September 14, 2017 – Peter Deragon, the managing director of the Los Angeles office of Stanton Chase International, has been named global sector leader for the carriers, third party & contract logistics practice. He succeeds John Gradek, a director of the Stanton Chase Montreal office, who recently joined McGill University to establish a master’s degree program in aviation leadership.
“It is a distinct pleasure to have Peter take on this important role,” said Juan D. Morales, global practice leader for Stanton Chase’s supply chain, logistics & transportation practice group and managing director of the Miami office. “As a managing director with the Los Angeles office, he brings a wealth of knowledge to this position in addition to the other responsibilities he has with Stanton Chase.”
The carriers, third party & contract logistics practice operates as a sector of the firm’s supply chain, logistics & transportation practice group.
Mr. Deragon, who is also the North American leader for the financial services practice group, has more than 30 years of experience in operations management, institutional sales and executive search consulting. Mr. Deragon, who joined Stanton Chase in 2008, became a partner/owner in the Los Angeles office last year.
“The supply chain, logistics & transportation practice group has experienced significant growth,” said Mr. Deragon. “I look forward to building on our recent successes in the shipping industry, and working with Juan as we continue to position this practice group as one of the global leaders working on behalf of our worldwide clients.”
Recent Expansion at the Firm
Stanton Chase has appointed new leaders in several of practices since the start of the year. In August, the firm named Hans Nilsson as aviation & aerospace global sector leader. He will work out of the firm’s offices in Zurich and Miami. Mr. Nilsson has more than 25 years of industrial and management consulting experience in the aviation, aerospace, transportation and technology industries.
Last month, it appointed Dale Zankl as the director of its natural resources and energy practice for the Middle East. Based out of the firm’s offices in Dubai, he consults with new and existing clients on their leadership challenges in regard to natural resources and energy in the Middle East.
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 exec. and leadership search experience with a primary focus on senior leadership roles within the tech., fin. services/ fintech and media & comm. 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