Direct Recruiters Inc. Appoints Practice Leader

November 29, 2023 – Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has named Christian Byrd as practice leader, medical device, overseeing operations in North America and the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Christian will partner with medical device clients across various functions, including commercial, medical, clinical, R&D, regulatory, quality and safety to provide customized recruitment solutions. “We are thrilled to welcome Christian to the DRI team,” said David Peterson, managing partner of plastics, flexible packaging, and specialty chemicals. “His extensive experience in the medical device recruitment industry will allow us to expand into the medtech and medical device industries. We look forward to new growth in these markets with Christian leading the way.”

With 15 years of experience in senior-level executive search, Mr. Byrd has worked with a diverse range of companies, from startups to Fortune 100 corporations, spanning the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Asia Pacific region. He has been engaged by and fulfilled searches for 40+ medical device MNCs, including Stryker, Zimmer (Biomet), Abbott (SJM), B.Braun Aesculap, Boston Scientific, J&J MedTech, Philips, Baxter, BD, Globus Medical, Gore Medical, Teleflex, Rakuten Medical, 3M, and Hill-Rom. During his search career, Mr. Byrd has ran his own firm as well as gaining experience with Morunda and Optia Partners.

“He is not just a recruiter, but a storyteller, and is a passionate advocate of Donald Miller’s StoryBrand model, using it to uncover the unique narratives within each company, hiring scenario, and individual career,” Direct Recruiters said. “Christian crafts compelling messaging and executes a proven, systematic process that can be replicated across different functions and locations.”

DRI assists medical device companies with recruiting, acquiring and retaining senior talent for mission-critical positions. They provide executive search, recruitment, and staffing services to fill roles in the medical device industry.

Related: Direct Recruiters Inc. Appoints Partners

Direct Recruiters Inc. recently named Aaron Kutz, Shayla Jastrzebski, and Kim Jaber as partners. “Aaron, Shayla, and Kim hold major roles in their respective areas of expertise, and contribute towards the overall growth and success of Direct Recruiters,” the firm said. “We are thrilled to announce the promotions of Aaron Kutz, Shayla Jastrzebski and Kim Jaber,” said Dan Charney, president and CEO. “Their accomplishments over the years have enhanced the DRI team in several ways, paving the way for DRI and Starfish companies’ continued growth. Aaron, Shayla, and Kim all are admirable demonstrations of our core values in action, and we look forward to their growth and contributions to DRI and Starfish.”

Retention Guarantee

DRI provides customized employment solutions for clients working in over 25 vertical markets. Since 1983, the firm has been recognized as the relationship-focused search firm specializing in building customized employment solutions. Its team offers contingency search, contract staffing, and retained “Direct Retention” search to source, identify, acquire, and retain top-performing professionals that elevate the success of its client organizations.

Predicting 2024’s Talent Acquisition Trends
No individual can see the future clearly. But when we blend the expert views of global talent leaders with comprehensive data, it becomes clearer. It’s this powerful combination of insights that fuels Korn Ferry’s annual talent acquisition trends report. Each year the search firm, which is the largest globally as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, lays out recruitment trends and talent trends you will be seeing in the coming year and offers advice on how to stay ahead of them. “In 2024, it’s your skills that count,” the Korn Ferry report said. “It’s a big win for diversity, equity and inclusion. And widening the talent pool will bring big advantages to organizations. With so many skills gaps to close, we expect businesses to focus on the skills they need to bring on and develop now.”

DRI backs up its executive searches with a retention guarantee of its placements for one to two years. Direct Retention revolves around a thorough evaluation of candidates by DRI as well as expert independent partners. “When a client is looking to fill a key position, not only do we recruit, interview, acquire, and provide the traditional services, we take it to the next level and offer a full solution using data and analytics to ensure the right fit and retention,” said Mr. Charney.

In 2022, Direct Recruiters was acquired by an investment platform called Starfish Partners. Comprised of a family of companies focused on executive search and staffing, Starfish Partners allows our team at Direct Recruiters to expand our search offerings and resources to our clients and candidates alike. The acquisition will allow all entities and future investments the ability to serve clients more efficiently, maximize full growth potential, and secure continuity of what the founders have built, said Starfish Partners. With an industry of over 25,000 independently owned and operated recruiting firms, Starfish Partners said it is actively pursuing aggressive growth that will be achieved through a variety of mergers, acquisitions, and capital infusion activities.

Related: Direct Recruiters Inc. Acquires Sales Search International

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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