March 23, 2016 – Executive search firm Battalia Winston has been retained by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to lead its search for a new vice president and controller. Dale Winston, Battalia Winston’s chairwoman and chief executive officer, and principal Gwyn Anderson, are leading the search.
“As one of the largest natural history museums in the world, it’s critical that they have a strong leader in this position,” said Ms. Winston. “The museum is a hybrid organization — a research institution, an educational organization and a major tourist destination. They need an executive with a breadth of experience to manage effectively in this complex structure.”
The museum is specifically looking for candidates with a demonstrated ability to communicate with diverse audiences and collaborate effectively in a multi-faceted environment.
“This position calls for someone who is prepared to be a business partner and advisor to both upper management and stakeholders across the organization,” said Winston.
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.
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Battalia Winston has decades of experience helping non-profits and associations conduct searches for key leadership and board openings. The firm’s client base includes healthcare organizations, higher education institutions, international development organizations, social service organizations, cultural and arts entities, and foundations.
Within the financial space, Battalia Winston has filled CFO positions for Israel Bonds, ProExam, and USALCO. It also placed the SVP of finance and corporate controller at Phibro Animal Health.
Museums continue to turn to executive search firms to fill their senior leadership roles. Here’s a recent sampling:
- Museum Search & Reference placed Min Jung Kim as director at the New Britain Museum of American Art;
- Russell Reynolds Associates recruited John Stomberg as director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College;
- Phillips Oppenheim, an executive search firm dedicated to the non-profit sector, recruited Salvador Salort-Pons as director, president and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts;
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media