July 28, 2017 – Stanton Chase International continues its recent expansion with the addition of Dale Zankl as the director of its natural resources and energy practice for the Middle East. He will be based out of the firm’s offices in Dubai, where he will consult with new and existing clients on their leadership challenges in regard to natural resources and energy in the Middle East.
Mr. Zankl has worked in the natural resources and energy sector across North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East for more than 25 years. He has covered functional leadership roles in human resources, operations, sales and executive management at some of the best-known organizations in the sector, such as Baker Hughes, Weatherford and Schlumberger. Credited with identifying and mentoring leaders in some of the world’s largest energy companies, Mr. Zankl has delivered assessment programs and devised strategic coaching plans for key decision makers across continents.
“I look forward to expanding Stanton Chase’s business across the Middle East and to helping clients build world-class leadership teams with the flexibility and resilience to adapt to the ever changing business environment,” said Mr. Zankl.
Wassim Karkabi, managing partner of Stanton Chase Middle East and global head of board & executive assessment, said the firm is excited to have Mr. Zankl on board. “Dale brings with him a substantial leadership and sector expertise that we look for in our own practice leaders,” he said. “His engagement in the market will no doubt reinforce our already very strong position at the forefront of the leadership advisory solution providers.”
Stanton Chase’s focuses on client service priorities from each of the world energy capitals and from critical emerging markets. The firm has completed client assignments for board directors, CEOs, executive leadership and senior management positions in all functional areas including finance, operations, engineering, exploration, marketing and human development.
Stanton Chase has appointed new leaders in several of practices since the start of the year. In June, the firm named Steve Caliger as North America regional practice leader for the technology industry practice group. With over 21 years of executive search and consulting experience, Mr. Caliger helps develop leadership teams with investors and boards for C-and VP-level executives.
Also in June, Bernard Layton, managing director of the Chicago office, was named practice leader for the firm’s global industrial practice group. Mr. Layton will oversee activity related to Stanton Chase’s global presence in the industrial sector. He has executed more than 750 searches across a wide range of senior and mid-management positions.
In May, Stanton Chase appointed Becky Heidesch as a director and North American diversity & inclusion practice leader. In this capacity, Ms. Heidesch works with all of the firm’s North American offices, focusing on senior level women and diverse executive placements. She brings vast experience from the sports, entertainment and higher education industries.
Cathy Logue, managing director of the firm’s Toronto office, was named leader of the CFO & financial executives practice group earlier this year. She has over 25 years of executive and leadership search experience with a primary focus on senior leadership roles within the technology, financial services / fintech and media & communications sectors.
In January, Panos Manolopoulos, managing partner in the firm’s Dubai office, was appointed head of Stanton Chase’s directors & CEO practice group. He is a lead shareholder in Stanton Chase Bucharest and has been a member of the firm since 2003. He has served as regional and global practice leader of the firm’s consumer products & services practice, vice chairman regions, and vice president of Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Tom Christensen, managing partner in Stanton Chase’s Oslo office, was also named to lead the firm’s consumer products & services industry practice group. Mr. Christensen has worked in the executive search industry for over 15 years. He established the Stanton Chase office in Norway in 2007 and has worked with local companies and large international corporations with a strong sales and marketing focus.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media