Kensington International Appoints Financial Services Practice Leader

August 31, 2020 – Oak Brook, IL-based executive search firm Kensington International Inc. has named Steve Goering as partner and practice leader for financial services. He will lead search assignment within asset management, wealth management, real estate and fintech.

“We are excited to welcome Steve back to Kensington International and believe he and the rest of our second-generation leadership will be instrumental in growing the company well into the future,” said Rick George, a founding member and managing partner of the firm.

In 2008, Mr. Goering and current Kensington International partner Tim Bealert helped found The Laramie Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kensington International, which has since been folded into Kensington. “It will be great to be working once again alongside Steve,” said Mr. Bealert. “His impact will be immediate and substantial.”

Mr. Goering previously served as a managing director with national boutique search firm Reilly Partners. His functional expertise is in advertising and marketing, sales and distribution, investment management, product development and strategy.

In addition, Mr. Goering will leverage his 20-plus years of executive search experience recruiting senior executives within a select group of large cap, privately held middle market and private equity-owned companies within a diversified industry group that includes distribution, manufacturing, professional services and supply chain. Mr. Goering started his career as a research associate at DHR International, where he became director of strategic accounts and executed multiple C-suite and board of director assignments across multiple industry segments.

Serving Corporate and Private Equity Clients

Since 1989, Kensington International’s executive search business has conducted thousands of search engagements for corporate and private equity clients and their portfolio companies. The team has a track record of recruiting board of directors, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CHROs as well as other top functional leaders in EPC/infrastructure, healthcare, retail, industrial/gas, oil and chemicals, private equity, financial services and consumer products.

Earlier this year, Kensington appointed Mary Jane Schermer as an equity partner. “Mary Jane is exactly the kind of person we want as a partner alongside the rest of the partners as we position the firm for leadership succession – we could not be more pleased,” said Brian Clarke, a managing partner at Kensington.

“Our firm has experienced a significant presence and success in supporting private equity clients with healthcare investments under Mary Jane’s leadership,” said Tim Bealert, equity partner with Kensington. “We are excited about the future and the impact of her continued contributions.”

Ms. Schermer joined the firm in 2012 and has been instrumental in the growth and advancement of Kensington’s private equity practice overall and specifically within the healthcare services sector. She now plays a leadership role in the overall strategic direction of the firm while continuing her responsibilities as practice leader for healthcare and life sciences.

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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