January 5, 2017 – Executive search firm Allegis Partners has appointed Keith Meyer as global practice leader for the firm’s CEO and board practice. Mr. Meyer brings more than 15 years of global experience developing innovative corporate governance and senior leadership solutions for Fortune 500, mid-cap and not-for-profit organizations, as well as leading numerous CEO and board of director searches.
Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of Park Avenue Advisors, a board and CEO advisory firm. Over the past 17 years, he has taken on large-scale leadership roles as a senior advisor to boards of directors, CEOs and senior leadership teams. Mr. Meyer is also the CEO of Directors Academy, a national not-for-profit focused on accelerating shareholder value creation through the development and proactive placement of the next generation of diverse directors. He will maintain this role during a transition period until a replacement is named and will remain on its board of directors.
Prior to establishing Park Avenue Advisors, he was vice chair and global head of the CEO and board practice at CTPartners. Mr. Meyer began his career in operations and project management with Exxon Corporation, was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and then served as PepsiCo’s regional finance head. He was also managing partner of the Chicago office of Egon Zehnder until 2005, then a founding partner of board and CEO advisory firm Taylor Meyer Associates until 2007, before he joined Heidrick & Struggles – first as co-managing partner of its North America CEO practice and then as vice chair and head of the firm’s global board consulting practice.
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“Keith’s deep organizational development and experience shaping boardrooms, C-suites and client growth trajectories across a broad spectrum of operating environments makes him ideally positioned to help us identify the next generation of leaders for our clients,” said Mike Bergen, managing partner of Allegis Partners U.S. “We are delighted he is joining our current teams in Chicago and New York.”
“As a global boutique search firm with a laser focus on the CEO, board of directors and the HR function, Allegis Partners’ size and scope allows us to reach a broad slate of candidates that may be off-limits to others,” said Mr. Meyer. “We are on an exciting and challenging mission to build a distinctive search firm that is a true strategic partner, putting client needs first, guiding an organization’s leadership and helping to develop a highly effective top-of-the-house talent strategy with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion.”
Allegis Partners, which is part of the Allegis Group, delivers a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. The firm provides an entire range of related recruitment services as part and parcel of its standard search mandates, which includes succession planning, talent mapping, compensation benchmarking, assessment, and market intelligence. The firm also facilitates onboarding of new leaders as part of its normal search process.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media