November 22, 2017 – ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has continued its expansion plans with the hiring of Melissa Oszustowicz as managing director in Minneapolis. She becomes a member of the firm’s healthcare services practice, where she will continue to support key clients in the region and partner with projects globally. She will also work in further developing ZRG’s presence in the global agribusiness sector.
“Melissa is a great addition for us in this important geographic market,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Healthcare services is one of the fastest growing practice areas within ZRG Partners and the addition of Melissa will allow us to continue to support client demand in this sector. She will also help expand our expertise in the agribusiness sector, having been a senior leader in the sector and working with clients globally in this niche.”
Ms. Oszustowicz began her search career more than a decade ago at a boutique office in Minneapolis, executing on a variety of searches. She joined NGS Global search firm in 2012, specializing in healthcare. She also launched the firm’s global agribusiness practice. Ms. Oszustowicz focuses on C-Level and other senior level recruitment assignments and has completed searches for private and public companies from Fortune 500 to mid-size firms. A significant portion of her work has involved private equity-backed portfolio companies. She has placed board members, CEOs, presidents and general managers, as well as C-level executives in other key functional areas, including human resources, information technology, finance, operations, sales and marketing.
Prior to search, Ms. Oszustowicz was the CEO for an agricultural risk management company serving private, public, and higher education clients, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the American mainland and Pacific Rim. She led the work for the development of a genetic repository for tropical fruits in the U.S., which is located in Hawaii. She also co-founded and was legal counsel for Hawaii’s largest cocoa farming company where she negotiated business arrangements.
“I am really excited to join the ZRG team during this time of exciting growth and expansion,” said Ms. Oszustowicz. “I believe that ZRG is revolutionizing executive search by enhancing critical human assessment capabilities by employing data, analytics, and technology; all of which deliver measurable value to the hiring process. Additionally, being part of a collaborative and dynamic team with 60 managing directors around the world broadens my ability to support my clients with a wider range of needs in any location.”
ZRG has experienced a wave of growth since the start of the year. Here is an abridged overview of the firm’s growth from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Just recently, opened a new office in Milan and the appointment of a new global practice leader for its non-profit and education sector. Dr. Gabriele Ghini opened the Milan office. He is a member of the firm’s industrial and life sciences practice, where he will continue to support key clients in the region and partner with projects globally.
In June, ZRG Partners opened an office in Hong Kong, adding David Greenfield as head of the global insurance practice. The firm, which is continuing its recent expansion, also named Kevin Jones as leader of its global commercial real estate search platform as well as the Pittsburgh regional office.
In May, ZRG opened an office in London, continuing on its massive expansion trajectory. By the end of the year, the firm expects to have a team of five managing directors in key market verticals in London to further support its expansion plans. ZRG’s foray into the U.K. supports an expansion strategy that started several years ago but has more recently gained traction.
In March, the firm named Mark Cusick to head a new division called Orca Talent. As president, he leads this sales optimization business, which is addressing the global challenges of sales force hiring and productivity. He has over 25 years of sector experience working with thousands of leading business executives with over 150 global companies.
In February, ZRG named Allen Brady and Peter Gremillion as managing directors to its industrial practice group as well as Jill Schofield as managing director and head of its global mining practice. Mr. Brady gained executive search and talent acquisition functional experience at Korn Ferry, Bombardier Learjet, Waggener Edstrom, and Sierra Nevada Corporation.
In January, the firm added David Sheahan as a managing director in its Dallas office. He focuses on supporting clients in the life sciences, technology and energy sectors, where he has extensive experience. Mr. Sheahan has had a long career in human resource services, having served with Korn Ferry since 2008.
ZRG also named Sharon Stein as a managing director in its financial services, private equity and consumer recruiting practices. She works from the firm’s New York office. Ms. Stein has served clients across a broad range of sectors, including private equity, financial services, technology, consumer packaged goods, hospitality and retail.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media