McCormick Group Leads CEO Search for Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

May 31, 2018 – The McCormick Group, an Arlington, VA-based executive recruitment firm, has been selected by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce to spearhead the search for its next president and CEO. Jim Corcoran, who has led the organization since 2010, will be leaving the chamber by July. Leading the assignment for the McCormick Group are senior vice president Lyles Carr, managing principal Elizabeth Humphrey and principal Susy Howard.

A search committee consisting of Northern Virginia Chamber board leadership chose the McCormick Group after issuing a request for proposal and interviewing a number of firms. “The McCormick Group has superior knowledge of Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington region, as well as the industries and businesses that drive its economy,” said the chamber.

Kathy Albarado, CEO of Helios HR, chamber executive committee member and chair of the chamber search committee, said that the Northern Virginia Chamber board of directors and search committee understand the importance of a thorough and thoughtful search process. “With the expertise of The McCormick Group, we are confident that this process will yield the best possible candidate for the chamber’s next leader,” she said.

Over the next several weeks, the McCormick team will work with the chamber’s search committee, board, staff and related external stakeholders to fully understand the organization’s vision and mission beyond the 2015-2018 strategic plan and what the incoming leader must accomplish for the chamber to achieve its goals. The search committee is targeting the third quarter of this year to hire and onboard its next CEO.


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“The Northern Virginia Chamber has an unwavering commitment to its membership and is dedicated to finding the right leader to execute on our ambitious goals for the chamber’s continued growth”, said Harry Klaff, managing director of JLL and Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce board chair. “I am confident our next president and CEO will have the leadership and vision to serve our region’s business community in new and exciting ways.”

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce represents local employers with more than 500,000 regional employees. It is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s priorities in transportation, education, workforce and economic opportunity. For 90-plus years, the Northern Virginia Chamber has been working hand in hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community.

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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. Carr represents the McCormick Group with business and civic organizations in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Within the firm, he provides strategic guidance on projects to the firm’s consultants and their clients. Continuing his own active consulting practice as well, Mr. Carr selectively represents executives in transition and offers client organizations expertise in a range of areas such as compensation plans and negotiation, organizational development and marketing strategies.

Ms. Humphrey specializes in searches for not-for-profits, associations, law firms and professional services firms. With expertise in multiple areas, she conducts searches for a wide variety of executives and senior-level managers for not-for-profit organizations and associations as well as searches for HR professionals for law firms and professional services firms. Representative placements include president and CEOs for not-for-profits and associations, executive directors for not-for-profits and associations, and VPs of HR for a variety of organizations.

Ms. Howard focuses on searches for executives for companies, associations, foundations and not-for-profit organizations. She also she serves as leader of the McCormick Group’s communications and public relations group. She is responsible for conducting searches for senior communications positions for a diverse range of Fortune 500 companies, associations and public relations firms. Representative placements include: numerous presidents and CEOs for local and national not-for-profits and foundations, VPs of media/public relations for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries and communication directors and specialists for many associations.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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