ASCENT Select Strengthens Search Staff

March 21, 2019 – Greensboro, NC-based executive search firm ASCENT Select has expanded with the addition of John Bennett as a partner. His addition will bolster the firm’s expertise at placing mid- to senior-level executives in supply chain and logistics, finance, operations and sales.

Mr. Bennett has more than 25 years of senior management experience in media, biotechnology, manufacturing, executive recruitment and entrepreneurship. Some of his prior titles include president, general sales manager, chief financial officer, controller and general manager at companies such as General Electric, Media General and Eurofins Scientific.

Mr. Bennett has applied his diverse professional experience to the executive search industry for more than nine years. He has assisted in the placement of executives in leadership positions such as divisional presidents, operational vice presidents, sales vice presidents and global leadership positions in marketing. Mr. Bennett’s search experience includes a stint as a practice leader with Greensboro, NC-based executive recruiting firm Charles Aris.

ASCENT Select describes itself as a vanguard leader in the outplacement services sector. Mike Sudermann, the firm’s founder, is author of The Executive Leap, a book on proven strategies and insider secrets on making professional transitions. The firm is part of the growing movement toward providing these services to outgoing professionals.

Placing Talent

The firm assists companies in identifying and hiring candidates for mid- to senior-level executive positions. Its team members are experts at sourcing and using strategic methods and cultural assessments to place executives in available supply chain, procurement, distribution, logistics, operations and finance roles. Its recruiters are industry authorities, highly networked and have been retained by clients worldwide.

ASCENT Select uses strategic techniques to find ideal candidates and boasts a 98 percent acceptance rate. About 95 percent of the firm’s placements remain in roles for 12 months or longer, said the firm. The organization has been awarded many recognitions through the NPAworldwide network, which maintains a membership of more than 1,800 recruiters and 500 search firms worldwide. ASCENT Select’s NPAworldwide honors include: Top 25 Revenue Producing Firm in 2015, Largest (Split) Placement in 2015, Silver Recruiter Achievement Award in 2016, Top 25 Recruiter Achievement in 2017, Top Revenue Achievement by a Firm in 2017 and Largest (Split) Placement in 2017.

Outplacement Services

ASCENT Select recently added outplacement support services to its menu of client offerings. The firm’s new service allows companies to provide displaced employees with effective tools and resources to accelerate the job search process to land as quickly as possible.

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ASCENT Select’s outplacement services include a comprehensive nine-step program that provides one-on-one coaching, assessments, expert resume writing, personal branding, strategic interview preparation, job search blueprint, search tactics, social media strategies, LinkedIn optimization and more. “Outplacement services are proven to limit potential lawsuits, enhance corporate image and improve employee retention and productivity,” said the firm.


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