November 16, 2023 – Houston, TX-headquartered executive search firm Beecher Reagan has addition of Jeff Harms as managing director and leader of the digital and technology officers practice. “Digital transformation continues to be top of mind for CEOs and business leaders, and demand will only increase as technology rapidly evolves,” said Clark Beecher, managing partner and co-founder of Beecher Reagan. “As Beecher Reagan doubles down on our strength and legacy in digital and tech, we are proud to bring on an expert like Jeff to drive results and expand our offerings for the clients we serve. Jeff’s legacy in the space mirrors our own, with deep experience inside professional services organizations building technology and digital practices, as well as almost 20 years in retained executive search.”
Mr. Harms’ client experience spans professional services, private equity and industry-leading corporate entities. He has decades of experience conducting CIO, CTO, CDO, CISO, CPO and consulting leadership searches in multiple industry sectors, working cross-functionally in digital and technology segments that include AI & machine learning, cloud, cyber/security, blockchain, IoT, agile, data, and technology modernization.
Mr. Harms most recently served as a partner with Baker Montgomery, a retained executive search and recruiting related consulting services focused on professional services, investor-backed portfolio and senior level corporate positions in technology, strategy and operations, and human capital. There, he was a member of the firm’s leadership team where he led client development and project execution for leadership-level roles in professional services firms of all sizes, as well as transformational leadership positions in investor-backed portfolio companies and large corporate entities. During his career, Mr. Harms also gained experience at PwC, DiamondCluster International, and Accenture.
“I chose to focus my career on talent and recruitment because of the lasting impact – both for people and organizations,” said Mr. Harms. “Taking the time to deeply understand the needs and values of the executives and organizations we serve is the best way to ensure alignment and longevity. At Beecher Reagan, we measure ourselves by long-term retention rates of the leaders we place, as well as the value they add for the firms we serve.”
Experienced Search Firm
Founded in 2009 by Mr. Beecher and Tim Reagan, Beecher Reagan is an executive search and leadership firm focused exclusively on senior professional services and the consulting talent market. The firm brings more than 100 years of combined experience to help professional services, Fortune 500 and alternative investment companies map search strategies to organizational goals. The partners at Beecher Reagan have longstanding relationships within the consulting, professional services, and private equity space.
Mr. Beecher has spent the majority of his career advising management consulting, technology services and business advisory service firms on building and growing their industry, functional and geographical practice areas. For over 20 years, he has led and completed searches for some of the leading professional services firms including: Accenture, AlixPartners, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, EY, Infosys, IBM, KPMG, McKinsey & Company, Oliver Wyman and PwC Strategy&.
Mr. Reagan leads the private equity practice and has completed numerous searches including operating partner roles for PE firms and hedge funds and helped their portfolio companies hire senior leaders. He has expertise in the areas of operations, enterprise transformation, commercial excellence, digital transformation, turnaround and restructuring, finance, strategy, and human capital leadership roles.
In September, Beecher Reagan strengthened its search staff with the appointment of Brad Pierce as managing director and co-leader the advisory and middle-market practices, as well as the investor-backed CFO practice. “As Beecher Reagan targets strategic growth in middle-market consulting and doubles-down on our commitment to serve private equity clients, we look for highly specialized leaders like Brad to make a big impact for the firms we serve,” said Mr. Beecher. “Brad’s unique subject matter expertise, especially around accounting, financial advisory, audit, and transaction advisory services, helps us invest ahead of demand. When private equity firms need top CFO talent to support portfolio growth, Beecher Reagan is ready to serve.”
Prior to joining Beecher Reagan, Mr. Pierce founded a boutique executive search firm Pierce Search Partners, which served middle market advisory and professional services firms for directors, principals, partners, managing directors, OMPs, and practice leaders.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media