February 6, 2019 – Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the additions of Kenneth Greger and Phil Schneidermeyer as partners.
Based in Portland, OR, Mr. Greger joins Ward Howell’s global travel and hospitality practice with more than 25 years of experience in retained search. He has worked with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, filling C-suite positions as well as top property-level roles in sectors including hotels and resorts, casinos and integrated resorts, restaurants, travel technology and more.
“The travel and hospitality sector is experiencing significant change and requires leaders who understand the labor challenges and skill sets needed to succeed,” said Asad Haider, president – Americas, COO and member of the board. “Ken’s deep expertise and client-centric approach are key to helping clients achieve their strategic objectives through talent.”
Mr. Greger started his career with Deloitte and then entered executive search and consulting. During this time, he worked for three global search firms in addition to founding and building his own highly-regarded retained search firm, Greger/Peterson Associates, which merged with Aethos Consulting Group several years ago.
Mr. Schneidermeyer joins Ward Howell’s technology and innovation, healthcare/life sciences and CIO/CTO/cyber practices. He brings 25 years of executive search experience working across all sectors. Mr. Schneidermeyer specializes in cyber, CIO and CTO leadership and talent advisory services. Prior to joining Ward Howell, he spent 14 years with Heidrick & Struggles. He started his search career with Korn Ferry and rose through the ranks to serve as managing director and global chief information and technology officers practice leader. Entrepreneurial by nature, he left the firm to start a boutique executive search firm which later merged with Highland Partners.
“Phil is an accomplished advisor who understands the growing demands on C-suite executives due to the seemingly constant advances surrounding technology, data and security,” said Mr. Haider. “His depth of experience is a welcome addition to our growing technology and innovation team.”
Ward Howell International Adds to New York Office
Ward Howell appointed John J. Keller as partner, innovation & transformation, based in the firm’s New York office. As an executive recruiter, Mr. Keller is charged with finding innovators, “game changers who can lead, transform, assess, integrate and grow businesses, teams and cultures,” said the search firm.
Ward Howell International is a global executive search firm with a network of more than 130 partners across 26 offices. As one of the pioneers in the search industry, the firm works with corporate boards and senior leadership to deliver immediate and impactful performance gains through better leaders, teams and organizations.
Not long ago, the firm appointed Stuart K. Smith as partner in its hospitality and travel practice. He provides services to leaders of the hotel, restaurant and gaming industries. Based in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Smith joined Ward Howell with more than 20 years of business and leadership experience, having worked extensively throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He has filled recruiting needs for industry leading hotel and restaurant operators, developers, private equity firms, government tourism ministries and sovereign wealth funds.
In addition, Ward Howell named Kimberly Bishop as chairman of its U.S. advisory board. Based in New York, she also collaborates across practices on key talent projects and executive searches. Ms. Bishop is the founder and CEO of Kimberly Bishop Talent Advisory. She began her career in search as a managing director of Korn Ferry, followed by vice chair of a national executive search firm.
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