October 19, 2021 – Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has expanded with the addition of veteran food value chain executive Jared Spader as managing director. “We were thrilled when Jared indicated he was interested in working for Kincannon & Reed,” said David Turner, president of the firm. “His service industry experience, combined with his passion for people will be a strong asset both inside the organization, with our clients and any prospective candidates he works with in the future.”
Mr. Spader brings 18 years of experience consulting across the food value chain, working with senior-level leadership and C-suite executives developing solutions that advance business. With Kincannon & Reed, he will join a group of 24 global principals working with clients to identify leadership needs, assess talent and build strategies to recruit top executives. “His network across the food and agriculture industries is broad, and his connections outside the industries are also very valuable as he continues to work with clients to advance business,” the search firm noted.
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In his role as managing director, Mr. Spader will have the opportunity to consult with clients on their talent needs as well as outline search strategies. He will also have responsibilities for identifying and assessing candidates. “Kincannon and Reed has such a unique place in our industry, and a unique approach to finding the right talent,” he said. “The experience of industry executives combined with the expertise of search professionals is something that I was originally attracted to. The opportunity to help organizations in our industry with their human capital and leadership needs is something I’m excited by and something I deeply believe in. It’s important work, and I was drawn to the opportunity to align with an organization that I’ve long admired, working with clients and in industries that I’ve spent my entire life serving.”
Mr. Spader is the founder of management consulting firm Coulter Spader. He was previously vice president of strategy/business development and U.S. operations lead for AgCall, a provider of word-of-mouth and peer influence marketing, sales, service and education solutions to the North America agriculture and food industry. Earlier in his career, Mr. Spader was an SVP with FleishmanHillard.
Veteran Search Firm
Kincannon & Reed is an executive search firm exclusively focused on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences. Founded in 1981, the company serves clients throughout the world from locations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The firm’s mission statement: “We recruit leaders for organizations that feed the world and keep it healthy.”
Kincannon & Reed recently named John Grisolano as director of data and analytics. “Our database of executives is critical for our ability to place leaders who feed the world and keep it healthy,” said Mr. Turner. “Having someone like John leading our data strategy is key for all of our clients.” Mr. Grisolano joins the team with more than 20 years of experience in all things data management, data analysis and data quality in retained search. Prior to joining Kincannon & Reed, he held various positions at Spencer Stuart including head of data audit and head of data integration. His roles required both team and project management.
“John’s successful track record of developing metrics used to support business development and process improvement will prove invaluable to our Kincannon & Reed team,” said Kelly Griffin, vice president of search delivery at the firm. “We are excited to have John join us as we continue to focus on growing our proprietary data into even more of an asset.”
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