April 25, 2014 – Boutique retained executive search firm Gravitas LLC has said that Ed Evans rejoined the firm as a managing partner and head of the its new hospitality and managed services practice. Mr. Evan’s career spans multiple service companies in environments ranging from food and hospitality to chemical distribution, where he most recently served as chief human resources officer for Univar, a $10.5 billion global distributor of chemicals and related innovative products and services. Prior to that, he worked for Allied Waste as CHRO. “Ed was one of the founding partners of Gravitas back in 2007, though at that time he could not commit full time to our vision for a significantly better search experience for our clients,” said Ken Schwenke, managing partner. “Ed now brings – full time – to Gravitas not only a keen ability to assess talent and competence, but also a well-developed understanding of and appreciation for the importance of organizational fit. Ed is not only one of the best HR leaders around, but he really understands business and how the right people can drive needed results, especially within hospitality and managed services environments.” Headquartered in Philadelphia, with regional offices in Chicago and Spokane, Gravitas is an executive recruiting and board search firm that conducts assignments throughout the U.S.