Boyden Expands Atlanta Office

February 21, 2017 – Executive search firm Boyden has expanded its staff in Atlanta with the addition of Steve Nilsen as a partner.

Mr. Nilsen brings expertise in global marketing and executive search. Most recently, he was a partner with recruiting firm SSi-SEARCH, where he specialized in the placement of C-level executives in the consumer and healthcare sectors.

Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Nilsen served in a variety of management roles for The Coca-Cola Company in Bogotá, Oslo, London and Stockholm. He also held general management and lead marketing roles with a number of other organizations over the course of two decades, including Bloomin’ Brands and AFC Inc. (Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen).

“Steve’s knowledge of international business, specifically in the consumer and healthcare industries, makes him an outstanding addition to our U.S. team,” said Trina Gordon, Boyden president and chief executive officer. “His global expertise further underscores our commitment, as a ‘worldwise’ firm, to provide clients with exceptional global and regional insight and the right leadership.”

Expansion Plans

Boyden has recently expanded across several global regions:

The firm started the year announcing that Signium Australia, formerly known as Crown & Marks, had joined Boyden to establish a major presence in the Australia and New Zealand region. Its new Australia’s team is led by managing partners Allan Marks and Alun Parry. They are joined by 15 professionals, including two managing partners, two partners, one principal and an associate and administrative team. These additions increase the firm’s reach in key global practices and functional sectors, including industrial, education, consumer, professional services, technology, financial services and board of directors.

Boyden also opened a new office in Kyiv, Ukraine in an effort to strengthen its presence in Central and Eastern Europe and the emerging markets. Boyden Ukraine is led by managing partner Alexey Dolgikh, a talent and leadership solutions advisor in the region. The new Ukraine team of seven professionals also includes principals Alina Litvinova and Oleksiy Rudyk.


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In September, the firm named 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.

Boyden also added Tracy Grajewski as a partner, also in its Pittsburgh office, this past year. 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.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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