January 17, 2017 – Executive search firm ZRG Partners has named David Sheahan as a managing director in its Dallas office. He will focus on supporting clients in the life sciences, technology and energy sectors, where he has extensive experience.
Mr. Sheahan has enjoyed a long career in human resource services, having served with Korn Ferry since 2008. He has led complex talent management projects for a number of blue chip companies, C-suite executives and boards of directors. Prior to joining Korn Ferry nine years ago, he worked for ExcellerateHRO, the human resources outsourcing business of EDS and Towers Perrin.
“David embodies the type of executive search professional that embraces our data and analytics approach, which blends assessment and data into the search process,” said Larry Hartmann, chief executive office of ZRG. “His deep client work in driving successful search, assessment and leadership development has equipped him with the right perspective to bring value to the markets. We are pleased to add David to the ZRG team.”
A Rise In Workforce Analytics
“Having worked for the world’s largest search firm, I believe ZRG’s mid-size and global capabilities ensure size and scale without the constraints of broad hands-off limitations. It is the best of both worlds,” said Mr. Sheahan.
He also noted that ZRG’s data and analytics bring differentiated value to the selection process. “It incorporates key tenants of top hiring practices into the DNA of the hiring process. I am looking forward to expanding my practice worldwide with the strong global network and innovative technology-driven executive search and assessment tools that ZRG provides.”
According to Randstad Sourceright’s ‘Talent Trends Report,’ the use of talent and workforce analytics continues to increase, with 73 percent of respondents using this data to create more efficient workforce planning, 63 percent for more accurate mapping and addressing of skills gaps and 56 percent for identifying high-potential employees for development.
“As the workforce management and technology landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace, HR and talent leaders must understand how they can leverage new tools and capitalize on the power of talent analytics to adapt their strategies and account for these changing trends,” said Rebecca Henderson, chairman, global leadership team of Randstad Sourceright and group president, talent solutions, Randstad U.S.
“As the workforce management and technology landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace, HR and talent leaders must understand how they can leverage new tools and capitalize on the power of talent analytics to adapt their strategies and account for these changing trends,” she said.
The use of workforce analytics is something HR professionals need to adapt to if they haven’t already. According to research from Aon Hewitt, future CHROs will need to be cognizant of the rapid progress in HR technology, particularly SaaS solutions, to improve HR processes and analytic capabilities.
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There have been a number of other recent additions to ZRG’s recruiter base in recent months as the firm continues to expand its industry and functional search specialization offerings.
In November, it 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. For the past 10 years she has supported her clients as the founder and president of Sagamore, NA, a search firm that recruits C-suite executives and leaders in general management, marketing and strategy
ZRG also recently added Philipp Sturm as a managing director and country head of Germany. He works out of the firm’s office in Frankfurt and will also serve as a member of the its global industrial practice. Mr. Sturm brings a decade plus of solid and relevant executive search experience to ZRG. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Korn Ferry in its global industrial practice.
In September, the firm named John McLean as a managing director in its global life sciences search practice with the acquisition of certain assets of Illinois-based consulting practice McLean Consulting. Mr. McLean, who works out of ZRG’s Chicago office, has 14 years of executive search experience, served several recruiting firms, including Witt/Kieffer, DHR International and Johnson & Johnson before founding his own practice. ZRG also appointed Samantha Foster as a managing director and member of the firm’s global industrial practice. She leads the firm’s efforts in the aerospace & defense vertical, where she has spent more than 12 years supporting clients globally.
The firm added Paul Stefunek to its roster as a managing director. He supports the firm’s technology practice and serve as a member of the firm’s industrial and private equity team. Previously, he was a partner with DHR International and before that was chairman and managing partner of paul-lawrence associates.
ZRG also named Alexander Spielberg as a managing director and member of its global industrial and life sciences practice in its Frankfurt, Germany office. Mr. Spielberg previously spent six years with Korn Ferry in its global industrial search practice and most recently was a partner at European boutique search firm Exgeniam Executive Search Personalberatung KG supporting clients in the life sciences and industrial sectors.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media