DHR International Appoints North America Healthcare Leader

March 9, 2017 – DHR International has named Scott Sette as North American leader of the firm’s healthcare services & solutions practice. He joins Robin Singleton, who serves as the firm’s global healthcare group leader.

Since joining DHR in 2014, Mr. Sette has been a leader in the practice, filling key executive level positions at prestigious healthcare organizations across the country, as well as collaborating with fellow DHR partners to bring a ‘best team’ approach to his clients.

Mr. Sette specializes in senior level executive searches for integrated health systems, academic medical centers, children’s hospitals, and large physician group practices. During his tenure at DHR, he has completed C-level searches at many prominent healthcare organizations, including Memorial Hermann Health System, UF Health Shands, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates.


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Prior to joining DHR, Mr. Sette served as a consultant with Witt/Kieffer, where he was a member of the firm’s healthcare practice. Previously, he was president of boutique search firm, Kensington Group, where he led the healthcare sector and oversaw daily operations of the firm. In addition, he gained earlier experience with Robert Half. He began his career in the audit practice at Deloitte. Mr. Sette is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), where he serves on the board of directors of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.

High Growth Sector for Recruiters

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space.

According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, healthcare employment continued to trend up during the month (+18,000) following a gain of 41,000 in December. The industry has added 374,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Search Firms Stepping Up

A growing number of executive search firms have been creating new practices to address client’s expanding talent needs within the healthcare sector. Here’s a look at some recent news taken from the Hunt Scanlon archives.

  • Gatti & Associates launched a new healthcare recruiting practice. Senior vice president Richard Fleming was appointed practice leader. Mr. Fleming brings 25 years of HR search and leadership experience to the role. In addition to leading the firm’s healthcare practice, he will continue servicing clients within life sciences, consumer products and technology based organizations. Mr. Fleming previously worked for three years in executive search with Kenzer Corporation, a New York-based recruitment provider servicing the retail and financial services industries.
  • Horton International – North America, a principal partner of Horton International, named James D. Utterback as managing director in the firm’s healthcare and life sciences practice. He focuses within the healthcare information technology and services sectors. Throughout his 30-year career in operating CEO roles, human capital and executive search, Mr. Utterback has accumulated leadership experience in multiple sectors, including diagnostic imaging, healthcare technology, pharmaceuticals, contract research organizations, hospitals, medical devices and wearables as well as private equity consulting.
  • Diversified Search appointed Martha Hauser as leader of its healthcare practice. Ms. Hauser is a well-known thought leader with more than two decades of experience recruiting leaders in healthcare and higher education across the country. Her clients include some of the country’s most prestigious hospitals, healthcare systems, academic medical centers, and service providers in the field, a list that includes Beaumont Health, Emory Healthcare, and the East Carolina School of Medicine, among others. Diversified Search also acquired San Francisco-based BioQuest, a recruiting boutique specialist serving healthcare innovators in the life sciences market. Under terms of its acquisition agreement, BioQuest will operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary within Diversified Search.

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

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