Greenwich Harbor Partners Filling Board Positions for Teach for America NY

April 11, 2018 – Greenwich Harbor Partners has been enlisted by Teach for America – New York to recruit for multiple board positions. The firm recently filled the first board spot with the placement of Deborah Rosado Shaw as a director. The assignment was led by Carrie Pryor and Ted Pryor, managing directors of the Greenwich, Conn-based search firm.

“Deborah is a senior PepsiCo executive with deep experience in the world of inclusion, empowerment and diversity and will be a huge asset to Teach for America – New York,” said Ms. Pryor. “She grew up in the New York school system and understands the challenges and  impact of Teach for America’s solutions on NYC students, teachers and schools.”

Ms. Rosado Shaw recently served as senior vice president, chief global diversity and engagement officer, for PepsiCo, where she was responsible for driving innovation and optimizing high performance teams by leveraging the diverse strengths, backgrounds and perspectives of 260,000 associates operating in 200 countries and territories. She is the founder of the Rosado Shaw Group, a consulting and advisory firm focused on intervening in today’s complex challenges around culture, performance, talent engagement and diversity. Ms. Rosado Shaw has worked with companies within the consumer products, cosmetics, food and beverage, private equity, retail, and technology industries.

Teach for America is a non-profit organization whose stated mission is to “enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.” The organization recruits college graduates from top universities around the U.S. to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as “corps members,” commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves.


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Greenwich Harbor Partners was recently named one of Forbes’ America’s Best Executive Recruiters. In addition to search, the firm’s principals have worked in industry as general managers and investors and have direct professional experience with the types of issues that face their clients. The firm’s client roster includes IBM Cloud Services, Media General, Marlin Equity Partners, DIRECTV, Infinity Sales Group, SpinMedia, ReelzChannel TV and Keurig Green Mountain, among others.

Ms. Pryor has over 20 years of senior executive search experience. She has recruited board directors, CEOs and their direct reports, as well as partners for private equity firms. She also serves as an advisory board member for Constellation Ventures and sits on the board of the New York Pops. A veteran of the internet space since the early ‘90s, she has deep experience in digital media, entertainment and private equity.

Mr. Pryor focuses on senior-level assignments for general management, sales, marketing and digital transformation. He specializes in recruiting executives using his four years as CFO and CEO of a venture-backed start-up, 10 years at General Electric Capital and 20 years in international finance and investment banking.  He has served on public, private and non-profit boards and chaired the audit committee for the Boston Celtics. In executive recruiting, Mr. Pryor has focused on business services, digital marketing, eCommerce, ad sales, place-based advertising, communications and customer service for growth companies and large national brands.

Luring Directors

Director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. According to Egon Zehnder, heightened expectations now placed on boards have elevated both the professional standards and personal commitment required of all directors.

At the same time, many boards find that the supply of independent-minded “board experienced” directors – especially those who can add vital forms of specialized skills and expertise – is limited. Such candidates are widely sought but can be hesitant to take on the intensive responsibilities now required of board service.

As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Most in demand are women, senior leaders with global experience, ethnically diverse professionals and Millennials.

Here’s a brief look at a small selection of search firms and their recent board work taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

Polachi Inc. placed Sam King and Angela Tucci as new members of the board of directors at Progress Software in Bedford, MA. Ms. King is senior vice president, general manager and chief strategy officer of Veracode, the application security business of CA Technologies. Ms. Tucci is CEO of Apto.

Kincannon & Reed placed Roland Wolfram and Elin Miller as new members of the board of directors at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery. Mr. Wolfram previously served as VP and general manager of emerging markets at Nike. Ms. Miller is a veteran agricultural and management executive with more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in the corporate, government and …

Executive search firm Diversified Search has placed Christopher M. Connor as a member of the board of directors at International Paper Company in Memphis. Managing director Lauren E. Smith led the assignment. Mr. Connor retired as executive chairman of the Sherwin-Williams Co. in December.

Korn Ferry assisted Mutual of America Life Insurance Company in adding Dr. Ellen Ochoa to its board of directors. Alan Guarino, vice chairman in the firm’s CEO and board services practice, led the search along with senior client partner Maureen Ryan. Dr. Ochoa is the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Spencer Stuart assisted Fred’s Inc. (Fred’s Pharmacy) in adding Christopher W. Bodine, Peter J. Bocian, and Michael K. Bloom to its board of directors. The directorship placements are part of an ongoing reconstitution process at Fred’s in which the board has been actively engaged, with the assistance of Spencer Stuart.

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

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