January 3, 2018 – Stanton Chase International is continuing with its growth plans, recently opening a new office in Philadelphia. Dan Hobbs has been named managing director of the new location.
Mr. Hobbs brings over two decades of experience in executive search and leadership assessment projects for a broad range of privately and publicly held companies. He has led more than 350 search assignments at the senior management and board levels for industrial and consumer products companies based in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Previously, Mr. Hobbs was managing director at Diversified Search. Earlier, he was client partner of the global insurance practice for Korn Ferry. He also gained search experience as a principal with Boyden. Prior to his executive search career, Mr. Hobbs served as a director of human resources for a leading consumer products manufacturer, where he drove the internal management assessment and restructuring of the division’s leadership team.
“Dan has built trusted advisor relationships with senior leaders across all industrial and consumer products segments and we are excited to have him rejoin the firm as the managing director in our new Philadelphia office,” said Daniel Casteel, regional vice president/North America, and managing director of the Stanton Chase office in Nashville. “The establishment of the office and its team enables us to further service our regional and global clients. The addition is in line with our strategy to continue to bring talented search consultants into the firm where we see opportunity.”
Philadelphia is home to major industry sectors, including manufacturing, oil refining, food processing, healthcare, biotechnology, tourism and financial services. Its offerings include the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and some of the area’s largest companies, including cable television and internet provider Comcast; insurance companies Colonial Penn, CIGNA and Independence Blue Cross; energy company Sunoco; food services company Aramark and Crown; chemical makers Rohm and Haas and FMC; pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline; Boeing Rotorcraft Systems; and automotive parts retailer Pep Boys.
Recent Expansion at the Firm
Stanton Chase has appointed new leaders in several of practices over the past year. In December, the firm added Scott Clark as managing director in its industrial, engineering and construction practices. An experienced human resources executive, Mr. Clark has placed hundreds of senior executives in a variety of functions across these sectors.
In September, 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. 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.
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 also named leader of the CFO & financial executives practice group. 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.
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