February 9, 2022 – JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has promoted nine new partners. The announcement follows a record year in the 42-year history of the firm, which recently posted 73 percent year-over-year growth. “The 2022 class of partners will be instrumental in supporting JM Search’s commitment to partner-led recruiting, ensuring at least one partner or principal leads and actively recruits on every search to ensure superior results for clients,” the search firm said.
“JM Search strives to be a career destination for professionals at every stage of their careers,” said John Marshall, CEO of JM Search. “As we continue to grow and achieve key milestones, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our high performing team with a record number of promotions across the firm this year, including the partner role.” Among the firm’s dedicated team of search professionals for CFO/financial executives, Keith Melchionni and Felix Korostin were promoted to partner. Over the past decade alone, JM Search has completed more than 1,000 CFO searches, including 500-plus CFO searches for private equity backed businesses, and these new partners will play an instrumental role in recruiting financial leaders who will help drive the value creation process for clients.
JM Search has seen a significant increase in demand for financial leadership and their support teams last year. While traditional CFO searches are up 50 percent for the firm in 2021 relative to 2020, JM Search has also experienced a 75 percent increase in demand for supporting financial leader roles, noting that experienced CFOs are building out more specialized, operationally-oriented teams. “The addition of Thompson and Tomei will allow the firm to increase their depth and breadth in CFO and financial leader searches to meet increased client demand,” JM Search said.
In the healthcare & life sciences sector, Bob Reitinger was promoted to partner. He will continue to help recruit the industry’s most exceptional talent for pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics, healthcare services and healthcare technology businesses.
Across the industrial and services sectors, Scott Gunther, Ron Malachuk, Trista McCarthy and Eric Stenholm join JM Search’s class of partners. As the industrial and services sectors continue to experience an increase in technological innovation and globalization, they will continue to help clients navigate the complexity and competition within the market to identify and attract leaders and leadership teams for their respective businesses.
Across the technology sector, Mike Forgash and Chris Grimmig were promoted to partner. In 2021, JM Search experienced 84 percent year-over-year growth in C-suite executive placements across the technology industry. As partners, they will play a role in driving continued growth across the sector by collaborating with their roster of high-growth innovative technology clients that span across cybersecurity, edtech, fintech, health-tech, mar-tech and other transformational sectors.
JM Search is an advisor to CEOs, investors and boards of directors in recruiting, assessing, and delivering high performance leaders and transformational leadership teams. Its clients include private equity firms and portfolio companies, venture capital-backed businesses and publicly held companies across North America. Founded in 1980, the JM Search recruiting team brings together former operating and financial executives, investors and experienced search professionals with deep industry specialization, functional expertise and proven access to talent spanning multiple industry sectors.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media