Odgers Berndtson Names Head of U.S. Professional Services and Human Capital Practices

January 13, 2021 – Odgers Berndtson has appointed Sayed Sadjady as partner and head of its U.S. professional services and human capital practices. “We are delighted to welcome Sayed to the firm,” said Steve Potter, CEO of U.S. Odgers Berndtson. “A seasoned leader and consultant in the professional services sector, Sayed brings a unique set of skills and industry experience focused on organizational transformation, human capital, and leadership at both the C-suite and board levels which will be invaluable to the firm. He will help broaden Odgers Berndtson’s recruiting and leadership services in both our professional services and human resources practices as he and our team help recruit innovative and diverse executives for our clients.”

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. He also previously held leadership roles in human capital and change at PwC working with boards and CEOs across various industries. Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Sadjady led global projects in M&A, HR and finance for The BOC Group (now Linde Plc) and with Shell Chemicals in London.

“I am excited to join Odgers Berndtson at this pivotal time in the firm’s development and expansion,” said Mr. Sadjady. “Odgers has an outstanding reputation for client service and quality worldwide. This is an exceptional period of growth as more and more clients recognize that leadership and organizational agility are critical enablers of technology adoption at scale to drive transformation. I look forward to working with Steve Potter and the entire Odgers team in helping clients find and develop executives to lead the fast-changing demands of organizations facing important strategic challenges in a post-pandemic era.”

For more than a half century, Odgers Berndtson has delivered executive search, leadership assessment and development strategies to organizations globally. The firm’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 hired Darin DeWitt as partner and head of the firm’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.

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.

The firm also 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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