About Us

Diversified Search is not only a search firm, but also something larger: an idea. The firm has five tentpole values—truth, respect, goodwill, integrity, and excellence—that inform each and every search.

Originally founded in 1974 to find executive roles for women, today the firm is one of the top ten executive search firms in the country. And it remains committed to those core values and the idea that in diversity lies strength—it is owned by a woman, and led by an African-American man. Its core values extend to every corner of the firm, whose managing directors bring both broad and deep experience in 16 industry and functional practices.

With nine national offices and worldwide search capability through AltoPartners, a global alliance of independent search firms with 60 offices in 38 countries, Diversified Search remains as committed as ever to its mission of “Advancing Leaders, Transforming Organizations.”

Our global partner is AltoPartners

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Your search will always have a Managing Director leading the process from the beginning through to completion. This emphasis on experience enables the firm to work with clients in challenging internal perspectives and moving beyond the expected.

 

Solutions And Expertise

The firm approaches search differently than others. Throughout its history, they have always sought leaders that not only have strong character and credentials, but also those with different perspectives and views. The firm uses the power of this perspective to help guide your company beyond the expected.

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning

News Briefings

Diversified Search Acquires Grant Cooper

M&A activity, with the support of private equity firms, continues unabated in the executive search industry. In the latest deal, Diversified Search has acquired Grant Cooper, a St. Louis-based healthcare-focused executive search firm. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Judith M. von Seldeneck, founder and chair of Diversified, said: “The acquisition of Grant Cooper

CEO Confidence Remains Moderately Optimistic

Although chief executives continue to be upbeat about the economy, their confidence levels have waned in recent months. In its most recent report, the Conference Board’s “Measure of CEO Confidence” was unchanged at 43 in the second quarter (a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses). “CEO confidence was unchanged

Diversified Search Places Two Women Directors at Jacobs

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. At the same time, many boards find that the supply of independent-minded “board experienced” directors – especially those who can add vital forms of specialized skills and expertise – is limited. Such candidates are

Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

Press Releases

Baptist Health in Northeast Florida Selects New CEO

April 12, 2019, Jacksonville, FL — Following an extensive national search, Baptist Health has selected a new president and CEO. Brett S. McClung, FACHE, is joining Baptist Health from Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care systems in the United States, with 29 hospitals serving nearly 7 million people. He will

Seasoned PBS Executive Joins Diversified Search

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 13, 2018 — Denielle Pemberton-Heard, who for the past 15 years has helped oversee key content acquisition and partnership initiatives for national public television, has joined Diversified Search, one of the nation’s top five executive search firms, as its new General Counsel and Managing Director, effective immediately. She will be based in the

UTSA announces search for Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, June 19, 2018 – The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is conducting a national search for the university’s first Vice President for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE). As a member of UTSA’s senior leadership team, the VPIE will work closely with campus stakeholders to develop practices that contribute toward establishing a campus climate of

Molly A. Robb Joins Diversified Search

PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 15, 2018 – Molly A. Robb, a seasoned search executive with more than 20 years of experience identifying and placing C-Suite talent in the Healthcare, Private Equity/Venture Capital and Life Sciences sectors, has joined Diversified Search as a Managing Director. Robb will work under the umbrella of San Francisco-based BioQuest, which became

Chris Berger Returns to Diversified Search as New Co-Leader of Human Resources Practice

PHILADELPHIA, February 15, 2017 — Diversified Search, one of the top ten executive search firms in the nation, announced today that Chris Berger, an executive recruiter with more than 25 years in human resources executive search and most recently the co-owner of the Connecticut-based boutique firm, RomanoBerger LLC, will rejoin the firm to co-lead the firm’s Human Resources

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Diversified Search and Alto PartnersHunt Scanlon Viewpoint: With Disruption Ahead for U.S. Telecom, is the Right Leadership in Place?
Next generation telecom leaders will be multi-faceted. As the status quo is no longer a viable business plan, telecom executives will be compelled to pursue…