June 29, 2017 – Steve Caliger, a director with the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of Stanton Chase International, has been named the firm’s North America regional practice leader for the technology industry practice group.
“Steve has distinguished himself as a leader in our growing technology practice,” said Jan-Bart Smits, global practice leader for the technology practice group at Stanton Chase. “He is a welcome addition to this team and his new leadership position as the North America regional practice leader will further enhance our penetration into global markets. In addition to Steve’s work in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, he has also developed strong relationships with our worldwide offices, assisting them with identifying top-tier technology candidates.”
Mr. Caliger is a technology professional, having held leadership positions with several industry icons, including AT&T, Cisco Systems and IBM. He is said to have a large network and understanding of what it takes to achieve success in sales, marketing, finance, IT, engineering and product development. With over 21 years of executive search and consulting experience, Mr. Caliger helps develop leadership teams with investors and boards for C-and VP-level executives in sales, marketing, finance, information technology, software, hardware development and human resource functions.
“I look forward to supporting our clients worldwide in this capacity,” said Mr. Caliger. “The technology sector is growing at a rapid pace, which makes the attraction and retention of strong leaders to guide our client companies more important than ever.”
The Stanton Chase technology practice group is a specialized team of almost 100 consultants, spread across 41 countries. The practice has completed over 1,000 mandates over the past five years, 25 percent of which were international cross-border searches. It serves the hardware, software, IT services, semi-conductor, telecommunications, new media and cybersecurity sectors.
New Practice Leaders
Stanton Chase has appointed new leaders in several of practices since the start of the year. Earlier this month, Bernard Layton, managing director of the Chicago office, was named 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.
In May, Stanton Chase appointed Becky Heidesch as a director and North American diversity & inclusion practice leader. In this capacity, Ms. Heidesch works with all of the firm’s North American offices, focusing on senior level women and diverse executive placements. She brings vast experience from the sports, entertainment and higher education industries.
Cathy Logue, managing director of the firm’s Toronto office, was named leader of the CFO & financial executives practice group earlier this year. She has over 25 years of executive and leadership search experience with a primary focus on senior leadership roles within the technology, financial services / fintech and media & communications sectors.
In January, Panos Manolopoulos, managing partner in the firm’s Dubai office, was appointed head of Stanton Chase’s directors & CEO practice group. He is a lead shareholder in Stanton Chase Bucharest and has been a member of the firm since 2003. He has served as regional and global practice leader of the firm’s consumer products & services practice, vice chairman regions, and vice president of Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Tom Christensen, managing partner in Stanton Chase’s Oslo office, was also named to lead the firm’s consumer products & services industry practice group. Mr. Christensen has worked in the executive search industry for over 15 years. He established the Stanton Chase office in Norway in 2007 and has worked with local companies and large international corporations with a strong sales and marketing focus.
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