Charles Aris Announces Promotions

Charles Aris Promotions

February 2, 2018 – Executive search firm Charles Aris Inc. has recently announced promotions for Ashlee Wagner, Heather Porter, and T.J. Deal.

Ms. Wagner has been named as senior associate practice leader. As a key member of the firm’s strategy & corporate development recruiting practice, she will focus on placing senior leaders with client organizations in the financial services industry. Prior to her most recent elevation to a business development role, she specialized in the recruitment of senior leaders for the firm’s strategy consulting clientele. The firm’s strategy & corporate development practice has placed more than 550 candidates in mission-critical roles since 2004.

“Charles Aris is incredibly proud to announce the promotion of Ashlee Wagner to senior associate practice leader, a role in which she will lead our strategy & corporate development practice while recruiting for clients in financial services,” said CEO Chad Oakley. “Since her very first day at the firm, Ashlee has led our organization in the number of meaningful conversations with prospective candidates, which is perhaps the most important metric for success in executive search.”

Ms. Wagner joined Charles Aris in 2014 following a three-year stint with insurance and financial services leader State Farm, where she served clients’ needs for auto, home, life and health insurance, as well as banking products.

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Ms. Porter has also been elevated to senior associate practice leader. In this role, she will focus on placing executive sales and marketing leaders in her industrial client organizations. Ms. Porter quickly developed expertise in the firm’s engineering & operations recruiting practice, where she worked closely with Charles Aris senior vice president Greg Harper in the industrial space. She joined the firm in 2014 with more than nine years of experience in sales, marketing and operations – including eight years as a director of operations for Cold Stone Creamery’s North Carolina and South Carolina territories.

“I am excited to continue to work with Heather in this new capacity,” said Mr. Harper. “Heather’s vast experience during her time with Charles Aris will no doubt lead to her success within our sales & marketing function in the industrial space.”

Mr. Deal has been appointed as an associate practice leader. In this role, he will add business development responsibilities across the technology industry to his functional recruiting efforts in strategy and corporate development. Before joining Charles Aris in 2015, Mr. Deal directed military accounts for Arbor Supply, a brokerage firm that facilitates the distribution of non-food items to the Military Commissaries.

“T.J. is a fantastic addition to our technology practice, and we’re lucky to have him,” said Charles Aris vice president Steven Stewart, who leads the firm’s technology recruiting practice. “He’s bright, enterprising and incredibly hard-working – three attributes which will serve him and Charles Aris well for many years to come. I’m thrilled to partner with him as we take this practice to the next level.”

Established nearly 50 years ago, Charles Aris is a search industry pioneer focused on senior-level assignments within the strategy & business development, private equity, consumer/ retail, finance & accounting, sales & marketing, education, executive leadership, engineering & operations, chemicals, and agribusiness sectors.


Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the ladder within their respective firms. Here’s a look at a few recent promotions at executive search firms from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

OverNorth promoted Renato T. Amador to partner. He is based jointly out of the firm’s Chicago headquarters and Washington, D.C. satellite location. Mr. Amador’s expertise revolves around recruiting transformational analytics, technology and human resources executives.

Quick Leonard Kieffer named Courtney Lada as managing partner. As the senior-most role within the firm, she is responsible for business development, strategic planning, project management, and team member training and advancement. During her tenure, Ms. Lada has closed more than 100 C-level searches.

In July, Witt/Kieffer announced 10 promotions in its expanding search practices. Werner Boel, based in Atlanta, is now senior partner and leader of the firm’s legal services practice. Melissa Fincher, based in Columbus, OH, is now a senior associate in the firm’s education practice.

Executive search firm Lucas Group has promoted two key players to bolster its ranks. Justin Martinez was named managing partner and leader of the firm’s Chicago-based information technology practice and Aaron Silbert was tapped as branch practice manager to spearhead its HR business in New York City.

Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE promoted Allicia Hahn to partner. She joined the firm two years ago as managing director to build client relationships by delivering tailored recruitment solutions to the human resources, marketing, supply chain manufacturing and information technology sectors. She also has assumed a leadership role for the firm’s operational excellence initiative.

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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