Boyden Elects Chairman and CEO to New Terms, Appoints New Board Members

May 8, 2019 – 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.

The new board members, elected to two-year terms, include: Jim Harmon, a managing partner of Boyden Canada and member of the firm’s global technology practice; Kjetil Haug-Nodeland, a managing partner of Boyden Norway and member of the global industrial practice; and Ulrich Schumann, a managing partner of Boyden Germany and former global technology practice leader.

“As we grow, Boyden’s global board is continually assessing our clients’ needs as markets rapidly evolve, including the impacts of technology and other critical areas of disruption,” said Mr. Kasten, who also serves as a managing partner of Boyden Germany. “Trina has been a tremendous firm leader and Jim, Kjetil and Uli are key additions to our board. Our new board members offer important expertise in technology, private equity and venture capital, which are playing increasingly important roles in all sectors, including consumer/retail, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, and industrial organizations.”

New Board Members

Mr. Harmon is a member of firm’s global technology practice. He has executed numerous board, CEO, C-suite and other senior executive placements in the tech, aerospace and defense sectors. In addition, he is a co-founder of Boyden’s Ontario offices and serves on Boyden’s Canadian board of directors.

Mr. Haug-Nodeland leads a range of board and senior executive searches for Norwegian and multinational organizations in consumer/retail, industrial, energy, professional services, private equity and venture capital.

Mr. Schumann specializes in new areas within international IT, telecommunications, new media, IoT, big data and cleantech, with a strong background in private equity and venture capital. He also focuses on board appointments and searches in consumer and retail as well as industrial.

Partners continuing to serve on the firm’s global board include William Farrell, Asia-Pacific director and managing partner of Greater China; Carita Lahti, EMEA director and managing partner of Boyden Finland; and Robert Travis, Americas director and managing partner of Boyden Canada and Boyden United States.

Boyden is a global provider of executive search services, with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries. Founded in 1946, the firm specializes in high-level executive search, interim management and human capital consulting across a broad spectrum of industries.

Expansion Plans

Boyden continues to expand and add talent across several global regions. Here are some related news items from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Last month, the firm named Roger T. Duguay, managing partner of the Montréal office, as leader of its cross-sector global CEO and board services practice. He succeeded Tom Flannery, who will continue as managing partner of the firm’s Pittsburgh office and as the North American leader of the CEO and board services practice. Mr. Duguay will continue as a managing partner and board member of Boyden Canada.

Boyden recently appointed Rahul Sen as partner and global lead of its wealth management and private banking practice. Mr. Sen is an accomplished executive search professional with 10 years’ experience in senior-level executive search across the banking and finance sectors. He possesses a track record placing senior executives across several key financial hubs…

Boyden also recently named Victor Escandón as its new chief financial officer. He replaces Lydia Reitana, who held the role since 2012. Mr. Escandón is responsible for all of the firm’s strategic financial activities and initiatives. He will report directly to Trina Gordon, Boyden’s president and CEO. 

Boyden named Francesca d’Arcangeli, a managing partner of Boyden U.K., as its new global industrial practice leader. Ms. d’Arcangeli has 25 years of leadership experience, including 15 years in consulting and nearly a decade in executive search across Europe and the Middle East. 

Boyden added Morten Winther and Henrik Harbo as managing partners to lead its Denmark operations working in both Copenhagen and Aarhu. Additionally, Marika Grote will serve as a principal and head of research. All three came to Boyden from Flensby & Partners.

Boyden relaunched its Budapest operations with the addition of Judit Szalóky Tóth as a partner in Hungary. Ms. Szalóky Tóth has more than 20 years’ experience in executive roles and more than a decade in C-suite business consulting at high-level globally listed companies, providing counsel to more than 100 local and international clients.

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

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