June 30, 2016 – Executive search firm Gerard Stewart has expanded its services on the West Coast with the opening of a new office in Menlo Park, CA. Sara Boyd has joined the firm to lead the new location as managing director.
In addition to overseeing the Menlo Park business, Ms. Boyd will expand the firm’s search capabilities to include EVPs and senior level management. Her knowledge of microeconomic factors on the West Coast and her pulse on technology trends will enable her to expand the firm’s executive search business at both C-level and senior positions.
With over 25 years of experience in executive search and human capital leadership, Ms. Boyd joins Gerard Stewart from Nelson & Associates, where she was a senior vice president and led the firm’s professional services division. In this role, she was responsible for strategic business planning and operational leadership. She hired and developed many of its senior managers and was responsible for the reorganization, rebranding and expansion of the firm’s accounting and finance professional services division. Prior to Nelson, she served as a member of the executive team with Ajilon Finance Solutions.
“Our presence in Menlo Park is a natural fit for us as we expand our West Coast presence,” said Lisa Maxwell, Gerard Stewart founder and managing partner. “Retained executive search has changed – it requires a consultative approach that Sara and few others have mastered. Sara consistently delivers the highest caliber executives who impact company performance. We are thrilled to have her lead this office.”
Ms. Maxwell noted the strategic fit of the Menlo Park office given Gerard Stewart’s significant experience and continued efforts partnering with private equity firms to identify high caliber executives for their portfolio companies.
“My strategy is to drive business growth with exceptional talent,” said Ms. Boyd. “It’s about hiring executives who are agile leaders. I’ve lived and worked in northern California for 25 years and I know and love the market. I am looking forward to helping companies in this area as well as nationally bring in the right people to create successful and sustainable business growth. Talent is what drives business.”
Headquartered in Atlanta and with an additional office in London, Gerard Stewart been recruiting president and C-level talent for a wide range of companies. The firm was founded in 2005.
A number of executive search firms have expanded to the San Francisco area in recent months. Here is a look at just a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
- Calibre One added Douglas Gladstone and Ryan Polich as vice presidents in its San Francisco offices. Mr. Gladstone is responsible for cultivating relationships with existing Calibre One clients as well as new clients and candidates. Mr. Polich focuses on financial services technology, internet and the industrial sectors;
- Toft Group opened a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area to support continued growth and customer demand. The office is strategically situated in South San Francisco, among neighboring biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and digital health companies;
- London-based search firm Erevena opened its first U.S. office, establishing a new location in San Francisco. The office is led by partner Terry Shaw and principal consultant Max Levy. Further additions the office are expected in coming months;
- Heads! International appointed Jeff DeFazio as managing partner and leader of its West Coast offices. He previously served as managing partner, global consumer and global digital practice leader at CTPartners;
- Boyden added Lynn Ogden as a new partner in its San Francisco office. She is a member of the firm’s global consumer and non-profit & education practices. Previously, Ms. Ogden served as vice president and engagement leader at Senn Delaney, a Heidrick & Struggles company that provides culture shaping and consulting services;
- Fox Rodney Search also expanded its global legal search practice on the West Coast opening of an office in San Francisco / Silicon Valley. Led by director Kelli Fiore, the West Coast office joined three other locations across the U.S. tasked with identifying and recruiting candidates in the legal profession.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media