JM Search Appoints New Partner In Chicago

July 21, 2016 – Executive search firm JM Search has named Gil Stenholm as a partner in its Chicago office. He brings significant executive search and consulting experience to JM Search, having spent 33 years with Spencer Stuart and four years with Booz Allen Hamilton.

During his tenure at Spencer Stuart, Mr. Stenholm founded and co-led the firm’s consumer goods & services practice and served as co-head of its private equity practice. He was served Spencer Stuart’s CEO, board and industrial practices. He became a partner there in 1985. Earlier in his career, he held roles in sales, marketing and recruiting at Baxter International and Kraft / General Foods.

“Gil’s depth of experience and executive relationships are great assets to JM Search,” said John Marshall, JM Search founder and chief executive officer. “He is pivotal to our expansion in the Midwest and is leading the development and growth of our Chicago office. Gil also enhances our capabilities in key sectors, including consumer goods and industrials.”

Mr. Stenholm focuses on recruiting CEOs, board directors and C-level executives, primarily in the consumer goods and industrials sectors, for public, family-owned and private equity-backed companies. He also provides leadership counsel to top management and board directors regarding succession planning and executive talent strategy.


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JM Search, which is based in Philadelphia with offices in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, has particular expertise partnering with private equity and venture capital firms to build leadership teams for their portfolio companies.

The private equity sector is now considered one of the fastest growing practice segments in the executive recruiting industry, with an expanding number of recruiting firms now servicing it coast to coast. Private equity firms have been involved in some of the most notable business deals of the last two decades, but where the action seems to be centered is around smaller, less well-known portfolio companies that make up a widening universe of investment vehicles for private equity firms like TPG, Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Carlyle Group, Kleiner Perkins, Huntsman Gay, Blackstone Group, General Atlantic, Khosla Ventures, and a slew of others.

Aside from the big-branded executive recruiters, all of whom devote significant time and manpower to talent acquisition initiatives throughout the PE space, boutique search firms working alongside these investment brands provide talent up and down the functional scale. They include: Benchmark Executive Search, ZRG Partners, JM Search, Howard Fischer Associates, 680 Partners, Bespoke Partners, CarterPierce, Jamesbeck Global Partners, Braddock Matthews, The Flatiron Group, The Corrigan Group, SPMB, a 12-woman specialist search team at Amity Search Partners, SG Partners, Oxbridge Group, Weatherly Group, True, Hobbs & Towne, Waverly Partners, Westwood Partners, Park Square Executive Search, Henkel Search Partners, Whitney Partners Executive Search, Juno Search Group, Long Ridge Partners, Pinnacle Group International, and countless more.

In response to the growing activity in the space, a number of executive search firms have strengthened their private equity practices:

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

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