November 1, 2015 – Global executive search firm Allegis Partners has launched a new board recruitment practice. Based in Chicago, Sara Hays joins the firm to co-lead it as a managing director along with Paul Williams, who has been a partner with the firm’s sister company Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) for the past 10 years.
Allegis Partners’ board search practice partners with boards to recruit director candidates that align with the company’s culture and strategic direction.
Ms. Hays and Mr. Williams bring a combined 20-plus years of experience as public company directors to the practice along with executive leadership experience and corporate governance expertise.
“As Allegis Partners continues to grow, we recognize the need for a comprehensive board search function across publicly traded organizations,” said Greg Richter, the firm’s vice president and global head.
“Organizations are evolving and their priorities are changing. Whether the board needs more diversity, a specific industry knowledge base or assistance with succession plans, we provide a personalized approach that aligns corporate strategy with boardroom succession and combines the best of a boutique executive search practice with the relationships and resources of the world’s largest human capital management organization,” he added.
Ms. Hays has several decades of experience in business leadership roles, both as a general counsel and a chief operating officer, working with C-suite and senior-level executives in the commercial real estate, finance and hospitality industries as well as more than 15 years of board service spanning public, private and non-profit organizations in a variety of leadership, advisory and committee roles. Since 2005, she has served as a director of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a $1 billion global manufacturer of value-added glass products, services and technologies used in the architectural and large-scale optical industries worldwide. He currently chairs Apogee’s nominating & corporate governance committee and led the company’s search for its current CEO.
Mr. Williams, a former chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Cardinal Health, is a member of the board of directors for three public companies, each having a market cap exceeding $1 billion: Essendant, Inc., a Fortune 500 distributor of business products; Bob Evans Farms, Inc., the owner and operator of nearly 700 restaurants in the U.S.; and Compass Minerals, Inc., a producer of salt and other inorganic mineral products. He currently is the compensation committee chairman for Bob Evans and Compass Minerals. He also has served as the lead independent director of State Auto Financial Corporation, a property and casualty insurance company.
Earlier this year, Allegis strengthened its HR practice with the additions of managing partner Michael Bergen, a former senior client partner in the human resources practice at Korn Ferry; Cher Murphy, previously a partner at Hanold Associates; Mark Streifer, who most recently served as vice president of talent acquisition and planning with Covidien PLC; Matthew Healey, a former partner of CTPartners; and Robert Lambert, a former CTPartners and Heidrick & Struggles recruiter.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media