Managing Director


James D.S. Pruett is a Managing Director in the Healthcare and Life Science Practices located in the Chicago office.  During Mr. Pruett’s 15 years of experience in retained executive search, his focus has been on leading national search assignments for senior leaders and other key executives within the Healthcare, Life Sciences, Professional Services, and Financial Services industries. He also has 8 years of experience in Healthcare consulting with one of the world’s largest management consulting firms, where he focused on organization change and human capital strategy as an advisor to senior executives in Fortune 500 companies. 

Mr. Pruett joined Diversified from Morgan Samuels Company, a retained search firm where he established the Chicago office and was a Partner and National Practice Leader.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International where he successfully completed retained searches for leading U.S. companies within the Global Financial Services practice. Mr. Pruett was previously with Equinox Partners, a boutique retained search firm, and with Russell Reynolds Associates in the Professional Services, Consumer and Financial Services Practices.

Mr. Pruett began his career with Accenture (Andersen Consulting) where he focused in Healthcare and Life Sciences as a management consultant working directly with senior executives and other business leaders to address needs in Human Capital Strategy, Organizational Change & Development and Change Strategy.


Professional Activities & Achievements:

Member, Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (of the American Hospital Association)

University of Michigan Alumni Association

Urban Land Institute



BA, English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

MBA, Marketing & Healthcare, Washington University, Olin School of Business, St. Louis MO