September 29, 2016 – Executive search firm Boyden has added Gary Claus as a partner in its Pittsburgh office.
Mr. Claus is well known for his expertise in financial and professional services recruiting. Most recently, he served eight years as a managing director with Jade Group LLC, an executive search and consulting firm specializing in assignments for senior level executives in the financial, accounting, tax, internal audit, information technology and legal fields. There, he specialized in the placement of senior level executives in the financial, accounting, human resources, sales & marketing and legal sectors. His clients have included industrial, transportation, professional services and other organizations.
Wealth of Experience
Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Claus served in a variety of leadership roles over three decades with PwC, including global leader of human resources for tax, regional quality and risk management leader, and tax practice leader in Pittsburgh. He also has served as adjunct tax instructor at PwC, where he continues as part of the firm’s faculty.
Since 2011, Mr. Claus has been a director of First Commonwealth Financial, where his responsibilities include serving on the audit committee and compensation & human resources committees. In addition, since 2013, he has served as a director of Sauereisen, a Pittsburgh-based company and one the world’s top corrosion-resistant materials manufacturers.
“Gary’s wealth of experience in the financial services sector and his more recent experience in executive search make him a valuable addition to our U.S. team,” said Thomas Flannery, leader of Boyden’s board services practice in North America and managing partner at Boyden Pittsburgh. “He adds a new dimension to our capabilities and is a highly respected member of the Western Pennsylvania business community. We’re very happy that he chose to join Boyden.”
Pittsburgh has adapted since the collapse of its century-long steel and electronics industries. The region’s economy has shifted to high technology, robotics, health care, nuclear engineering, tourism, biomedical technology, finance, education, and services. A National Bureau of Economic Research report named Pittsburgh the second-best U.S. city for and services. A National Bureau of Economic Research report named Pittsburgh the second-best U.S. city for intergenerational economic mobility.
The largest employers in the city are the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is also home to Bayer USA and the operations center of Alcoa. Other major employers include Bank of New York Mellon, GlaxoSmithKline and Lanxess.
Boyden has made some other recent hires across several areas, including:
- The firm added Tracy Grajewski as a partner, also in its Pittsburgh office, this past June. Ms. Grajewski previously founded Laurel Summit Insights, a consulting firm geared to the business needs of clients undergoing transformation. Before that, she served as senior vice president of human resources at integrated delivery insurer Highmark Health, where she led an organizational redesign in tandem with the integration of a large acquisition.
- It named Sébastien Zuchowski as a partner in its Montreal office. His focus is on senior level assignments in the technology, media, telecommunications and industrial sectors. Before joining Boyden Montreal, Mr. Zuchowski worked for over 20 years as a client facing executive at several high tech software, hardware and professional services companies, including GURUS Solutions, Novell/Micro Focus, Netmail, Averna, Kontron and Integrys Ltd;
- Boyden added Brian G. Bachand as a partner in its Toronto office. He works in the firm’s education, healthcare & life sciences, and not-for-profit recruiting practices. Mr. Bachand joined Boyden from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where he led the office of advancement;
- The firm launched a non-profit, government and education recruiting practice. Ken Werker, chair of Boyden Canada and managing partner in Vancouver, leads the practice;
- In addition, Boyden expanded its non-profit expertise with the addition of Lynn Ogden as a new partner. She is a member of the firm’s global consumer and non-profit & education practices.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media