accelHRate Launches Board Services and CFO Practices

January 9, 2020 – HR executive search and management consulting firm accelHRate has recently launched new board services and CFO practices. The firm also expanded with the additions of experienced executive search veterans Mark Mulvanerty and Melissa Schmidt as managing partner and principal, respectively. Kimberly Shanahan, founding president and CEO, will co-lead the firm’s board of directors practice and continue to lead its CHRO practice.

“Since launching accelHRate five years ago, our board, CEO and CHRO clients have asked Kelly McPherson and I to expand into board services and chief financial officers offerings,” said Ms. Shanahan. “We are thrilled to announce the additions of Mark and Melissa, who have extensive work in each of these areas. Our successful CHRO practice will continue as we look forward to helping our clients meet additional business and diversity challenges with our new offerings.”

Mr. Mulvanerty brings over two decades of executive search and coaching experience to accelHRate. He has served as a strategic business partner to corporate boards and the C-suite leading high-profile, mission-critical search engagements across a wide aperture of industries. He is an advisor to a multitude of ownership structures from the Fortune 500 to non-profit organizations, family-owned businesses and private equity backed entities.

Mr. Mulvanerty brings experience from three top 10 executive search firms. He joined the industry with Heidrick & Struggles, honing his skills on C-level assignments across practices and serving as lead senior associate for the global financial officer practice. He then spent over a dozen years at Korn Ferry, rising from client partner to senior client partner as a key member of the financial officers practice. Prior to joining accelHRate, he served as managing director at Diversified Search as leader of the private equity practice and core member of the firm’s board of directors and chief financial officer practices. Before joining executive search, Mr. Mulvanerty served as a professional recruiter with Systems Computer Technology Corp. and ExecuTrain Corp.

Ms. Schmidt joins accelHRate from Heidrick & Struggles, where she spent seven years, most recently serving as a principal in the firm’s financial officers and education, non-profit and social enterprise practices. Before that, she was a senior recruiter in the recruiting technology division at Elite Network. Earlier in her career, Ms. Schmidt gained search experience with Signium.

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Headquartered in Herndon, VA, accelHRate is focused on placing chief human resource officers, their direct reports and boards of directors. The team has placed hundreds of high impact HR executives across all industries and geographies. The firm was established in 2014.

Ms. Shanahan brings more than 25 years of business and executive search experience to accelHRate. She has partnered with hundreds of CEOs, board members and CHROs across multiple industries and geographies to place HR, CEO and board of directors talent. Prior to co-founding accelHRate in 2014, she spent eight years with Korn Ferry where she led the HR center of expertise as senior client partner and simultaneously served as managing partner for the company’s Northern Virginia office. She was also an active member of the CEO and board practice.

Ms. McPherson, partner and co-founder of accelHRate, brings close to 20 years of recruiting and management experience to the firm. In her role at accelHRate she focuses on chief human resources officers, head of total rewards and heads of talent roles. Her clients range from Fortune 500 organizations to private equity portfolio companies across a range of industries, including technology, healthcare, B2B services, financial services, defense, industrial, retail and consumer services.

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

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