November 18, 2016 – Executive search firm Tyler & Company has named Preston Smith as its new president. Janet Jones-Parker and Associates led the search assignment.
Tyler & Co is the healthcare executive search arm of Jackson Healthcare. It specializes in recruiting leadership talent for healthcare, academic medicine, and health & life sciences organizations. Since 1978, the firm has placed thousands of C-suite executives, physician leaders and healthcare administrators for organizations including health systems, hospitals, physician group practices and academic medical centers.
“Tyler & Co has been a highly regarded search firm in the healthcare sector for decades,” said Ms. Jones-Parker. “When its founder, Larry Tyler, retired, Jackson Healthcare launched a broad and deep search for its new president, someone who would represent the firm to the healthcare industry and also provide leadership to its outstanding consultants.”
Mr. Smith is the “perfect choice” to take Tyler into the future, Ms. Jones-Parker said. “He is acknowledged by healthcare industry executives as a creative thinker who understands how to help them respond to their ever-changing market demands.”
Mr. Smith previously worked at ApolloMD serving as its president of anesthesia and subsequently as its chief revenue officer and chief compliance officer. He held office as the youngest senator in the Georgia Senate for four consecutive terms (2003-2011). During his tenure, he served as administration floor leader and also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (2005-2010).
He previously worked as a partner at the Cox Byington law firm, with a general practice in litigation, healthcare, insurance, estate planning, corporate practice, business agreements and municipal / government law. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia and federal trial & appellate courts. Mr. Smith has been active in his community with service on several non-profit boards, including the Sexual Assault Center of NW GA and DisABILITY Link. He previously hosted ‘Preston Smith Live,’ a daily radio talk show.
“I am excited by the vision, energy and values Preston brings to Tyler & Company,” said R. Shane Jackson, president of Jackson Healthcare. “He understands healthcare and I am confident that under his leadership Tyler & Company will continue to provide the amazing quality of service to executives and medical facilities for which it is known.”
“With Preston now in charge, Tyler consultants will not only continue the excellent work for which they have always been known, they will participate in the implementation of the firm’s plans for re-branding, growth, and geographic expansion,” Ms. Jones-Parker said. “The firm’s legacy of an extraordinary history is now secure in its future,” she added.
“In the complex environment of our modern patient care delivery system, leaders in the healthcare industry have the greatest opportunity to positively impact the success of their own organizations, the medical providers they train and, ultimately, the patients they serve,” said Mr. Smith. “I am thrilled to join an outstanding team of dedicated colleagues at Tyler & Company who serve as trusted advisors to our client partners in healthcare, academia and life sciences in the search for the next generation of transformational leaders.”
Leadership Appointments Rising at U.S. Search Firms
There have been a number of other leadership appointments at U.S. search firms in recent months, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts, and operations. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
- Russell Reynolds Associates appointed Constantine Alexandrakis as region head for the U.S. Mr. Alexandrakis joined Russell Reynolds as a consultant in 2004 and has led its Chicago and Minneapolis offices since 2012 and 2014, respectively. He has served on the firm’s executive committee since 2015.
- Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, named Bill Gilbert as president of Futurestep North America. He leads the strategy and growth efforts for both its search and solutions businesses in the region. In addition, he will drive the Futurestep strategy across the region and continue to work closely with Korn Ferry and Korn Ferry Hay Group colleagues to ensure an integrated approach.
- Executive search firm Slone Partners named Leslie Loveless as its CEO. She succeeds Adam Slone, who founded the firm in 2000. Ms. Loveless joined Slone Partners in 2007 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2014.
- Tatum, an interim services and executive search firm, appointed Macon Albertson as its new president. He replaces Kathryn Bolt, who held the role on an interim basis but will continue to serve as group president of Tatum and Randstad Professionals. Mr. Albertson previously served as SVP of Randstad Professionals.
- Karl W. Alleman has been tapped to head of U.S. operations at Egon Zehnder as part of an extensive succession process underway at the firm. Greig T. Schneider, who has been in charge of American operations since 2011, has been elected to Zehnder’s board of directors. The firm also appointed Al Prieto to lead its New York office. He succeeded Patrick O’Brien, who now focuses on executive and board search in financial services. Mr. Prieto also continues to serve as co-leader of the global health practice.
- Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting appointed Alan G. Medders Ph.D. as its new president. Dr. Medders has had a distinguished career in higher education and foundation administration, fundraising, planned giving, marketing, communications, and fiduciary and asset management. Most recently, he was with Columbus State University in Georgia where he served as VP for university advancement and executive director of the CSU Foundation.
- Sucherman Group named Jamie Waldron as its new president. Mr. Waldron, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, oversees the firm’s executive search practice. With more than two decades of West Coast leadership, Mr. Waldron has placed dozens of senior level executives at top media companies within the entertainment and social media sectors.
- Heidrick & Struggles named Bonnie Gwin as co-managing partner of the firm’s global CEO & board practice groups. She had previously served as managing partner of its board practice in North America.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media