Odgers Berndtson Appoints Healthcare Services Practice Leader

October 22, 2020 – Odgers Berndtson has expanded with the addition of Darin DeWitt as partner and head of the firm’s healthcare services practice. He will be based out of the firm’s Los Angeles office.

“Darin is one of the healthcare industry’s top executive search consultants, having recruited senior executives across the Americas, Europe and Asia,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “We are thrilled to welcome someone with his extensive experience to the Odgers team. Darin’s background gives him an ability to explore our clients’ talent needs from both a short- and long-term perspective. And he has a deep understanding of the urgent requirements in this current pandemic to help meet consumer and service providers’ needs. We’re confident that he’ll drive significant growth to our healthcare services practice,” he said.

Mr. DeWitt has more than 20 years of experience in executive search, most recently as a leader of the life sciences and healthcare practice and a member of the financial services practice at Caldwell Partners where he focused on building senior management teams for leading and emerging companies and for private equity and venture capital groups. Before that, he was a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ global life sciences and private equity practices and was a member of Highland Partners’ global healthcare and private equity practices until its acquisition in 2006.

“I am excited to join Odgers Berndtson during this period of growth,” said Mr. DeWitt. There has never been a greater need for top talent in the healthcare services field, and this is a unique opportunity for me to help further develop the firm’s brand in this industry. I look forward to working with the Odgers’ experienced search professionals to help the firm continue to grow.”

Odgers Berndtson’s 250-plus partners cover more than 50 sectors and operate out of 59 offices in 29 countries. The U.S. wing of the firm launched in 2011 and is one of the fastest growing search firms in the Americas. Odgers Berndtson currently has U.S. offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Expansion Wave

Odgers Berndtson has experienced a wave of recent growth. The firm recently opened a new office Bogotá, Colombia to help meet a growing demand from organizations in the Andean region for executive search expertise. In conjunction, Odgers Berndtson will also launch its interim executive arm, Odgers Interim, in Colombia. Odgers Berndtson Colombia will be led by managing partner Roberto Hall, a veteran of the Colombian executive search industry. “The Colombian launch will enable us to draw upon Odgers Berndtson’s global network and combine it with our experience of local markets across all the major cities in Colombia,” said Mr. Hall. “With Odgers Interim we will also have a critical differentiator to most of our competitors, providing us with the ability to meet the full spectrum of client talent demands, whether those are permanent or interim leadership.”

Odgers Berndtson Launches Interim Arm in Boston and New York
Odgers Berndtson has launched its global interim management arm – Odgers Interim – in Boston and New York, following strong demand the search firm has seen for senior leaders working on an interim basis across the U.S. With offices in London, Australia, Canada and Brazil, Odgers Interim’s U.S. business will be led by Paul Smith, a U.K. client partner who has been named managing partner of Odgers Interim US.

Odgers Berndtson also recently opened an office in Salt Lake City, UT. The location is led by Evan McClure, a partner in the firm’s life science practice, who joined Odgers Berndtson last year and leads search engagements for CxO, vice president and board positions across the life science and healthcare verticals. With its numerous colleges, vibrant banking history and emergent tech industry, Salt Lake City is becoming one of our nation’s great talent hubs,” said Steve Potter, U.S. CEO of Odgers Berndtson. “We’re delighted to be opening our doors in this market and look forward to the growth and access this facilitates.”

The firm also appointed Clarke Havener as vice chairman, head of board services, and as a member of the firm’s aerospace, defense and national security sector. Mr. Havener has more than 35 years of experience in executive search and talent advisory roles. He has led more than 500 board, CEO and functional leadership searches with clients both in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Mr. Havener served for 11 years as the global sector leader, aerospace, defense and national security in Korn Ferry International’s Washington, D.C., office.

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

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