Pender & Howe Launches New Interim and Fractional Search Service

April 10, 2024 – Across the board, in every industry, today’s market is fueled by growing demand for top talent against a landscape of short supply. This has led to nearly three million people taking temporary jobs, a number that is expected to grow at a healthy pace over the next few years as companies strive to stay agile in the midst of changing market needs. It’s no surprise that organizations continue to hire part-time talent: Interim workers can help businesses sidestep talent gaps and remain nimble. Toronto-based Pender & Howe Executive Search has launched Flex Exec, a technology platform dedicated to interim and fractional executive search services.

“Our decision to introduce Flex Exec reflects our dedication to staying ahead of the curve in meeting the evolving needs of our clients,” said Travis Hann, managing partner of Pender & Howe Executive Search. “With Flex Exec, we are empowering organizations to leverage the expertise of seasoned executives on a flexible basis, optimizing their agility and resilience in navigating market complexities. By harnessing the power of Flex Exec, organizations can augment their leadership capabilities without the constraints of traditional hiring models, enabling them to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing business landscape.

Flex Exec, operating under the umbrella of Pender & Howe Executive Search, was created to enhance the executive search landscape by offering flexible leadership staffing solutions tailored to the demands of today’s business environment. Through its platform, clients gain access to a curated network of top-tier interim and fractional executives, enabling rapid deployment of specialized talent to drive business growth and transformation.

Pender & Howe Executive Search is a boutique executive search firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Edmonton, Vancouver, and San Francisco. The firm has more than 30 years of combined experience in leadership advisory and executive search. Pender & Howe focuses on collaborating with governing boards and CEOs in identifying world-class executive leaders. It provides leadership solutions that encompass venture capital firms, private equity, new technologies, emerging sectors, as well as board advisory positions. Its clients range from pre-seed start-ups and VC-backed disrupters to global public companies. Specialties include executive search, CEO search, leadership strategy, succession planning, executive assessment, talent management, executive recruiting, culture transformation, board services, and digital transformation.

Why Companies are Increasingly Turning to Interim Executives
Market turbulence can bring both risks and opportunities for businesses. How companies emerge on the other side depends on various factors, but one thing is clear: Experienced executive interim managers can work wonders for companies navigating through these stormy waters and driving transformation.

So when exactly should companies call on interim managers? And at what point is it wise to turn to an executive interim manager for help? In a recent report, SpenglerFox provided some answers, and valuable insights. An effective executive interim manager understands how to mitigate the impact of market turbulence and even turn it into an opportunity for the company, according to SpenglerFox. If market disruptions are managed swiftly and intelligently, the search firm says, these leaders can oftentimes deliver meaningful and productive change.

Mr. Hann is a co-founding partner of Pender & Howe. His primary focus is partnering with investors and C-suite leaders on complex executive searches. His latest projects have included a CEO search on behalf of a global family office, building a leadership team for a Series C VC-backed tech company, and replacing a long-standing founder of a business that went public on the NASDAQ.

In 2022, Pender & Howe joined Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners. “We are thrilled to represent Kestria in Canada and the USA, and we are committed to fulfilling the alliance’s mission of providing first-class executive search services wherever you are in the world, with our efforts in Canada and the USA,” said Mr. Hann. “We are confident this will be a mutually beneficial partnership for many years to come.”

Related: Kestria Adds Pender & Howe to Network

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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