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Mela Martorano has over 20 years of experience in the professional services and consulting industries. She is currently the owner at Cipher Partners, where she devotes her time to placing professionals (search and contract staffing) as well as to coaching.

Her search business includes professional, managerial and executive level positions in a variety of functional disciplines: sales, marketing, operations, finance, human resources, logistics, information technology, etc. She has placed candidates at corporations such as World Fuel Services, Experian, Spanish Broadcasting Corporation, SAS, Dun and Bradstreet, Lehman Brothers, Colgate Palmolive, Fleet Bank (now Wachovia), Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent) and at many small businesses and start-ups.

Her career coaching practice specializes in individuals facing career transitions and/or life changes and includes detailed assessment of each individual’s strengths, in the areas of personality, vocation and interests. As the focus on strengths is complemented by coaching on Optimism and other skills necessary for launching in new directions. Ms. Martorano is certified as a Happiness Coach in Dr. Martin Seligman's Positive Psychology Coaching Program. She was also trained by Lee Hecht Harrison, leader in the field of outplacement, in outplacement coaching.

Before founding Cipher Partners, she worked as a Director for Harvard University, where she was responsible for the University’s Diversity efforts. In this role she counseled many individuals in a variety of career developmental issues.

Her experience also includes eleven years with the Big Four (Andersen Consulting, now Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers). During these years she managed projects in business and marketing strategy, information technology and organizational development, implementing these in mayor banks and major oil companies. Ms. Martorano was Managing Partner for Coopers and Lybrand in Caracas, Venezuela.

Ms. Martorano holds an MPA from Harvard University, an M. A. in Psychology from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Tulsa. Her undergraduate training is in Mathematics and Computer Engineering.

Cipher Career Services is a sister company of Cipher Technology Partners ( 2008