SRiCheyenne Names CEO

February 24, 2017 – Executive search firm SRiCheyenne has named Jay Hussey as CEO. Chief executive and founder, Pat Mastandrea, has moved into a new role at the firm as vice chairman.

SRiCheyenne was recently launched following the January merger of the US-based media and content recruitment provider, Cheyenne Group, and UK-headquartered SRi (formerly Sports Recruitment International).

As CEO, Mr. Hussey will look to harness the combined power of both search firms to help businesses capitalize on the convergence of the digital, media, entertainment and sports industries. He boasts more than 15 years in executive search with leading global recruiting firms. He joins SRiCheyenne from Odgers Berndston where he led the firm’s U.S. technology and digital transformation practices. Before that, he was founder and managing partner of NineSeven Partners, an executive search and talent consulting firm which he merged with Odgers in 2015.

Before his career in search leadership assessment, Mr. Hussey served as president of Digitas West, the regional operating unit of Digitas, Inc., a publicly traded technology and marketing services company. He has also held a number of senior marketing and strategy setting roles at Clarion Marketing Consulting and PepsiCo.


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“Jay has an impressive record of building and leading successful teams and is the ideal person to drive our new business forward in North America,” said Jim Chaplin, CEO of SRi. “I’m delighted to welcome him to the company and am confident SRiCheyenne will thrive under his stewardship.”

SRiCheyenne is well positioned to address a rapidly evolving global marketplace that demands executive leaders who can navigate new digital and data-driven business models and consumer platforms, said Ms. Mastandrea. “Jay’s experience in digital and technology, both as a business leader and as an executive search professional, gives us even stronger capabilities with which to help our clients.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining SRiCheyenne at such an exciting time for the business,” said Mr. Hussy. “With a global reach that cuts across sectors and industries, I’m confident our offering will be extremely well received by clients and candidates alike.”

Leadership Appointments Rising Across the Sector

There have been a number of top leadership appointments at search firms in recent months, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts, and operations. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

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

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