Tatum Expands Private Equity Practice

Tatum Private Equity Practice Jim Schuchard

November 6, 2017 – Tatum, an interim services and executive search firm, has continued to expand its private equity search practice to meet a growing call for talent. The firm, which has made a number of key hires, named Jim Schuchard as practice leader. He is responsible for spearheading business development and client relationship management.

A tenured managing partner, Mr. Schuchard joined Tatum in 2010 and has since built impactful relationships and contributed to the company’s growth strategy, the firm said.

“Dynamic leaders are a fundamental element for every organization,” said Macon Albertson, president of Tatum. “Jim’s positive leadership and wealth of industry knowledge have already proven to be invaluable assets for our team’s success.”

Chris Shaw, who joined the company last year, was named Tatum’s director of business development, serving private equity clients throughout the Northeast. He is responsible for driving strategic business conversations while introducing Tatum’s business solutions and consulting services. Mr. Shaw has spent most of his career in PE, hedge funds and investment services. He previously served as managing director of Oberon Securities, a New York-based boutique investment bank. Before that, he was a senior investment banker with Middlebury Securities.

New Additions

With the growing demand and volume of PE firms headquartered in the Northeast, Tatum added Mike Blank as director of business development serving the company’s Northeast and mid-Atlantic markets. With his comprehensive understanding of human capital management, Mr. Blank will help companies optimize their executive management teams as well as provide business solutions and consulting services to enhance operational excellence, the firm said. He spent 20 years with TEKsystems, where his last position was senior account executive in financial services.

Tory Raether, who has more than 20 years experience in investment banking, joins Tatum as director of business development serving the firm’s Southeast and Midwest markets. With an expertise in finance and capital markets, Mr. Raether is charged with helping PE and venture capital firms achieve business goals and objectives, said Tatum. Most recently, he served as a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Before that, he was executive director with Morgan Stanley.


Recruiters See Heightened Demand for Private Equity Portfolio Leaders
Tatum, an interim services and executive search firm, has appointed Chris Shaw to regional partner of private equity services. Mr. Shaw brings 16 years of financial experience.


Jeff Minter, based in Irvine, CA, will serve as director of business development focusing on Tatum’s West Coast market. He has a history of more than 10 years of providing intellectual capital services. Mr. Minter also offers knowledge of full life-cycle business development for both large, billion-dollar corporations, as well as start-ups, the firm said. He previously served as an account manager of TEKsystems.

Nick Wilkins joins Tatum as talent manager and is responsible for recruiting best-in-class candidates to work with PE clients on interim, project and executive search bases. As a recruiter, Mr. Wilkins aligns qualified job seekers with attractive opportunities within the PE practice. He previously served as an operations manager at executive search firm the Jacobson Group.

“As the PE industry continues to expand and expects high performance from their portfolio companies, Tatum is in alignment and committed to supporting their business objectives,” said Mr. Albertson. “I am highly confident our team will utilize their recruiting and sales proficiencies to partner with the best of the best within the industry.”

Tatum, a Randstad company, operates offices in 10 U.S. markets, with a network of executives across the country. The firm’s four areas of capability include recruiting interim finance and technology executives for defined timeframes; end-to-end search solutions; staff augmentation of accounting, finance and technology professionals; and executive search.

Growing Private Equity Sector

The private equity sector is now considered one of the fastest growing practice segments in the executive recruiting industry, with an expanding number of boutique recruiting firms now servicing it coast to coast. Private equity firms have been involved in some of the most notable business deals of the last two decades, but where the action seems to be centered for the boutiques is around smaller, less well-known portfolio companies that make up a widening universe of investment vehicles for private equity firms like TPG, Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Carlyle Group, Kleiner Perkins, Huntsman Gay, Blackstone Group, General Atlantic, Khosla Ventures, and a slew of others.

Aside from the big-branded executive recruiters, all of whom devote significant time and manpower to talent acquisition initiatives throughout the PE space, boutique search firms working alongside these investment brands to provide talent up and down the functional scale include Benchmark Executive Search, ZRG Partners, JM Search, Howard Fischer Associates, 680 Partners, Bespoke Partners, CarterPierce, Jamesbeck Global Partners, Braddock Matthews, The Flatiron Group, The Corrigan Group, SPMB, SG Partners, Oxbridge Group, Weatherly Group, True, Hobbs & Towne, Waverly Partners, Westwood Partners, Park Square Executive Search, Henkel Search Partners, Whitney Partners Executive Search, Juno Search Group, Long Ridge Partners, Pinnacle Group International, and countless more.

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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