Odgers Berndtson Names Canadian Healthcare Practice Leader

March 16, 2021 – Odgers Berndtson has appointed Collin MacLeod as partner and head of its Canadian healthcare practice. He brings 15 years of expertise conducting senior-level searches within the broader public sector, with a deep specialization in healthcare. “At a time when the healthcare sector is under tremendous stress and growing in complexity, Collin’s extensive experience in both clinical operations and executive roles makes him the perfect leader for our growing practice,” said Carl Lovas, chairman and CEO of Odgers Berndtson in Canada. “He has extensive insight into the unique challenges that many of our healthcare institutions are facing and a deep understanding of the leadership qualities needed to help transform these organizations for the future.”

Formerly a partner at LHH Knightsbridge, Mr. MacLeod was responsible for helping to build the firm’s public sector practice, while playing a lead role in recruiting top talent to clinical operations and leadership mandates in the healthcare sector. He also worked closely with clients to provide critical leadership services, including assessment, coaching and onboarding support. Prior to that, Mr. MacLeod worked as a search professional at Stoakley-Dudley Consultants and Hays where he focused on healthcare and education. “Growing up with a father in hospital administration showed me the transformative power of having the right people at the top,” said Mr. MacLeod. “This has really inspired my search career in healthcare. I am thrilled to be joining a firm with such a respected national and global brand, and a very deep track record in the healthcare sector. I look forward to partnering with my new healthcare colleagues, as well as the firm’s C-suite and board experts, to bring clients the best team to meet their specific talent and leadership needs.”

Expansion Wave

Odgers Berndtson has experienced a wave of recent growth. The firm recently appointed Brad Beveridge as president of its Canadian business, responsible for leading the firm’s continued expansion and the growth of its executive search, executive interim and leadership advisory services. “Brad’s extensive experience as a search professional and business leader will be key to helping us continue to anticipate and support our client’s emerging leadership and talent needs,” said Mr. Lovas. “He brings a deep understanding of all aspects of our business and a strong track record of developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing organizations across the human capital spectrum. This is a very important step in our firm’s evolution.”

The firm also recently expanded with the addition of Tonya Muse as partner in the U.S. corporate and government affairs practice based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. “We are delighted to welcome Tonya Muse to the firm,” said Steve Potter, CEO of U.S. Odgers Berndtson. “As a seasoned corporate and government affairs executive, Tonya brings a deep background in industry and trade association leadership initiatives as well as non-profit experience to Odgers Berndtson. Tonya will work closely with Conrad Woody to continue to grow our search work in this area, helping advise clients on government affairs, corporate communications and public affairs, and trade association CEO and leadership roles.”

Odgers Berndtson Names Head of U.S. Professional Services and Human Capital Practices
Odgers Berndtson has appointed Sayed Sadjady as partner and head of its U.S. professional services and human capital practices. Mr. Sadjady most recently served as a senior partner with Ernst & Young leading the firm’s people advisory services practice in the technology, media and entertainment, and telecom industry.

The firm also hired Darin DeWitt as partner and head of the firm’s U.S. healthcare services practice. He will be based out of the Los Angeles office. 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 as 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.

In addition, Odgers Berndtson 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.”

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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