December 23, 2020 – Frederickson Partners has expanded its geographic coverage and focus on the Southeast U.S. and Latin America. The firm has named partner Beth Ann Namey as executive search lead for the Southeast. In the new role, she will open the firm’s Nashville, TN office to serve as the Southeast regional hub for Frederickson Partners and to lead the Latin American marketplace, helping serve organizations in these regions.
“I’m delighted to place Beth Ann Namey in this new role, to meet the growing demand by our clients in both these regions,” said Valerie Frederickson, founder and CEO. “Beth Ann’s excellent track record working with innovative start-ups and enterprises gives her deep expertise in tech and many other sectors, both in the U.S. and in Latin America. She has the executive search and global HR expertise to help clients find the people/HR leader to guide them through growth and transformation.”
The appointment allows Frederickson to meet a growing demand for services that it has seen in both geographical areas. As one of the emerging tech hubs in the Southeast that include Research Triangle Park (Raleigh, NC); Atlanta; Huntsville, AL; Charlotte, NC; and South Florida, Nashville now leads the U.S. as the eighth most popular city to move to, the firm said. Additionally, Tennessee has seen a 40 percent increase in corporate headquarters jobs since 2013. In Latin America, venture capital has surged in the last decade with $4.6 billion invested in start-ups just in 2019. Both trends point to a growing number of businesses with a need for the HR executive search and advisory services that are Frederickson’s specialty.
Ms. Namey is currently a partner with Frederickson, where she previously served as chief of staff and also as a director of executive search. She will relocate to Nashville from Silicon Valley, where she has worked on more than 75 searches with U.S. and global-based companies in technology and a range of other industries. Earlier in her professional career, Ms. Namey was a professional ballet dancer and coach and also served as a union representative, and on the negotiating committee for the American Guild of Musical Artists.
“I’m excited to help Frederickson Partners continue to expand and serve our growing clientele both in the Southeast of the U.S. and in Latin America,” said Ms. Namey. “We have been leaders in the dispersed-first, no home office movement and with the advent of COVID-19, are actively advising our clients to upgrade their global HR talent.”
Veteran HR Consultants
Founded in 1995, Frederickson Partners has completed over 2,500 HR executive searches and HR consulting engagements, maintaining relationships with more than 10,000 rising and established HR executives worldwide. Specializing in the placement of chief human resources officers/ chief people officers and their teams for high-growth employers, the firm also provides HR strategy, consulting and thought leadership.
Based in Menlo Park, CA, the firm is deeply rooted in the technology sector, with experience in biotech, clean energy, cloud and data storage, E-Commerce, fintech, gaming, hardware, IoT, media, semiconductors and telecommunications.
During the summer, Frederickson Partners formed an expanded diversity and inclusion (D&I) recruiting practice. The service is led by chief of staff Ben Taylor, a five-year veteran of the firm, and CEO Valerie Frederickson. The firm reports that in June it saw a threefold increase in companies requesting D&I searches. Fueled by Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S., many businesses are committing to creating a more equitable and diverse workplace and now plan to hire their first D&I leader, the firm said.
“With the Black Lives Matter movement, CEOs and boards now aim to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, to make right long-standing disparities in opportunity,” said Ms. Frederickson. “The movement has highlighted the critical importance of equal pay and promotion irrespective of race, gender and age. Experienced leaders who can fill a chief diversity office position are a small, highly sought-after pool of executives who have proven they can drive change within an organization and deliver results. We help leading employers find those in-demand leaders.”
To help manage and fuel its growth, Frederickson Partners began the year with naming Brian Brinkley as chief growth officer. Mr. Brinkley is a nationally recognized thought leader in human capital management with a track record that includes years of management consulting at PwC and progressive to executive leadership roles at Aon Hewitt, West Monroe Partners, Premise Health and Evive.
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