Office: Miami

MICHEL DESCHAPELLES

Managing Director

MICHEL DESCHAPELLES

Managing Director

Michel Deschapelles is a Managing Director in Diversified Search’s Miami office and leads the Innovation and Transformation Group, focused on serving clients across the US that have disruptive needs in their business, within the firm’s Technology and Innovation practice. He offers his clients a distinctive combination of deep executive search expertise along with extensive business experience, having led enterprises in both growth and turnaround environments.

As a talent consultant for the past ten years, most notably at Egon Zehnder, Deschapelles has pioneered several initiatives to help clients, across sectors and functions, focused on their transformation and diversity efforts. He has conducted thousands of executive-level candidate assessments resulting in a clear track record of success in the evaluation, selection, and placement of top talent. In addition, his work has earned him a reputation in the market as an expert on how to effectively manage changing team dynamics.

Earlier, Deschapelles had a distinguished 10-year career at Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent), where he held several leadership positions, including President of Lucent Central America, Venezuela, and Caribbean. He also held global roles as the Director of New Business Development and Sales for Lucent’s Worldwide Services organization. There, he led strategic projects during all phases of Lucent’s global business, and his efforts there leading complex groups are featured in the bestselling book Primal Leadership, by Daniel Goleman. Before joining Lucent, Deschapelles served as the Systems Officer for the Republic National Bank of New York in Miami (now HSBC). There, he led the information technology function and implemented systems and organizational changes. He began his professional career on Wall Street as a Financial Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston Limited.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6270

E-Mail: Michel.Deschapelles@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Science - Information Technology and Telecommunications Management

University of Miami

Bachelor of Science - Engineering and Psychology

Tufts University

PRACTICE AREAS

TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

MARJORIE KEAN

Managing Director

MARJORIE KEAN

Managing Director

Marjorie Kean is a Managing Director in the Miami office of Diversified Search and the leader of the Consumer and Retail practice. Her practice is focused on the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets, and the majority of her clients are Fortune 1,000 multinational corporations.

Although she has experience in a vast number of industries, she has particular expertise in the areas of consumer products, telecommunications, retail, fast foods, life sciences, banking, and entertainment. Her current focus is on pan-regional searches.

Kean is formerly a Managing Director with Edward W. Kelly and Partners, which was acquired by Diversified in 2008. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of the Caracas office of Korn/Ferry before becoming head of its Miami office. Kean lived in Mexico for 10 years and Venezuela for 16 years. In the latter location, she helped open Korn/Ferry’s Colombia and Puerto Rico offices.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6225

E-Mail: Marjorie.Kean@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Communications

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

LORENA KEOUGH

Managing Director

LORENA KEOUGH

Managing Director

Managing Director Lorena Keough works in the life sciences, chemical, consumer, industrial, and diversity practices. She is also the practice leader for our Supply Chain field. Keough has a strong record in completing senior executive searches within the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, chemical, and consumer sectors. Her focus has been on recruiting world-class talent for U.S. and European multinationals in countries across the world and has worked with Fortune 500, and small- and medium-sized public and private companies. Several of her assignments have included the placement of entire senior management teams to help firms establish subsidiary companies in new countries.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Keough successfully headed up the Latin America Region practice for a global boutique search firm that focused on the life sciences and chemical Industries. Before entering the search profession, she was the General Manager and Vice President of Eastman Kodak’s Health Imaging and Clinical Diagnostics divisions for Latin America. Over her career at Kodak, she worked for the Canadian, U.S., and Latin American regions.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6258

E-Mail: Lorena.Keough@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration and French

Utah State University

PRACTICE AREAS

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

JOHN MESTEPEY

Managing Director

JOHN MESTEPEY

Managing Director

John Mestepey is the Managing Director of the Miami Office of Diversified Search. Earlier, he ran the Miami Office of Edward Kelley & Partners, and for 19 years was the Managing Director of the Miami Office of A.T. Kearney Executive Search.

Mentioned as one of the top 250 executive search professionals in the U.S. in “The New Career Makers,” Mestepey has focused his practice on key management assignments at the Board of Directors, CEO, COO and CFO levels across many industries, including the restaurant, retail, consumer products, financial services, healthcare, higher education, travel and leisure, technology, and biopharmaceutical sectors, among others.
Mestepey began his career in recruiting with AETNA Life & Casualty, where he was Director of Recruiting. He later co-led the in-house executive search firm, Career Development Corporation, at Lincoln National.

Following university, Mestepey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served a tour in Vietnam, where he was a rifle platoon and rifle company commander. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He is a trustee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6226

E-Mail: John.Mestepey@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Loyola-Marymount University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL FINANCIAL SERVICES

LAUREN E. SMITH

Managing Director

LAUREN E. SMITH

Managing Director

Lauren Smith is a Managing Director in the Miami office of Diversified Search. She conducts senior-level executive search assignments for clients ranging from high-growth early-stage organizations to multinational corporations, specializing in working with companies that are growing and/or transforming into new markets and businesses.

Smith is valued by clients for her ability to understand an organization’s strategic direction, her skills at assessing the cultural fit of candidates, and her dedication to quality and timeliness. She has placed executives and/or board members at clients such as Apple, Citrix, Comfort Systems, DHL, Kaplan Inc., Novell, Office Depot, Polyconcept, Ryder, Sheridan Healthcare, Tupperware, and Winn-Dixie. She has recently co-led board searches for a number of Fortune 500 boards, including Jacobs Engineering Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, and Navient Corporation.
She started her career in executive search in 2000 with Egon Zehnder. Before moving into the search field, she had 12 years of experience leading marketing and strategy at two Fortune 50 companies, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Motorola Inc. During her time at Motorola, she led marketing and customer operations for a wireless joint venture in Bogotá, Colombia.

Smith is an active member on numerous boards of directors. Some of these include the American Red Cross South Florida Chapter, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship of Nova Southeastern University, and the Women Executive Leadership. She President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida Chapter and an active member of the Thirty Percent Coalition and Women Corporate Directors.

Smith has been quoted as an expert on executive and board recruiting a wide range of publications, including NACD Directorship, Entrepreneur magazine, American Way magazine, the Miami Herald, and South Florida CEO Magazine. She has served as a guest lecturer at Nova Southeastern University and as a speaker for the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2010, she was named a Most Influential Business Woman by the South Florida Business Journal.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6230

E-Mail: Lauren.Smith@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Thunderbird School of Management

Bachelor of Science

Pennsylvania State University

PRACTICE AREAS

BIOQUEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

KIM WALKER

Vice President and Senior Associate

KIM WALKER

Vice President and Senior Associate

Kim Walker is a Vice President and Senior Associate with Diversified Search. She has over 16 years of recruiting experience as a multi-industry specialist in the consumer products, industrial, manufacturing, education, life sciences, financial services, and healthcare sectors, and has placed leaders in numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Walker began her search career with Ray & Berndtson Executive Search. She then spent five years in recruitment management with KPMG, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, focusing on critical experienced hire needs. She moved back into retained executive search with A.T. Kearney, and, prior to joining Diversified Search, worked for Carlyle Group and The Dow Group.

CONTACT

Phone: 817.496.3798

E-Mail: Kim.Walker@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Management

Dallas Baptist University

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL

JOYCE ORT

Vice President and Senior Associate

JOYCE ORT

Vice President and Senior Associate

Joyce Ort has deep experience in executive search, with a proven track record of successful candidate development, sourcing, strategy, and research. She has conducted executive-level searches for premier companies across the consumer, industrial, technology, professional services, and life sciences industries in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America.

Before coming to Diversified, Ort worked as a consultant and analyst in the Technology & Business Professional Services practice for A.T. Kearney Executive Search. Prior to that, she worked for Ray & Berndtson as Coordinator in Research, supporting its Global Technology Practice.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.287.7203

E-Mail: Joyce.Ort@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Business

Tarrant County College

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL