Johnson Executive Search Adds Former HR Executive to Its Ranks

April 11, 2017 – Johnson Executive Search has expanded with the addition of former human resources executive Stephanie Owens as a recruiting advisor.

Ms. Owens specializes in placing middle and senior level marketing, business development and communications talent in law firms across the U.S. She has spent the majority of her career as a human resources and people operations executive in “big law.” Her focus was strategic and operational leadership in all aspects of HR management, including recruitment, talent development, staffing transformation, employee relations and compliance.

Ms. Owens spent 30 years in Silicon Valley recruiting high-value talent. Previously, she served as HR director at DLA Piper for 11 years. Before that, she held HR roles with Exodus Communications and Gary Cary Ware & Freidenrich.

“Having worked with Stephanie as a client for several years, it’s clear that she understands and values the services that a trusted search partner provides,” said J. Johnson founder and president Jennifer Scalzi. “She has persevered in her firm despite an enormous amount of change, which is a testament to her ability to adapt along with our evolving industry. I can’t think of a better person than Stephanie to round out our evolving team.”


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Johnson Executive Search focuses on the placement of marketing, business development and public relations candidates into professional services organizations on a national scale.

Last year, Johnson added Carol Crawford to lead the firm’s HR division. Ms. Crawford spent 17 years as chief human resources officer (CHRO) with McKenna Long & Aldridge, which grew during her tenure from a mid-sized regional firm to an Am Law 100 firm with an international presence.

HR Leaders Transition to Recruiters

“These are new and exciting career paths being developed for talent acquisition professionals,” said Scott A. Scanlon, founding chairman and CEO of Hunt Scanlon Media. “For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the cross-over skills required in the search business are nearly identical and we’ve tracked a number of successful transitions recently.”

Hunt Scanlon Media has taken note of the recent trend among top ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. Here’s a look at some of the more prominent ones:

  • Curran Partners added Robert F. Obst as a new partner. Mr. Obst brings more than 40 years of corporate experience in talent acquisition and organizational development. Most recently, he was chief human resources and facilities officer (CHRO) for MacroGenics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company in Rockville, MD;

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

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