Marilyn ByrdAsk Marilyn the most important thing she learned in her career prior to joining Sunny Bates and she’ll say, “how to assess people.” This means understanding their drivers and what makes them tick, along with what they do and how they do it.

Once she joined the firm in 1994, Marilyn helped Sunny Bates grow into one of the most successful boutique executive recruitment firms in the digital media space. She placed key executives in new media divisions of Fortune 500 companies including American Express and Sony, and helped some of the most successful new media launches in the past decade, including iVillage, MapQuest and eDiets.

Since starting Byrd Associates, Marilyn has continued to cement her reputation as one of the best names in executive search for startups and early stage companies.