering topics from the latest trends in communications to career advancement and personal branding.
Earlier in her career, Pepper served in executive recruiting roles for several New York firms, including Razorfish, a leader in digital communications and marketing, Shearman & Sterling and Davis Polk & Wardwell. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia.
Pepper and her family now reside in Arlington, Virginia where she is active in the Washington, DC community and a supporter of several local nonprofits. Pepper is a member of the Alumni Association Board of St. Anne’s-Belfield School in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a past member of the Board of the Virginia Economic Bridge.
Asheley Linnenbach is a Partner at PLBsearch and also operates her own search consultancy on the west coast, Jordan Partners. Based in San Francisco, Asheley’s search expertise includes communications, investor relations, operations, finance and digital, across all industry verticals. She has also served as the Interim Head of Talent at Sephora.
Previously, Asheley was a Partner at Korn/Ferry International in their San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices. She was a member of the firm’s Corporate Affairs Practice where she specialized in senior-level corporate communications, investor relations and public affairs searches. The scope of her assignments included: media relations, investor relations, government affairs, employee communications, and speechwriting.
Before joining Korn/Ferry International, Ms. Linnenbach worked in marketing and communications roles with United Airlines and Wyeth. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Public Affairs Practice at Burson-Marsteller, where she focused on crisis communications, grassroots advocacy, media relations and litigation support for clients such as American Airlines, Orbitz and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Ms. Linnenbach received her undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Florida, and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Kimberly (Bates) Ryon is a Managing Associate at PLBsearch.
Kimberly has a diverse and well-rounded background in executive recruiting and talent acquisition with over a decade of experience working in both retained firms and corporate in-house environments. She began her career in executive search at Korn/Ferry International as a member of the firm’s global Financial Officers and Corporate Affairs practices, working across multiple industries and for a variety of for profit and non-profit entities. She then moved into corporate in-house recruiting positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Navigant Consulting, Inc. and Hilton Worldwide, before joining PLBsearch. Her prior experience in corporate in-house recruiting enables her to provide exceptional customer service to her clients today.
Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, with a concentration in Fine & Applied Arts and Humanities. She is originally from the Washington, DC area and currently resides in San Diego, CA.