OUR LEADERSHIP

JUDITH M. VON SELDENECK

Founder and Chairman

Judith M. von Seldeneck

Founder and Chairman

Judith M. von Seldeneck is the Founder and Chairman of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. A pioneer in the search industry, she has been identifying and placing senior-level executive talent around the country for more than four decades.

A born-and-bred North Carolinian, she began her career as an executive assistant to then-Senator Walter F. Mondale in Washington, D.C. Her road into executive search commenced in the early 1970s when she bought into a small Philadelphia firm founded to find temp jobs for women. Buying out her partners in 1974, over the next several decades von Seldeneck built Diversified Search into one of the top ten executive search firms in the nation.

During the course of her career, von Seldeneck has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search and has been active on numerous public, private, and not-for-profit boards of directors. Some of these include the National Association of Corporate Directors, Philadelphia Chapter (Chair); Citizens Financial Group; Tasty Baking Company; CoreStates Financial Group; Meridian Bancorp; and AAA MidAtlantic. She currently serves on the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council and is Chairperson of the Women’s Advisory Council. She was also a founder of the Forum of Executive Women, the largest association of women business leaders in the Philadelphia region.

She has been the recipient of dozens of awards and honors recognizing her achievements both professionally and philanthropically. These include the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ Eleanor H. Raynolds Award for Excellence in Executive Search; being designated as one of BusinessWeek’s Top 50 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World; induction into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame; and receiving the William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed by the business community of Greater Philadelphia.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3550

E-Mail: Judith.vonSeldeneck@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

DALE E. JONES

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dale E. Jones

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dale E. Jones is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Search. His responsibilities include oversight and management of the firm and its global CEO Advisory Services.

A native of Dallas, Jones was the son of a shoe cobbler/janitor and a kindergarten teacher; beginning at age 10, young Dale would often join his dad and brother on weekends cleaning office buildings. Advised by a family pastor and influenced by the fact that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King had attended there, Jones enrolled at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. He began his career in banking, before moving into executive search as a managing partner in the Atlanta office of Heidrick & Struggles International in 1999. Always looking for ways to give back, Jones took a hiatus from the search industry in 2007, relocating to Washington, D.C. to lead a philanthropic foundation, endowed by AOL founder Steve Case and his wife, Jean, that was dedicated to finding clean water in Africa.

Jones returned to executive search in 2009, rejoining Heidrick & Struggles to serve as Vice Chairman and Partner of the CEO and Board Practice, where he consulted CEOs and corporate boards on human capital issues including recruiting, retention, succession planning, and corporate governance. He also served as one of the firm’s leaders in the Global Communications and Global Consumer Practice, and was later asked to oversee the CEO and Board Practice in the Americas.

In 2013, when founder Judith M. von Seldeneck moved into the role of Chairman at Diversified Search, Jones was named the firm’s new President and CEO, based in Washington, D.C. His philosophy on great leadership is simple: “I think it is important that leaders have the ability to inspire and motivate people and to lead by example. I think the best leaders have been through some testing in their journey, so that they can really empathize, not only with the people that they lead, but with their customers.”

Jones is a member of several notable national corporate and philanthropic boards, most notably those of Northwestern Mutual, Kohl’s Inc., Princeton Theological Seminary, and his alma mater, Morehouse College. He formerly served as National Advisory Board Vice Chairman for The Salvation Army.

STEPHEN S. MORREALE

Chief Operating Officer

Stephen S. Morreale

Chief Operating Officer

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Stephen S. Morreale oversees all financial, operational, technology, and administrative functions at Diversified Search. He plays an integral role in the firm’s day-to-day operations, and in its expansion efforts within the U.S. as well as in the management of its global partnership with AltoPartners, where he serves as chief liaison to the international partners. Major firm initiatives he has led include the acquisition and staffing of four U.S. offices and the first U.S.-hosted meeting of the international members of AltoPartners.

Morreale’s prior experience in corporate finance includes serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Management Recruiters International, the permanent staffing division of CDI Corporation, a NYSE company. Earlier, he served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller for Right Management Consultants, also an NYSE company. He began his career as a Manager with the accounting firm Ernst & Young before joining Diversified as Chief Financial Officer, serving in that role from 1993 until 2003. He re-joined the firm in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer.

A CPA, Morreale is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a former board member of the Russell Byers Charter School, and he and his wife, Gina, serve on the Parents Council of Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, his alma mater.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3592

E-Mail: Steve.Morreale@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science

Pennsylvania State University

LESLIE PICKUS MAZZA

Senior Vice President, Quality and Talent

Leslie Pickus Mazza

Senior Vice President, Quality and Talent

Mazza began her career with Diversified—and with the search industry itself—in 1981 as the company’s very first Director of Research, over time developing, refining, and managing the company’s key research and recruiting functions and processes. Over her years at Diversified she has been responsible not only for the oversight and management of the firm’s researchers, recruiters, and databases, but perhaps more important, for their quality as well.

In her current role, Mazza is responsible for the planning, administration, and monitoring of consistent search quality within the firm, and for continually seeking improvements in operations that can achieve even more effective and efficient searches. Just as important, she is responsible for inculcating cultural imperatives—the very values that guide Diversified—to both our employees and our clients. In addition, she conducts select searches as designated by the Chairman and/or CEO; investigates and reviews new methodologies and technologies; and oversees the firm’s internal talent management, from identifying and recruiting in-house professionals across administrative functions to developing, implementing, and assessing processes related to employees’ orientation and onboarding, training, performance, and compensation.

Mazza is a Certified Practitioner of MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and has completed the Leadership Program of The Leaders Lyceum. A member of the Philadelphia Film Society, she was also a Founding Member of the Philadelphia Executive Search Research Roundtable.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3544

E-Mail: Leslie.Mazza@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Rutgers University

Bachelor of Arts

The College of New Jersey

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES

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