Charles Aris Promotes Knowledge Management Leader

Charles Aris Promotes Brian Styers Knowledge Management Leader

August 2, 2017 – Executive search firm Charles Aris Inc. has promoted senior director of knowledge management Brian Styers to vice president of knowledge management and communications for his work in leading the firm’s efforts in research, marketing and digital strategy. In addition to overseeing the firm’s knowledge management division, Mr. Styers’ new role includes greater senior leadership responsibilities and management of company-wide software initiatives.

Allen Oakley, COO of Charles Aris, lauded Mr. Styers for his value to the firm. “Brian has taken our knowledge management department, including the research and marketing functions, to the next level,” he said. “He has brought professionalism, innovation and creativity across the full spectrum of those functions. The impact Brian and his teams continue to have on our business is immeasurable.”

Mr. Styers, who spent 20 years in various media roles including editorial positions at Yahoo! Sports and USA Today before joining Charles Aris five years ago, said the firm has shown a continued commitment to excellence. “I am extraordinarily grateful to the owning-operating Oakley family for this opportunity to focus even more intently on our shared vision for best-in-class recruitment services for Charles Aris clients and candidates. The ongoing investments in our team and in our technology continue to result in more effective and efficient outcomes for all parties involved in each Charles Aris search for top talent.”


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“I’m excited about all that comes next – especially working alongside our expert operations team members on research, marketing and software initiatives which will positively impact Charles Aris Inc.’s clients, candidates and team members,” he said.

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.


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Recent Expansion

Earlier this year, Charles Aris expanded its services with the addition of three new practice leaders. Rick Noel joined the firm as an engineering & operations practice leader focused on placing senior leaders in the automotive industry. He brings to the job 31 years experience in engineering, operations, quality and project management, including 17 years in the automotive industry with organizations such as Johnson Controls and Magna International.

Blair Bass was named an engineering & operations practice leader focused on placing operational leaders in the aerospace & defense industry. Mr. Bass’ background includes senior leadership roles in business management and operations consulting.


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The firm also named Susan Schurman as leader of its private-equity portfolio practice with a focus on placing senior leaders with client organizations in the education industry. Prior to joining Charles Aris, she worked in many facets of corporate training and education. Her experience includes recruitment as well as developing sales and leadership teams in both retail and direct sales markets globally.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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