May 11, 2018 – ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Giovanni Lamarca as a managing director and a consumer products sector leader within the firm’s growing consumer practice. “The addition of Giovanni strengthens our strategy and commitment to accelerate our ability to serve a wider range of clients within the dynamic global consumer landscape,” said the firm.
Mr. Lamarca is of multiple nationalities and speaks six languages fluently, said ZRG. Previously, he was managing director with RSR Partners. Before that, he was a senior client partner with Korn Ferry. He started his search career with Heidrick & Struggles in Europe and in the U.S. Prior to his search career, he held positions within marketing, innovation and the C-suite for several global consumer organizations across three continents.
“Giovanni brings a strong global view of the talent opportunities and issues to the consumer practice, having lived and run businesses in Brazil and across Europe during his professional career,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Having previously worked with several of our ZRG team members, his ability to partner globally to support key accounts will be seamless and powerful. We are pleased to bring in Giovanni to support and accelerate our growth in the consumer practice.”
Mr. Lamarca said he regards ZRG as a truly global platform that provides outstanding coverage for clients. “ZRG is an agile and innovating firm, disrupting the executive search markets with game changing technology and, through the use of proprietary relevant data and analytics, is in synchronicity with our modern digital era, substantially enabling clients to make more accurate hiring decisions vs. the traditional search processes,” he said.
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ZRG has experienced a wave of expansion in recent months. Here is an abridged overview of the firm’s growth from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Just recently, ZRG appointed Charles H. King as managing director and global board practice leader. Mr. King, who has completed more than 600 board mandates in his career, partners with clients to recruit executives to serve as directors of public and private companies.
ZRG recently acquired certain assets of the Epsen Fuller Group. As part of the asset acquisition agreement, Thomas Fuller, formerly the managing partner and CEO of Epsen Fuller Group, is joining ZRG as managing director & global practice leader for the firm’s consumer sector.
In February, ZRG named Patrick Prout as managing director and practice leader for banking. Mr. Prout has a decade-long record of serving banking clients with senior-level recruiting for boards of directors and C- suite executives. Previously, he served as managing director and head of the financial services practice for Diversified Search.
Just recently, ZRG also appointed Carren Shi as a managing director and country head of China. She has 20 years of local market business experience, with more than 12 years in executive search. Ms. Shi has built a strong record in the consumer, travel, hospitality, real estate, healthcare, medical device, pharma, chemical, financial investment, IT and industrial sectors.
In January, ZRG named Smooch R. Reynolds as managing director. Ms. Reynolds’ career spans more than 25 years in executive search, specifically focused in the global investor relations officer and chief communications officer functional areas. She moves to ZRG from DHR International, where she was global investor relations and communications practice group leader.
In November, the firm added Melissa Oszustowicz as managing director in Minneapolis. She is a member of the firm’s healthcare services practice, where she supports key clients in the region and partner with projects globally. She also assists in further developing ZRG’s presence in the global agribusiness sector.
In October, ZRG opened an 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.
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