Office: Chicago

JULIE KANAK

Managing Director

JULIE KANAK

Managing Director

Julie Kanak serves as a Managing Director in the firm’s Chicago office, where she contributes expertise in global business, banking, and natural resources. She is active in the Industrial, Life Sciences, Consumer and Retail, Natural Resources, and Financial Services practices, as well as being a key member of the Board, CEO and CFO practices.

Kanak has recruited board, general management, and financial executives for public, private equity-backed and family-owned enterprises. Her clients range from Fortune 500s to emerging companies. Her banking activity encompasses senior level placements in coverage/corporate finance, treasury, risk management, investment banking, and capital markets for the world’s leading financial institutions.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Kanak spent four years with a leading global search firm and boutique global agribusiness firm. That work complemented her 26 years in banking and corporate finance, where she principally focused on agribusiness, food, and energy. The bulk of her global corporate and investment banking career was spent as North American head of AgriFoods at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. Her career also includes more than 10 years as a global banker and senior executive with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, and State Bank of South Australia in New York and Chicago.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0381

E-Mail: Julie.Kanak@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

JAMES D.S. PRUETT

Managing Director

JAMES D.S. PRUETT

Managing Director

James Pruett is a Managing Director in the Healthcare and Life Sciences practices of Diversified Search. During his 15 years of experience in retained executive search, Pruett’s 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 eight years of experience in healthcare consulting with one of the world’s largest management consulting firms, where he focused on organizational change and human capital strategy as an advisor to senior executives in Fortune 500 companies.

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. Pruett has also worked with Equinox Partners, a boutique retained search firm, and Russell Reynolds Associates in the Professional Services, Consumer, and Financial Services practices.

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 and development, and change strategy.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0383

E-Mail: James.Pruett@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Healthcare and Marketing

Washington University in St. Louis

Bachelor of Arts - English Language and Literature

University of Michigan

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES LIFE SCIENCES

ZACK REYNOLDS

Managing Director

ZACK REYNOLDS

Managing Director

Zack Reynolds is a Managing Director in the Healthcare Services practice in the Chicago office. With nearly 20 years of executive search experience in the provider healthcare space, Reynolds plays the role of trusted advisor and consultant to his clients. He has served as a generalist with a heavy emphasis on C-suite and vice president-level positions across all functional areas, and has conducted national searches in a variety of environments with varying degrees of scale and complexity. His clients have included multi-state integrated delivery systems, large academic medical centers, schools of medicine, small rural healthcare providers, physician groups, and ACOs.

Reynolds is a hands-on professional who leads client searches at both a tactical and strategic level. His work is defined by a style that is collaborative, quality-focused, accessible, dependable, and consultative. He considers himself a true partner to his clients.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Reynolds served as a Partner at Quick Leonard Kieffer (QLK). In 2004, he left to serve in a corporate Human Resources position for a Fortune 500 company, and later was a Senior Associate for Slayton Search Partners. He rejoined QLK in 2007 and served as a Partner from 2011 until joining Diversified in 2016. Reynolds began his career in the late-1990s as a research associate with Norman Broadbent International, where he was responsible for search strategy and candidate development.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0380

E-Mail: Zack.Reynolds@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Finance

Loyola University Chicago

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Canisius College

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

HENRY “TERRY” J. SCHERCK III

Managing Director

HENRY “TERRY” J. SCHERCK III

Managing Director

Terry Scherck brings more than 20 years of experience in the areas of general management, strategy development, marketing and sales leadership, and consulting services. Since entering retained executive search, Scherck has recruited senior executives in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and device industries for a range of positions, including chairman of the board, president, chief executive officer, and CHRO. In December 2008, he was recognized by Businessweek magazine as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters.”

Prior to joining Diversified, Scherck was the Global Leader of A. T. Kearney’s Healthcare/Life Sciences practice and a senior member of its Board of Director practice. In addition, he served on ATK’s Executive Committee.

Before entering executive search, he spent more than 15 years in the pharmaceutical and consumer products industries as a senior executive with Bristol Myers Squibb, Guerlain, SA, and Warner Communications (Cosmair).

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0382

E-Mail: Terry.Scherck@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Princeton University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS FINANCIAL OFFICERS LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY

LES STERN

Managing Director

LES STERN

Managing Director

Leslie “Les” Stern is based in Diversified Search’s Chicago office, where he leads the firm’s internal efforts to recruit seasoned managing directors into its practices. He has over 40 years of experience in executive search, both as an entrepreneur running a successful firm and as a partner with global firms.

Previously, Stern was with CTPartners, where he was primarily responsible for strategically building the professional ranks. He was charged with broadening the geographic reach of the firm and identifying and staffing practice areas to support efforts throughout the world.

Stern’s search career began when he established Stern Associates, a firm he led for 25 years. He merged his firm with Ward Howell, where he headed the Financial Services practice. Later he joined Sullivan & Company, which was eventually acquired by Heidrick & Struggles. During his career with Heidrick, Stern specialized in conducting senior-level searches in the financial services industry.

Stern has received several notable recognitions for his work in the financial sector, including being named in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and making Crain’s list of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in New York.”

CONTACT

Phone: 312.525.2868

E-Mail: Les.Stern@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Tulane University

Bachelor of Science - Hotel Administration

Cornell University

Executive-in-Residence

Tulane A. B. Freeman School of Business

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL SERVICES