May 6, 2019 – Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Houston-based executive search firm Beecher Reagan has welcomed former North Highland Worldwide Consulting executive Angela Navarro as its president and chief operating officer, a new role with the company.
“Angela’s appointment is a clear reflection of how far we have come as a major player in the search and leadership firm sector,” said Clark Beecher, managing partner of Beecher Reagan. “Her success leading and growing recruiting firms and driving growth as the head of global operations for a management consulting firm strengthens our leadership team and positions us for greater impact and service to our clients. We are not only excited but honored to have her.”
Ms. Navarro will drive Beecher Reagan’s long-term vision and expansion. She is expected to help bolster the company’s global reach, develop the leadership advisory practice and broaden core client offerings such as Verity, Beecher Reagan’s proprietary professional services leadership assessment. Verity leverages the firm’s most impactful candidate profiles and Hogan Assessments data science to provide clients access to greater insights, improving the quality of engagement, interviewing and hiring practices.
Ms. Navarro joins Beecher Reagan directly from the management consulting industry. She most recently held the role of senior vice president of global operations at North Highland Worldwide Consulting. Ms. Navarro has more than 20 years’ experience within the professional staffing and search industries, building a strong and consistent legacy of developing internal teams and external alliances to stimulate and deliver year-over-year growth and profitability. Moreover, Ms. Navarro has a proven track record in strategic planning and sustainable continuous improvement.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Beecher Reagan,” Ms. Navarro said. “I’m not only drawn to the company’s outstanding brand and value proposition, but also to the emphasis placed on client attention and results. Having spent recent years overseeing workforce solutions at a global management consulting firm, I have a keen understanding of what is required in the industry from a talent perspective,” she said. “I am excited to bring that insight into Beecher Reagan where it can be leveraged to expand our services and overall commitment to our clients.”
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.
Leadership Appointments Rising at Search Firms
Top leadership appointments have been gaining traction at executive search firms over the past year. Here’s a look at several examples taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
InveniasPartners Appoints President
InveniasPartners, a Chicago-based healthcare executive search and talent advisory services firm, named Joseph E. Fournier as vice chairman and president. Mr. Fournier is a nationally recognized, healthcare leader and military veteran with significant expertise operating large and complex organizations.
The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has appointed executive chairman Nick Stephens as its CEO. Alex Bennett recently stepped down from the top post. Mr. Stephens has been with RSA since 1986 and leads the firm’s board services practice, handling about five or six C-level assignments each year.
U.K.-headquartered executive search firm VMAGROUP has appointed Andrew Harvey as CEO. He succeeds Julia Meighan, who moves into the role of chair. Mr. Harvey came to the firm in 2013, and for the last two years has been U.K. executive director, responsible for the growth and development of all aspects of the U.K. business.
Waltham, MA-based WinterWyman appointed Scott Ragusa as president, succeeding Bob Boudreau, who had been CEO since 2002. Mr. Ragusa was previously president of WinterWyman’s contract staffing and contingency search businesses. He will now be the executive in charge of companywide operations as the firm shifts away from retained recruiting to contingency and interim work.
Egon Zehnder appointed Edilson Camara as its new CEO. He took over from Rajeev Vasudeva, who stepped down in October after holding the position since 2014. Based in Toronto, Mr. Camara assumed the role immediately, becoming the sixth CEO in the firm’s 55-year history.
Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels appointed Alison Gaines as the company’s global CEO. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting practice and recently as managing partner of Gerard Daniels’ Asia Pacific practice, Ms. Gaines will now lead the firm to continue to drive growth across all regions and offices.
Spencer Stuart appointed Ben Williams as its new CEO, succeeding Kevin Connelly, who served two three-year terms as the firm’s leader after previously serving six years as its chairman. Mr. Williams previously led Spencer Stuart’s North American business and, before that, led its financial services practice in the region.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media