March 22, 2016 – Stanton Chase International has recently added Dickson Smith, John DiBenedetto and Robert Mulligan to its Boston office. The move comes as the city and its outlying suburbs become attractive hubs for companies and the search firms that service their talent needs.
Mr. Smith, who becomes managing director, has 25 years of executive search experience specializing in the recruitment of financial services professionals. As president and founder of Dickson Smith & Company, a boutique search provider, he specializes in recruiting investment professionals for asset managers. He brings his search expertise to the financial services, technology and life sciences practice groups.
Mr. DiBenedetto brings extensive financial services experience having worked in the asset management space in both New York and Boston. He previously spent 18 years at Fidelity Investments within its asset management and institutional businesses. In his new role, he will focus on executive search within the wealth management, asset management, private equity and financial technology sectors.
Mr. Mulligan joins Stanton Chase as an advisory director with 28 years of experience in the sale and distribution of investment vehicles with firms such as GE Asset Management and Mirae Asset Global Investments, where he managed national account, national sales and research analyst relationships.
Aside from housing burgeoning financial services organizations like the ones Stanton Chase will now advise, the city and its suburbs are replete with businesses focused on technology, venture capital, manufacturing, clean technology, consumer, business services, higher education, non-profit, and high growth — all looking for cutting edge talent who can keep them competitive in their respected fields.
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“Boston is jam-packed with prestigious educational institutions, including Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University,” said Peter Metzger, vice chairman of rival DHR International. “This alone speaks volumes to its potential for housing great C-suite candidates. Much like San Francisco, a large percentage of recent graduates stay nearby to start their own ventures in this historic city.”
It’s no secret, then, that many executive search firms have strengthened their own staffs throughout the region in recent months:
- Egon Zehnder just named Lisa Blais as leader of the firm’s Boston office. She advises boards and CEOs on CEO succession planning, board composition and director recruitment, and leadership development and recruitment;
- Boston-headquartered RM Nephew and Associates has added Denise C. Amari as partner and head of the firm’s financial officers practice. She draws on a strong background in executive recruiting as well as extensive business operations experience;
- Executive search firm Conley Search Group has appointed Peter Hamilton as a managing director in its Boston office. He specializes in recruiting senior executives for companies and non-profits nationwide;
- Russell Reynolds Associates has added Anthony Goodman in Boston as a member of its board effectiveness practice. His previous experience includes creating and leading corporate governance networks, including those for Fortune 500 lead directors and audit committee chairs.
“Over the past few decades, a burst of innovation has created a tech boom along the Route 128 corridor in Boston that rivals Silicon Valley, spurring an ongoing cycle of business innovation and growth,” said Mr. Metzger. “The creation of more than 8,600 new jobs are expected in the area by 2030, which will only further the city’s ability to attract and grow some of the very best and brightest talent in the world.”
Within the Boston area, all of the major search firms have a presence, but here are some others that are worth noting: Isaacson, Miller; BSG Team Ventures; Capital Search Group; Coulter Partners; Onstott Group; Gatti & Associates; Robert Half Executive Search; WinterWyman; David Barrett Partners; Ridgeway Partners; Sheffield Haworth; Allegis Partners; ChampionScott Partners; Boyden; Battalia Winston; DHR International; Gilbert Tweed Associates; Howard Fischer Associates; JM Search; Major, Lindsey & Africa; Daley and Associates; Odgers Berndtson; ON Search Partners; Polachi Inc.; Ross & Co; Slone Partners; and ZRG Partners, among others.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media