March 2, 2020 – Following an extensive nationwide search, Diversified Search has placed Nicole Armstrong as the new CEO of Atlanta-based non-profit TechBridge. The assignment was led by TechBridge board member Clint Bailey and Neysa Dillon Brown, managing director with Diversified.
TechBridge is dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through the innovative use of technology as a means to transform non-profit and community impact. More than 50,000 non-profits use TechBridge’s technology.
“We are thrilled to have Nicole on board because she really understands the importance of leveraging technology to drive exponential change with far-reaching outcomes,” said Scott Geller, TechBridge co-founder. “We are confident that Nicole is the right person to lead the organization towards pivotal growth.”
“This is an exciting time for TechBridge. We will celebrate 20 years of service this year. We’ve improved outcomes and transformed over 100 non-profits and we’ve impacted more than 50 million people through the non-profits we serve,” said Vish Narendra, TechBridge board chair (SVP and CIO of Graphic Packaging International). “Nicole brings more than two decades of experience as an exceptional leader and innovator. That, coupled with her extensive public sector, engineering and consulting background makes her uniquely positioned to take TechBridge to the next level of its evolution.”
Ms. Armstrong is a seasoned business executive with more than two decades of experience and a series of successes with public sector, large and mid-sized organizations, particularly focused on operations and emerging business strategies. Most recently, she served as senior vice president of customer success at Renaissance Learning, one of the nation’s largest education technology companies. Before that, Ms. Armstrong was co-founder and CEO of Noodle Markets, K-12’s first digital procurement platform and national marketplace. She also served as president of CORE Education and Consulting.
“I am humbled and deeply honored to have been selected for this role,” said Ms. Armstrong. “I feel a personal connection to the TechBridge mission. My love affair with technology, which started at the age of 11, changed the trajectory of my life.”
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female-owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry. It has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Diversified is the U.S. partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of 58 independent executive search firms that spans 35 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.
Diversified has a track record of identifying, assessing and recruiting leaders to the education, non-profit, and arts and culture sectors. In 2019, the firm acquired Koya Leadership Partners, the nation’s premier search firm dedicated to mission-driven leadership. Many of Diversified’s consultants have served as education and non-profit administrators and leaders, giving them firsthand knowledge of these environments and organizational dynamics.
Based in Atlanta, Ms. Dillon Brown is a managing director in Diversified Search’s healthcare services practice as well as its education, non-profit and arts and culture practice. Her track record of placing impactful executive leaders stems from her diverse leadership experience with several leading healthcare and non-profit organizations. Her focus has been on partnering with hospitals and healthcare systems on talent acquisition, executive and diversity recruitment, organizational assessments and pipeline development. Throughout her 15 years in the executive search industry, Ms. Dillon Brown has worked with a wide array of organizations, including non-profit associations, academic medical centers and some of the country’s largest healthcare systems to secure C-suite leadership.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media