November 21, 2016 – Seattle-based executive search firm Parker Remick has added two new directors, Kelley Pecis and Jeff Markham, to help establish its new office in Portland, OR, a rising hub for global entrepreneurship and technology.
“Parker Remick’s Portland office strengthens our Pacific Northwest roots. Kelley and Jeff’s depth of experience with senior executive searches, as well as tech industry knowledge, make them natural additions to our regional and global practices,” said managing partner Steve Jackson.
New Search Consultants
Before joining Parker Remick, Mr. Pecis served as managing director at Herd Freed Hartz, where she opened and ran the firm’s Portland business. Earlier, she spent 10 years guiding clients through major technology changes within enterprise resource planning software for financial applications including procurement, accounts payable, general ledger, assets, accounts receivable and project accounting at Fortune 500 companies, including Accenture, Oracle and AT&T Wireless.
“Parker Remick is the go-to firm for today’s most innovative brands,” said Mr. Pecis. “This is an exciting next step for me. Parker Remick’s consultants closely partner with clients and one another.”
Mr. Markham brings more than 18 years of experience to Parker Remick, partnering with CEOs and board search committees on matters of executive talent acquisition, succession planning and executive leadership development. Previously, he held leadership roles also with Herd Freed Hartz and Nosal Partners. He also managed the talent acquisition teams for ACME Business Consulting and Tripwire.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Parker Remick. Our Portland’s burgeoning technology offerings — for example, wearable tech, are now world leading. I’m eager to manage senior executive searches for global brands across areas such as digital media, fin tech and mobile,” said Mr. Markham. “I love the thought of concurrently helping clients in Portland, San Francisco and Berlin.”
Hot Area for Technology Companies
Technology is a major component of Portland’s economy, with more than 1,200 technology companies existing within the city’s metro area. This high density of technology companies has led to the nickname Silicon Forest being used to describe the Portland area, a reference to the abundance of trees in the region and to the Silicon Valley region in Northern California.
The area also hosts facilities for software companies and online startup companies, some supported by local seed funding organizations and business incubators. Computer components manufacturer Intel is the Portland area’s largest employer, providing jobs for more than 15,000 people, with several campuses to the west of central Portland in the city of Hillsboro. It is fast becoming a new hub for search firms seeking growth and new business expansion opportunities.
Parker Remick is a technology-focused executive search firm that provides research, insights and consulting guidance. Globally, it serves Google, Sony, Amazon, and other leading technology companies, along with startups in the portfolios of Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Google Ventures, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, and others. Parker Remick has placed CEOs at companies such as Apriso, software applications provider Manugistics and private equity company Ooyala.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media