October 25, 2017 – In recent months, executive search firms have been plucking talent for their own ranks from a wide array of corporate sectors. Executive search firm Fairway Consulting Group recently added former UCB Pharma HR executive Tripp Smallwood as senior director. He will be working with clients on their senior strategic hiring needs.
“We are proud and excited to have Tripp join the Fairway team,” said Dan Gold, president of Fairway Consulting Group. “We believe Tripp’s wealth of recruiting experience and industry intelligence will enhance the highly consultative solutions we provide to our diverse client base in North America and Europe.”
Mr. Smallwood said he saw his new role as a great opportunity. “I am delighted to join the team at Fairway whose key characteristic as a company has always been customer care,” he said. “The opportunity to be part of this unique group represents a chance to leverage all I have learned throughout my career to further advance their reputation for offering differentiated talent solutions and deliver superior results to its valued customers.”
Talent Acquisition Veteran
Mr. Smallwood has 15 years of talent acquisition experience in the life science industry, delivering strategic and tactical contributions. Most recently, he was director of talent acquisition for the Americas for UCB Pharma. His responsibilities included overseeing multi-national recruitment operations, talent strategy and executive search. Prior to that, he was associate director of recruitment for Peachtree BioResearch Solutions, a clinical research organization. Mr. Smallwood began his career at Aerotek, rising to senior recruiting manager, a role in which he was accountable for multiple national accounts in the life sciences.
Based in New York, Fairway Consulting Group is an executive search firm for the life science industry. The firm, which has been in business for more than 20 years, has executed more than 1,000 searches. Its recruiting professionals focus on senior commercial operations and R&D roles.
Tapping Outside Talent
In recent months, search firms have been recruiting talent from outside their industry to serve as recruiters in their respective areas of expertise. Here’s a look at a few recent appointments from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
In the wake of its launch earlier this month, Academic Career & Executive Search has added former Tuskegee University president Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon to its team. He brings 30 years of experience in academia to the West Hartford, CT-based recruitment firm. Dr. Rochon was formerly AVP for collaborative research at Purdue University.
Executive search and leadership solutions provider Marlin Hawk expanded its financial services practice with the addition of Kirstine Wilson in New York. Ms. Wilson has 15 years of talent management experience gained at Goldman Sachs where she focused on lateral hiring as vice president, global head – experienced hires.
Former Bayer executive Timothy Hayes has joined New Jersey-based JBK Associates International as managing director of consumer and leadership services. Previously, Mr. Hayes spent 15 years as president of North America for Bayer’s consumer healthcare division, helping the organization achieve strong growth.
Witt/Kieffer named Bonnie Panlasigui, former chief administrative officer with Alameda Hospital in California, as a consultant in the firm’s healthcare practice. Based in Emeryville, CA, Ms. Panlasigui has vast experience as a senior executive spanning broad operations with for-profit and not-for-profit health systems.
Diversified Search has brought aboard a renowned physician-leader, Dr. Steven Altschuler, as senior advisor. He specializes in work in academic medicine within Diversified’s healthcare services search practice. Dr. Altschuler is a globally renowned physician, researcher, entrepreneur and academic medicine chief executive officer.
Brenda Gumbs, former executive vice president of people and culture of Perfetti Van Melle, has joined Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. as executive strategist. Ms. Gumbs has been a human resource practitioner for 30 years, chiefly as a senior executive.
Haydee Ortiz Olinger, who most recently served as global chief compliance officer for McDonald’s, has joined the advisory and coaching division of BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm specializing in building corporate legal and compliance teams. Ms. Olinger joins BarkerGilmore’s team of former Fortune 500 general counsel and chief compliance officers.
Philip Tang has joined executive search firm Witt/Kieffer in its education practice. He brings to the job nearly 15 years of university administration experience at one of the nation’s leading universities. Mr. Tang previously served as vice provost for academic services at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
SRi named former Manchester City technical director Mike Rigg as global football advisor. He will focus on working with the firm’s growing list of football clients in North America, Europe, the U.K. and Asia. Mr. Rigg has been at the forefront of global football for more than 30 years at both youth and senior international and domestic levels.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media