December 10, 2017 – With an increasing global presence, Stanton Chase International continues to fortify its supply chain, logistics & transportation practice group. It recently named three new global sector leaders: Alvaro Gazda (Toronto, supply chain), Gregory Nazarian (Dubai, warehousing), and Robert Frei (Zurich, freight forwarding).
“We have assembled industry leaders who understand the ever-increasing importance of getting products to markets quickly and efficiently,” said Juan D. Morales, global practice leader for the firm’s supply chain, logistics & transportation practice group. “Today, the work requires an understanding of inter-modal transportation, technology, international currencies, risks of terrorism, and much more. We continue to be well positioned to serve our clients in this sector.”
Mr. Gazda, who becomes global sector leader, supply chain & strategic sourcing director, has over 15 years of business and executive search experience, working primarily within the consumer products & services and supply chain & logistics sectors. He has expertise in executive search and talent acquisition at the CXO and senior levels in supply chain, procurement, manufacturing, engineering, sales & marketing and retail, partnering with clients across Canada, the U.S. and LATAM. Prior to joining Stanton Chase, he was with Proco Global in Brazil.
Mr. Nazarian, who now serves as global sector leader, warehousing, and principal with the Dubai office, has worked across the Middle East and CIS regions since 2007. He has completed senior-level executive search assignments for large international and regional organizations in supply chain & logistics, life science, technology, consumer goods, non-profit, retail, financial services and construction sectors. Mr. Nazarian also worked in top managerial roles for retail, logistics and IT companies and was responsible for supply chain and logistics functions. He joined Stanton Chase in 2016 and previously served as a country manager at Pedersen & Partners.
Mr. Frei, a partner in the Zurich office, has held various positions at one of the leading global logistics and transportation companies headquartered in Switzerland. His background at group management level stretches from global procurement, general management, corporate development to M&A and COO positions. During his career, Mr. Frei has worked in England and Hong Kong and travelled extensively, helping him to develop a broad understanding of different cultures and shape his ability to communicate throughout hierarchical and cultural borders.
Stanton Chase’s carriers, third party & contract logistics practice operates as a sector of the firm’s supply chain, logistics & transportation practice group. With offices and sector leaders in Miami, Athens, Atlanta, Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Santiago, Toronto and Zurich, the practice group has a presence in major hubs serving the world.
Recent Expansion at the Firm
Stanton Chase has appointed new leaders in several of practices since the start of the year. Just recently, Peter Deragon, the managing director of the Los Angeles office of the firm, was named global sector leader for the carriers, third party & contract logistics practice.
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.
In July, 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