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Nat Stoddard is a proven corporate executive with a record of achievement as the CEO, Chairman and/or President of several major public and private corporations.  He is the majority owner and Chairman of Crenshaw Associates, specialists in career and transition management for senior executives which he and his business partner acquired in May 2001. His book, The Right Leader: Selecting Executives Who Fit, will be published by John Wiley & Sons in February 2009.

Previously, Mr. Stoddard was President and Chief Executive Officer of World Kitchen, Inc.  With revenues in excess of $1 billion, World Kitchen is a leading manufacturer and marketer of kitchen products sold under brand names including Pyrex, CorningWare, Revere, and EKCO, Corelle, OXO and Baker’s Secret. 

From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Stoddard was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Camco Inc., Canada’s largest manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances sold under General Electric brand names.  He successfully led a major financial turnaround and strategic repositioning of the company increasing sales by 50% during his tenure.  Although a public corporation, Camco is GE’s Canadian appliance affiliate through their 51% ownership stake. Nat received his Six Sigma “Green Belt” Certification from GE Canada while he was at Camco.

From 1989 to 1995 Mr. Stoddard was President and Chief Operating Officer of Garden Way, Inc., parent company of Troy-Bilt and Bolens branded outdoor power equipment.  During his tenure, the company’s sales increased by 50 percent, operating margins tripled and shareholder value increased four-fold. 

Previously, Mr. Stoddard spent nine years with Black & Decker where he was Vice President, Service Operations and Vice President Marketing, Sales, Service and Distribution for the U.S. Power Tools Group, and previously, Vice President/General Manager of the Outdoor Products Division. His initial assignments at Black and Decker were as the Marketing head for the company’s Household Products Group which included Dustbuster and Workmate.  

Earlier in his career he also held positions in business planning and development and in marketing/sales at Samsonite Corporation in Denver, Beatrice Foods Corporation in Chicago and at Leigh Products, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mr. Stoddard is an honors graduate of Denison University, where he was selected for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta the national sociology honorary society and the “D” Association for varsity athletes.  Following graduation, he spent four years in the United States Air Force as a pilot receiving the Air Force Commendation medal and the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.  He was a Logistics Plans Officer for the Colorado Air National Guard while attending the University of Denver, where he received an MBA degree, graduating first in his class.  There he was inducted into membership in Sigma Iota Epsilon, a national management honorary fraternity and Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary business fraternity.  In addition to his academic honoraries, Mr. Stoddard has also been inducted into several business honoraries, the most recent being the International WHO’S WHO of Professionals.

Active in community and charitable organizations, he has been a patron for the Toronto Centre for Research in Women’s Health and has been a benefactor of the Colorado Outward Bound School.   He has also served as a trustee for Albany’s First Presbyterian Church, on the Economic Advisory Board to the Premier of Ontario and a director of Quarterway Houses, Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  While in Canada, he was appointed to the Canadian Federal Government’s Sector Advisory Group for International Trade for Housewares Products.  He has two married children and is an avid skier, runner and golfer.  In Spring 2004, Nat began to pursue a lifelong dream of section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and a recounting of his 1,500 miles of adventures-to-date can be found at

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Claire Wyckoff is a freelance editor, writer, and communications consultant, based in New York City. Her experience in business book publishing spans nearly three decades.

After a successful career as the marketing director at Scholastic and then at AMACOM, Claire assumed the position of publisher at AMACOM in 1976. After re-designing the editorial program for that firm, she left to start The Executive Summary Program for Macmillan Inc. Several years later Claire also created another new business book imprint, this time for Prentice Hall. She served as an Executive Editor for both houses.

Claire has also served as a communications director for several nonprofit organizations, including Marble Collegiate Church, the Manhattan Institute, and NYU Medical Center and as a corporate trainer at Citigroup. She is currently an adjunct in the Publishing Center at NYU and a member of the Forbes Inc. editorial staff.

Claire holds a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. from NYU. She is a former director of the Junior League of New York, the Lower Eastside Center, and the National Council of Directors of English. An ardent cyclist, Claire more recently added Argentinian tango to her list of interests and accomplishments.

With co-author Nat Stoddard, she has just completed The Right Leader: Selecting Executives Who Fit to be published by Wiley in February 2009.  Her previous books include Top Careers in Two Years: The Arts and Top Careers in Two Years: Technology.

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