JM Search Expands CFO / Financial Officers Practice

Private equity-focused search firm reports big increase in demand for financial leadership and their support teams. While traditional CFO searches are up 50 percent for JM Search, the firm has also experienced a 75 percent hike in demand for supporting financial leader roles. Let’s take a closer look.

May 12, 2021 – JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has added Stephen Thompson and Ryan Tomei to the firm’s CFO / financial officers practice. “We are thrilled to add Stephen and Ryan to our team,” said Drew Pressmen, leader of the CFO/financial officer practice. “I’m proud of the exceptional talent we are continuing to bring to JM Search. Our ability to navigate the highly competitive financial leadership landscape has allowed us to become a preferred retained executive search partner for companies seeking proven financial officers.”

JM Search has seen a significant increase in demand for financial leadership and their support teams in 2021. 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.

“The evolution of the CFO function is changing,” added Brian Dwyer, CFO practice partner. “Our private equity clients are looking for financial executives who can work across the organization and understand key drivers of a business. They are looking for CFOs who can tactically and strategically add value to their portfolio companies. The addition of Thompson and Tomei solidifies our continued commitment to support these evolving market and client needs.”

Mr. Thompson brings nearly 20 years of executive search and professional services experience to his role as principle. Before joining JM Search, he spent seven years with Spencer Stuart, where he was a member of the services practice. Prior to that, he gained in-depth search experience working in both boutique and large executive recruiting firms, including spending multiple years working for Ascend Executive Search and Korn Ferry International. Mr. Thompson started his career at Deloitte in the audit and enterprise risk services group.

Mr. Tomei brings a wide range of financial search experience to JM Search. He began his recruiting career with an executive search firm specializing in accounting and finance, focusing on mid-senior level professionals in the Greater Pittsburgh area. His industry experience is broad and has a strong presence in manufacturing, technology, financial services and retail.

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.

Recent Expansion

JM Search recently added Kevin Logterman as partner in the firm’s financial officer practice. He joins current financial officer practice partners Drew Pressman, Brian Dwyer and David Robinson. “We are thrilled to have Kevin join our firm,” said ,” said John Marshall, JM Search’s co-founder and CEO. “Kevin’s prior experience placing CFOs and working with private equity companies will continue to solidify our longstanding commitment to helping our clients remain at the forefront of ensuring their companies have excellent financial leadership in place.”

Mr. Logterman has over 20 years of executive search experience, serving private equity and family-owned companies. His focus has been recruiting CEO and CFO executives for middle market industrial companies with specific industry experience in automotive, chemicals, distribution, plastics, capital equipment and industrial services. He joins the firm from Slayton Search Partners, where he co-led the firm’s industrial practice.

Expanding Diversity Efforts

JM Search recently added Louis Montgomery as partner to lead its human resource and diversity officer practice. He is joined by current members Phil Menzel, Troy Vincent, Chris Grimmig and Anne Sidio. “The need for top HR and diversity leaders has never been greater,” said Mr. Marshall. “We are thrilled to have Louis join our firm. His prior experience working as and placing HR and diversity officers will continue to solidify our longstanding commitment to helping our clients.”

Mr. Montgomery brings more than 30 years of experience as a human resources practitioner and diversity officer with several major Fortune 100 firms including, IBM, Celanese Corp., Frito Lay, Kraft Foods, Altria, AES and Serco North America. “I am thrilled to join the JM Search team and look forward to continuing to build the terrific reputation of JM Search and help to build the HR and diversity officers practice,” said Mr. Montgomery.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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