MLA and Allegis Partners Names President

February 23, 2017 – Legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) and executive search firm Allegis Partners have named John Cashman as president. In his new role, Mr. Cashman will head strategic efforts to elevate the business of both firms, jointly owned by Allegis Group, a global talent solutions leadership provider. Previously, he served as a partner and vice president of MLA.

“For the past 12 years, John has demonstrated a deep understanding of our business and a commitment to delivering outstanding results and developing top talent,” said Andy Hilger, Allegis Group president. “He has built his legacy to date as a champion within the law firm business, and I’m confident that he will quickly gain a deeper understanding of our other unique practices to heighten and improve their positioning as industry-leading brands as he has previously done with Major, Lindsey & Africa’s partner practice group.”

Since joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in 2005, Mr. Cashman has risen through the ranks as a recruiter, manager and leader. Throughout his career, he has focused his practice on partner representation in the lateral market, practice group acquisition and firm mergers for a range of clients, including top national and global law firms, regional U.S. firms and large public and private companies.

Extending Two Brands

Prior to working at MLA, Mr. Cashman practiced law as an M&A partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn LLP and served as a vice president at City National Bank in Beverly Hills, CA.

“The opportunity to lead a team of such passionate individuals, all committed to growing our premier brands and developing meaningful relationships with our clients, candidates and one another, is truly humbling,” said Mr. Cashman. “As I transition into the position, I’m committed to upholding the unique culture of inclusivity embedded in Major, Lindsey & Africa and Allegis Partners as we expand our efforts and further grow both firms’ reach.”


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“John not only possesses a deep knowledge of our businesses, markets and clients, but he is also a dedicated and lifelong learner with the curiosity to drive continuous growth for himself and for those around him,” said Simon Robinson, former president of Major, Lindsey & Africa and Allegis Partners. “Over the years, John has championed many of our key strategies and initiatives, and he will continue to develop our platforms to sustain success in the future.”

Continued Expansion

Mr. Cashman takes on his new leadership role on the heels of recent expansion activity at both Allegis Partners and Major, Lindsey & Africa.

Last month, Allegis Partners named Lawrence Krema as a managing director in its HR practice. Based in Chicago, he focuses on identifying chief human resources officers (CHROs) and other senior leaders for organizations as well as contributing to search projects across the broader C-suite. Mr. Krema has more than 20 years of human resources leadership and recruitment experience optimizing the structures and functions of HR departments within large corporations. He was previously a managing director with Ferguson Partners, where he led the firm’s corporate officers practice.

Also at the beginning of this year Allegis appointed Keith Meyer as global practice leader for the firm’s CEO and board practice. Mr. Meyer brings more than 15 years of global experience developing innovative corporate governance and senior leadership solutions for Fortune 500, mid-cap and not-for-profit organizations, as well as leading numerous CEO and board of director searches. He most recently the founder and managing partner of Park Avenue Advisors, a board and CEO advisory firm.

Major, Lindsey & Africa recently named Randi S. Lewis as a director to launch and lead its Baltimore recruiting office. Ms. Lewis specializes in recruiting and placing law firm partners and associates within the Baltimore market and surrounding areas. She joined the firm after a well-established career at Miles & Stockbridge, one of the largest law firms in Maryland, where she most recently served as the director of lateral recruitment and diversity.

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

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