The Bowdoin Group Expands to the West Coast

October 25, 2018 – Boston-based executive recruitment firm The Bowdoin Group has expanded to the West Coast with addition of Lori Smudsky as a principal, talent acquisition services. Based in San Francisco, she will be the firm’s first team member based on the West Coast and will focus on overseeing talent acquisition support services for clients.

“At The Bowdoin Group, we are dedicated to transforming companies and developing careers by providing our clients the right talent and industry expertise to create extraordinary teams,” said Dave Melville, founder and CEO. “Lori brings extensive experience and passion for recruiting to our firm, and will serve as a key driver in our recruiting process outsourcing services on the West Coast and across the U.S.”

Karen Walker Beecher, the search firm’s chief operating officer, said that companies have a real need for support when it comes to finding and hiring the right talent, especially as they scale to achieve aggressive growth goals. “We create solutions for our clients’ hiring needs by providing best practices that are customized and supported by implementing processes, people and technology,” she said. “Lori’s appointment serves as the launch pad to further expand our service offerings to the West Coast. The Bowdoin Group is fortunate to welcome Lori to our growing team.”

Ms. Smudsky said she was ready for the challenges of her new role. “It’s exciting to join a team with such a dedication to delivering excellence at every touchpoint,” she said. “I’m looking forward to building upon The Bowdoin Group’s recruiting operations and executive search business on the West Coast as the firm focuses on growing our talent acquisition support services nationwide.”

Ms. Smudsky 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. Ms. Smudsky holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan and an master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Growing Search Firm

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 teams 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.


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In July, the firm continued its growth efforts with the strategic hiring of a principal based in New York City and a head of marketing to lead strategic efforts. Winston Chou joined the firm as a principal. With significant retained search experience, he has worked with global consulting and professional services firms in placing lateral partners and practice leaders, and has also built a C-suite track record with clients including Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms. He focuses on clients in digital health, fintech, financial services and technology, as well as others.

Joining as head of marketing, Emily Leinbach brings significant industry expertise in marketing and brand building in tech and professional services. She previously served as head of marketing at Progress Partners, a tech- and media-focused boutique investment bank based in Boston. There, she developed and oversaw all strategic marketing activities, including the firm’s C-level summit, Progress Connect.

This spring, the search firm added three veteran recruiters to its fold: Kirk Bukowski, Brad Bauer and Jeff Harris all come to the firm from the Boston office of global search firm Tatum, a Randstad company. Mr. Bukowski joins Bowdoin Group as a vice president, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in executive search and talent management consulting to the firm. Also joining Bowdoin as a vice president, Mr. Bauer has more than 20 years’ business and consulting experience in human capital and talent acquisition. Mr. Harris comes aboard as director, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in executive search, management consulting and sales.

Building Momentum

“We are thrilled with the momentum we’ve experienced over the last several months,” said Mr. Melville. “Scaling the team and strengthening our culture are key initiatives for the firm.”

Scott Aldsworth, chief revenue officer of The Bowdoin Group, said that these hires will contribute to the firm’s broader growth strategy. “The opportunity in today’s economy to become not only advisors but partners on searches in the innovation economy is paramount,” he said. “As we continue to scale the Bowdoin team with strong contributors, we are committed to strengthening our relationships with the most innovative companies in Boston and beyond.”

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

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