Former CTPartners Recruiter Les Stern Joins Diversified Search as Managing Director

PHILADELPHIA, July 7, 2015 — Diversified Search, one of the nation’s top ten executive search firms, has announced that Leslie (Les) Stern, formerly a Partner with CTPartners, has joined as Managing Director. Stern has over 40 years of experience in executive search, both as an entrepreneur running a successful firm and as a partner with global firms.

Stern was primarily responsible for strategically building the professional ranks of CTPartners. He was charged with broadening the geographic reach of the firm and identifying and staffing practice areas to support efforts throughout the world. Stern’s search career began when he established Stern Associates, a firm he led for 25 years. He merged his firm with Ward Howell, where he was head of the Financial Services Practice. Later he joined Sullivan & Company, which was eventually acquired by Heidrick & Struggles. During his career with Heidrick and Struggles, Stern specialized in conducting senior-level searches in the financial services industry.

According to Diversified Search’s Founder and Chairman Judith M. von Seldeneck, “Drawing on his vast experience, Les analyzes needs in existing industry and functional practice areas, recruiting talent at the partner level. As he has done in the past, Les will be instrumental in helping us attract talent and grow our practices and offices throughout the country.” Diversified President and CEO Dale E. Jones added “We welcome Les’ experience and knowledge of the search business as we continue to grow and maintain our position among the top ten search firms in the country.”

Recognized as a leading professional in Who’s Who and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Stern is one of Crain’s “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in New York.” A graduate of Cornell University, he earned an MBA from Tulane University, and he was an Executive-in-Residence at Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business. He is currently a Board member of the Vail Jazz Foundation; Board member of United Way of Eagle River Valley; Advisory Council Member of the Johnson Museum, Cornell University; and Life member of the Cornell University Council.

About Diversified Search 

With more than 40 years in executive search, Diversified is the largest US woman-founded and owned firm in the industry. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search also has US offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and worldwide in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the Americas. Diversified is the exclusive U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of independent search firms with offices in 31 countries worldwide. For more information, please go to

Stephen S. Morreale
Diversified Search

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