Founder & CEO, Carlsen Resources, Inc.
Ann Carlsen is founder and chief executive officer of Carlsen Resources, Inc. (CRI), a premier provider of executive search and consulting services in the media and telecommunications arena. A highly regarded executive search leader and champion of workplace diversity, Ann deeply understands the media and telecommunications industries she serves, the needs of her clients and the broader marketplace in which they operate. Ann and her team have been trusted by clients time and again to place experienced executives and rising stars at leading companies such as Bresnan, Bright House, Comcast, Current, Google, Scripps Networks, Time Warner and Viacom among others. Ann began her career in 1980 as a sales and marketing person for United Cable. She extended her experience to Cardiff Publishing where she led national sales and marketing for Cable Television Business Magazine. In 1984, Ann became vice president of marketing at Business Venture Investments, a venture capital and management firm. In 1986 she joined the Winston Management Group as vice president where she first developed her passion for executive search.
In 1989, Ann founded Future Sense, Inc., which later became Carlsen Resources, Inc. Under Ann’s tutelage, CRI has since become the gold standard among boutique firms providing critical business growth services including: executive search, management consulting, organizational development, strategic workforce planning, executive coaching, interim executive placement and diversity recruiting. She has strategically guided her firm’s progress and development to meet the new media and telecommunications industries’ global opportunities. Lauded for her thought leadership on the 21st century workplace and her work in the area of diversity, Ann has helped establish CRI as a firm committed to recruiting and mentoring a strong roster of minority candidates. Her diversity commitment is represented by her work on several key initiatives. She was a founding committee member for the Telecommunications Diversity Network (TDN), a program that joined business leaders to create a job bank facilitating diverse recruitment. She also was the architect of a cable industry-wide mentorship program on behalf of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), which has since been renamed the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program. In addition to her personal support of numerous professional groups, Ann has been honored by many industry organizations for personal and professional excellence. Ann has been awarded the prestigious Rita Ellix Accolade and named Woman of the Year by Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT).
In addition she was honored by NAMIC for her mentorship efforts, and awarded the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership by the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), that organization’s highest honor. Ann is highly sought after for her leadership expertise on a number of boards and advisory committees. She served as President of the National WICT organization and also served as Chair of their Foundation for two additional years. She has served as a key member of NAMIC’s board for almost ten years, and has also served on national committees of The Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and the NCTA’s convention planning committee. Ann is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism and business. She enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her husband and their three children.