January 22, 2019 – Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments this year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Waltham, MA-based WinterWyman appointed Scott Ragusa as president, succeeding Bob Boudreau, who had been CEO since 2002.
Mr. Ragusa was previously president of WinterWyman’s contract staffing and contingency search businesses. He will now be the executive in charge of companywide operations as the firm shifts away from retained recruiting to contingency and interim work. Mr. Ragusa joined WinterWyman in 1999 after more than five years with two national temporary search firms.
“Bob did a great job helping to drive WinterWyman’s growth and success, and we really appreciate his years of service,” said WinterWyman’s board of directors. “We are fortunate to be able to promote Scott Ragusa to president of WinterWyman as the executive in charge of all operations. Scott is a recognized leader in the staffing industry and for many years has led most of our revenue-producing and customer-facing activities. We look forward to Scott leading WinterWyman into a bright and promising future.”
Mr. Ragusa thanked Mr. Boudreau for his leadership and dedication to the company. “I’m excited to assume this new role and for the future of the company,” he said. “We have a fantastic team that continues to help our clients grow their businesses and our candidates grow their careers.”
WinterWyman has been advising an expanding client base for more than four decades. The firm supports leading organizations, from start-ups to some of the most recognized global brands. For more than 45 years, WinterWyman has helped thousands of companies – from Fortune 500 powerhouses to cutting-edge start-ups – identify, attract and recruit talented professionals.
Recently, WinterWyman Executive Search placed Marc Reuss as the new CHRO at Excelitas Technologies, a global technology leader delivering innovative, customized photonic solutions. Senior vice president and partner Beverly Morgan led the assignment. Previously, Mr. Reuss was executive vice president and CHRO for London-based Convatec Group
Leadership Appointments Rising at Search Firms
Top leadership appointments have been gaining traction at executive search firms over the past year. Here’s a look at several examples taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Egon Zehnder appointed Edilson Camara as its new CEO. He took over from Rajeev Vasudeva, who stepped down in October after holding the position since 2014. Based in Toronto, Mr. Camara assumed the role immediately, becoming the sixth CEO in the firm’s 55-year history.
Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels appointed Alison Gaines as the company’s global CEO. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting practice and recently as managing partner of Gerard Daniels’ Asia Pacific practice, Ms. Gaines will now lead the firm to continue to drive growth across all regions and offices.
Spencer Stuart appointed Ben Williams as its new CEO, succeeding Kevin Connelly, who served two three-year terms as the firm’s leader after previously serving six years as its chairman. Mr. Williams previously led Spencer Stuart’s North American business and, before that, led its financial services practice in the region.
The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has appointed executive chairman Nick Stephens as its CEO. Alex Bennett recently stepped down from the top post. Mr. Stephens has been with RSA since 1986 and leads the firm’s board services practice, handling about five or six C-level assignments each year.
Columbus, OH-headquartered firm Taylor Strategy Partners appointed Mike Gamble as its new president. Mr. Gamble has been instrumental to Taylor Strategy Partners’ growth since joining the firm as vice president of business development in 2015, the firm said. He has more than 20 years of experience designing comprehensive talent acquisition solutions for leading …
TillmanCarlson appointed Kelly Carlson as its president and CEO. Entering its 16th year, the firm said that her promotion sets the stage for growth, innovation and the ability to provide a clear alternative to larger human capital firms. Ms. Carlson joined founder Rob Tillman a year after the search firm was founded. She previously worked with him at Russell Reynolds Associates.
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