Vardis Names Ex-Russell Reynolds Veteran As Executive Chairman

March 18, 2016 – Executive search firm Vardis has elected Jeremy Rickman as its executive chairman.

Mr. Rickman has worked in the executive search industry in Europe and the U.S. for the past 18 years following a successful career in finance. Joining Russell Reynolds Associates in 1998, he established and developed the firm’s European CFO practice before moving to the U.S. to run its Chicago office in 2007.

At Russell Reynolds, Mr. Rickman worked in a variety of leadership roles, including serving on the firms’ executive committee, running its global corporate officers practice sector, chairing the firm’s training & development committee and establishing a new research and knowledge strategy. His career in finance included working with Mars, Inc.

“Jeremy’s operational and finance experience will be invaluable to the Vardis team and the achievement of our growth objectives,” said Vardis partner John Hoagland. “He has the insight and first-hand knowledge of our industry to help us build the quality search delivery platform which our clients demand.”

“I’m delighted to be joining the Vardis team,” said Mr. Rickman. “Private equity firms demand specific services from their executive search partners which many big firms can’t deliver. Vardis has developed a highly focused global suite of services to deliver against these requirements.”

“We are excited that Jeremy has joined us to help shape the future of Vardis. With his extensive experience in the U.S. and Europe he is a key addition to the team,” said Vardis partner Mark Mullen.


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Vardis is a specialist private equity global search firm with offices in London, Boston, Frankfurt, New York, Hong Kong and Zug, Switzerland. The firm advises chief executives and private equity investors on senior management appointments.

The private equity sector is now considered one of the fastest growing practice segments in the executive recruiting industry, with an expanding number of boutique recruiting firms servicing it coast to coast. Private equity firms have been involved in some of the most notable business deals of the last two decades, but where the action seems to be centered for the boutiques is around smaller, less well-known portfolio companies that make up a widening universe of investment vehicles for private equity firms like TPG, Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Carlyle Group, Kleiner Perkins, Huntsman Gay, Blackstone Group, General Atlantic, Khosla Ventures, and a slew of others.

Aside from the big-branded executive recruiters, all of whom devote significant time and manpower to talent acquisition initiatives throughout the PE space, boutique search firms working alongside these investment brands to provide talent up and down the functional scale include Benchmark Executive Search, ZRG Partners, JM Search, Howard Fischer Associates, 680 Partners, Bespoke Partners, CarterPierce, F.S. von Stade & Associates, Jamesbeck Global Partners, Braddock Matthews, The Flatiron Group, The Corrigan Group, SPMB, Amity Search Partners, SG Partners, Oxbridge Group, Weatherly Group, True, Hobbs & Towne, Waverly Partners, Westwood Partners, Park Square Executive Search, Henkel Search Partners, Whitney Partners Executive Search, Juno Search Group, Long Ridge Partners, Pinnacle Group International, and countless more.

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

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