April 27, 2017 – Executive search firm Charles Aris Inc. has expanded its services with the addition of three new practice leaders. Established nearly 50 years ago, Charles Aris is a search industry pioneer focused on senior level assignments within the strategy & business development, private equity, consumer / retail, finance & accounting, sales & marketing, education, executive leadership, engineering & operations, chemicals, and agribusiness sectors.
Engineering & Operations
Rick Noel joins the firm as an engineering & operations practice leader focused on placing senior leaders with client organizations in the automotive industry. He joins Charles Aris with 31 years of experience in engineering, operations, quality and project management – including 17 years in the automotive industry with organizations including Johnson Controls and Magna International, and 14 years in industrial engineered products while serving in global senior leadership roles with companies including Danaher and Actuant Corporation.
“We’re really excited that Rick has joined the firm and is bringing 20-plus years of operations experience in the automotive and industrial engineered products industries to the Charles Aris team,” said SVP Jim Etling. “Rick’s hands-on experience leading operations teams at companies such as Danaher, Actuant and Johnson Controls will translate directly to his ability to find A-level talent for our clients.”
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Aerospace & Defense
Blair Bass has become an engineering & operations practice leader focused on placing operational leaders with client organizations in the aerospace & defense industry. Mr. Bass has senior leadership experience in business management and operations consulting. He has used his diverse background in customer service, business development, project management, IT development and deployment, operations management, inventory management, finance and sales to increase efficiency and improve profitability across an array of functional areas.
Mr. Bass served as vice president of operations at UnitedHealth Group. He has also served as vice president of a global consulting firm, leading its North American aerospace & defense practice. He has led innovation and operational improvement efforts for a wide range of multibillion-dollar and multinational corporations, including Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, L3 Communications and BF Goodrich Aerospace.
“We’re thrilled that Blair Bass chose to join the Charles Aris team,” said SVP Greg Harper. “Blair adds three decades of manufacturing and supply-chain experience, with nearly half of that coming in the aerospace & defense sector. His operational expertise will only enhance our recruitment efforts as we continue to address the mission-critical needs of our clients.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media