M&A Executive Search & Consulting Adds Former HR Executive

January 24, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN-based M&A Executive Search & Consulting has named Rick Copeland as a senior vice president.

He comes to the executive recruitment industry after more than 25 years in human resources.

“Rick has a good blend of experience that ranges from small start-up technology companies to large global solutions and services businesses,” said M&A Executive Search president Chandler McCoy. “His primary focus will be on conducting executive search from the functional VP to C-suite level.”

Mr. Copeland most recently spent nearly three years as a principal at c6 Consulting Services. Before that, he worked for more than 10 years as vice president of human resources at Restaurant Technologies, where he was responsible for human resources and risk management for 850 employees across 26 states and 41 facilities. Before that, he was corporate director, North American HR, for G&K Services, among other jobs.

A Key Differentiator

In his new role, Mr. Copeland will also provide general HR solutions support for short-term staff augmentation, interim placement and talent acquisition process improvement initiatives on an hourly contract basis.

“What makes this an exciting hire for the firm is that Rick has spent the past 25 years as a human resources executive,” said Dave Magnani, M&A Executive Search’s president, consulting services. “He has a first-hand understanding of what top-level HR executives want in terms of process, data and results. We believe that this skill-set will be a key differentiator for us in the marketplace.”

M&A Executive Search serves diverse industries by providing retained search solutions specific to helping companies find and retain executive candidates, fractional/interim leadership, project consulting, executive roundtables and mergers and acquisitions.

HR Leaders Transition to Recruiters

For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the cross-over skills required in the search business are nearly identical, and Hunt Scanlon Media has recently tracked a number of successful transitions. We have taken note of the trend among top-ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. Here’s a look at some of the more prominent ones:

Boyden recently added veteran human resources executive Michele Marchesan as a principal in the firm’s Milan office. In his 30-year career, Mr. Marchesan has overseen numerous searches for C-suite and senior level management throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S. He most recently served as chief human resources officer at Datalogic.

Russell Reynolds Associates added former AOL HR executive Stephanie Angelini as a member of its human resources officers practice. Ms. Angelini will leverage her extensive human resources strategy experience to advise clients across a range of industries, with particular expertise recruiting HR leadership for the financial services and tech areas.

Johnson Executive Search expanded with the addition of former human resources executive Stephanie Owens as a recruiting advisor. Ms. Owens spent 30 years in Silicon Valley recruiting high-value talent. Previously, she served as HR director at DLA Piper for 11 years. Before that, she held HR roles with Exodus Communications and Gary Cary Ware & Freidenrich.

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

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