Harvard Group International


Harvard Group International (HGI) is the leading performer in retained executive and professional search. Whether by partnering with clients to identify, evaluate and bring forward top tier professionals who can directly and immediately contribute tangible improvements or by creating tailored solutions to tough business problems, we are dedicated to helping clients succeed.

We know and live by the fact that “Every Business is a Growth Business…With the Right Leadership.” With this in mind, we focus on attracting professionals who possess unique technical expertise and skill sets as turnaround and growth agents. Our results have remained consistent through our proprietary 22-Step Process that brings forward and attracts Best-in-Class leaders. Our work to attract and place individuals with our clients has directly attributed to increased quality and profitability, successful turnarounds, streamlined supply chains, as well as notable corporate image building and rebuilding.



Harvard Group Appoints New Managing Director

Harvard Group Appoints New Managing Director

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

Harvard Group International Recruits Chief Development Officer for After-School All-Stars

Executive search firm Harvard Group International has placed Mandy Nelson as the first ever chief development officer (CDO) of After-School All-Stars (ASAS). Managing director and non-profit practice leader Cyndi Court led the search. Ms. Nelson is a seasoned non-profit development professional with more than 20 years of experience leading campaigns, programs, and people. She was a

Harvard Group Names Consumer and Retail Practice Leader

Executive search firm Harvard Group International (HGI) has added Margaret Gramann to its search team as a managing director where she will lead the firm’s consumer and retail practices. Ms. Gramann specializes in C-suite and board searches with specific expertise in general management, sales, and marketing roles. She has deep expertise in CPG (PepsiCo, Coca-Cola)

The 10 Biggest Recruiting Assignments of 2016

As the year now draws to a close, it turns out that when we looked back through our archives 2016 was simply a remarkable year for first rate search assignments. Hunt Scanlon Media tracked hundreds of them. From CEO placements to those covering the bandwidth of the C-suite, our editorial team gleaned the best from every industry sector

MLB Ends Minority Hiring Partnership With Korn Ferry

Korn Ferry‘s high profile alliance with Major League Baseball has come to an unceremonious end. On Friday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who was recruited into his position by Korn Ferry, said his organization’s relationship with the world’s largest talent provider “really shifted.” As a result, the search firm has been sidelined in its efforts to

Talent Talks

Searching for a Sports Executive

In this ‘podcast episode, Chuck Cain, a senior partner with Harvard Group International, discusses the evolving relationship between sports teams and executive search firms. Mr. Cain, who leads Harvard Group’s growing global sports, leisure & entertainment practice, said that recruiters are being called in by sports teams and consumer brands to identify a host of


Harvard Group Completes Search for the Chief Development Officer of ASAS

MARIETTA, GA, March 30, 2017 — After-School All-Stars (ASAS) has hired Mandy Nelson as their first ever Chief Development Officer. Mandy is a seasoned non-profit development professional with more than 20 years’ experience leading campaigns, programs, and people. She is a key participant in the rapid growth and evolution of five respected non-profit organizations. Most recently, Mandy served

Harvard Group International (HGI) Attracts Rene Valencia for Newly Created Role with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

PHOENIX, AZ, July 15, 2016 — Harvard Group International, a mid-size full service retained executive search firm, has attracted international sports executive Rene Valencia to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to assume a newly created role as Vice President of International Marketing Partnerships. HGI conducted a global search to attract a leading figure in international sports marketing Valencia

Harvard Group International Attracts New CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey (CA) County

ATLANTA, GA, July 12, 2016 — Harvard Group International, a mid-size full service retained executive search firm, has successfully completed a search project for a new CEO for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC). Dr. Michael L. Jackson placed as new CEO for organization Dr. Jackson brings 35 years of experience as a teacher