February 24, 2017 – Executive search firm SRiCheyenne has named Jay Hussey as CEO. Chief executive and founder, Pat Mastandrea, has moved into a new role at the firm as vice chairman.
SRiCheyenne was recently launched following the January merger of the US-based media and content recruitment provider, Cheyenne Group, and UK-headquartered SRi (formerly Sports Recruitment International).
As CEO, Mr. Hussey will look to harness the combined power of both search firms to help businesses capitalize on the convergence of the digital, media, entertainment and sports industries. He boasts more than 15 years in executive search with leading global recruiting firms. He joins SRiCheyenne from Odgers Berndston where he led the firm’s U.S. technology and digital transformation practices. Before that, he was founder and managing partner of NineSeven Partners, an executive search and talent consulting firm which he merged with Odgers in 2015.
Before his career in search leadership assessment, Mr. Hussey served as president of Digitas West, the regional operating unit of Digitas, Inc., a publicly traded technology and marketing services company. He has also held a number of senior marketing and strategy setting roles at Clarion Marketing Consulting and PepsiCo.
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“Jay has an impressive record of building and leading successful teams and is the ideal person to drive our new business forward in North America,” said Jim Chaplin, CEO of SRi. “I’m delighted to welcome him to the company and am confident SRiCheyenne will thrive under his stewardship.”
SRiCheyenne is well positioned to address a rapidly evolving global marketplace that demands executive leaders who can navigate new digital and data-driven business models and consumer platforms, said Ms. Mastandrea. “Jay’s experience in digital and technology, both as a business leader and as an executive search professional, gives us even stronger capabilities with which to help our clients.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining SRiCheyenne at such an exciting time for the business,” said Mr. Hussy. “With a global reach that cuts across sectors and industries, I’m confident our offering will be extremely well received by clients and candidates alike.”
Leadership Appointments Rising Across the Sector
There have been a number of top leadership appointments at search firms in recent months, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts, and operations. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
- Legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) and executive search firm Allegis Partners just named John Cashman as president. Since joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in 2005, Mr. Cashman has risen through the ranks as a recruiter, manager and leader.
- Eric Salmon & Partners recently announced that its long-standing president, Massimo Milletti, has handed over management of the search firm to two partners who will co-head the partnership. Sophie Wigniolle from the firm’s Paris office will lead the together with Raoul Nacke, a managing director in Frankfurt. Ms. Wigniolle has been working for Eric Salmon since 1998 while Mr. Nacke has been with the firm since 2008.
- JR Partners named Josh Gonnella as president and senior managing partner. He joins founding partner and chief operating officer Joe Wein to lead the organization. He brings experience and a diverse career in financial services to the firm. Prior to accepting his new position, he held senior managing director roles at Lloyds Bank.
- Snodgrass Partners recently announced that Tom Jacobs will transition from sports recruitment partner to president. Founder Steve Snodgrass, who previously served as president and chief executive officer, will remain CEO. Mr. Jacobs joined Snodgrass Partners last year to lead the firm’s new sports division.
- U.K.-based executive search firm HW – Global Talent Partner tapped Spencer Jinks to serve as its new CEO. He took over from founding director John Wakeford, who headed the business for six years and now concentrates on growing the firm’s financial services, CFO and chair & NED practice. Mr. Jinks has been with the search firm for almost a decade, having joined as a director in 2007 after six years as executive recruitment director at the Caudwell Group.
- Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, named Bill Gilbert as president of Futurestep North America. He leads the strategy and growth efforts for both its search and solutions businesses in the region. In addition, he will drive the Futurestep strategy across the region and continue to work closely with Korn Ferry and Korn Ferry Hay Group colleagues to ensure an integrated approach.
- Executive search firm Slone Partners named Leslie Loveless as its CEO. She succeeds Adam Slone, who founded the firm in 2000. Ms. Loveless joined Slone Partnersin 2007 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2014.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media