Diversified Search Expands in Financial Services and Non-Profit Sector Recruiting

September 13, 2018 – Executive search firm Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive recruitment firms in the U.S., has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Michael Sarnoff as the new leader of its financial services practice and Lionel Anderson as managing director in the education, non-profit, and arts and culture practice.

Mr. Sarnoff, who will be based in Southern California, previously was co-founder and partner at Highland Road LLC, a boutique executive search and capital advisory firm in Los Angeles. His clients have included asset and investment managers, hedge funds, private equity and private debt funds, and investment banks, among others. Prior to co-founding the firm, Mr. Sarnoff served as a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, where he concentrated on capital markets in the financial services sector, and as a client partner at Korn Ferry, where he helped build the firm’s global markets business. He began his career at PBJ Digital, a North Hollywood start-up.

Mr. Anderson will be based in Washington, D.C. His executive search career started at Isaacson, Miller, where he recruited senior leadership for colleges, universities and foundations. Within higher education, he has focused on presidential searches. Among his previous clients are the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Morehouse College, New York University, Northeastern University, Smith College, Temple University, Tuskegee University and the University of Bridgeport. For nearly a decade prior to his work in search, he served in various capacities in undergraduate student development. As an inaugural board member of TeenSHARP, a non-profit college preparatory program for promising low-income students in Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, Mr. Anderson led efforts to fund the organization’s early college tours with students while also publishing seasonal op-eds with the New York Times around undergraduate student success.


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“The addition of such highly skilled and deeply connected executives as Michael and Lionel shows that Diversified Search continues to attract top-drawer talent,” said Dale E. Jones, president and CEO. “We are delighted to have their expertise, ideas, and energy as we remain committed to setting the standard for excellence in the executive search industry.”

Recent Expansion

Diversified has experienced a wave of growth in recent months. This past spring, the firm added Kyung H. Yoon as a senior advisor. She brings added strength to the firm’s innovation and transformation, consumer and retail, CEO and board practices. Ms. Yoon is CEO and founder of the Silicon Valley-based Talent Age Associates, where she has developed talent strategies for the Fortune 500, multinational corporations and mid-cap/venture-backed companies in the technology, fashion, consumer, lifestyle and financial sectors. She was formerly vice chairman of Heidrick & Struggles and is regularly engaged as a corporate director, advisor and executive search and organizational consultant.

Just before that, Diversified expanded into Boston with the addition of Molly A. Robb, a seasoned search executive with more than 20 years’ experience placing C-suite talent in the healthcare, private equity/venture capital and life sciences sectors. She joined the firm as a managing director and will work under the umbrella of San Francisco-based BioQuest, which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Diversified Search in 2016. Ms. Robb joins Diversified from Horton International, where she served as a managing director specializing in recruiting senior-level healthcare investors and operating leaders within healthcare private equity and venture capital and both public and private life sciences companies.

Diversified also added renowned physician-leader Steven Altschuler as senior advisor. Dr. Altschuler specializes in work in academic medicine within Diversified’s healthcare services search practice, the firm said. He provides insights into client challenges and candidate fit for CEO, dean and department chair roles, as well as for senior-level positions in the life sciences.

“We are gratified to have someone of Steve Altschuler’s caliber and deep experience on our team at Diversified, as we continue to identify and place leaders at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the nation,” said Judith M. von Seldeneck, the firm’s founder and chairman. “Having known Steve personally for years, I cannot think of anyone who better represents the high quality and professionalism of our healthcare services practice, and I am delighted to welcome him into the Diversified family.”

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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