Glocap Search Taps Investment Management Veteran as CEO

locap Search Annette Krassner CEO

April 19, 2018 – Glocap Search recently named investment management veteran Annette Krassner as its new CEO. She succeeds founder Adam Zoia, who will remain chairman of the firm.

The hiring of Ms. Krassner brings a proven leader, relationship-builder and domain expert to Glocap to continue its core advisory principles, said the firm. “Annette is superbly qualified to succeed me as CEO,” said Mr. Zoia. “She has hands-on experience with hundreds of major financial services clients and has built incredible relationships with industry decision-makers and its most talented professionals.”

Ms. Krassner most recently served as partner and chief administrative officer for Pine River Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund managing $16 billion at its peak. She previously created and managed the hedge fund consulting services business at Goldman Sachs, where she was a managing director in the securities division. In addition to being considered a thought leader in the financial services industry, Ms. Krassner has also been a staunch supporter of diversity and women’s empowerment in the workforce. She is an active participant and supporter of 100 Women in Finance and was named among the Hedge Fund Journal’s “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2013.” She also serves on the UJA Women’s Executive Circle Committee.

“With her experience founding Goldman Sachs’s premier hedge fund prime brokerage consulting offering and who served as a partner and the chief administrative officer at one of the world’s largest hedge funds, Annette brings not just her high-touch approach, but also a successful track record in managing teams and a holistic view of the entire process of talent recruitment,” said Mr. Zoia. “I could not be happier to have her lead Glocap into its next chapter of expansion.”

“Together with the innovation Adam is spearheading, I look forward to ensuring that Glocap continues to provide top-tier talent to our high performance roster of clients,” said Ms. Krassner. “Artificial intelligence and data science are improving and transforming how we do business, but the ‘last mile’ of completing the match between a candidate and client still depends on the human insight that has always been a strength of Glocap’s business model.”

“My philosophy is simple,” she added. “No.1, make every client feel like we are an extension of their team by treating their firm like it’s our own. And No.2, treat every candidate as a partner as we invest in their careers and in the search to find them the right opportunity.”

HR Tech Businesses

Mr. Zoia will expand his role in leading both HR tech businesses Inc. and CompIQ Inc. Stella, based in Silicon Valley and New York City, has raised $12.5 million in funding and is a “shared talent network” for the Fortune 500. It leverages AI to connect recruiting teams in a network across companies to dramatically reduce the time and cost of hiring. Stella has over 100 companies in the network including 50 of the Fortune 500.

CompIQ is a New York-based enterprise software company also with outside funding that similarly employs big data and machine learning to provide employee-by-employee, customized compensation benchmarking data to ensure clients are making competitive compensation strategy decisions. The CompIQ platform is also a compensation management, reporting and compliance system and is used by many of Glocap’s clients.

Established in 1997, Glocap Search serves the specialized recruiting needs of clients in various industries, and has made over 15,000 placements. The firm partners with select private equity funds, hedge funds, investment banks, fund of funds, consulting firms, real estate, media and entertainment, and other industry clients to fulfill their needs across functional areas. Glocap has dedicated and specialized teams of search consultants who place investment, marketing, compliance, human resources and legal professionals as well as COOs, CFOs, bankers, consultants, programmers and administrative assistants.

Glocap recently expanded into the digital media sector. The firm connects start-ups and high growth companies who are looking for creative and digital talent across media, advertising, marketing design, and technology.

Leadership Appointments Rising at Search Firms

Leadership appointments have been gaining traction at executive search firms in recent months. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Columbus, OH-headquartered firm Taylor Strategy Partners appointed Mike Gamble as its new president. Mr. Gamble has been instrumental to Taylor Strategy Partners’ growth since joining the firm as vice president of business development in 2015, the firm said. He has more than 20 years of experience designing comprehensive talent acquisition solutions.

TillmanCarlson appointed Kelly Carlson as its president and CEO. Entering its 16th year, the firm says her promotion sets the stage for growth, innovation and the ability to provide a clear alternative to larger human capital firms. Ms. Carlson joined founder Rob Tillman a year after the search firm was founded after having worked with him in her for Russell Reynolds Associates. 

DRG Search appointed Dara Klarfeld as its new CEO. She is now responsible for leading all aspects of DRG’s work with organizations in the non-profit sector. Ms. Klarfeld worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade before joining DRG Search. Ms. Klarfeld worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade before joining DRG Search.

Hong Kong-headquartered search firm Bó Lè Associates announced that Pierre Zhuang has resigned as CEO and the board named David Chan, managing director and its Shanghai office head, as its new CEO. Mr. Chan joined the firm in 2015 and was head of Bó Lè Associates’ Hong Kong office prior to taking on the role as head of Bó Lè Shanghai office in August of this year.

U.K.-headquartered Armstrong Craven, a specialist executive search and intelligence consultancy, has named Tom Mason as its new CEO. Mr. Mason previously served as senior vice president at Pontoon Solutions, part of the Adecco Group.  Before that, he was a partner at boutique firm Mason McLoud and managing director for EMEA at Allegis Global Solutions.

U.K.-based executive search and interim firm Holmes Noble appointed Donna Chapman as its CEO. Her experience at board level includes mergers and acquisitions, commercial directorship, HR, talent strategies and growth through successful leadership for listed companies, privately-owned and private equity-backed organizations.

Non-profit executive recruiters Higher Talent appointed Mindy Cohen as president and managing partner. Ms. Cohen has been instrumental in establishing the firm’s dedication to educational institutions and non-profits across the country over the past 15 years. She has recruited senior executives, nationally and internationally, for non-profit organizations…

Lois L. Lindauer Searches (LLLS) named Deb Taft as its new CEO. The carefully planned changeover comes as the firm celebrates its 20th anniversary. Chosen by founder Lois L. Lindauer to lead the firm into the next era, Ms. Taft brings over 25 years senior-level development and executive management experience to the role.

Sales-focused executive recruitment provider TwentyPine has promoted Jamie Coakley to CEO. In her new role she is responsible for leading growth strategy and execution of the company’s long-term vision across operations, sales and marketing. Ms. Coakley has a history of re-energizing growth and profitability for mature recruiting and staffing companies.

Heidrick & Struggles recently named Krishnan Rajagopalan as its new president and CEO. Mr. Rajagopalan has served as acting CEO since Tracy Wolstencroft took a medical leave of absence in April. Based in Washington, D.C., 57-year-old Mr. Rajagopalan also leads the firm’s executive committee. He has been with Heidrick for 16 years.

San-Francisco-headquartered executive search firm O’Rourke & Associates appointed Rebecca Bower as president. Ms. Bower is widely regarded as a top leadership advisor with a career that spans nearly 25 years in human resources, management, training and sales. O’Rourke & Associates specializes in credit union industry recruiting.

Ratliff & Taylor appointed Beth Sweeney as its president, where she now has full profit-and-loss responsibility for each of the company’s three practices: executive search, leadership development and career transition. Ms. Sweeney previously served as market president at the firm. Ms. Sweeney will have full profit-and-loss responsibility for each of the company’s three practices.

Executive search firm Cobalt Recruitment tapped James Wakefield as its CEO. Mr. Wakefield joined Cobalt in 2007 coming from the management team at Michael Page in London. In 2009, Mr. Wakefield moved to the UAE to help Cobalt establish a presence in the region, and in 2014 he was promoted to international managing director.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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