January 5, 2017 – Executive search firm Boyden has announced that Signium Australia, formerly known as Crown & Marks, has joined Boyden to establish a major presence in the Australia and New Zealand region.
Boyden Australia’s new 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.
Mr. Marks is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading executive search consultants. In addition to a background in finance, he has extensive experience in executive search throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America as well as Australia. He focuses on CEO and C-level appointments and board roles. Previously, Mr. Marks was chairman of Signium.
Mr. Parry is an executive search consultant in the education and not-for-profit sectors with a particular focus on higher education. He formerly served as partner and head of the higher education practice at Crown & Marks.
“Our team, led by Allan and Alun, brings extensive expertise and significant regional and global knowledge, which accelerates the expansion of Boyden’s capabilities in Australia and across Asia-Pacific,” said Trina Gordon, Boyden president and CEO. “This expansion is aligned with our ongoing growth strategy that includes Australia as a major global talent and leadership center, which will strengthen our service offerings to clients around the world.”
Increasingly, said Ms. Gordon, clients are looking for support in finding and developing talent in multiple locations, both regionally and globally. “This merger of like-minded firms ensures we will provide this support while building even stronger and deeper client relationships on a long term basis,” said Mr. Marks. “Our key areas of focus and expertise in this market fit very well into Boyden’s global platform and client focus moving forward.”
Boyden has recently expanded across several global regions:
- Just recently, the firm 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;
- In September, Boyden 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;
- 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.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media