Odgers Berndtson Names Head of U.S. Aviation & Hospitality Practice

February 21, 2018 – Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Frank Morogiello to its Dallas office as a partner and head of the firm’s U.S. aviation & hospitality practice focusing on aerospace and defense.

“With more than 25 years of experience as a search professional and as an experienced C-suite executive, Frank brings deep recruiting expertise to global companies in the aviation & hospitality industry, in particular working with aerospace and defense organizations throughout the world,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “Odgers Berndtson is committed to bringing the very best C-suite executives and board directors to help clients address their most pressing challenges and we’re thrilled to have Frank our U.S. team.”

Mr. Morogiello previously served as vice president and partner with Pearson Partners International. Before that, he was a senior client partner with Korn Ferry and a partner with Heidrick & Struggles. Prior to his recruiting career, he was with American Airlines for 20 years in multiple operations and corporate roles. He ended his tenure there as the head of global sales with responsibility for contracting revenues with Fortune 500 corporations, travel and government agencies, and trade associations. Mr. Morogiello serves on several boards, including the Texas Travel Industry Association.

“I am excited to join Odgers Berndtson as it forges ahead with its dedication to preeminence in executive search and leadership services,” said Mr. Morogiello.  “This is a unique opportunity for me to help the firm grow particularly as it develops its aviation & hospitality practice and continues its leadership in aerospace and defense executive search.”


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Expansion Wave

Odgers Berndtson has seen a wave of growth over the past year, and it started 2018 with the addition of four experienced and well-established executive search professionals to the firm: Richard Kim, Diane Lavietes, Margaret Plympton and Richard Modecki. Mr. Kim joined as a partner in the firm’s Houston office and was most recently the head of the energy sector with Futurestep. Ms. Lavietes joined the New York office of Odgers as a partner and head of the firm’s U.S. consumer & retail practice. She was previously a SVP at Berglass + Associates. Dr. Plympton came to the Boston office as a partner in its U.S. higher education practice. She previously served as deputy chair and acting chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Modecki joined the firm as a principal in the technology practice based in Washington, D.C. He was most recently at Russell Reynolds Associates.

In December, Odgers opened a new office in Dublin. The move was made to enhance the firm’s capacity to support global companies looking to establish new centers of operation in Europe in readiness for Brexit, according to Odgers. The new location is led by Damian Ringwood, who becomes managing partner, Odgers Berndtson Dublin.

In November, Odgers added Susannah Crabtree as partner and head of its Ottawa office. She specializes in the recruitment of senior executives in the Ottawa market, with a focus on the public and not-for-profit sectors. She is also a key member of Odgers Berndtson’s leadership practice, helping clients assess and develop their leadership teams, succession plans and high-potential talent. Ms. Crabtree previously served as Ottawa office leader for Mercer Canada.

In September, Odgers acquired the former Boyden licensee in Washington, D.C., adding five people to the firm, including Tim McNamara and Derek Wilkinson, former Boyden partners with more than 45 years’ combined management consulting and recruiting experience. Judy Whitaker, Diana Farmer and Kelly Crittenden, also from the Boyden licensee, will be joining the Washington, D.C. office. Allen Reed, a partner in Odgers Berndtson’s healthcare & life sciences practice, is now based in the new office as well, along with Richard Modecki, a principal in the technology and aerospace & defense sector.

Also in September, the firm opened a new office in Washington, D.C. when it acquired the former Boyden licensee in the region. The acquisition added five people to the firm, including Tim McNamara and Derek Wilkinson, former Boyden partners with more than 45 years of combined management consulting and recruiting experience.

Last summer, Odgers opened an office in Minneapolis and added three search professionals: Ron Woessner, Chris Fryer and Shawn Woessner. Mr. Woessner began his search career as founder and CEO of Woessner & Associates in 1983.  In 2010, he merged his practice into DHR International, where he served as global leader of its chief financial officer practice. He then joined Allen Austin, where he served as managing partner, global financial officer practice. Mr. Fryer previously served as managing partner of the industrial practice at Allen Austin. Mr. Woessner, who is head of U.S. finance for Odgers, had been a managing partner at Allen Austin, where he was responsible for the firm’s global financial officer practice.

In the spring, the firm added Lisa Hooker as a partner and Jessica French as a principal. Ms. Hooker, who serves clients in the technology practice, brings 20-plus years of executive search expertise in telecommunications, consumer electronics, cloud services, cyber security, IoT and SaaS. She has also conducted assignments for venture capital and private equity firms, recruiting for their portfolio companies. Previously, she was a founding partner at BridgeStreet Partners Executive Search. Dr. French serves clients in the higher education and academic medicine sectors. She specializes in search for senior leaders in research universities and academic medical centers. She was previously a senior associate with Korn Ferry in the firm’s healthcare practice.

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

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