Iva Messy Appointed as Director of Talent and Michael Ellison as Product Manager

on 10 | 11 | 2012

Riviera Partners is pleased to announce the latest additions to our growing firm. Recently, Iva Messy and Michael Ellison have been appointed roles within the Operations teamĀ as we expand our effort to evolve the recruiting sector through use of technology services and data analysis.

Iva Messy, Director of Talent, has an extensive background in human empowerment. Most recently, she was human resources manager at Stanford Management Company (SMC), the professional organization responsible for investing approximately $20 billion of endowment and other financial assets for Stanford University. Here, she played an integral part building and promoting a collaborative culture on staff-related issues, policies, programs and processes. Previously in her career, Messy was with the NBA franchise Brooklyn Nets, previously known as Nets Basketball. Her diverse background also includes time spent as a professional tennis player.

Michael Ellison, product manager at Riviera Partners, has a variety of responsibilities drawing heavily on his experience as a three-time entrepreneur. Ellison founded his first company at 19 and was invited to speak at Harvard Business School on social entrepreneurship at age 20. Over the next six years, he helped found three additional companies. Prior to joining Riviera Partners, he played an instrumental role in the startups Class Metric and Opez and was a partner in Goodzuma, a crowdsourcing platform that promotes time-efficient collaboration among senior creative executives.

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