Odgers Berndtson Expands in Canada

February 29, 2016 – Odgers Berndtson has expanded its public sector search expertise in Canada with the addition of Jane Griffith as a new partner in its academic practice as well as John King and Gino Picciano in the firm’s healthcare practice.

With a focus on the recruitment of senior leaders in the academic sector, Ms. Griffith has worked with universities, colleges and not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, she was partner and practice leader for the academic and non-profit practice at Four Corners Group. Before that she was partner and fundraising practice leader with Boyden and founded Griffith Research, where she worked with executive search firms located in Canada, the U.S., Dubai and Australia. Earlier in her career, she gained experience with The Bedford Consulting Group and KCI Ketchum Canada.

A leader with more than 30 years of experience in senior operational roles in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Mr. King is known for his roles as assistant deputy minister, MOHLTC and chief administrative officer and executive vice president at St Michael’s Hospital. He retired from his most recent position of SVP and chief operating officer at The Ottawa Hospital in 2012, following a three decade career in progressively senior positions in the healthcare sector. He has been instrumental in a number of regional initiatives, most notably the creation of the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA).

Since retiring from his role as SVP and chief performance officer at The Ottawa Hospital in 2012, Mr. Picciano has been providing strategic advice and consulting services to select private partners. Prior to that, he held numerous senior executive positions at The Ottawa Hospital over a 20-year period, including COO; chief information officer; VP of strategic planning and development; and VP of medicine, mental health and family practice.

“A big part of our growth in Canada is aimed at building our deep sector expertise so that we can help clients attract the top talent they require to compete and thrive,” said Carl Lovas, Canadian chairman at Odgers Berndtson. “Jane, John and Gino are all specialists who will bring valuable contacts, insights and industry knowledge to all of our senior-level projects in education and healthcare.”

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Odgers Berndtson provides a wide range of recruitment services for leading organizations in private and public sectors, including board level & executive search and global management assessment.

The firm has added a number of recruiters in the last 10 months, including Lynn Muirhead, Jules Orpinformer Norman Broadbent president Sally DrexlerBelinda HumphreyPamela Santos, Steven PayneJohn HawkinsTina Veen,Paul Aldrich and Keith Macomber.

Just last week, Odgers Berndtson acquired Charleston Partners, an executive search and talent advisory firm that exclusively recruits HR professionals and advises on human capital management issues. Francis Luisi, founding principal of Charleston Partners, joined the firm to lead the Odgers Berndtson U.S. HR practice, working from the firm’s New York and Houston offices.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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