Buffkin / Baker


Buffkin / Baker is a retained search firm focusing in health care, higher education, digital media/entertainment, digital marketing, technology, private club, financial services and nonprofit. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has more than a decade of retained search experience. Combined, the firm’s partners have more than 140 years of search experience and more than 150 years of industry experience. Buffkin / Baker serves public, private, venture and private equity backed companies. Office locations include Nashville, Atlanta, New York, Winston-Salem, N.C., Charleston, S.C. and Washington, D.C., with affiliate offices in London. The company is a member of Panorama Search, a global federation of 17 executive search firms with 35 offices globally. Buffkin / Baker’s health care practice has been named the 21st largest health care search practice by Modern Healthcare – and is the largest Nashville health care search firm.

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 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 Strengthens Healthcare Technology Practice

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has expanded with the addition of Mark Farrington, a well-known health information technology industry executive and entrepreneur, as partner in its healthcare technology practice. “Mark has more than 35 years of experience in successful high growth private equity backed companies in healthcare, technology and e-commerce, and he will be a great asset

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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