February 5, 2019 – Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Lucas Group has expanded with the addition of Dan Ladrech as the new managing partner for the manufacturing practice group. Mr. Ladrech and his team will work out of Lucas Group’s San Diego office and focus on manufacturing and supply chain recruiting throughout the western United States.
“Dan brings an impressive career in recruiting and senior management to our West Coast office,” said Charlie Wilgus, general manager of the manufacturing practice group at Lucas Group. “As we continue to expand our manufacturing and supply chain recruiting in the West, Dan’s extensive manufacturing experience and team leadership will be an important element to our strategic growth.”
Mr. Ladrech comes to Lucas Group from FPC of Columbia, SC, where he was vice president and managing partner with a particular focus on quality and operational excellence recruiting in California and throughout the country. At FPC, he led the company’s efforts in systems and personnel management, training and business development. He specialized in recruiting quality, six sigma, lean manufacturing and engineering professionals, a practice he will continue at Lucas Group. Prior to FPC, Mr. Ladrech was a senior buyer for Solectron Corp., a global provider of electronic manufacturing services and integrated supply chain solutions.
“Dan has outstanding experience and leadership skills,” said Mr. Wilgus. “He joins a highly motivated manufacturing recruiting team and his focus on supply chain and value stream management is ideal for our manufacturing clients. Manufacturers of all sizes understand that being profitable requires an efficient and effective value chain and there is a strong value stream emphasis in manufacturing today.”
“Dan’s deep industry knowledge enables him to find qualified candidates who may not be actively looking for another position,” he said. “It also helps him find people with impressive professional credentials and outstanding interpersonal skills. Those two traits are important to building trust in supply-chain relationships domestically and around the world.”
Lucas Group works with mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients in consumer products, energy (oil, gas, chemicals and alternatives), aerospace and defense, call center and customer services, global supply chain management, industrial products, food and beverage, and biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device services. In addition to serving the legal sector the firm’s practice groups includes accounting & finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, legal, sales and marketing, and military transition. It has more than 300 affiliate recruiters in offices throughout the U.S.
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Recently, Lucas Group named Madison Berney as managing partner for its accounting and finance practice in Denver, CO. She leads a team of accounting and finance recruiters as they look to meet the evolving demands of clients and candidates in the booming Denver job market. Ms. Berney brings more than six years of sales and executive recruiting experience, including partnerships with companies ranging in size from $10 million to $46 billion in annual revenue. Previously, she served as managing director of executive recruiting for Creative Financial Staffing and was a key player in securing more than $1.5 million for placements.
Lucas Group also just opened a military transition branch in Denver. It is led by managing partner Jeff Moyer. Lucas Group has won a reputation for placing highly skilled military leaders in civilian careers. Led by Bryan Zawikowski, vice president and general manager of the military transition practice group, the division has placed over 25,000 military candidates – including more than 3,000 in the last four years – in a wide variety of positions in fields such as manufacturing, sales, engineering, maintenance, field services and distribution.
Lucas Group also recently named Carolina King as the firm’s first people officer. “Carolina understands the ever-growing strategic role that HR, and talent development in particular, plays in our business,” said Andi Jennings, CEO. “Her vision has transformed our corporate HR department into a vital partner in the associate development process. Carolina’s promotion to CPO reflects our commitment to ensuring Lucas Group is a leader in nurturing and attracting top talent.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media