February 3, 2022 – San Francisco-headquartered executive search firm The Loring Group recently placed Sunday Adebowale as vice president of finance for Fenagh Engineering and Testing. The search was led by Rich Kampmann, a partner at The Loring Group, and was completed in 42 days. Mr. Adebowale is a seasoned and accomplished finance and accounting professional with over 20 years of experience in financial controls, project management and information systems governance. Before joining Fenagh, he worked with Silman Industries, a Northern California materials testing company. In addition, Mr. Adebowale volunteers at local education and spiritual-based non-profits to better serve his local community.
This was another diverse placement for The Loring Group, where four of the firm’s last six executive searches completed have been filled with diverse candidates. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical considerations for most of our assignments,” said Steve Caliger, managing partner. “We believe a diverse tapestry of perspectives and viewpoints facilitates innovation and innovation is key to our client’s success.”
Speed and agility, in addition to diversity, is also surfacing as a critical component of search work. “Companies in today’s fast-paced hiring environment are losing desired candidates in the interview process because the job market is so hot,” said Mr. Caliger. “With crisis being the mother of invention, we created a new ‘Agile Search Model’ that completes search assignments, with all diligence, in six to eight weeks. “We have clients interviewing candidates within two to three weeks which puts them in control of the talent pool vs. having others dictate it,” he said. “We have recently completed three C-level retained searches within 42, 44, and 56 days using our proprietary model.”
Fenagh Engineering and Testing, founded in 2014, is a Pleasanton, CA-based materials testing, special inspection, and geotechnical services company with additional offices in Southern California, Arizona, Texas, New York and New England. It is a privately held firm in rapid growth, just beyond start-up with ownership operating additional non-competing complementary engineering services. The name ‘Fenagh’ pronounced ‘fee-nah’ is a reference to the home village of the parents of its founder in Ireland.
Finding Top Talent
Mr. Caliger and Mr. Kampmann launched The Loring Group in 2019. “The reason we started the firm was to deliver higher quality work,” Mr. Caliger said. “Our partners were leaders for technology, banking, healthcare and professional services companies before becoming recruiters. We have deep domain expertise in these industries as well as business acumen most executive search consultants lack.”
Mr. Caliger has had a distinguished career as a sales leader and executive search consultant in the technology industry. He is a technology professional who has held leadership positions with several industry icons. With more than 20 years of executive search and consulting experience, Mr. Caliger develops senior leadership teams for sales, finance, product, engineering, and information technology. In addition, he has done work for consumer products, financial services, and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Kampmann has more than 16 years of executive search and leadership consulting expertise. In addition, he has 14 years of leadership experience in the banking and wealth management industries. Mr. Kampmann has performed hundreds of searches for companies around the world at executive and senior management levels. He has supported commercial banks, wealth, and asset managers, for both publicly and privately held concerns. He has also done work for industrial and consumer products companies. Prior to The Loring Group, Mr. Kampmann worked for global executive firms such as Stanton Chase, was an equity partner with Boyden and started his executive search career as a principal with Korn Ferry.
Other Diverse Placement
Last year, The Loring Group placed Lauren Festante as global vice president of finance for Kendo Brands. The search was led by partner Mr. Kampmann. Before joining Kendo, Ms. Festante was with L’Oreal for over 14 years in various roles, including interim vice president and AVP of commercial finance. She was also VP of finance for NYX Professional Makeup and most recently served as head of corporate finance and accounting with dosist, a health and wellness company. She has also worked abroad in France as an internal auditor responsible for auditing across the 130-plus countries L’Oreal had a presence in.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media