October 11, 2017 – Arlington, VA-headquartered executive search firm The McCormick Group has recruited Michelle Schlafer as chief operating officer of the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute. Principal Tim Ward led the assignment.
Ms. Schlafer has worked in a variety of leadership positions for Xerox Corp. over the past 24 years.
Most recently, she served as a global program manager, delivering transformational supply chain projects.
“REMADE was looking for a leader with a combination of strong technical and operations experience and who could thrive in a start-up environment where hiring and effective resource management are key,” said Mr. Ward. “Michelle brings a strong technical background and pedigree combined with years of effective operations experience. Her references noted that she is particularly good at bringing teams together toward a common mission and did so with repeated success at Xerox.”
“She is also experienced in vendor and contract management – two key areas of importance in the early stages of REMADE’s development,” he said.
The Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead its new REMADE Institute, a national coalition of leading universities and companies charged with forging clean energy initiatives to keep U.S. manufacturing competitive.
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“Having the right leaders in place in the early stages of the institute’s development is paramount to its success,” said Mr. Ward. “The COO will be tasked with hiring the right talent and ensuring efficient systems and processes are put in place to allow for sustained growth beyond the initial term of the U.S. Department of Energy contract.”
The mission of the REMADE Institute is to enable the early-stage applied research and development of key industrial platform technologies that could dramatically reduce the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing. It is one of the Department of Energy-led institutes in the multi-agency network known as Manufacturing USA.
The McCormick Group also placed Kevin Kepner, former associate general counsel of Xerox, as REMADE’s legal counsel. Mr. Ward led that search as well, along with principal Andi Cullins. The firm is currently assisting with the organization’s contracts manager and workforce development manager searches.
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Founded in 1974 by Bill McCormick, the McCormick Group provides executive search services to associations, corporate government affairs offices and law firms, among others. The firm offers clients a full range of human capital services, including recruitment, human resources strategic planning and consulting, compensation studies and surveys, management succession consulting and restructuring, and outplacement consulting.
Mr. Ward specializes in placing operations, technology and business development executives across the government services industry with a focus on aerospace, defense, national security & intelligence community, federal civilian and research and development. Over the past 17 years, he has helped build the McCormick Group’s national government services practice by forging deep connections with industry experts and leading companies.
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