April 10, 2017 – Dallas-based executive search firm Rowe Global, LLC has appointed Dru George as managing partner of its technology and healthcare practice.
Mr. George brings to the firm extensive experience in executive search, working primarily with Fortune 500 companies, venture capital concerns and private equity-backed portfolio companies. He has recruited executive leadership throughout North America in the software, services, wireless, healthcare IT, healthcare services, health benefits, consumer and industrial sectors.
He joins Rowe Global from Mackenzie Eason, where he was a managing partner for the past eight years. He was also previously a partner with Austin McGregor in Dallas, where he executed searches at the vice president through chief and board of director levels, focusing primarily in the venture capital and private equity-backed high technology and healthcare arenas. Earlier in his career, Mr. George lead healthcare search firm Merritt Hawkins and Associates.
“We are thrilled to have Dru join the Rowe Global team,” said Bill Rowe, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are confident that his vast expertise and background will allow us to expand our capabilities in the areas of technology and healthcare, which are two of the fastest areas of growth for our firm today.”
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“Rowe Global is well known for their outstanding client service and consistent results, and I look forward to working with this talented group to further develop their technology and health care practice,” said Mr. George.
Rowe Global recruit leaders for executive management, financial, technology, operations, human resources, supply chain, engineering and general management positions for all industries. The firm specializes in serving the private equity community, filling leadership needs within their portfolio companies and the funds themselves.
Looking back at last year, Mr. Rowe had several observations. “The first half of 2016 was a very busy six months, but it seemed like it was busier in more mid-level management roles than key C-level positions,” said Mr. Rowe. Fees, therefore, were smaller, he said. “But we were working twice as hard.” The second half of the year, he said, focused almost exclusively on the presidential election. “That made the second half extremely strong, more senior level demanding.”
Looking ahead, Mr. Rowe has been strong and is likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future. “I’m quite confident in the momentum continuing through. I’ve been in the executive search business for 26 years and I’ve been through a couple of different cycles. The reality is that the demand for our capability has been pretty constant for the last three or four years. I have confidence we’re going to have a very decent 2017.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media