Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group Names Leader of Chicago Office

February 24, 2023 – Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has appointed Marissa Delgado as leader and managing director of its Chicago office. “Continuing to grow our impact nationally and globally requires exemplary leadership,” said Aileen K. Alexander, CEO of Diversified Search Group. “We are thrilled that Marissa will lead our Chicago office, which has more than tripled in size over the past five years. Marissa brings an innate passion for her team and a keen focus on service excellence and the long-term success of our clients.”

Ms. Delgado joined Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group in 2015 and has nearly 18 years of experience in executive search. Recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2021 as a “Notable Leader in HR,” she has expertise in mission-driven organizations on the national and global scale. Ms. Delgado has experience with organizations in the non-profit, social impact, and health-related sectors, placing leaders in the C-suite and on boards.

Prior to joining Koya, Ms. Delgado served as vice president, global research for DHR Global. There, she was a leader in the development of the education and non-profit practice. She was also responsible for overall management of DHR’s global search execution and was instrumental in the expansion of the firm in Asia, Europe, and South America.

Over the last decade, Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group has placed hundreds of leaders in the greater Chicago region. Diversified Search Group’s consultants place executives and leaders in the C-suite and boardrooms. Their expertise spans industries and functions, including non-profit and social impact; financial and professional services; insurance; healthcare; industrial; legal, compliance and government affairs; consumer, media and entertainment; and education.

“I am honored and grateful to lead the Chicago office of Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group,” said Ms. Delgado. “I’ve been continuously inspired by the breadth and depth of our team and their collective commitment to our mission. Together, we have built a foundation of trust and effectiveness with our clients and candidates. We look forward to continuing to support the Chicago community and beyond.”

Combined Resources

Diversified Search Group is a family of firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded almost five decades ago for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. Koya Partners is a part of the Diversified Search Group and is dedicated to mission-driven leadership. Koya works broadly at the senior-most levels of the mission-driven field in philanthropy, social services, arts and culture, and social justice, among others.

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Tapped by United Way to Lead CFO Search
Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been enlisted by United Way Worldwide to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Peter Gillin and Chartise Clark are leading the assignment for the recruitment firm. Reporting to the president and CEO, the CFO will play a critical role in the development and implementation of the financial systems and strategies of United Way As a member of the senior leadership team, the CFO will provide financial and strategic support to the CEO and board of directors to support United Way’s long-term growth and financial viability.

In 2019, Koya was acquired by Diversified Search. With the combination of revenues and resources, Diversified Search and Koya now represent one of the largest non-profit and higher education practices in the executive search industry. Koya’s specialization in mission-driven search, primarily with non-profit and higher education clients, complements Diversified’s own major education, non-profit, and arts and culture practices, as well as the firm’s healthcare services, board of directors, life sciences, industrial, and digital, media, entertainment, and sports practices.

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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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