ZRG Partners Expands Global HR Practice Group

ZRG Partners Wendy Murphy Global HR Practice Group

May 16, 2018 – ZRG Partnersthe fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has expanded its global human resource officers’ practice with the addition of Wendy Murphy as managing director and global practice leader. She will also be engaged in ZRG’s healthcare practice, where she has deep experience in private equity healthcare searches.

Joining Ms. Murphy are several key leaders who have been working together for years, including managing director Davonne Helmer, who will be working out of the firm’s Chicago office, and principal Allyson Hauck, who will be working out of ZRG’s Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Murphy was previously managing director and a member of the CHRO and board of directors’ practices at RSR Partners, managing partner of the global CHRO practice at Heidrick & Struggles and senior client partner of the global HR practice at Korn Ferry. She brings a vast network of connections within the sector to ZRG. Ms. Murphy and her team at ZRG have completed hundreds of human resource leadership searches including CHROs and heads of talent and total rewards.

“We have been seeking a strong and visible leader for this important functional area at ZRG,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO. “Wendy is regarded as a top CHRO search executive, partnering with her clients beyond the search to trusted advisory, leveraging her previous management consulting background. Our global clients will benefit from the broad experience Wendy and her team bring to this important functional area, and in further expanding our “Z Score” offering across top organizations.”

Ms. Murphy said this was the right job at the right time. “The ZRG approach to data, analytics and technology in the search process is exactly what the market needs and represents next generation executive search practices,” she said. “ZRG’s game changing approach to data and analytics in the process will only enhance the level of work our team has in the market. I look forward to continuing to serve my clients in delivering talent globally as part of the leadership team in this dynamic organization.”


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Continued Expansion

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:

Giovanni Lamarca was recently hired as a managing director and a consumer products sector leader within the firm’s growing consumer practice. Mr. Lamarca is of multiple nationalities and speaks six languages fluently, said ZRG. Previously, he was managing director with RSR Partners. 

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 Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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