WB&B Executive Search Assists Getty Images in Recruiting New CFO

Milena Alberti-Perez, formerly of MediaMath and Penguin Random House, joins Getty Images. “Milena was culturally and technically aligned with Getty’s overall strategic vision,” said the recruiters involved in the assignment. “Her financial acumen, global expertise and leadership were an added value.” Let’s go inside the search.

March 17, 2021 – WB&B Executive Search recently assisted Getty Images in the recruitment of former MediaMath executive Milena Alberti-Perez as its new chief financial officer.

WB&B’s relationship managers involved in the search included Kenneth Roldan, Toyann King and Jeff Greene. “Thank you, WB&B team,” said Ms. Alberti-Perez, who is based in New York. “It was an absolute pleasure working with you and I appreciate your partnership.” Ms. Alberti-Perez brings to Getty Images more than 20 years of leadership, a breadth of experience and a proven track record of results, said Craig Peters, CEO of Getty Images. “I look forward to Milena’s voice on the executive team and to her contributions as chief financial officer as we continue to evolve Getty Images and deliver against our goals.”

Ms. Alberti-Perez joins Getty Images with over two decades of experience in media and finance, most recently as the chief financial officer of independent advertising technology company MediaMath. Beginning her career in banking with Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley, she spent 16 years at Penguin Random House in both finance and publishing roles, including serving as CFO. She also advised Random House in the merger of Penguin and Random House, the largest transaction in book publishing history. Ms. Alberti-Perez holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. “Milena was culturally and technically aligned with Getty’s overall strategic vision. Further, her financial acumen, global expertise and leadership were an added value,” said a statement from the search team. WB&B Executive Search also said the recruiting process was affected by the global pandemic. “We noticed that candidates were more accessible during these times which increased candidate availability,” the firm said. Like most other search firms now do, the recruiters leaned heavily on video conferencing capabilities like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Cisco Webex to conduct candidate interviews.

Getty Images is a source of visual content, with over 200 million assets available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com. The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in almost 200 countries and works with over 200,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 130,000 news, sport and entertainment events.

Founded in 1973, WB&B Executive Search is a Hispanic-owned minority business enterprise, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. The firm concentrates on finding talent for academia, not-for-profit organizations, corporate America, and government agencies. Among its long client roster: Unum, Microban, Akron Children’s Hospital, Thrivent, The Wendy’s Company, Bell Flight, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Prisma Health, and FDNY.

Mr. Roldan is founder and CEO of WB&B Executive Search. He has had a passion for diversity management recruitment for over a decade. His strategies in global diversity staffing, succession planning and retention have helped alter the balance in the ethnic, gender and cultural diversity in America’s corporations, government, and not-for-profit organizations. With a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a law degree, Mr. Roldan was recently appointed to the Civil Rights Bureau of The New York State Attorney General’s Office where he was instrumental in driving workplace diversity.

Ms. King is a senior partner and head of recruitment at WB&B Executive Search where she leads executive and managerial level, cross-industry recruitment efforts to identify top performers for corporate and non-profit clients. Working to research, identify, screen, assess and present talent to WB&B’s corporate clients, Ms. King serves as a business partner and an advocate of equal opportunity for both employee and employer progression, identifying candidates. Among the functions she is experienced in are information technology, quality, manufacturing operations, supply chain, finance, and communications, among others.

As a senior partner with WB&B Executive Search, Mr. Greene has over thirty years of experience in executive search with a track record of placements for clients across industries. He is credited with executing search strategies that ensure a balanced slate of diverse high achieving candidates for clients. He is also one of the founding members of the Foundation for Minority Professional Advancement, a not-for-profit organization that provides career counseling and networking solutions for women and people of color.

New Pressures on CFOs

Immediate concerns around cash flow, liquidity and the bottom line are taking precedence at many companies due to continued fallout from the pandemic. That means seasoned chief financial officer talent is in high demand. According to recruiters who work in the space, there are high-value lessons emerging from the current health and economic crisis that CFOs should bear in mind.

Executive Search Review Special Issue: Financial Services Recruiting

Hunt Scanlon Media has just released our latest special issue of ESR. This time around we take an in-depth look at the challenges financial services firms are facing in their hunt for new talent.

We cover it all: How CFOs are confronting new layers of risk in the pandemic era; the rapid and dramatic change coming at the CFO; using people analytics to acquire top talent, predict performance & reduce turnover; and why banks are turning to search firms. We even provide our latest “Financial Fifty Recruiters” ranking of financial services search firms! In this special issue of ESR, Hunt Scanlon editors take an extraordinary inside look at recruiting during these unprecedented times. Click here and enjoy.

The COVID-19 crisis has thrust CFOs into the spotlight as never before, they report, while the pandemic itself has also created a business environment in which CFOs are uniquely positioned to drive business value during the recovery phase, which is expected to come in 2021 and 2022.

Too many companies today are desperate to get as much cash on their balance sheets as possible in order to ride out the storm of COVID-19, say recruiters. Bottom-line pressures are forcing many businesses to shift their forecasting strategies, explore new products and services — or even expand into alternative sales and delivery channels. The best CFOs are spearheading that effort.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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