Gans, Gans & Associates Heading Housing Authority CFO Search

February 4, 2016 – Executive search firm Gans, Gans & Associates has been selected by the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. The position reports to the organization’s executive director. Ernest Barefield, an executive recruiter with Gans, Gans & Associates, is heading the search.

The history of public housing in New Orleans is complex, marked by economic and social challenges while providing much-needed housing and a sense of community for the city’s poverty-stricken.

This position requires a financial leader that will be able to establish or recommend to executive management major economic strategies, objectives, and policies for the Authority. The CFO will oversee and direct all aspects of financial operations and provide support to the executive management staff.

The incumbent CFO will manage and lead a team to provide internal and external customer support as well as provide current financial information and accounting tools to all levels of the organization.

The mission of the Housing Authority of New Orleans is to provide affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents of the city of New Orleans, while laying the foundation for economic sustainability.


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Gans, Gans & Associates is an executive search, human resources, and information technology consulting firm founded in Chicago in 1986. Today, the firm calls Plant City, Florida home. Its consulting team addresses a broad spectrum of our clients’ human resources, information technology, and management needs.

Currently, the firm is heading the CFO search for Lutheran Services Florida (LSF), a statewide, non-profit, human services agency, as well as the chief budget officer search for Howard University.

According to recent research, about one fifth of companies now change their CFOs annually, thereby creating a constricting market for financial officers talent — with the best candidates often considering multiple opportunities at any one time.

Tightening talent pipelines are wreaking havoc for hiring companies by edging up CFO pay packages, according to recruiters, making the hunt for top-flight financial specialists one of the more lucrative areas for headhunters.

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

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