Our Team

Corry Prohens

Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer

Corry has spent 20+ years in executive recruiting and has built a number of successful staffing firms.

Corry founded IQ Workforce in 2005 and built it into a leading recruiting firm for analytics talent. His team staffs hundreds of independent consulting projects and full-time roles each year… from analysts up to the C-Suite.

Throughout his career, Corry has specialized in developing innovative talent sourcing and delivery models.


Imtiaz Patel

Co-founder, President

Imtiaz has had an extensive career in management consulting and industry focused on strategy, cost reduction, marketing and sales force effectiveness.

As a consultant with Deloitte, Kurt Salmon and Scient, Imtiaz led engagements with large global brands like Colgate-Palmolive, Walmart, Tiffany & Co. and JC Penney.

In industry, Imtiaz held numerous strategy and operational roles at The Wall Street Journal leading a series of fundamental change initiatives and making WSJ the only publisher experiencing growth… eventually becoming the #1 newspaper in the US.

Most recently he was the Head of Strategy for The Children’s Place where he led a series of growth initiatives into new channels and markets.

Sharad Dabral

Managing Director of Executive Search

Sharad has lead advanced analytic teams as a data science thought leader and hiring manager at major companies, including MasterCard, New York Life, Rapp Collins and AT&T. Her recent successes in executive recruiting are buoyed by her previous experiences as a line manager, building these large teams.

Sharad spent 9-years as an executive recruiter for Smith Hanley, placing senior executives in digital, marketing and customer analytics roles. She managed a practice that offered contingency and retained search.

Her expertise in director-CXO analytics recruiting + our analytics talent network + our sourcing & screening expertise + our relationships in the analytics talent community = Great results for clients.

Sharad is based in New York and has an M.S. in Physics and MBA in Marketing.

Here is a list of some of her recent placements.

Matt Sparks

Matt Sparks

Managing Director of Analytics Recruiting

Matt is one of the top analytics recruiters in the country. His knowledge of the digital, marketing and customer analytics talent marketplace is second-to-none. He has been with IQ Workforce since 2007, joining as employee #2. In his 12+ years of analytics recruiting experience, he has filled hundreds of jobs from the analyst-level up to the C-Suite. Matt has a degree in eCommerce Marketing from Temple University.

Skip Shaw

George (Skip) Shaw

Managing Director

Skip Shaw is the former President/CEO of Mattingly Sports, a consumer goods start-up launched with former Yankee Don Mattingly.. Prior to joining Mattingly, Skip was the managing partner of Accenture’s Global Aerospace and Defense practice and the Electronics and High Tech Industry Practice in the Eastern US. In this role, he was responsible for the services and offerings Accenture delivered to the OEM’s and their Supply Chain partners within the Aerospace Industry, and the leading clients in the High Tech space. In 2000, Skip served as the acting COO for the aerospace industry’s leading online marketplace, Exostar, at its inception and oversaw the launch of the business, including the development of product offerings and the establishment and staffing of the company’s business processes and organization.

After joining Accenture in 1989, Skip specialized in the driving transformational change programs in the areas of Procurement, Supply Chain, B2B exchanges, IT strategy, and ERP implementation in aerospace and defense and high-tech manufacturing.

Skip began his career in the aerospace industry, first at General Dynamics Fort Worth division in Engineering Administration and then spent l3 years working in IT, ERP, Finance and Operations with Sikorsky Aircraft. He has published a number of articles on issues facing the Aerospace industry, and been a speaker at numerous industry seminars. He is certified at the fellow level by APICS. Skip earned his BBA and MBA degrees from the University of North Texas.

Nihar Parikh

Nihar Parikh

Managing Director

Nihar can compliment a good day at work with a bad day on the golf course. While he is a novice golfer and still learning the sport, he is an experienced recruiter with a passion to help analytics and data science professionals achieve their goals.

After starting his career in tax services for public accounting firms, Nihar made the transition to analytics recruiting. His areas of expertise includes big data, consumer insights, data mining, digital analytics, machine learning, marketing analytics, predictive modeling, neural networks and segmentation. He has placed candidates in positions ranging from Analyst to Vice President.

Nihar received a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois. In his free time Nihar’s other interests include biking, traveling, and financial markets. Nihar is based in Chicago and covers N. America.