June 4, 2018 – Greenwich Harbor Partners has placed Eric Johnson as a member of the board of directors at the New York Pops. He is the eighth director to be placed on the Pops board by the Greenwich, Conn-based search firm. The assignment was led by managing directors Carrie Pryor and Ted Pryor.
Mr. Johnson is a proven enterprise technology executive with more than 20 years of experience leading enterprise-level brands to meet and exceed their revenue goals. Currently, he serves as chief sales officer at Marketo where he oversees the company’s global sales operations. Before joining Marketo last year, Mr. Johnson held a number of sales leadership positions including president of the Americas at Qlik Technologies, EVP of global enterprise sales at BlackBerry, SVP/general manager of global database and technology at SAP and SVP/general manager of North America at Sybase before Sybase was acquired by SAP. He has also held sales roles at webMethods, Aleri and Tele-Art HK Ltd., and was a yen options trader early in his career.
“We have helped reshape the entire board with eight placements — including me,” said Carrie Pryor, the search firm’s managing partner. “We worked with the chairman of the board, Jim Read, to bring a mix of technology and finance executives into the organization. The Pops is thriving with a big outreach to public school children in struggling neighborhoods. We have helped bring engaged, connected executives onto the board as we expand the mission of the Pops into summer performances as well as continuing to sell out its concerts at Carnegie Hall.”
Other Directors Placed
The other board members recruited to the Pops’ board by Ms. Pryor and her team include: Jorge Espinel, head of global business development at Spotify; John Gardner, co-founder and CFO of Learnvest; Matthew Gormly, managing partner at Wicks Capital; Andrew Kaslow, retired chief human resources officer of Cerberus Capital; and Liz Ritzcovan, chief revenue officer for Bazaar Voice.
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The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the U.S., and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by music director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs.
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, 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. In addition to her board seat with the New York Pops, she serves as an advisory board member for Constellation Ventures. A veteran of the internet space since the early ’90s, she has deep experience in digital media, entertainment and private equity.
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.
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. Mr. Pryor has served on public, private and non-profit boards and chaired the audit committee for the Boston Celtics. In executive recruiting, he has focused on business services, digital marketing, eCommerce, ad sales, place-based advertising, communications and customer service for growth companies and large national brands.
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