January 13, 2023 – Providence, RI-based executive search and advisory firm Standish Executive Search has named Greg Mickelson as managing principal. In this position, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the firm. “Greg has been instrumental in our success these last few years since he joined Standish Executive Search,” said Stan Davis, founder. “As I look toward the future of our firm, Greg is the ideal choice to lead us through the next decade and beyond. Our entire team is delighted to have him assume this new role.”
Mr. Mickelson, who joined the firm in 2020, will lead the Standish team including Mr. Davis, advisor Kelley Small, and lead recruiter Jaime Barrett-Thurston as they continue to expand the firm’s diverse client base.
“We look at what’s next for our business owners and recognize the importance of the right leadership to transform their operations and transition their companies for what’s next,” Mr. Davis said. “We also recognize that the pace of continuous change is accelerating. As an effective advisor and search consultant and a proven CEO, Greg Mickelson is an exceptional resource to lead any search firm in this environment and we look forward to the added value he will bring to our Standish clients in his expanded role.”
Before joining Standish Executive Search, Mr. Mickelson spent five years running two divisions for C. Cowles & Company, where he led the firm’s two contract manufacturing divisions, including metal stamping and plastic injection molding, to an effective ownership transition.
Mr. Mickelson began his career with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, and then was recruited by General Electric to work in their upstate New York facility. He developed a reputation for leading successes in product development, technology, engineering, operations, marketing, and business development. His experience also includes running a contract manufacturing division of a family owned Wisconsin company. While there, he helped the company grow from three divisions to six and from $50 million to $180 million in revenue while his role expanded to running all six divisions, as president and COO.
Mr. Mickelson also has experience as the founder and owner of The Mickelson Company LLC, a business advisory firm where he has advised CEO clients on developing organization and staffing strategies, improving operations, pursuing new markets, and achieving results. Since joining Standish, Mr. Mickelson has built on his leadership and organization building experience to provide organizations with the leadership talent to build, change, and grow their businesses.
“I am deeply honored by the confidence that founder Stan Davis has placed in me to have me step into the role of managing principal at Standish,” Mr. Mickelson said. “Stan is a longtime friend and business colleague for whom I have the greatest respect. I look forward to the ongoing efforts with Stan, Kelley and Jaime as we continue our work of finding the right executives to meet the ambitions of our client companies.”
Serving Family-Owned and Privately Held Businesses
Standish Executive Search was established in 2012 by Mr. Davis. The firm’s clients are primarily family-owned and privately held businesses engaged in the manufacturing, B2B services and not-for-profit sectors. Mr. Davis is recognized as a leader in organization building and business transformations. He formerly served as chief human resources officer for the American National Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
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