TalentRISE Appoints Managing Director

Jose Martinez appointed Managing Director TalentRISE

October 2, 2017 – Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE has expanded with the addition of Jose Martinez as managing director.

“Jose brings a special skill set, deep industry knowledge and unique perspective to this critical role,” said chief executive officer Rick Gray. “His early experience as a chief information officer combined with 20-plus years of large-scale strategy and business transformation consulting to CIOs, CTOs and the broader C-suite provide a compelling combination of competencies to lead and strengthen our IT/digital recruiting and related services.”

Mr. Martinez said he carefully considered his new employer before moving forward. “Through my due diligence process, I learned that TalentRISE is a really different kind of recruiting firm, and one that truly values collaboration and teamwork in developing the optimal talent solution for the client,” he said. “My choice was clear.”

Deep Industry Knowledge

Previously, Mr. Martinez served as vice president and Chicago market leader at North Highland, a global management consulting firm, where he was responsible for business development and growth of the region’s business. Prior to that, he held numerous leadership roles for multinational professional services organizations and corporations including practice management, operations and business development.

As a partner at CSC, a global technology firm, he established and managed a portfolio of cross-industry consulting clients. While at EDS, also a technology consulting and outsourcing company, he expanded the consulting presence in the Midwest. Earlier in his career, he held chief information officer positions at various organizations in Chicago. His Fortune 1000 industry experience spans financial services, insurance, consumer retail, healthcare and real estate.

Mr. Martinez serves on the board of the Chicago Public Library Foundation and as senior advisor, Leadership Circle Board of the Executives Club of Chicago.  He is also a member of both the Economic Club of Chicago and the City Club of Chicago.


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TalentRISE provides executive search services to the technology, professional services, healthcare, life sciences, consumer, financial services, non-profit, insurance, private equity, and industrial sectors. The firm’s core service offerings also include on-demand, project based contract recruiting for scalable support of internal resources or longer-term recruitment process outsourcing solutions, and talent acquisition consulting.

TalentRISE serves a wide range of clients, including Healthscape Advisors, First National Bank, Duff & Phelps, Grant Thornton, VF Corporation, Accretive Health, Dohmen Life Science Services, First National Bank and Urban Partnership Bank.

Solid 2017

Since the start of the year, TalentRISE has opened up and expanded relationships with a number of organizations, including Signode Industrial Group, AArete and Intersect Illinois. In March, HealthScape Advisors, a management consulting firm serving the healthcare industry, engaged TalentRISE for recruitment process outsourcing services. Under a new agreement, TalentRISE provides end-to-end recruitment services in support of HealthScape’s forecast 2017 hires for all consulting positions and technical roles supporting its Pareto Intelligence division. TalentRISE partners James O’Malley and Jason Krumwiede are leading the engagement.


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Mr. Gray noted that TalentRISE is off to a solid start in 2017. “Particularly we’re seeing strong demand in business operations, technology and marketing roles as major retailers & consumer goods and services companies intensify their focus on e-commerce strategies and the ‘Amazon’ factor,” he said. “Clients increasingly are looking for greater flexibility and tailored approaches in recruitment solutions at all levels of their organizations.”

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

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