September 21, 2016 – Russell Reynolds Associates has appointed Constantine Alexandrakis as region head for the U.S. He takes over the role from Mark Adams, who remains a managing director with the firm.
Mr. Alexandrakis joined Russell Reynolds as a consultant in 2004 and has led its Chicago and Minneapolis offices since 2012 and 2014, respectively. He has served on the firm’s executive committee since 2015. Mr. Alexandrakis will remain located in Chicago and continue to lead the firm’s global leadership and succession business. But in his new role, he will be responsible for growing and expanding the firm’s overall business in the U.S.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, he was vice president of operations at web solutions provider Hostway Corporation, and a strategy consultant for Towers Perrin. Earlier in his career, he worked as a financial analyst with United Airlines.
“With deep experience advising CEOs and boards at both private and public companies across industries, Constantine is uniquely suited to lead our growth efforts in the United States,” said CEO Clarke Murphy. “During his 12 years with the firm, Constantine has held a number of leadership roles in our organization. In these roles he has consistently demonstrated our firm’s core values as a trusted advisor to our clients in a dynamic and often volatile business environment.”
Leadership Appointments Rising at U.S. Search Firms
There have been a number of other leadership appointments at U.S. search firms in recent months. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
- Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, named Bill Gilbert as president of Futurestep North America. He leads the strategy and growth efforts for both its search and solutions businesses in the region. In addition, he will drive the Futurestep strategy across the region and continue to work closely with Korn Ferry and Korn Ferry Hay Group colleagues to ensure an integrated approach.
- Executive search firm Slone Partners named Leslie Loveless as its CEO. She succeeds Adam Slone, who founded the firm in 2000. Ms. Loveless joined Slone Partners in 2007 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2014.
- Tatum, an interim services and executive search firm, appointed Macon Albertson as its new president. He replaces Kathryn Bolt, who held the role on an interim basis but will continue to serve as group president of Tatum and Randstad Professionals. Mr. Albertson previously served as SVP of Randstad Professionals
- Karl W. Alleman has been tapped to head of U.S. operations at Egon Zehnder as part of an extensive succession process underway at the firm. Greig T. Schneider, who has been in charge of American operations since 2011, has been elected to Zehnder’s board of directors. The firm also appointed Al Prieto to lead its New York office. He succeeded Patrick O’Brien, who now focuses on executive and board search in financial services. Mr. Prieto also continues to serve as co-leader of the global health practice.
- Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting appointed Alan G. Medders Ph.D. as its new president. Dr. Medders has had a distinguished career in higher education and foundation administration, fundraising, planned giving, marketing, communications, and fiduciary and asset management. Most recently, he was with Columbus State University in Georgia where he served as VP for university advancement and executive director of the CSU Foundation.
- Sucherman Group named Jamie Waldron as its new president. Mr. Waldron, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, oversees the firm’s executive search practice. With more than two decades of West Coast leadership, Mr. Waldron has placed dozens of senior level executives at top media companies within the entertainment and social media sectors.
- Heidrick & Struggles named Bonnie Gwin as co-managing partner of the firm’s global CEO & board practice groups. She had previously served as managing partner of its board practice in North America.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media