February 7, 2019 – Boston-based executive search firm the Bowdoin Group has expanded its team with the strategic hiring of a new head of recruiting and two senior consultants.
Kara Barr will lead the firm’s recruitment efforts. She has extensive experience in executive search, bringing over a decade of search and research experience to her new job and a strong reputation in the market. She will oversee all recruiting functions and team members, including developing and optimizing the firm’s execution and executive search process.
Previously, Ms. Barr served as delivery team manager for WinterWyman Executive Search, where she was responsible for managing the firm’s research and recruiting team. Prior to that, she served as a research associate at Egon Zehnder, where she specialized in board of director and executive-level placements for roles specific to data and analytics expertise. She also developed and managed executive relationships and conducted market research as a senior research manager in the consumer goods and services practice area at Gerson Lehrman Group.
Brian Gatti, who brings expertise in executive and human resources, joins the Bowdoin Group as a senior consultant. Previously, he served as director of research for GattiHR, a national executive search firm focused on the search and placement of human resources professionals. Before that, he spent nearly 13 years at State Street managing teams within the trade processing and wealth management divisions.
Raising the Bar
Also joining as a senior consultant is Jill Morrissey Phoenix, who brings 15 years’ experience in search and recruiting to the Bowdoin Group. Before joining the firm, she worked as a corporate recruiter with Pegasystems, which develops software for digital transformation. Her focus there was on technology, legal, finance, marketing and sales professionals. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Robert Half Executive Search.
“We are pleased to continue to strengthen the Bowdoin team with individuals like Kara, Brian and Jill,” said Dave Melville, founder and CEO of the Bowdoin Group. “They are very well respected in the executive search industry and reflect our commitment to continue to raise the bar for our clients with exceptional talent.”
In addition to these three strategic hires, the Bowdoin Group also added Kinjal Vyas as an associate for research and operations, and Renee Gramolini as a recruiting coordinator, working directly with clients under the firm’s recruitment process outsourcing services. Ms. Vyas previously served as a global recruitment coordinator and operations specialist at TraceLink and as a talent acquisition coordinator at Seven Step RPO. Ms. Gramolini previously worked as a practice coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
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Founded in 1994, the Bowdoin Group specializes in leadership and strategic roles for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to large firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion. With deep expertise in biopharma, digital health, fintech and financial services, and software, the firm specializes in the Greater Boston area with the ability to source talent and service companies globally.
West Coast Expansion
Last fall, the Bowdoin Group expanded to the West Coast with the addition of Lori Smudsky as a principal, talent acquisition services. Based in San Francisco, she became the firm’s first team member based on the West Coast. Ms. Smudsky focuses on overseeing talent acquisition support services for clients.
She previously served as talent acquisition lead in California on-site for Intarcia Therapeutics, a private, pre-commercial biotechnology company. During her nearly three-year tenure, she hired over 200 people. Prior to that role, she owned and operated a San Francisco Bay Area branch of the boutique executive recruiting franchise Corps Team / Mom Corps.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media