Diversified Search Group Names Global Insurance Practice Leader

March 9, 2021 – Diversified Search Group has expanded with the recent addition of veteran search executive Margaret Resce Milkint as a managing director and leader of its global insurance practice. She will be based in Chicago. “Margaret brings not only a wealth of experience, but also so much more,” said Dale E. Jones, the firm’s CEO. “Her strategic thinking, unparalleled market knowledge, and emotional intelligence will be invaluable assets as we recruit and place tomorrow’s leaders in healthcare and insurance.”

“As someone who has been a strong advocate for women in business since the founding of the firm, I am always thrilled to welcome an outstanding, accomplished woman into our company,” said Judith M. von Seldeneck, the founder and chair of the Diversified Search Group. “Margaret’s key leadership abilities and experience – and her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which mirror our own – will be invaluable.” Ms. Milkint is a seasoned talent strategist, DEI champion and evangelist for talent innovation, transformation, and excellence, said the firm. She comes to Diversified Search Group with 35 years of experience in the search industry. Her search career has focused on insurance and healthcare in the C-suite, most notably in filling CEO, COO, CFO, chief actuary, CIO, CRO and chief medical officer/physician executive roles. Ms. Milkint has also done considerable work in the boardroom. She brings experience in the property and casualty, life, health and reinsurance sectors, including insurtech, and has successfully conducted searches in actuarial, analytics, underwriting, claims, operations, risk, finance, investment, legal, technology, sales/distribution and marketing.

Champion for Diversity & Inclusion

Ms. Milkint previously spent 35 years with the Jacobson Group. Prior to joining the executive search field, she began her career at Allstate Insurance Co. Ms. Milkint is a trustee and board chair for the Actuarial Foundation, and also serves as a board member for the Museum of Broadcast Communications and for the Executive Sisterhood, an organization promoting female leadership in business. She also serves as a member of the advisory council of UpSpiral Leadership, a custom leadership and organizational development firm, and as an advisory council member for the Women’s Business Collaborative. A champion for diversity, inclusion and intersectionality in the insurance industry, Ms. Milkint serves as the U.S. chair of ISG, a global business community for women in insurance, and as the chair of the Women in Insurance Initiative for Million Women Mentors/STEMconnector.

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“Diversified Search Group offers me an exciting opportunity to combine my passions in search and in advancing DEI in the insurance and healthcare sectors,” said Ms. Milkint. “This is the right time for heightened commitment in delivering search excellence with intentional action, courage, and empathy as we move forward in leadership transformation. I am honored to join the Diversified team and continue my journey.”

Diversified Search Group is a family of firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded almost five decades ago by Ms. von Seldeneck for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female-owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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