March 24, 2017 – Executive search firm Valent Mordan has appointed John Valenti as its new chief executive officer. Headquartered in Dallas, Valent Mordan was founded in 2015 and provides executive search services to a wide array of sectors.
Mr. Valenti previously spent 17 years as a partner with Kenexa, a talent acquisition and employee engagement cognitive HR software business enhancer. During that time, he led his business units to market dominance and had oversight for the integration of several key acquisitions. He played a major role in establishing Kenexa as a market leader, which included a public offering in 2005 and culminated in its acquisition by IBM in 2012.
“Our company growth has created the need for a new organizational structure to accommodate our plans for growth and expansion. This starts with a CEO,” said Michael Mordan, Valent Mordan president. “We are excited to have a proven winner, with a great track record of success in the human capital management space.”
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“Behind the software, behind the content, beyond the analytics, there are human lives. That is never lost on us,” said Mr. Valenti. “It is my privilege to guide the organization through a growth phase that will allow us to serve our clients even faster and more accurately, and continue to change lives.”
Leadership Appointments Rising Across the Sector
There have been a number of top leadership appointments at search firms since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts, and operations. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
- McDermott & Bull recently appointed Brandon Biegenzahn as its new president. Mr. Biegenzahn has been one of the top producers at McDermott & Bull for several years and leads the firm’s financial institutions practice.
- SRiCheyenne named Jay Hussey as CEO. Chief executive and founder, Pat Mastandrea, has moved into a new role at the firm as vice chairman. He joined SRiCheyenne from Odgers Berndston where he led the firm’s U.S. technology and digital transformation practices.
- Legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) and executive search firm Allegis Partners just named John Cashman as president. Since joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in 2005, Mr. Cashman has risen through the ranks as a recruiter, manager and leader.
- Eric Salmon & Partners recently announced that its long-standing president, Massimo Milletti, has handed over management of the search firm to two partners who will co-head the partnership. Sophie Wigniolle from the firm’s Paris office will lead the together with Raoul Nacke, a managing director in Frankfurt. Ms. Wigniolle has been working for Eric Salmon since 1998 while Mr. Nacke has been with the firm since 2008.
- JR Partners named Josh Gonnella as president and senior managing partner. He joins founding partner and chief operating officer Joe Wein to lead the organization. He brings experience and a diverse career in financial services to the firm. Prior to accepting his new position, he held senior managing director roles at Lloyds Bank.
- Snodgrass Partners recently announced that Tom Jacobs will transition from sports recruitment partner to president. Founder Steve Snodgrass, who previously served as president and chief executive officer, will remain CEO. Mr. Jacobs joined Snodgrass Partners last year to lead the firm’s new sports division.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media