December 18, 2020 – Odgers Berndtson has added former HR executives Glen Johnson and Lori Rubin to Odgers Interim in the U.S. as partners. They will both be based in the firm’s Atlanta office. “We are delighted to welcome two extraordinary human resources and recruiting professionals to the Odgers Interim team in the U.S. Lori and Glen’s combined experience recruiting senior executives for both internal and external organizations is a terrific addition and they both will bring seasoned interim executives to our clients,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson in the U.S.
“Glen and Lori’s deep background in HR and executive search give them an understanding of the urgent requirements of our clients to help meet the needs of their key stakeholders,” said Paul Smith, managing director of Odgers Interim, who is based in the Boston office. “This is an exciting period of growth as more and more clients seek interim executives to help them manage fast-changing demands of organizations facing important strategic challenges in a time of uncertainty.”
Mr. Johnson joins the firm from Delta Air Lines, where he led global talent acquisition for seven years. Before that, he had a nine-year career with Siemens where he was senior director of talent services for Siemens Global Shared Services North America and previously led talent acquisition for Siemens Energy & Automation. Mr. Johnson began his executive search career in the construction materials industry holding roles of progressive responsibility with search firms specializing in IT and contract consulting services before establishing his own firm providing a combination of remote and onsite recruiting and process consulting services.
Ms. Rubin is a senior sales and talent acquisition leader joining Odgers from LocumTenens.com, where she served as vice president of sales and recruiting. Prior to that, she was managing director of recruiting and resource management at Verity Professionals as well as director of recruiting and resource management at Sure Power Consulting where she built two industry-focused staffing businesses. Ms. Rubin began her career in recruiting as director of recruiting for Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and the law firm Greenberg Traurig where she specialized in financial services, IT, consulting, and legal recruiting.
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.
Expanded Interim Services
Earlier this year, Odgers Berndtson 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.
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The expansion of Odgers Berndtson’s Global Interim Management Services into America is in direct response to the growing need from public and private sector organizations for senior interim leadership capabilities across almost every industry and function. These include strategy, corporate development, HR, finance, supply chain, marketing and sales, IT and cybersecurity. In particular, there are notable opportunities for interim CFOs due to the cross-sector need for high-quality, rigorous senior financial expertise.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many organizations to question their infrastructure and business models,” said Kester Scrope, CEO of Odgers Berndtson in the U.K. “Many organizations have found their leadership teams lacking the skills and expertise required to navigate their way out of a crisis and have turned to experienced interim managers to assist them in transforming how they operate.” At Odgers Interim, he said, “we are experiencing increased demand from such organizations for individuals who can provide expertise and deliver change across a broad range of functions.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media