June 1, 2021 – The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale, complexity and ambiguity, say recruiters who specialize in the field.
The McCormick Group, an Arlington, VA-based executive recruitment firm, recently assisted in the placement of Sohini Gupta as senior vice president of government affairs at Global Medical Response, the largest medical transportation company in the world. Principal David Ris and executive principal Steve Nelson led the assignment. Ms. Sohini has over 20 years of experience in policymaking, advocacy, and strategic engagement with the government. Her experience includes having served Sen. Evan Bayh as his health and social policy counsel, and as a lobbyist, consultant and strategist for payers and providers and for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, health, technology, and financial services companies. Ms. Sohini comes to Global Medical Response from Centene Corp. She was a member of the Centene’s senior leadership team and led the federal government engagement for military health, prescription drug coverage and specialty businesses.
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With more than 38,000 employees, Global Medical Response teams deliver compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services in the U.S., the District of Columbia and around the world. GMR was formed – in 2018 – by combining the industry leaders in air, ground, managed medical transportation, and community, industrial/specialty and wildland fire services. Each of those companies have long histories of serving its constituent communities: American Medical Response (AMR), Rural Metro Fire, Air Evac Lifeteam, REACH Air Medical Services, Med-Trans Corp. and AirMed International.
Founded in 1974 by Bill McCormick, The McCormick Group provides executive search services to associations, corporate government affairs offices and law firms, among others. The firm offers clients a full range of human capital services, including recruitment, human resources strategic planning and consulting, compensation studies and surveys, management succession consulting and restructuring, and outplacement consulting.
Mr. Ris’ specialties are legal and government relations. He has conducted retained and contingency searches for law and lobby firms, consulting firms, corporations and trade associations. He also represents candidates, with a particular specialty in assisting senior-level government officials as they transition into the private sector. Mr. Ris has represented a former senior counsel on the house financial services committee, deputy assistant secretary from treasury’s office of international affairs, branch chief from SEC’s division of enforcement, senior litigation counsel from the Justice Department’s tax division, international tax counsel from Treasury, chief tax counsel on the Senate Finance Committee, commissioner from the Federal Communications Commission, a counsel from the Senate Commerce Committee, and a Ways & Means committee chief tax counsel.
As a former attorney, and after 17 years in legal journalism and publishing, Mr. Nelson serves as a business advisor to both employers and candidates, using his significant knowledge of the legal field to solve employment challenges.
In addition to being a senior member in the McCormick Group law and government affairs practice, he coordinates the activities of the law firm management team. The group handles high-level administrative placements at law firms, encompassing those with responsibility over operations, finance, innovation and value, marketing and business development, talent management, and diversity and inclusion. Mr. Nelson’s work in lateral partner recruiting primarily focuses on consulting, including advising firms on their search strategy, practice area expansion, merger planning, and the interplay between marketing and recruiting. He further has advised firms on the viability of specific offices and effectiveness of practice area development and expansion.
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