February 23, 2022 – Chicago-based executive search firm DHR Global has acquired Philadelphia-based Westmont Search. The move adds two search consultants to the DHR roster and will strengthen the firm’s presence in the healthcare sector. Wendy Brown-Blau and Peter Blau, co-founders of Westmont Search, will join DHR as managing partners with a focus on health systems, managed care services and government programs.
“We are pleased to welcome Wendy, Peter and the Westmont Search team to DHR,” said Geoff Hoffmann, CEO of DHR Global. “DHR and Westmont Search are a perfect fit – with a shared vision of supporting clients with high-touch services delivered by experienced search consultants. Through DHR’s global platform, Westmont Search’s clients will have the same great service with access to a wider range of talent solutions, including individual, team and organizational development consulting services and deep expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion solutions.”
Westmont Search is a healthcare-focused executive search firm with a focus of hiring healthcare executives. It specializes in recruiting and placing leadership positions in finance, operations, information technology and management professionals for hospitals, managed care, healthcare providers and insurance companies.
Mr. Blau focuses on executive search for senior clinical and non-clinical leaders for health systems and managed care organizations. His experience in diverse fields—including healthcare, consumer products, energy and technology—enables him to quickly understand his clients’ unique needs, DHR says. “Peter delivers a high-touch, relationship-based client experience with a promise to personally interview, vet and prepare each candidate,” the firm said.
With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Brown-Blau is a nationally recognized leader in executive search for managed care, government programs and health systems. She specializes in physician leadership and healthcare financial, compliance, marketing and operational leadership, and has worked with many well-known managed care plans and health systems across the country.
“DHR’s collaborative environment will provide our clients more resources while enabling us to continue to deliver the hands-on boutique experience they have come to expect,” said Ms. Brown-Blau.
“Through DHR our clients get the support and service offerings of a large global firm, which will allow us to provide more service offerings such as board and CEO executive search, diversity and talent advisory services and emerging leader search,” said Mr. Blau.
Global Search Firm
Since 1989, DHR Global has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly owned offices spanning the globe. The firm’s consultants specialize in all industries and functions, providing senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the qualities and specifications of its client base.
Acquisitions and consolidations continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Haddonfield, NJ-based True, a global executive talent management platform, has acquired climate technology and sustainability executive search firm Hobbs & Towne, Inc. (HTI). Led by Andrew Towne and Robert Hobbs, HTI will continue to serve its mission-driven clients and provide a greater range of capabilities under True. True, one of the fastest growing search firms of the past decade, reported global revenues of $116.5 million last year. The firm placed No. 7 in the Hunt Scanlon Top 25 rankings. Hobbs & Towne ranked No. 24 and was crowned the fastest growing search firm of the year, reporting a 59 percent growth rate.
ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has acquired boutique strategy consulting firm Brimstone Consulting Group LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The complementary nature of our businesses made Brimstone an obvious partner for ZRG, as we continue to expand our portfolio of talent advisory solutions,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Further ensuring a new CEO is successful with the proven process of Brimstone will create a new paradigm for CEO transitions.”
Korn Ferry has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lucas Group. “This combination is the right move at the right time,” said Korn Ferry CEO Gary D. Burnison. “Today’s workscape is being transformed before our eyes – people working anywhere, everywhere and at any time. Professionals are on the move. Boomers are retiring, and career nomads are looking for change – early and often. We are seizing this opportunity to help clients find the right talent who are highly agile with specialized skills and expertise to help them drive superior performance.”
Orlando, FL-headquartered healthcare-focused search firm Kirby Bates Associates (KBA) and Tyler & Company have merged business operations. The unified organization will operate under the Kirby Bates Associates brand. “Tyler & Company offers an exciting opportunity for Kirby Bates to strengthen its service and scope in healthcare executive leadership,” said Melissa A. Fitzpatrick, president of Kirby Bates Associates and Tyler & Company. “With its range of high-profile clients and service expertise, Tyler & Company’s complementary offerings are highly aligned to Kirby Bates’ strategy to lead the market by expanding services throughout the C-suite and across the continuum of care.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media