Catapult Executive Consulting Expands with Addition of Compensation Consulting Practice

Women-Owned Business Brings New Professional Service Offering to Buffalo

(BUFFALO, NY, January 16, 2024) – Catapult Executive Consulting, a leading regional provider of executive search, leadership development, organizational development, executive coaching and strategy services, is expanding its offerings to include compensation consulting.  The new practice will include clients being transitioned from Burke Group, based in Rochester, NY, who is exiting the compensation advisory business in connection with the sale of its retirement plan business to USI Consulting Group.

Julia Culkin-Jacobia recently joined Catapult to lead the new practice.  An experienced Human Resources executive who started her career in compensation consulting, Culkin-Jacobia said, “I am very pleased to be joining Catapult and have this opportunity to lead and develop our new line of business.  The current market demand for compensation advisory services coupled with Burke Group’s strong reputation and high level of client satisfaction positions us very well for growth.”

Marsha Koelmel, Co-Founder of Catapult noted “This strategic move signifies our commitment to offering comprehensive solutions to our clients and reinforces our position as a unique destination for executive talent and organizational excellence solutions.  We are also very proud to step into Burke Group’s shoes in providing best-in-class service to its client base and the Upstate market.”

Steve DePerrior, Managing Principal of Compensation Consulting at Burke Group, said “Catapult has distinguished itself as a go-to-provider in our market and its brand and profile is best-in-class.  We are very pleased to partner with Catapult in transitioning our many client relationships in Buffalo, Rochester and across Upstate NY to ensure they continue to receive sound advice and counsel in response to their compensation needs. I look forward to working with Julia and the Catapult team to affect a smooth and efficient hand-off for all.”

Siobhan Smith, also a Catapult Co-Founder, said “We are well-positioned for this opportunity to launch a new service line and further extend our reach across the Upstate NY footprint.  On the heels of celebrating our tenth anniversary in business, we are excited to deepen the offerings we provide our clients today as well as bring our unique and differentiating service delivery to more businesses and organizations in Rochester, Syracuse and other Upstate markets.”

Catapult will integrate the Compensation Consulting business into its suite of services, providing clients with a holistic approach to executive consulting services. This expansion aligns seamlessly with Catapult’s existing lines of business, enhancing its ability to provide customized high-value solutions for its clients. 

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