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Daphne Bykerk
Vice President, Partner
Telephone: 416.922.5600  Ext: 484
Email: bykerk@mandrake.ca
Location: Toronto
About Daphne

Following the completion of a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA, Daphne embarked on a marketing career in the consumer packaged goods industry. Over the next 15 years, she progressed to the executive level through a number of multinational packaged goods organizations, including Nabisco and RJR MacDonald.

Since joining Mandrake as a Consultant in 1998, and then becoming a Partner leading the Consumer Practice in 2003, Daphne’s organizational, strategic, marketing, and finance skills have been invaluable as she works with a broad variety of clients in the areas of Consumer Packaged Goods, Telco, Retail, QSR, and Consumer Products companies. Daphne has impressively leveraged her business background in the executive search business with Mandrake; she has demonstrated a clear track record of adding value to solving her clients’ human capital needs. Her knowledge and experience have enabled her to successfully complete hundreds of searches with a focus against mid management to executive level marketing, consumer insight, shopper marketing, and finance roles in a broad range of companies and industries.

Daphne is collaborative, performance driven, and tenacious and develops strong relationships with the candidate community. Perhaps above all, are her strategic yet pragmatic approach and ability to question, listen and understand her client’s needs to ensure the attraction and placement of best-in-class talent.


Sampling of Daphne’s executive search experience:

  • Vice President, Marketing for Canada’s largest QSR organization and for a significant CPG company
  • Vice President Market Research for a significant CPG company
  • Director of Finance for one of Canada’s leading government broadcast companies
  • Director of Marketing for a major Canadian Brewery
  • Director of Marketing for Canada’s largest floor covering distributor
  • Director of New Member Marketing for a large North American direct marketing company
  • Directors of Marketing for several Canadian major Consumer Packaged Goods companies
  • Director of Sales and Field Marketing for a large education fund direct selling organization
  • Group Brand Managers for several Canadian major Consumer Packaged Goods companies
  • Senior Brand Managers, Brand Managers and Assistant Brand Managers for numerous Canadian major Consumer Packaged Goods and Consumer Goods companies
  • Senior Brand Managers, Brand Managers and Assistant Brand Managers for major Canadian Pharmaceutical companies
  • Senior Marketing Managers and Marketing Managers for one of Canada’s leading wireless companies
  • Senior Manager for one of Canada’s most notable fund raising organizations
  • Consumer Insight Managers on both the client and agency side

Organizational Consulting:

  • Corporate and Career Transition
  • Executive coaching
  • Job Design and Competency Profiling
  • Effective Interviewing Techniques
  • Overall market place, compensation, corporate and functional area intelligence
Case Studies
Airport Authority hires General Manager
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Canadian Manufacturer and Distributor of Flameless Candles hires Head of Marketing and, Product Development Team
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Global CPG - Pharma OTC Rebuilds Marketing Team
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Global CPG Company Hires Senior Manager Consumer Insights
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Global Medical Devices Company Hires Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
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Ontario Lottery and Gaming hires Senior Category Manager
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"Stefan is not only an Executive Consultant with a track record of few hundred completed C-level searches, but the CEO of one of Canadian's best Executive Search and HR Consultancy firm. He is a strategic advisor to numerous senior level executives (Supervisory Boards and Board of Directors) as well as a coach and mentor to many professionals. His entrepreneurship experiences, abilities and achievements are both well recognized and appreciated by world's known YPO. He is a person one can trust, rely on, expect that he would deliver, enjoy his companion and sense a of humor, admire his wisdom and values, and respect him for what he stands for both as his family is concerned and the business he runs. What is quite unique about him is that being extremely blessed to be successful, he constantly remembers about those less fortunate and in need. He is an initiator of many undertakings to raise money, support and help others financially. One of the few ones that I would dream to work with if I had a chance to. Without any hesitation I would encourage any of my Clients to work with Stefan in Canada."
Daniel Lewczuk
CEO at Executive Network/IMD International Search
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