Rich Donovan, CEO
Rich Donovan is a globally recognized subject matter expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. He has spent more than 10 years focused on defining and unlocking the economic value of the disability market.
At FQA, Rich provides corporate clients with insights and tools to frame disability as a global emerging market. His proprietary and proven process translates disability success factors into specific actions that create sustainable value. Rich’s 2012 research paper, The Global Economics of Disability, is featured on the European Union web site and is frequently quoted by businesses, governments and NGOs when defining the size, scope and value of the disability market.
Prior to FQA, Rich founded Lime (2006), the leading third party recruiter in the disability space, where he worked with Google, PepsiCo, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, IBM, TD Bank and others to help them attract and retain top talent from within the disability market. Identified as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Labor and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lime does one thing very well—find great talent. Rich has a combined 12 years of experience in portfolio and investment risk management. As a Proprietary Trader and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, Rich delivered consistent performance results focused on macro strategies with an event-driven overlay, using equity indices as a primary tool.
Rich holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from Schulich School of Business at York University. Rich is an avid sailor and proud father of his son, Maverick, along with his wife, Jenn. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.
Brian Dawson, President
Brian Dawson is a seasoned executive and strategist with deep experience in process improvement, revenue enhancement and productivity optimization. For the past 20 years, Brian has worked with leading companies in Europe, Asia and the U.S. to define and execute growth strategies that deliver sustainable change both within their organizations and out to their customers.
At FQA, Brian is responsible for building the global business. He also serves as lead quality assurance partner on all engagements. Prior to FQA, Brian was a senior executive at Accenture Strategic Services, PA Consulting and Thomson Reuters focusing on alternative investment services. He began his career as a management trainee at Credit Suisse, graduating to management positions in Treasury and Corporate Banking.
Brian holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, is a CAIA charterholder and serves as a Senior Advisor to the CAIA Association. He enjoys chess and mountain climbing, and is seeking to complete the ‘Seven Summits’ circuit of highest mountains.