Principal & CEO

William A. Schiemann, Ph. D.

William A. Schiemann is Principal and CEO of Metrus Group, and founder of the Metrus Institute. He is known for his pioneering work in the creation of the People Equity (ACE) talent optimization framework, strategic performance metrics and scorecards, organizational alignment, employee engagement/fulfillment and strategic employee surveys that link people to business strategy and drive high performance.

He has consulted extensively with many major corporations on the development and implementation of business strategies, people and HR measurement, talent acquisition and retention, productivity and quality improvement, and creation of high performance cultures.

Bill is a thought leader, global speaker and author in the human resources field, having written scores of articles and multiple books in the human capital area, including his latest book, Fulfilled! Critical Choices: Work, Home, Life (Secant Publishing, 2016).

Bill has previously served on the Board of Directors of the HR Certification Institute and the SHRM Foundation, including Chairman of the Foundation in 2010. He has been named a Fellow and Scholar by the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Principal & Vice President

Valeria H. Schiemann, Ph. D.

Valeria H. Schiemann is Principal and Vice President of Metrus Group, where she focuses on the development and implementation of measurement systems to support strategy execution and employee alignment in high-performance organizations.

She has extensive consulting experience, working with such corporations as Hewlett-Packard, Novartis and Takeda. Her notable work includes success efforts to grow talent for companies across Hawaii through oversight of the SHRM Hawaii Workplace Excellence program.

Prior to joining Metrus, Valeria spent over twenty years with AT&T, Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Product Development Manager 

Danielle Novotny

Danielle Novotny is Product Development Manager at Metrus Group, focusing on the strategy, development and execution of Metrus Group’s employee engagement and fulfillment solutions. In addition, she provides support services for various Metrus initiatives, including research, writing and marketing activities.

Danielle holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University.

Director of Solutions

Susan Bershad

Susan Bershad is a Director in Metrus Group’s Solutions practice, focusing on designing and implementing measurable approaches to talent management, strategic alignment, human performance and capabilities, and service quality.

Ms. Bershad has deep consulting experience in many areas, including talent management, strategy development and scorecarding, change management, executive team development, employee surveys, and performance improvement. In particular, her work in developing data-driven solutions to close leadership and performance gaps, as well as her work with Johnson & Johnson’s well-reputed Credo Survey, informs her consulting perspective.

Before joining Metrus Group, Ms. Bershad was the director of the Johnson & Johnson Consulting Group, where she built a team of 30 professionals known for providing strategic and operational consulting solutions to Johnson & Johnson companies around the globe.

Principal Consultant, Strategy


John Lingle, Ph. D.

John Lingle joined Metrus Group in 1989, and currently serves as Principal Consultant. He has been involved for two decades in organizational consulting both in the United States and overseas. Most recently, Dr. Lingle has focused his consulting efforts on helping organizations implement their critical strategies, primarily via the design and implementation of organizational performance measurement systems.

He has organizational development experience in a broad number of areas including: strategy formulation, executive decision-making, employee survey design and implementation, strategic performance management and measurement, team building and strategies for effecting organizational change and development.

He began his career as a Foreign Service officer working with the Peace Corps in Venezuela to develop assistance programs for government and private industry. Dr. Lingle also spent seven years on the Rutgers University faculty and has published multiple articles on decision-making and performance measurement systems. He is co-author of Bullseye! Hitting your strategic targets through high-impact measurement (Free Press 1999).

Director of Assessment Services 

Brian Morgan, Ph.D.

Brian serves as a Director of Assessment Services for Metrus Group, focusing on strategic uses of employee surveys to predict customer satisfaction, financial performance and other key business outcomes. He has over 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of employee surveys, strategic measurement systems, internal customer surveys, and employee/customer linkage studies.

As a result of his diagnostic work, companies have refocused their efforts to communicate mission and direction, developed performance management systems designed to link rewards to customer satisfaction improvement, implemented continuous improvement initiatives and expanded their use of cross-functional teams.

His work spans a wide spectrum of organizations in financial services, manufacturing, publishing, health care, telecommunications, information technology, government, higher education and utilities.

Dr. Morgan’s work has appeared in many business publications, including Harvard Business Review, Handbook of Business Strategy, and The Journal of Strategic Performance Measurement. His most recent book, Hidden Drivers of Success: Leveraging Employee Insights for Strategic Advantage, was published in April, 2013 (co-authored with W. Schiemann and J. Seibert).

Join the Metrus Group email list to receive updates & service offerings!