September 5, 2018 – Executive search firm TillmanCarlson has placed Diane Schwarz as chief digital and information officer for Hunt Consolidated in Dallas.
“Hunt Consolidated is one of the leading private companies in the country, with a strong company culture and established operations around the world,” said TillmanCarlson’s founder, Rob Tillman. “Diane brings a deep background in driving change, building outstanding teams and driving digital innovation, and her experience in a large, global business at Textron prepares her to hit the ground running. We were extremely pleased to partner with the leadership team at Hunt Consolidated on this important search, and Diane is well prepared to be an outstanding leader there.”
Ms. Schwarz is a senior IT Executive with more than 20 years of experience building and leading enterprise IT teams. She has expertise in core IT disciplines with SAP/ERP, strategic planning, staff development and business results. In her five years as CIO for Textron, Ms. Schwarz was credited with transforming the culture within information technology for the $14 billion global industrial company.
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Ms. Schwarz also served in two of Textron’s subsidiaries, leading information technology for Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter. Prior to joining Textron in 2007, Ms. Schwarz held a series of information technology leadership roles with Honeywell, Ultrak, Steelcase and Nestle. She began her career with Ernst & Young.
Hunt Consolidated is one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S. The different Hunt companies’ areas of activity include oil and gas exploration and production, refining, LNG, power, real estate, investments, ranching and infrastructure.
TillmanCarlson is an executive search and coaching firm led by its founders. Since launching the organization in 2002, Mr. Tillman and Kelly Carlson have conducted upwards of 350 searches and coached hundreds of leaders. Based in Chicago, the firm specializes in recruiting and coaching CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.
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This spring, the firm placed another top CIO with the recruitment of Tony Buttrick for Wintrust Financial Corp. in Chicago. Mr. Buttrick previously served as CIO of Flagstar Bank for three years preceded by 10 years with Bank of America. “Wintrust is one of the most successful regional banks in the country, built on the strength of its community bank strategy and the quality and tenure of its management team,” said Mr. Tillman. “Tony brings extensive experience in larger bank environments combined with the leadership style and values well suited to join the team and prepare Wintrust for continued growth. We’re extremely pleased with the outcome and proud to have been selected to partner with Wintrust on this important search.”
At the start of the year the firm also made a leadership transition. TillmanCarlson named Ms. Carlson as its president and CEO. Her promotion sets the stage for growth, innovation and the ability to provide a clear alternative to larger human capital groups, said the firm. Ms. Carlson joined Mr. Tillman a year after the search firm was founded after having worked with him in her previous role for Russell Reynolds Associates. For eight years, she was in Russell Reynolds’ Chicago office as member of its technology practice.
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