March 23, 2017 – Herd Freed Hartz Executive Search Partners has been selected by Northwest Harvest to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Past CEO Shelley Rotondo is retiring at the end of June. Search firm partner Fred Pabst is leading the assignment.
The incoming executive has big shoes to fill as Northwest Harvest CEO. Under Ms. Rotondo’s 16-year leadership run, the organization has provided over 300 million meals to those in need.
According to the position specification, the chosen leader will demonstrate critical competencies in four broad categories: commitment to results, business savvy, leading change, and motivating. The position requires demonstrated experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management and strong administration skills.
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Ideal candidates to be looked at will come from aspirational and visionary team leadership backgrounds, with backgrounds as mission-driven leaders. From that group, the successful candidate will be a strategic and forward thinking executive with a strong track record of results working in complex organizations, with a reputation for forming strong personal and professional relationships.
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Northwest Harvest is Washington’s statewide hunger relief agency. Its mission is leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. The organization serves the state with a network of over 375 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools. It provides over two million meals every month to those in need.
Established in 2001, Herd Freed Hartz provides executive search services to the technology, financial services, consumer, manufacturing, non-profit, and life science sectors from offices in Portland and Seattle. Its client roster is made up of leading, cross-industry brands, including Starbucks; Microsoft; Les Schwab; Amazon; Gates Foundation; Disney; T-Mobile; Alaska Airlines; and Premera. Herd Freed Hartz also works heavily with Seattle and Portland-based venture capital and private equity-backed concerns, having placed operating executives within the portfolios of Voyager Capital, Madrona, Endeavour Capital, Kleiner Perkins, TPG, and Bain Capital, among others.
Mr. Pabst, the recruiter handling this assignment, has nearly 20 years of experience in executive recruiting. He has placed executives in a wide range of environments, including both the private and public sectors and non-profit organizations, working in-house and with executive search firms.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media