Heidrick & Struggles Seeking New President for the Ohio Business Roundtable

September 8, 2017 – Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by the Ohio Business Roundtable to lead in its search for a new president.

Richard A. Stoff, who was a founder of the Roundtable and its only president in its 25-year history, is retiring at the end of the year.

“The public-private partnerships fostered by some 400 Roundtable CEOs, spanning the terms of four governors, have strengthened Ohio as a place where our citizens can live, learn, prosper and pursue their dreams,” Mr. Stoff said.

Gary R. Heminger, chairman of the Ohio Business Roundtable executive committee and CEO of Marathon Petroleum, praised Mr. Stoff for his contributions to the organization. “For 25 years, we have benefited from Richard’s talent, vision and leadership,” he said. “Richard has demonstrated the ability to analyze important challenges, tap resources that lead to solutions, and engage all of our members in meaningful ways.”


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The Ohio Business Roundtable conducts research and drives debate in a range of policy areas that participating CEOs have identified as economic priorities for Ohio. They include tax reform, workers’ compensation, health care policy, tort reform, science and technology, energy, education and workforce competitiveness.

Heidrick & Struggles’ associations team knows well the leadership challenges that these organizations face. Mission-driven organizations demand sophisticated strategic leaders who provide strong financial and operations management, exceptional communications skills and a passion for the cause, the firm said.

The practice has worked with a diverse array of trade, industry and professional associations to identify and recruit talent in a variety of senior positions, including president, chief executive officer and executive director, among many others.

Sector In Search of New Leaders

Economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few recent searches across the sector from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

Brent Cooper, an entrepreneur, small business owner and longtime leader in the regional business community, has been named president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The organization enlisted Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. to conduct the search.

Jorgenson Consulting has been selected by the Wayne Economic Development Council to lead in its search for its next president. Todd Jorgenson, managing director and principal, is heading the assignment. The organization has formed a search committee to identify, interview and recommend candidates to replace president Rodney Crider.

Waverly Partners placed Scott Martin as the president and CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma. Debbie Galbraith, managing director and principal at Waverly Partners, led the assignment. Mr. Martin has served on the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2006.

Executive search firm Elinvar placed Scott Levitan as CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, which manages an eminent North Carolina research park known as Research Triangle Park. He succeeds Bob Geolas, who left the organization last September. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, led the search.

Bialla Partners recruited Tallia Hart as president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. She is the first woman, first minority, and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization. Ms. Hart previously served as president and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.

The Chason Group placed Sarah H. McKinney as president and CEO of the Athens Area Community Foundation. Tim Chason, the firm’s president, led the assignment. Ms. McKinney previously was the director of development for the Georgia 4-H Foundation based at the University of Georgia in Athens. Prior to her move to Georgia 4-H, she was director of development and volunteer services for the Athens Community Council on Aging.

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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