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. Ms. Reynolds became a pioneer of investor relations executive search through her affinity for the capital markets, and has partnered with CEOs and CFOs to address corporate valuation issues and financial market expectations throughout her career.
As the profession and financial markets have evolved dramatically over the last two decades, she has been regarded as a key influencer of the direction of the investor relations profession through her work with client management teams.
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Ms. Reynolds’ executive search experience has spanned partnerships with management teams and boards at organizations ranging in size from pre-IPO entities to global, multinational Fortune 500 market leaders, across all industry sectors. She has conducted searches for about 300 investor relations officer openings.
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Prior to DHR, Ms. Reynolds served as partner/leader, investor relations, of the communications and marketing practice with Caldwell Partners.
She has also been chief communications officer for the Irvine Company, a national, privately-held real estate development company. Before that, she was the founder and CEO of The Repovich-Reynolds Group, a North American-focused executive search firm specializing in IRO and CCO search assignments, which she led for nearly 20 years.
Ms. Reynolds is a long-time member of the National Investor Relations Institute and a lifetime member of the International Association of Business Communicators. She has also served on several non-profit boards, including as board chair for the American Cancer Society of Los Angeles and Westridge School in Pasadena, CA.
ZRG has experienced a wave of expansion since the start of the year. Here is an abridged overview of the firm’s growth from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
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.
In June, ZRG Partners opened an office in Hong Kong, adding David Greenfield as head of the global insurance practice. The firm, which is continuing its recent expansion, also named Kevin Jones as leader of its global commercial real estate search platform as well as the Pittsburgh regional office.
ZRG also recently opened an office in London, continuing on its massive expansion trajectory. By the end of the year, the firm expects to have a team of five managing directors in key market verticals in London to further support its expansion plans. ZRG’s foray into the U.K. supports an expansion strategy that started several years ago but has more recently gained traction.
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