May 11, 2017 – Executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has expanded with the addition of Catherine Brown as vice president for West Coast operations. She will join the firm in Los Angeles as a search partner, leadership consultant and interim executive.
Ms. Brown brings to the firm a deep knowledge of both association and philanthropic organization management. Most recently, she served as president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. She previously served as vice president, Pacific West region of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Prior to that, Ms. Brown was executive director of the Greater Bay Area Chapter for LLS. During her tenure as president of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, she expanded that charity from a regional concern to an international organization. In addition to more than 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, she has held positions at the executive level in the hospitality and meetings industries.
West Coast Expansion
Vetted Solutions has been actively expanding its reach on the West Coast, and the addition of Ms. Brown is likely to solidify Vetted Solutions’ standing there. “It is exciting to be joining the incredible professionals at Vetted Solutions and to increase our executive search, interim management and consultation services in the West,” said Ms. Brown.
“Cathy’s deep knowledge of association management and philanthropic institutions will allow her to navigate the intricacies of executive search with ease and provide the kind of advice search committees and volunteer leaders rely upon,” said Vetted Solutions president James Zaniello.
Non-Profit and Association Specialists
Based in Washington, D.C., Vetted Solutions, a specialist in conducting non-profit and association sector recruiting assignments, focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for organizations nationwide.
The firm recently expanded in Washington, D.C., with the naming of Nancy Green as vice president. She is helping to further develop the it’s activities in succession planning, interim executive appointments, onboarding and leadership development. Ms. Green has more than 25 years of experience in the management and leadership of association and non-profit organizations, notably in the education and healthcare sectors.
Los Angeles Growth
Los Angeles has one of the most diversified economies in America, with established industry clusters ranging from aerospace, entertainment and fashion to biomedical services, consumer products, finance and technology. The LA area has a gross metropolitan product of $866 billion, making it the third largest economic metropolitan center in the world, after Tokyo and New York. The economy of the region is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, video games, music recording, and production), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel and tourism. Other significant industries include finance, telecommunications, law, healthcare and transportation.
So it is that the LA area has been a popular spot for expansion and growth in recent months for recruiters. The British search firm Carmichael Fisher chose Los Angeles for its first office in the U.S. The new location is headed by Justin Hobday and supported locally by two regional directors, new hire Kimberley Rice and Ciara Kelleher, who transferred from the firm’s EMEA headquarters in London.
In February, U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates also opened its first U.S. office, in Santa Monica, the hub of Los Angeles’ thriving tech and digital sector. It has already engaged in a number of assignments for organizations ranging from early stage start-ups to global concerns. Tom Vaughan, who heads the new location, will be responsible for establishing and expanding the firm’s west coast presence.
“There is a thriving tech and digital scene evolving in LA and businesses are enjoying unprecedented levels of investment,” said Mr. Vaughan. “This presents a huge opportunity for La Fosse and we aim to capitalize on this movement by helping businesses grow and providing exceptional talent.”
JM Search, an American search firm, expanded its footprint across Los Angeles as well with the additions of Kevin Kernan as a partner and Jerry Fong as a vice president. Mr. Kernan focuses on recruiting CEOs, C-level executives and direct reports to the C-suite for SaaS, cybersecurity and analytics companies as a member of the firm’s technology practice. He previously spent six years as a managing director at ChampionScott Partners. With a combination of management consulting and executive search experience, Mr. Fong has completed more than 100 searches for private equity-backed companies, select Fortune 1000s and other growth-oriented businesses. He joined the firm following nearly six years with Morgan Samuels.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media