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Founded by former Microsoft digital advertising veteran Gary Bembridge with over 20 years of experience, Heads Apart Group is one of North America’s leading Black owned and operated diversity focused executive search firms. 

Gary Bembridge is Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Heads Apart Group, a limited engagement boutique executive search and consulting firm specializing in AdTech, MarTech, HealthTech, Advanced Technology. All of our searches include diverse candidates. Our mission is to improve representation in the workforce by including diverse candidates in our search engagements.

Heads Apart is a committed Industry Partner with best in category Silicon Valley venture portfolio companies, working to increase opportunities for women and men of diverse backgrounds to thrive in technology, digital ad tech, venture capitalism and entrepreneurship. In addition, Gary is a leading voice and strong advocate, speaker and policy builder for Diversity, Inclusion and Pay Equity in the workplace. To date, Heads Apart have been instrumental in strategic engagements that have led to three client exits.



I recruit talented senior executives who are not actively looking for work. As a former technology industry veteran and successful performer with over 20 years of experience, I engage even the most passive candidates at senior levels, with a high level of trust and integrity. The result is a reliable sparring partner who can help you achieve success by making a great hire.

Gary Bembridge
Founder & CEO
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Jackie Carney
Co-Founder & COO

Jackie Carney is a senior level executive with experience in entrepreneurship, general management, operations, marketing, publicity, entertainment and event planning.


While working as a manager for Book for Young Readers at Bantam Double Day Dell (now Random House), Jackie was head of the volunteers for Mayor David Dinkens’ Youth Program that invited corporations to visit disadvantaged public schools in NYC and help with their beginning reading programs. During her years at Bertelsmann Music Group (now Sony), Jackie was in the leadership group to help disadvantaged youths who wanted careers the entertainment industry. She helped procure their demo tapes, resumes and with media communications. The winners were awarded beginner contract and a $5,000 stipend to begin their careers as singers, producers, publishers or songwriters in their respective genres.


More recently, President Obama challenged the tech industry to become more inclusive by hiring more people of color in tech as well as invite them to have a seat at the table in their boardrooms. I was on the leadership team from Heads Apart Group collaborating with the National Venture Capital Association “NVCA” to create a diversity and inclusion program in order to address underserved communities in technology. The fask force created the beginnings of a diversity and inclusion vertical at Heads Apart, highlighting women and minorities. Said Jackie, “There is still much work to be done in this regard and I am proud to have been there at the beginning. Heads Apart Group now has a Diversity Equity and Inclusion vertical which highlight women and minorities candidates for positions in the tech industry.”


Jackie is currently Co-Founder at Head Apart Group and Founder of several startup companies (My Celeb Kids, Brown Skin Girls, Brown Skin Kids) geared towards improving the lives women and children in underserved communities through education and the arts globally. Jackie and her family reside in Stamford, CT since moving from the Upper West Side, NYC in 1997. Her passions are my family, music, performing arts, and empowering women and children especially those who are black, brown and bi-racial through education and performing arts.


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