Chris Berger rejoined Diversified Search in 2017 to co-lead the firm’s Human Resources Practice, based in the firm’s New York office, after seven successful years as co-owner of the successful boutique HR executive search firm, RomanoBerger LLC.
He brings close to 20 years of executive search experience exclusively focused in the Human Resources arena, following ten years spent in HR on the corporate side. Chris has completed hundreds of senior executive search assignments across all functional areas of Human Resources and across multiple industry sectors, for clients ranging from Fortune 50 multi-nationals to start-ups.
Chris entered the executive search profession in 1999 when he was recruited into Korn/Ferry International’s Human Resources practice, and quickly became a leading member of the execution team. Several years later, Chris co-founded the Human Resources practice at TMP Worldwide, which soon became Highland Partners in a spin-off of the Executive Search division.
After Highland was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles several years later, Chris was recruited to further develop the HR practice at CT Partners and was later recruited by Diversified Search as a Managing Director and Human Resources Practice Leader.
Chris began his career at May Department Stores, completing the Company’s highly regarded Executive Training Program. He served briefly as an Assistant Buyer before entering Human Resources, where he led merchant training, corporate communications, college relations, and executive recruiting for a May division. In 1995, he was recruited by Melville/CVS Corporation and progressed through HR Generalist and recruiting leadership roles before becoming Vice President, Corporate Human Resources and Staffing.
Chris was briefly recruited back to the corporate side during his search career to become Head of Executive Recruiting for Aetna, a $30 billion, 35,000 employee health insurance leader.