December 4, 2020 – ZRG Partners has appointed former Ernst and Young and Accenture executive John Weisel as global leader of its professional and technology services practice.
“John Weisel brings amazing knowledge and experiences in professional services management and a network of global contacts that will be incredibly valuable as we continue to accelerate the growth of ZRG,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “The timing is right given the talent opportunities in this rapidly changing sector. John will be focused on the management consulting, business services, and technology services sectors across all industries,” he said.
Mr. Weisel’s addition gives ZRG professional services expertise at an opportunistic time, as experts see the sector growing significantly in the near future. ZRG’s professional and technology services practice has specific industry expertise in agricultural technology (agtech), artificial intelligence/machine learning and data analytics, financial technology (fintech) and blockchain, cybersecurity, educational technology (edtech), healthtech and life sciences, and IoT and smart home technology.
Mr. Weisel was most recently a senior executive with Ernst and Young and Accenture, where he built globally integrated management consulting businesses with a primary focus on the financial services sectors across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific (APAC). At EY, Mr. Weisel served as the Americas leader of the advisory services – connected growth platform and as the global banking and capital markets sector leader for the firm. As a senior partner with Accenture from 1993 to 2007, Mr. Weisel held various global client and practice leadership roles in its banking and capital markets businesses, including leading its global banking, supply chain and strategy practices. He also developed its business process outsourcing strategy for the financial services sector.
“We need to have a meaningful presence in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, London, Paris, Dubai and São Paulo,” Mr. Weisel said. “I believe we can do this through integration and collaboration of our resources. ZRG has so much to offer beyond executive search: talent acquisition and development, business and technology consulting. I intend to grow those opportunities globally.”
“ZRG is positioned to be a global leader in the sector, and I am excited to partner with Abe and Larry and the core team that we going to build from,” said Mr. Weisel. “ZRG’s impressive growth and its position with a strong financial backing, outstanding operating performance, and ample investment capacity make it the ideal firm to join. This will extend my professional experience in hiring hundreds of professional services executives and expand my global network.”
ZRG, founded in 1999, is a progressive mid-sized global executive search firm that uses a proven, data-driven approach. Today, ZRG is one of the fastest-growing global firms in the search industry and provides a full suite of retained executive, middle-management, and customized search solutions globally through its offices in North America, Europe, South America and Asia. The firm finds leaders across a broad spectrum of business markets, including aerospace, consumer, education, healthcare services and solutions, industrial, life sciences, non-profit, private equity and venture capital, and technology.
Other Recent Additions
In October, ZRG expanded with the addition of Lisa Peacock-Edwards as managing director and leader of its digital, data, analytics and AI practice. “Lisa’s track record of success spans countries and continents,” said Mr. Hartmann. “As a member of the ZRG team and leader of the digital, data, analytics and AI practice, I’m confident in the successful placements she will make on behalf of her clients in the digital space and beyond.”
ZRG Partners has expanded its technology practice into Texas with the addition of managing directors Lisa Hooker in Austin and Tyler Gordon and Kevin Anderson in Dallas. Together, the three have a collective 60 years of experience and assignments spanning a number of sectors within the tech space. They have delivered board and leadership projects for Fortune 500, mid-cap and SMEs as well as private equity, pre-IPO and venture-backed clients in the technology sector.
Ms. Peacock-Edwards has 20 years of experience working with large enterprises and private equity-backed business. Her work has focused on organizations experiencing growth and transformation across digital, technology, data and the customer, including high-profile digital and data transformation assignments for Fortune 50 companies and charters to drive growth within private equity portfolio companies.
ZRG also added Simon Revere to its London office as managing director and leader of the firm’s global supply chain and operations practice. “Knowing that Simon has collaborated with many of ZRG’s search experts in the past, I’m certain he will be a worthy addition to our team,” said Mr. Hartmann. “I look forward to the success and growth he brings to our London office and beyond.”
Mr. Revere has 20 years of search experience primarily in the consumer space, with prior assignments spanning the CPG, retail, hospitality, travel, and media and entertainment sectors. In addition to establishing his own search and outplacement consulting firm, he previously spent seven years with Korn Ferry, growing the firm’s consumer and supply chain practices in North America and EMEA.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media