Harvard Group Appoints New Managing Director

Harvard Group Appoints New Managing Director

November 27, 2017 – Executive search firm Harvard Group International has expanded with the addition of Kerry J. Francis to its leadership team as a managing director.

Ms. Francis specializes in working with the C-suite and boards of global companies where she has advised and coached executives and leaders though post-merger transitions, business transformations and reorganizations. She has more than 25 years of experience in senior human resources leadership and talent management in financial services and IT industries. Prior to joining HGI, she held several senior-level roles in talent management, sitting on the senior leadership teams at AIG and Deutsche Bank.

“We are thrilled to add Kerry as a key part to our growing team,” said founding partner Jeff McMahon. “Having added more than 10 new members to the HGI team over the past six months, we continue to expand our numbers and expertise of our team with a direct focus on providing unmatched value to our clients.”

Beyond executive search, Ms. Francis will be developing and enhancing new services within the firm. Those will be focused on organizational development, talent management, onboarding and other key offerings “to ensure that not only does the firm find the right candidates to fit its clients’ strategic and operational needs, but that we do all we can to ensure successful onboarding and transition – both for the hiring manager and the successful candidate,” the firm said in a statement.

“Kerry brings an amazing pedigree in global corporate talent management and exciting ideas on how HGI can create significantly more value for our clients in the scope of organization design and talent management consulting,” said Chuck Cain, practice leader for consumer & business services. HGI is also focused on developing “opportunities for our clients and the people they hire to greatly improve the success of the onboarding process,” said Mr. Cain. “As a firm that prides itself on placing highly-effective executives into great new opportunities, Kerry’s expertise will only increase the success our clients experience through our placements.”


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Most recently, Ms. Francis was regional head of talent management for Americas and corporate for AIG overseeing strategic business goals of the entire talent management suite of activities, including change management, performance management, talent reviews and assessments, leadership, management and executive development, and employee engagement for all employees in the Americas and corporate headquarters.

“Harvard Group gives me a great opportunity to leverage my extensive international strategic, operational and commercial HR development experience,” said Ms. Francis. “I am excited to be joining at a time of such fast-paced change in the job market where technology is now a way of life in the workplace.”

Harvard Group is a mid-size, full-service executive search firm that works in multiple industrial sectors in North America, Europe and Asia. Since 1997, its Atlanta headquarters and Scottsdale, AZ office have led board, C-suite, senior executive and middle management search projects for a wide variety of companies ranging in size from Fortune 25 multinationals to start-up operations. The firm is active in over 40 industries, including the financial services, manufacturing, sports, and leisure and entertainment sectors as well as in the non-profit space.

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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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