As a board member, Ms. Nolk will share responsibility for communicating and promoting Girl Power 2 Cure’s mission and programs to the community; fundraising and outreach; organizational leadership and advisement of the board of directors, officers and committees; formulation of policies and procedures; program planning and evaluation; and financial management oversight.
Ms. Nolk is vice president of integration strategy and operations – enterprise group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Houston; she has extensive experience negotiating and leading complex strategic initiatives cross-functionally at all levels of an organization.
“We are ecstatic to have an ally like Allegis Partners working on our behalf to find business leaders that have the talent and desire to move our cause forward,” said Roger Brooks, Girl Power chief operating officer. “Our girls and families deserve the best and that’s exactly what Allegis delivers.”
Girl Power 2 Cure is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing family support, awareness, education and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome, a devastating neurological disorder that almost exclusively affects girls.
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.
Director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging in recent months, according to recruiters with board practice emphasis. According to Egon Zehnder, heightened expectations now placed on boards have elevated both the professional standards and personal commitment required of all directors.
At the same time, many boards find that the supply of independent-minded ‘board experienced’ directors – especially those who can add vital forms of specialized skills and expertise – is limited, as such candidates are both widely sought after yet sometimes hesitant to take on the intensive responsibilities now required of board service.
As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help them lure new board members. Most in demand, recruiters report: women, senior leaders with global experience, ethnically diverse professionals, and Millennials.
Some Recent Director Searches of Note
Here is a brief look at just a small selection of search firms and their recent board work taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
- Epsen Fuller Group has placed Anita Allen as a member of the board of directors at Tingley Rubber Corporation. The company sought a director that would bring diversity of thought and a strong financial background;
- Diversified Search has recruited Frederic Cumenal, chief executive officer of Tiffany & Co., to serve as a member of the board of directors at Constellation Brands. Charles King, a managing director in Diversified’s New York office, led the search;
- The Onstott Group has assisted A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies in the recruitment of Leslie E. Greis to serve on the company’s board of directors. Joe Onstott, managing director, led the assignment. Ms. Greis is the founder and managing member of Perennial Capital Advisors, LLC;
- Greenwich Harbor Partners has placed Liz Ritzcovan as a member of the board of directors at The New York Pops. She is the sixth director to be placed on the Pops board by the Greenwich, Conn-based search firm;
- Harvard Group International (HGI) has been selected by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to recruit six new board members. Chuck Cain, a senior partner active in the firm’s non-profit practice, is heading the search;
- Heidrick & Struggles has tapped Mary Dillon as a member of the board of directors at Starbucks Corp. Ms. Dillon is chief executive officer of Ulta Beauty;
- Boutique recruiting firm Barton Executive Search has recruited Chris Neugent as a member of Welch’s board of directors. Mr. Neugent was recently president and CEO of Post Consumer Brands;
- American Express has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to help it identify potential new board members. The credit card company’s board members come from backgrounds ranging from healthcare companies to an ivy league school to a sports and entertainment company.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media