June 16, 2009 – Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson has added Stephen A. Dezember and Kevin B. Kelly as managing directors to open its new Atlanta office. Until recently, Messers Dezember and Kelly were executive vice presidents with the Atlanta firm of Slayton Search Partners. Mr. Dezember has over 15 years of executive search experience with Ray & Berndtson, A.T. Kearney Executive Search, and Edward W. Kelley & Partners; his clients have included pharmaceutical, biotech and device companies with assignments ranging from CEO positions to executive R&D and technical operations positions. Mr. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in executive search conducting senior level assignments for general management, financial, sales and marketing executives, and other functional specialists for consumer, industrial and financial companies; he has been with Ray & Berndtson, A.T. Kearney Executive Search, and Russell Reynolds Associates, where he managed the Atlanta office. "The Atlanta office is a part of the firm's continuing strategy to expand our U.S. presence," said Judith M. von Seldeneck, founder, chairman and CEO of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson. "We are pleased to have seasoned professionals like Steve and Kevin join us to provide a presence as we expand into the important Southeast region marketplace." Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson, headquartered in Philadelphia, also has U.S. offices in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami and Los Angeles. The firm offers global search capabilities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa & Middle East, and Asia with industry specialization in consumer & industrial; education, not-for-profit, arts & culture; financial & professional services; healthcare & human services; private equity/venture capital; retail; life sciences; media & entertainment; and technology.