The incoming leader will develop and be accountable for the delivery of a local strategy to grow the organization’s membership in Northern Ireland. The new director will establish the IoD as the ‘go to’ professional organization for business leaders, influencers and the media, through IoD activities and the implementation of an innovative communications strategy that will focus on establishing good governance ethics and the professionalization of global boards, promoting the profile of the IoD and engaging with local business.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable track record of success with practical commercial experience. Relevant strategic level experience within a commercially focused organization and an up to date knowledge of local government and economic infrastructure is preferred. The chosen leader will demonstrate people management skills and a financial management background, ideally with previous P&L responsibility. IoD is seeking a person with a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the local business landscape and the gravitas to represent its business interests in the community with media, political partners and other stakeholders.
The Institute of Directors is recognized both locally and nationally as a leading voice and business setting for business leaders. Its members are some of the most skilled and prominent professionals across Northern Ireland, from start-up entrepreneurs to FTSE board members, directors in the public sector and CEOs of multinational organizations.
Neal Lucas Executive Search is a Northern Ireland-headquartered search firm specializing in finding the talent for management, director and board level appointments. Its clients range from privately owned SMEs to large multinationals across all sectors. The firm is led by managing director Neal Lucas.
Business Associations Turning to Search Firm
In recent months, Hunt Scanlon Media has reported on a growing number executive search firms seeking new leaders for business and economic association clients. Here’s a look at a sampling taken from the company’s historic business leadership archives:
- Elinvar was recently retained by the Research Triangle Foundation to lead its search for a new CEO. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, is heading the search along with strategic search partner Jim Ahlerand. Research Triangle Park is home to some 200 companies that employee 50,000 people and is focused on orchestrating industry, university and government collaborations to attract research, scientific and technology-based organizations and support the creation of quality jobs and opportunities.
- Following an extensive national search, Bialla Partners placed Tallia Hart as president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce serves more than 2,500 member businesses and over 200,000 employees from companies of every size and industry across the Bay Area. Its mission is to attract, support, and grow business through advocacy, economic development, and business development in San Francisco.
- Jorgenson Consulting placed Stephen Moret as president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority. Todd Jorgenson, managing director and principal, led the assignment. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a state authority created by the Virginia General Assembly to better serve those seeking a prime business location and increased trade opportunities, provides confidential site selection and international trade services.
- The Chason Group recruited Sarah H. McKinney as president and CEO of the Athens Area Community Foundation. Tim Chason, the firm’s president, led the assignment. As a public grant making community foundation, the Athens Area Community Foundation partners with donors, non-profits, and community institutions to build, distribute and preserve philanthropic assets to enhance quality of life in the area for generations to come.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media