March 24, 2021 – Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase has named five new appointments to positions of global practice leaders, a move that will help the organization meet the many new challenges it expects ahead this year. Fiona Lavan, the vice chair of practice groups for Stanton Chase who will be newly leading the government, education, and non-profit practice group, made the announcement. “We have a lot of new faces in leadership roles this year bringing a fresh perspective as we emerge from the COVID crisis,” she said. “More than ever before, our lineup of GPLs is poised to make a difference.” Peter Deragon becomes the global practice leader for supply chain, logistics and transportation. In addition to his new role, Mr. Deragon is a managing director of Stanton Chase’s Los Angeles office. He has over 30 years’ experience as a trusted adviser in business-to-business environments, and he also holds the title of global sector leader banking and wealth management. Mr. Deragon leads a diverse team of executive search consultants with senior-level experience in executive search assignments across the entire economy, including government, higher education and not-for-profit organizations.
Stef Oud has been appointed as co-global practice leader for technology and professional services joining co-leader Jan-Bart Smits. As a partner with the Amsterdam office, Mr. Oud focuses on the professional services industry and works closely with other Stanton Chase offices around the world to cover executive search for a broad range of organizations in this industry. Michael Schaumann has been named as global practice leader for board services. Now a managing partner for Vienna, Mr. Schaumann has worked in executive search since 1997. Previously, he was appointed regional practice leader EMEA – board services, regional practice leader EMEA – financial services, and global practice leader financial services.
Sukran Tumay becomes the global practice leader for life sciences and healthcare. Mr. Tumay specializes in the consumer products and services and life sciences and healthcare sectors. As a managing partner with the London office, she has taken on a leading role in the development and execution of many cross-border executive search assignments throughout Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.
“As we continue to build for the future, we are grateful that these valued individuals continue their service,” said Fiona Lavan, managing director and vice chair of practice group. “Their expertise in their fields and knowledge of the practice groups ensure continued provision of the highest-quality services to our clients.”
Serving Client Globally
With offices in major cities around the world, Stanton Chase offers clients a global perspective while understanding local cultures and the challenges of moving products by sea, air, rail, and trucking.
Recently, Stanton Chase named Mika Hassinen as a partner in Helsinki, Finland. “Mika’s more than 15 years of expertise with public companies, combined with his in-depth knowledge of the private equity world and his experience in strategy consulting and investment banking, are a natural fit for our Helsinki team,” said Mikael Stelander, managing partner in Helsinki. Mr. Hassinen has more than 25 years of experience to the office, where he will focus on the industrial, private equity, and energy and natural resources groups. He is also a strategic adviser to the board and C-suite and participates in client-side management team audits.
Stanton Chase also recently named Mr. Stelander managing partner of the firm’s Finnish office, as global practice leader for all private equity activities. “Mikael will bring a fully updated and in-depth experience from servicing clients and the PE environment over the past 10 years,” said Flemming Riber, vice chair of practice groups. “He has been an active member in multiple PE associations and conferences offering our executive search consultancy as well as his competence in placing and evaluating execution power at C-level/boards in PE companies.”
With an extensive industry-based background, Mr. Stelander specializes in partnering with investors and C-level executives acting as an extension of their organization. His search portfolio includes projects for PE-owned firms across industry segments such as technology/software, manufacturing, engineering, consumer and energy. His background includes collaboration with PE, family offices, fund of funds as well as start-ups, mainly involved in buy-and-build projects.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media