November 5, 2010 – Boutique executive search firm Howard & O'Brien Associates has added veteran financial analyst Lauren Rich Fine to its staff. Ms. Fine joins a team of partners – Lee Ann Howard, John O'Brien, Tom Kroeger and Tina Hauptner – with broad recruiting experience within Fortune 500 corporations, including human resources, general management and marketing leadership and executive positions. “With her keen financial perspective and broad industry background, Lauren broadens the core strengths of our team,” said Ms. Howard. “Moreover, she possesses the interpersonal skills that are essential to building relationships and to the personalized and responsive service we provide.” Ms. Fine was previously a managing director at Merrill Lynch in Equity Research. A 19-year veteran, she covered the publishing, information, for-profit education, advertising and online industries. A multidisciplinary firm serving a broad industry base, Howard & O'Brien Associates specializes in recruiting for boards of directors and chief-level executive positions – CEOs, chief operations officers, CFOs and others – and their direct reports.