Hi, we are Foothold America
to make it easy for you to do business in the USA.
Meet the team behind the screens
We are a diverse group of passionate visionaries, techies, nerds, and forward-thinkers who love what we do. We have been known to be friendly, responsive, adaptable – and all around good people. We may be located all over the globe, but one thing’s for sure – we are all powered by coffee and fueled by our love for pets.
Joanne M. Farquharson
PRESIDENT AND CEO
US entrepreneur with 30 years experience in advising small and medium-sized businesses in employee benefits, insurance, labor law compliance, and risk management. Joanne has a passion for growing small companies and helping business owners actualize their goals.
Vice President of People & Operations
Experienced Global Management leader with over 15 years of professional services and consulting experience. Highly knowledgeable in Human Resources, Employee Relations, Global Operations and Outsourcing. Strong Compliance background experience with employee contracts and US & Global Immigration.
Vice President of Finance & Accounting (Interim)
Seasoned, determined, and highly accomplished executive professional with extensive experience spearheading financial services, managing business operations, monitoring performance indicators, and delivering high-quality strategic business support to drive exponential revenue growth for top-tier companies.
Robert R. Esquijarosa
Head of HR & Client Service
Miruna Eliza Ionescu
HEAD OF MARKETING
Multilingual marketing professional with more than ten years of experience in traditional and digital marketing for B2B and B2C sectors. Miruna has an extensive background in building customer engagement and ensuring that clients have the best tools and information in hand.
Angelique Soulet-Bangurah, PHR
HR & Client Service Manager
US Expansion Advisor
With over 25 years of experience doing business in North American, European, and Asian markets, including seven years as an International Trade Advisor with a primary focus and specialism on the complexity of the US market, Laurie has vast experience in supporting her clients’ commercial success in the US.
HR & Client Service Manager
Kate has a background of supporting the UK, US and Australia, with strategic direction on all areas of HR. She’s an experienced and CIPD-qualified HR professional with extensive experience in a variety of areas of human resources, including employee relations, HR strategy, recruitment, law advice, document creation, M&A, diversity and inclusion and learning & development.
US Expansion Advisor
As an experienced HR professional, Umesh has a wealth of insurance and employee benefits experience, having worked with C-Suite and HR teams across a variety of international industries and sectors including financial services and cyber security throughout the US, UK, and Europe. His innate knowledge of global HR systems and processes, as well as his ability to form reliable, efficacious relationships, has been instrumental in clients meeting and exceeding ambitious, internal sales initiatives and goals.
Digital Marketing Manager
Program Manager and System Administrator
Jisselle has 8+ years experience of efficient business administration, data analysing and reporting in diverse industries. She’s a HubSpot wizard and strives on improving operations that deliver high-value returns for our clients. Jisselle works closely with all departments ensuring efficiency and satisfaction.
Liz’s experience as an accountant spans two decades; during which time she has worked with individuals, businesses, and organizations within industries such as Tax, Automotive and Electric. Liz has also worked on various business consulting projects, including bookkeeping and financial analysis. A proactive and detail-orientated employee, Liz has worked in AR, AP and financial reporting and is considered an expert in tax planning and compliance.
HR & Client Service Specialist
Our HR & Client Specialist Priti is experienced in various HR activities such as recruitment and retention, compensation, labour relations, benefits and leave of absences. And her passion is troubleshooting data issues to identify strategic solutions using knowledge of HR process, benefits, training and development. She’s lived in the US for 18+ and dedicated most of them to her career in HR. With Priti, you are definitely in good hands.
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD CHAIR
Robert is the Co-founder of several successful US and UK life science companies. He serves as the Board Chair of Foothold America influencing the direction of the company.
The Fur Team
Chief Barketing Officer
Head of Security
Head of Mess Development
Cambridge branch manager
from London to Tokyo, Stockholm to Dubai, and everywhere in between.