Executive Team

Meet Our Leadership Team

Torch Group’s senior leadership team brings decades of executive talent search experience in various roles and industries to ensure A PERFECT FIT™ every time.

This team developed our proprietary, proven, and repeatable 8-step Signature Search Process™, which includes our competency- and values-based video interviews to further understand situational behaviors that provide deep candidate insights. As a result, this method ensures a more productive, longer-term employee relationship within each client’s unique culture.

With human resources and talent acquisition training at Fortune 500 companies, our consultative search team has gained invaluable experience, acumen and critical candidate insights that has enabled us to access and present better, more-invested candidates. And with three decades of executive search experience and first-hand knowledge of the marketing, sales, product management, digital, and communications functions, we are able to reduce wasted resources and effort.

Ronald S. Torch, Founder, President, and CEO
Specialties: Foodservice, Food & Beverage, Retail & Consumer, Marketing & Sales

Ron is widely respected as a leading executive search consultant to the food service, food equipment, and hospitality industries. He is well known for his distinguished career in consumer products and packaged goods marketing and sales. Prior to starting the Torch Group, he held marketing and sales positions in Fortune 100 consumer products, foodservice, and B2B corporations and agencies. He created award-winning marketing, advertising, and promotion campaigns for Seagram's Wine Coolers, Pepsi-Cola, A.1. Steak Sauce, Grey Poupon Mustard, AT&T, Duracell, and Walt Disney Studios, among many others. Consequently, his work garnered prestigious industry awards, like the Golden Effie for the renowned Grey Poupon “Rolls Royce” advertising campaign. Ron earned an M.B.A. in marketing from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business, where he graduated with Honors. Most notably, he was named Outstanding M.B.A. The consummate search consultant, Ron brings a deep expertise to every executive search engagement. He is a popular speaker on a myriad of search topics. Above all, he is a respected and trusted talent adviser to a number of long-standing, well-established clients. Contact Ron directly at RonTorch@TorchGroup.com or 440-519-1822 x101.

Michele Torch, Founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Talent Officer
Specialties: Human Resources, Search and Talent Evaluation

Michele is responsible for overseeing the firm’s comprehensive Signature Search Process™, shares in the management of the firm's core team of search consultants and researchers, and leads its internal Human Resource (HR) function. She is responsible for managing and conducting the interview process for high-profile clients and their candidates. Her undergraduate and graduate academic experience in the social sciences and her extensive HR experience in Russell 1000 and Fortune 500 companies give her unique perspective for each engagement. Before co-founding Torch Group, she worked for consumer products companies, service providers, and B2B manufacturers. She manages Torch Group's staff of account managers, executive recruiters, researchers, and coordinators. Michele has responsibility for internal hiring, training, policy making, and staff development. Michele direct the firm's comprehensive recruiting process. She conducts and oversees in-depth, competency-based behavioral interviews. Above all, she assures that each client receives only candidates that fit all of the job requirements. Similarly, she ensures the candidate possesses the right set of soft skills to mesh well in the client's culture. In her three decades with the Torch Group, she has successfully placed hundreds of executive-level professionals. Contact Michele by emailing her at MTorch@TorchGroup.com or calling her at 440-519-1822 x102.

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Greg Selker, Senior Vice President and Practice Leader, Software & Technology
Specialties: Software & Technology, Financial Services, Private Equity

Greg joined Torch via its acquisition of Selker Leadership — a C-suite and senior-level software and technology executive search firm. Greg works extensively with several premier mid-cap growth-oriented private equity firms in building out the leadership teams of their portfolio companies, shares in the management of Torch Group’s core team of search consultants and researchers, and leads the software and technology practice. He utilizes a successful, proprietary, values-based behavioral interviewing approach that he pioneered for C-level searches. A former partner at Christian & Timbers, the predecessor of CT Partners, one of the leading multinational executive search firms, Greg played a key role in driving its growth into a major, international executive search firm. He led, at various times, its technology, venture, and private equity practices. He conducted Leadership Development Sessions with more than 50 executives from leading technology companies. They include BMC Software, Katzenbach Partners, NetSuite, Pfizer, SolarWinds, Symantec, TRW, and VeriSign. Subsequently, he moved into executive coaching relationships with 7 executives including CEOs, CIOs, and CFOs. Additionally, he authors blogs, articles, and a book, “Creating Leaders and Organizations of Greatness, A How-To Guide. To contact Greg, email GSelker@TorchGroup.com, or call 440-519-1822 x112.