Buffkin / Baker


Buffkin / Baker is a retained, specialty boutique search firm composed of industry leaders. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has over a decade of retained search experience. Combined, our partners have over 175 years of search experience and 210 years of industry experience. Our job as search professionals is to recruit leaders in Digital Marketing/Advertising, Technology, Healthcare, Media/Entertainment, Finance, Higher Education, and Non Profit. We serve public, private, venture, and private equity backed companies. Our office locations include Nashville, New York, Washington, D.C., and Winston Salem, with affiliate offices in London. The company is a member of Panorama Search, an international federation of retained firms with 18 firms and over 30 offices globally.

Completed Searches

Giacomo Bertaina — Head of Global Digital Center of Excellence — Bridgestone Brenda Fiala — Global VP of Data & Analytics — Bacardi Tony Steel — Chief Executive Officer — SMITH Vijay Murali — Chief Technology Officer — Ashford.com Jennifer Jones — Chief Marketing Officer — Youth Villages Rohit Gulati — Chief Medical Officer — West Virginia University Mel Hanna — SVP Total Rewards — Change Healthcare Chris Arndt — Chief Financial Officer — Hart Energy Cyrille Baudet — Chief Financial Officer — Ashford.com TR Reid — Vice President Corporate Communications — Amcor President — SourceMark CEO — WeCounsel VP of Claims — MCIC Vermont Dean, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences — Oklahoma State University Vice President of Partnership Marketing — Big Machine Label Group Director of Programming — Fox Theatre CFO — Charlotte Country Club Senior Counsel — MCIC Vermont Chief Revenue Officer — Sopris Capital Vice President of Product Management and Director of Acquisition Marketing — F+W Chief Health Data Strategist — Publicis Health Dean of International Studies — Oklahoma State University Vice President of Client Services — i2i Population Health Island Manager — Dewees Island Director of the School of Planning, Design & Construction — Michigan State University Senior Counsel — John Hopkins All Children's Hospital - St. Petersburg, FL President — Pace Communications Chief Nursing Officer — Meritus Health Chief Human Resource Officer and Regional Medical Director — CleanSlate Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and National Resources — University of Missouri Vice President for Advancement and University Relations — University of Mary Washington Director of School of Art and Art History — University of Florida


Buffkin / Baker Leads Chief Marketing Officer Search for University of Missouri

The University of Missouri System has enlisted executive search firm Buffkin / Baker to fill the position of executive director for the joint office of strategic communications and marketing. The incoming executive will serve as the chief marketing and communications officer for the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) and for the UM System. The incoming leader should have a clear,

Top 15 Acquisition Stories of 2017

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 15 Acquisition Stories of 2017

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” The truth of that adage is open to debate. Rather than argue the fine points, one business leader altered that statement to this: “If you’re not growing,” he said simply, “you’re not growing.” In other words, no matter how one slices it, growth and expansion matters. At Hunt Scanlon

Buffkin / Baker Lands Dan Sabreen PR Executive New York Knicks

Buffkin / Baker Lands PR Executive for the New York Knicks

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has placed Dan Sabreen as vice president of public relations of the New York Knicks. Partner Warren Wasp led the search. In his new role, Mr. Sabreen will serve as the Knicks’ chief communications strategist with oversight of all public relations activities for the team. He will be responsible for developing and executing

Buffkin/Baker Expands With Veteran Recruiter

Buffkin/Baker Expands With Veteran Recruiter

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has expanded with the addition of veteran recruiter Nathaniel J. Sutton as partner and head of its non-profit recruiting practice. “Nat has more than 17 years of executive search experience, and has been immensely successful in the non-profit, higher education and philanthropic arenas,” said Craig Buffkin, managing partner of Buffkin/Baker. “Nat

Buffkin / Baker Leading Chief Communications Officer Search for MSG

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has been retained by Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG) to lead the search for its new executive vice president and chief communications officer (CCO). Partner Warren Wasp is spearheading the search along with associate Rachel Jonkers. The CCO is responsible for all public relations, corporate communications, financial communications, proactive publicity activities and


Buffkin / baker Places Daniel Sabreen as Vice President of Public Relations for The New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY, December 13, 2017 – Buffkin / Baker is pleased to announce their placement of Daniel Sabreen as the new Vice President of Public Relations for the New York Knicks. Warren Wasp, Partner with Buffkin / Baker led the search. Mr. Sabreen will be joining the Knicks from CBS Sports, where he served as their Vice

Buffkin / Baker Names Nat Sutton Partner in Nonprofit Practice

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2017 – Buffkin / Baker, a leading national retained search firm, is pleased to announce that Nathaniel J. Sutton – former partner and vice chairman of Heidrick & Struggles – has joined the firm as partner and head of its nonprofit practice. “Nat has more than 17 years of executive search

Greg Nainani Appointed Chief Financial Officer at Desert Radiology

BRENTWOOD, TN, August 1, 2016 — The Buffkin Group has placed Greg Nainani as the new CFO of Desert Radiology. The search was led by Nathan Brandon, Partner with the Buffkin Group, as part of the firm’s Financial Services vertical. Mr. Nainani joined Desert Radiology from New Mexico Heart Institute, where he served for two years as

Christopher Hamamck Appointed SVP of Sales and Business Development at Aegis Health Group

BRENTWOOD, TN, June 28, 2016 — The Buffkin Group is pleased to announce the placement of Christopher Hammack at Aegis Health Group as their new Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Mr. Hammack has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. Most recently, he served as National Director of Enterprise Sales for

The Buffkin Group Places New CEO at Tennessee Kidney Foundation

BRENTWOOD, TN, June 11, 2016 — The Buffkin Group has placed Heather Powell as the new CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. The search was led by Roland Lundy, Partner with the Buffkin Group, as part of the firm’s Non-Profit vertical. Mrs. Powell joined the Tennessee Kidney Foundation team from Ronald McDonald House, where she served