August 11, 2016 – Executive search firm Epsen Fuller Group has placed Anita Allen as a member of the board of directors at Tingley Rubber Corporation. The company sought a director that would bring diversity of thought and a strong financial background.
Ms. Allen, founder and CEO of Allen Advisory Group, a boutique management consultancy, formerly was a consulting partner at KPMG, where she was a practice leader with P&L responsibility driving product development and revenue in services including world class finance and global enterprise resource planning solutions across several industry sectors.
Ms. Allen currently serves on the board of directors of Currant, Inc., a technology startup platform and is director and treasurer of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) New Jersey Chapter. She is an active member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ), and the Women’s President Organization (WPO).
“In Anita, we were able to find just what we needed for Tingley’s next stage of growth. Her passion for collaboration, business process improvement, organizational change and performance effectiveness are truly unparalleled,” said Thomas Fuller, Epsen Fuller CEO and managing partner and Tingley independent board director. “She will bring invaluable diversity of thought as well as a very strong background and experience to the Tingley board.”
In-House Recruiting: Best Practices Redefining Talent Acquisition
This ground-breaking report explores one of the hottest hiring initiatives seen in decades. 25 in-house recruiting case studies examined in detail, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Standard Chartered Bank, Philips, PepsiCo, Nike, Walmart, Cardinal Health, Cleveland Clinic, Deutsche Bank and Time Warner among others.
“Anita’s work with the NACD and her advocacy for diverse boards and good governance was truly impressive to us,” said Bruce McCollum, Tingley chairman and CEO. “Her strategic and financial acumen will add substantial value to the organization.”
Tingley Rubber Corporation is a world leader in the manufacture of Personal Protection & Equipment (PP&E) for use in harsh and/or hazardous environments, including garments and footwear that is waterproof, flame resistant, and electrical arc resistant, as well as a wide variety of high visibility apparel to provide conspicuity of the user in hazardous conditions.
Director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging in recent months, according to recruiters with board practice emphasis. According to Egon Zehnder, heightened expectations now placed on boards have elevated both the professional standards and personal commitment required of all directors.
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, as such candidates are both widely sought after yet sometimes hesitant to take on the intensive responsibilities now required of board service.
As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help them lure new board members. Most in demand, recruiters report: women, senior leaders with global experience, ethnically diverse professionals, and Millennials. Here is a brief look at just a small selection of search firms and their recent board work taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
- Diversified Search recruited Frederic Cumenal, chief executive officer of Tiffany & Co., to serve as a member of the board of directors at Constellation Brands. Charles King, a managing director in Diversified’s New York office, led the search;
- The Onstott Group assisted A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies in the recruitment of Leslie E. Greis to serve on the company’s board of directors. Joe Onstott, managing director, led the assignment. Ms. Greis is the founder and managing member of Perennial Capital Advisors, LLC;
- Greenwich Harbor Partners placed Liz Ritzcovan as a member of the board of directors at The New York Pops. She is the sixth director to be placed on the Pops board by the Greenwich, Conn-based search firm;
- Harvard Group International (HGI) has been selected by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to recruit six new board members. Chuck Cain, a senior partner active in the firm’s non-profit practice, is heading the search;
- Heidrick & Struggles tapped Mary Dillon as a member of the board of directors at Starbucks Corp. Ms. Dillon is chief executive officer of Ulta Beauty;
- Boutique recruiting firm Barton Executive Search recruited Chris Neugent as a member of Welch’s board of directors. Mr. Neugent was recently president and CEO of Post Consumer Brands;
- American Express has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to help it identify potential new board members. The credit card company’s board members come from backgrounds ranging from healthcare companies to an ivy league school to a sports and entertainment company.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media