Odgers Berndtson Opens Salt Lake City Office

April 27, 2020 – Odgers Berndtson has continued its rapid expansion in the U.S. by opening an office in Salt Lake City, UT. The location will be 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, CEO of Odgers Berndtson US. “We’re delighted to be opening our doors in this market and look forward to the growth and access this facilitates.”


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Dr. McClure earned his MD from Emory University School of Medicine, his MBA from Emory University Goizueta Business School and his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. He was previously a partner at Life Science Partner Inc. Prior to that, he worked with biotechnology firm Genentech, venture capital firm HealthQuest Capital, and Forge Health, a non-profit group he co-founded in 2013.

“Evan’s background as a medical doctor and research scientist, combined with his MBA and extensive real-world business experience, allow him to help our clients navigate talent needs at the technical intersection of science and business,” said Mr. Potter. “We’re excited to have him representing Odgers Berndtson in Salt Lake City.”

“Growing up in the Southeast, I watched both Nashville and Atlanta blossom into healthcare and HCIT hubs, respectively, and appreciate the power of investing in emerging markets such as today’s Salt Lake City,” said Dr. McClure. “With the University of Utah among the nation’s most prolific technology commercializers, a robust ecosystem of technology and medtech enterprise attracting talent from California and elsewhere, and the city earning accolades annually for quality of life and economic development, we view this as a key strategic market that will complement our existing offices and position us to further capitalize on the tremendous growth ahead in the life sciences, healthcare information technologies, and tech-enabled healthcare services sectors in the region.”

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 recently experienced a wave of growth. In March, the firm 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.

Odgers also added Jon Barney as a partner and head of its just launched aerospace, defense and national security practice. Mr. Barney, who has more than 20 years of executive search, leadership development and management consulting experience, is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Mr. Barney was a senior partner at Korn Ferry where he advised aerospace and defense clients.


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 inked a new partnership in France with the addition of Singer & Hamilton, a 30 year-old search firm that specializes in executive search and executive assessment with strong expertise in financial services, life sciences, technology, industry, fashion, luxury and private equity. Singer & Hamilton immediately changed its name to Odgers Berndtson France and will work directly with all of the firm’s entities, but will focus its attention on its largest European offices based in Germany and the Netherlands.

“Odgers Berndtson is the only European-based executive search firm based in Europe, which is central to our customer offering,” said Kester Scrope, CEO of Odgers Berndtson. “This agreement significantly strengthens our business in Europe’s largest markets and gives us additional space in key areas such as financial services and life sciences at a pivotal time.”

Odgers also named Maureen Ryan as a partner in its healthcare practice. She leads the firm’s U.S. health systems team. A former international health systems executive, Ms. Ryan works with boards and executive teams to custom-build comprehensive talent strategies. She will also be a member of Odgers Berndtson’s board and CEO practices. She is based in the firm’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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