Boyden Adds Former Goodwill CEO and Psychologist as Senior Advisors

June 24, 2020 – Boyden has added former Goodwill CEO Jim Gibbons and accomplished psychologist Christina Greathouse as senior advisors.

“Jim and Christina are tremendous additions as senior advisors to Boyden’s CEO and board services practice – they will consult to our partners and clients globally,” said Craig Stevens, a Boyden board member, U.S. chairman and managing partner. “I have had the privilege of working with both Jim and Chris for 20 years, observing them enhance board performance.”

Mr. Gibbons is the former president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International and Dr. Greathouse is an industrial/organizational psychologist who is well-known for her consultation on all critical aspects of leadership and human resources.

Mr. Gibbons has a track record delivering results. Prior to Goodwill, he served as president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind and president and CEO of AT&T CampusWide Access Solutions, a subsidiary of AT&T. Mr. Gibbons will also serve as a key advisor in Boyden’s social impact practice.

Mr. Gibbons holds numerous awards including the Jefferson Award for Public Service and was appointed to the White House Council Community Solutions by President Obama. He was named to the Nonprofit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50 five times between 2010 and 2017. Mr. Gibbons holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and was the first blind person ever to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Greathouse has assisted a range of clients, both for-profit and not-for-profit, with HR issues including executive search, succession planning, compensation, strategic planning, assessment and selection, and performance management. She has served as an adjunct faculty member of Marymount University School of Business Administration and an executive professor at George Mason University’s School of Management. Earlier, she served as a managing director of Fosters Partners Executive Search, a KPMG alliance firm.

Dr. Greathouse, a frequent speaker on work motivation, employee engagement and performance, holds a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from George Mason University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology form Wheaton Graduate School.

Expansion Plans

Boyden, headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 65 offices in over 40 countries. It continues to expand and add talent across several global regions. Here are some related news items from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

 Boyden has added executive search and leadership advisory firm Stones International to the organization expanding the firm’s presence in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. The new 17-member team includes 12 partners and principals with expertise that aligns with Boyden’s global practices in financial services, consumer and retail, industrial, technology, professional services and healthcare and life sciences, further ramping up the firm’s regional leadership position in these sectors. The new team will be led by managing partners Giuseppe Milito and Neil Morrison.

Boyden recently added Fanny Gimenez and Koen Vandenberghe as managing partners in Belgium and Luxembour as well as Paul Maertens as a partner to further build the firm’s market leadership in Europe. Ms. Gimenez, a member of Boyden’s industrial practice and private equity and venture capital practice, brings to the firm over 20 years’ management and consulting experience. Mr. Vandenberghe, a member of Boyden’s consumer and retail practice and professional services practice, is an advisor who has conducted numerous senior management engagements in finance, operations, sales and marketing, and technology. Mr. Maertens, a member of Boyden’s CEO and board services practice and technology practice, leverages his 30 years in corporate and public affairs, public policy and corporate governance to provide clients counsel on leadership, political, regulatory and audit committee requirements.

In a series of key leadership decisions, Boyden will largely be staying the course as it looks to continue its growth moving forward. Jörg Kasten has been re-elected to a third term as chairman and Trina Gordon won another term as president CEO, through 2021, the firm said. Three new members, meanwhile, are joining Boyden’s global board. Ms. Gordon has been in her role since 2011.

Boyden has created a new global private equity and venture capital practice and named Anita Pouplard, a managing partner of Boyden France, as its leader. Ms. Pouplard, a trusted advisor to the C-suite and boards, has completed numerous international search assignments over the past 20 years. A large share of her client work is in fast-growing sectors with large volumes in investment by PE and VC firms in technology, digital transformation, SaaS, internet of things, fintech and cleantech/greentech.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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