April 20, 2018 – Director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. Heightened expectations now placed on boards have elevated both the professional standards and personal commitment required of all directors. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members.
In an effort to help its clients fill empty board seats, ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has 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. He brings over 20 years of executive search and corporate governance experience to ZRG, most recently serving as managing director of the board practice at Diversified Search. Prior to that, Mr. King was vice chairman, CEO and board practice with now defunct CTPartners. He also spent over a decade with Korn Ferry as the managing director of the board services practice. He has been a frequent speaker on the governance circuit and was named to the Directorship 100 list of the Most Influential Individuals in Corporate Governance.
“We are excited to have Charles join the leadership team to further expand ZRG’s expertise in the boardroom for our clients,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “We look forward to continuing to grow our board practice under Charles’ leadership in the coming years.”
Mr. King said he was excited about his new role. “ZRG is delivering the right solution to fit client needs, with a strong global footprint, a commitment to data and analytics in the search process and colleagues to collaborate with in all of the key industries,” he said. “Many of the managing directors at ZRG are colleagues I have worked with before, and I am looking forward to helping ZRG grow this important functional area.”
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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:
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. He will also be a member of the board, technology and life science practices.
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