May 4, 2016 – Cincinnati-based executive search firm Centennial Inc. has added Jessica Baron and Derek Jackson to its search staff.
Ms. Baron will serve as vice president of executive search, and will be actively engaged in the Cincinnati business community while also heading up Centennial’s New York City office.
She recently retired from her position as senior director of leadership initiatives & programs at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. During her 11-year tenure with the organization, she was responsible for all programming, including Leadership Cincinnati, Leadership Action, WE Lead, WE Succeed, C-Change and Cincy Next. These programs, which graduate more than 250 leaders a year, help leaders maximize their potential — whether they are young professionals or seasoned C-suite executives. Ms. Baron also held senior executive positions with Marsh USA, Prime Time Communications, Acordia Senior Benefits Agency, and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Mr. Jackson becomes director of client services, based in the firm’s headquarters in Cincinnati.
He has held vice president of human resources and talent strategy positions with several companies, including SDRC, where he worked for nearly a decade in various capacities. He also led the HR departments in several organizations as VP of HR and talent acquisition.
In 2008, Mr. Jackson founded Summit Solutions Group, specializing in helping human resources departments re-think their role within organizations. In 2013, the firm was acquired by endevis, a national talent acquisitions solutions firm, allowing it to expand in southern Ohio.
“Both Jessica and Derek are leaders who are experts at blending the basic tenants of our industry: leadership, vision, and strategy. Adding them to the Centennial team will further enable us to match change and growth-minded clients with leaders who elevate organizations,” said president Mike Sipple. “Jessica has dedicated her career to people: developing people, leading people, providing opportunities for people that they might not otherwise have seen. Derek has a tremendous amount of organizational development experience as well as executive leadership. Both will be an asset for Centennial and our clients.”
Founded in 1975, Centennial provides executive search services to the consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, supply chain, non-profit and services industries. The firm has hands-on experience in recruiting leaders for all aspects of a number of functions, including accounting and finance brand management, consumer insights, digital & e-commerce and marketing, business development and sales, C-suite leadership, engineering and research & development, human resources, and information technology. Recently, Centennial recruited the CEO for Greater Cincinnati robotics firm Remtec Automation.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media