August 19, 2016 – Executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been tapped by the Parkinson’s Foundation to lead its hunt for a chief executive officer. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), the organization’s mission is to invest in scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s, and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care.
“This merger is about the future and we are thrilled to have it completed,” said John Kozyak, board chair of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “Millions of people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. We owe it to them to move the science and care forward and the merger allows us to do just that even better. We are driven by the perspective, needs and priorities of people living with the disease and, together, we will be a formidable and effective force in the fight against Parkinson’s.”
A search committee has been formed to recruit what the organization calls “a dynamic new leader” who can drive the newly combined entity forward.
Leadership hiring among non-profits continues unabated and search firms have been busy filling mandates across the nation. The sector has grown by 20 percent over the last decade, fueled largely by mission-driven concerns looking for cutting edge operations-focused and fund raising talent.
Russell Reynolds has been one of the more active recruiters serving non-profit organizations in recent months. Here is a look at just a few searches it is currently involved in:
- The firm has been retained by World Education Australia Limited (WEAL) to lead its search for a new CEO. Managing director Heidi Mason is the point person for Russell Reynolds. World Education Australia’s mission, through responsible microfinance and skills development, is to enable people living in poverty to grow their incomes and change their lives sustainably.
- Russell Reynolds is also leading the CEO search for Help for Heroes. Founded in 2007, Help for Heroes delivers recovery programs direct to beneficiaries, with the capacity and capability to support British armed forces’ service personnel and veterans who have had life-changing injuries, both physical and mental, as a result of conflicts, training exercises and the rigors of normal service.
- The firm has also been tapped by Save the Children International (SCI) to lead its search for a chief people officer (CPO). Save the Children is one of the largest and best known international non-governmental organizations that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.
- Concurrent with this assignment, Russell Reynolds is also leading the search for Save the Children UK’s chief executive officer. Justin Forsyth, chief executive since 2010, announced that he is leaving the charity.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media