Our team.


Over 25 years of success and exprience
in retained executive search.

Jim MacNee, Principal & Founder


With over 20 years' experience in retained executive search, Jim MacNee founded Maitland Partners Executive Search a premier retained executive search firm serving clients nationwide. Having made executive placements in most functional disciplines in the medical device, hospitality, distribution, gaming, technology, manufacturing, financial services, tribal and aerospace industries, Jim is particularly adept at understanding the cultural needs of his clients and identifying the best-qualified candidates to lead their organizations.


Prior to founding Maitland Partners Jim was president of Manchester Plastics, a manufacturer of extruded sheet products; general manager of Bear Medical Systems, an international medical device company that designed, manufactured and distributed adult and infant critical care ventilators; and vice president, human resources and corporate officer for Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. Jim started his career working for Chrysler Corporation in HR / labor relations.


Jim has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Albion College and earned a graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught organizational development for the University of Phoenix MBA Program and speaks on leadership, job search skills, social media and change management at conferences nationwide. Jim has served as the PIHRA District 11 Careers Chair and has been involved in SHRM since the late 1980s.


Jim is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Orange County Chapter) and is certified as a non-professional ESOP fiduciary.​

Jim and his wife have three adult children -- all University of Redlands graduates. One daughter went on to complete her MPA at USC and is the deputy executive director at Advocacy & Management Group, Inc. in Sacramento (also founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver), another daughter completed her masters at CBU and is a mild/moderate special education teacher in San Jose, and a son who finished his Masters program at Harvard Divinity in Boston is currently pursuing his PhD at University of Virginia.

Kathrene Wales, Senior Executive Recruiter

Since 2006, Kathrene has served as an executive recruiter. Her work in the nonprofit sector as a management consultant and administrator spans over 25 years. She brings a strong business acumen to the table, having worked in a leadership capacity for a wide spectrum of organizations. Kathrene has also shared her experiences as a guest speaker at universities and special interest group forums. Her background encompasses directing several Boards and volunteer committees, including her three-year term as the President of a Chicago-area Chamber of Commerce. During her tenure as the Executive Director of Arts Bridge, a business incubator for arts and culturally-oriented small businesses, she received the international Athena Award for Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. Plus, she was recognized as part of the "Women Making
a Difference" tribute by Today's Chicago Woman magazine. Presently, Kathrene is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Desert Communities Chapter and the Advisory Board for Hedwig Dances, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company. She received her B.A. in Communications from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Kathrene is pleased to call Southern California and the Coachella Valley home.


Kathy MacDougall, Ed.D., Organizational Development Consultant

Kathy is a seasoned business and operations professional with expertise in transformational leadership. In addition to her work with Maitland Partners, Kathy leads the strategic HR alignment for Plasticard-Locktech International. Most recently, Kathy was responsible for all business and people-related activity for the IES team as COO. Prior, Kathy was HR Manager for Luxfer Gas Cylinders. She was an active member of the facility leadership team, and led efforts in learning and growth strategy. As VP, HR for Aptera, Kathy led the HR function for this exciting start-up organization. As Director, Human Resources for Independent Energy Solutions, she led all transformational activities to deliver performance, structure and results. In her previous role as General Manager of a multimillion dollar global manufacturer in California, Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Kathy was instrumental in leading continuous improvement activity resulting in sustainable and repeatable operations. She was Lead Team Trainer for “Accountability Models for Team Leaders” and successfully managed a highly unionized environment. Also the former Corporate Director of Human Resources, she has been responsible for every aspect of Human Resource Management, Health, Safety, and Environmental compliance for a large international manufacturer.

Utilizing her management skills that were honed with Ed.D studies and an MBA, Kathy is a superior negotiator, arbitrator and mediator. Her attention to detail and ability to compile data, analyze situations, project resources and meet goals is further evidenced through her highly developed interpersonal relations and communication skills.

Originally from Utah, Kathy now calls Nevada home. Kathy MacDougall supports the belief that “it is about the journey, not the destination.” She leads an active life which includes sailing, rock climbing and other outdoor sports and has been both a private pilot and sky diver.




Christi MacNee, VP, Media Strategy & Business Development

Christi is a decisive, innovative, results-oriented leadership executive with a diversified communications background and 
25 years of experience in the areas of marketing operations, brand strategy development, nonprofit fundraising and political campaign management. Her leadership competencies include managing small- to multi-million dollar budgets,
fiscal management, market analysis, social media and public relations, an ability to forge strong client relationships, inspiring presentation skills, and a voice of change in her community. After completing the Leadership Riverside program, and in just two short years, Christi went on to raise $170,000 for Path of Life homeless shelters through her fundraising event Sheltering heARTS.


In 2014, she led the Committee to Elect Peter Aldana, Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder as the Director of Communications and Fundraising. The campaign, in anticipation of other candidates running against Aldana, was tasked with the enormity of educating and creating awareness within a county of more than 800,000 registered voters. This role, in accordance with all political regulations outlined for campaign committees, managed brand strategy and development, public relations, sought and received endorsements and contributions, directed all aspects of the major fundraiser, and won the election with a surplus in account for future campaign initiatives.

Christi is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) of Orange County, completed her gerontology certificate program in 2019, is a proud alumni of the Leadership Riverside program (class of 2012), was named Riverside volunteer of the year (2012), and served as a Riverside Area Rape Crisis Counselor/Advocate (2011-2012). 


If she is not researching, discovering, and getting to know the next executive/leader/superstar for our clients, or connecting people and businesses together, you will find her on the golf course, on the beach, reading, or writing.