June 12, 2015 – John Hawkins, a vice chairman of CTPartners and a 16-year search industry veteran, has joined competitor Odgers Berndtson. He will be based in Columbia, MD and will be joined by his assistant Tina Veen. Mr. Hawkins was a partner in the company’s life sciences and healthcare recruiting practice, where he combined over 25 years of leadership experience in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, board consulting, and investment banking.` He has led recruitment engagements for CEOs, C-level executives, non-executive directors and a range of operating roles in the U.S. and overseas. He was reportedly a top 10 revenue producer while at CTPartners, which has now seen 63 departures since the beginning of the year. At least 12 more significant billers are in advanced talks to leave the company for rival suitors.
Prior to joining CTPartners, Mr. Hawkins was a managing director and global sector leader at Russell Reynolds Associates in the firm’s healthcare practice. While there, he led the firm’s global board of directors and CEO practice and co-founded the Initiative on Global Corporate Governance at Harvard Business School. He also served at Heidrick & Struggles as regional managing partner of the firm’s Americas region.
Also defecting to Odgers Berndtson is partner Keith Macomber, an 18-year search veteran. At CTPartners he was a senior member of the firm’s financial services group for the last decade, where he specialized in asset and wealth management. He has worked with both traditional and alternative investment clients and has placed senior-level professionals in business management roles, portfolio management, research and trading positions as well as group heads, team leaders and individual contributors in institutional marketing and distribution. He will be based in Odgers Berndtson’s expanding New York office.
Prior to joining CTPartners, Mr. Macomber was an asset and wealth management recruitment specialist with Heidrick & Struggles for five years. Before that he spent three years in the financial services practice of Sullivan & Co.
“I am delighted to announce the addition of these two new partners to the firm,” said Odgers Berndtson New York managing partner Steven B. Potter. “They will both be terrific for us as we build out our life sciences, asset management and board of directors’ capabilities.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media