Heads! International Appoints West Coast Leader

December 2, 2015 – Former CTPartners recruiter Jeff DeFazio has joined global executive search and advisory firm Heads! International as managing partner. He will work from the firm’s West Coast offices.

In addition to his regional leadership role, Mr. DeFazio will play a global role in the firm’s consumer and digital practices advising clients on the leadership imperatives associated with managing a dynamic mix of disruption, risk and opportunity. He has also been elected an equity partner.

Mr. DeFazio previously served as managing partner, global consumer and global digital practice leader at CTPartners. Before that, he was a management consultant – West Coast consumer practice leader with Egon Zehnder. Some of the clients he has partnered with include Airbnb, Amazon, Netgear, Levi’s, Clorox, Driscoll’s, Nike, Barnes and Noble Digital, Lindt Chocolate, Ghirardelli and Conde Naste (Vogue).

Mr. DeFazio served as CEO for two private equity backed and high-growth consumer product businesses (Carex Health Brands and Zoom Eyeworks) where he successfully led pivots in product mix as well as marketing and distribution strategies. He has also held various executive roles at Jacuzzi, Kohler, Black & Decker and Coleman.

“Securing the right globally-minded leader for our West Coast presence is one of the most critical decisions our executive committee will make,” said David Gabriel, Heads! International North America managing partner.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with a high performance oriented consultancy with the reputation for advising global companies at the highest levels of leadership and governance,” said Mr. DeFazio. “I see Heads! as the only true tier one global boutique firm, with an unwavering commitment to partner performance and client satisfaction.”

Heads! International advises public, private and investor-backed companies in the digital & technology, consumer/retail, financial services and industrial sectors. Established in 1998, the firm now has 120 consultants across offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, London, Paris, Zug, Frankfurt, Munich, Riyadh, Dubai, Hong Kong and Tokyo​.

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

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