SRiCheyenne Names Leader of Digital Media, Technology and Private Equity Practices

June 21, 2017 – Executive search firm SRiCheyenne has expanded with the addition of Keith McAllister as a partner and leader of its digital media, technology and private equity practices.

Focused on internet, digital media and SaaS companies, Mr. McAllister joins the firm from Accelent, where he executed C-level assignments for a range of clients, from early-stage growth companies to the Global 1000. Before becoming an executive search professional, he held jobs that included CEO of content rights firm Mochila, CEO of video technology platform Wochit, general manager of Thomson Reuters’ consumer media business and numerous roles with CNN, where he ultimately served as executive vice president and managing editor in charge of U.S. newsgathering.

“Keith is one of the leading experts in digital media, content and technology and I’m delighted to welcome him to SRiCheyenne at such a critical time in the evolution of those industries,” said Jay Hussey, CEO of SRiCheyenne. “His vast experience on the industry-side, coupled with knowledge gained as a first-class executive search professional, will be of huge benefit to our clients.”

“I’ve witnessed firsthand how technology is driving the convergence of industries and how talent is the crucial factor in any company’s success,” said Keith McAllister, partner of SRiCheyenne.

SRiCheyenne searches range from vice president to C-level and board assignments across all functions including: general management, marketing, sales, strategy, business development, corporate communications, editorial and programming, product development, finance, human resources, legal, production, operations and strategic planning. The firm operates from offices in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.

SRiCheyenne’s clients within the digital media, technology and private equity sectors include a wide array of top companies. Some notable searches include: chief marketing officer for eBay, CFO at Brand Shop, chief digital officer for Legrand, CEO of Mercury Media, and the CFO for Intapp, among others.

Newly Combined Firm

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). “This merger is a significant landmark in the history of the firm and gives us a strong platform to grow the business in new markets and sectors,” said SRi CEO Jim Chaplin. “The convergence of media, sports and entertainment continues to move at a rapid pace with an increasing transfer of talent between industries globally. The combination of SRi and The Cheyenne Group allows us to build an even more formidable offering and we can’t wait to get started.”

SRiCheyenne also recently named Mr. Hussey as CEO taking over for founder Pat Mastandrea, who has moved into a new role at the firm as vice chairman. Mr. Hussey boasts more than 15 years in executive search with leading global recruiting firms. He joined SRiCheyenne from Odgers Berndtson where he led the firm’s U.S. technology and digital transformation practices.

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.”

New Practice Leaders

A handful of search firms have named new practice leaders in a wide range of sectors in recent weeks. Here is a look at a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Stanton Chase International named Bernard Layton as practice leader for the firm’s global industrial practice group. Mr. Layton has executed more than 750 searches across a wide range of senior and mid-management positions, including presidents, CEOs, partners and senior vice presidents, across a number of industries. 

SpenglerFox appointed Sylvain Gauffre as practice group leader for financial services in Frankfurt and Krzysztof Chobot as the head for industrial practice in Warsaw. Mr.Gauffre has search experience crossing multiple disciplines, including investment and commercial banking, retail banking and consumer finance. Mr. Krzysztof has more than 10 years experience in executive search.

SearchWide has brought aboard John Brich, former director of sales for the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, as a vice president. Mr. Brich takes the lead in managing the recruiter’s hotel and resort practice. He is charged with opening a new regional office in the Cincinnati area.

RSR Partners named Talal Debs as a managing director and head of its risk practice. With a strong combination of risk management, finance, and academic experience, Mr. Debs focuses on recruiting senior executives and directors to navigate new risk, regulatory and compliance issues for clients. His areas of concentration will include insurance, investment banking, trading and asset management, among others.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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