Practice Area: Digital, Media, Entertainment, And Sports

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

OLIVIA WESTBROOK-GOLD

Research Associate

OLIVIA WESTBROOK-GOLD

Research Associate

Olivia Westbrook-Gold is a Research Associate in the Digital, Media, Entertainment, and Sports Practice at Diversified Search. She joined the firm in 2017.

Westbrook-Gold’s background in research began at Vassar College, where she attended as an undergraduate and where she worked as a research assistant in the Psychology Department. She eventually was named Head Research Assistant. She later worked as a research assistant and then clinical research coordinator at the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center. Her career in search began through an internship at United Staffing Solutions in New York.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2596

E-Mail: Olivia.Westbrook-Gold@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Social-Organizational Psychology

Teachers College, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Vassar College

PRACTICE AREAS

DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS HUMAN RESOURCES

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.

CHRIS BERGER

Managing Director

CHRIS BERGER

Managing Director

Chris Berger joined Diversified Search in 2017 to co-lead the firm’s Human Resources practice, after seven successful years as co-owner of the successful boutique HR executive search firm RomanoBerger LLC. Berger brings close to 20 years of executive search experience focused in the Human Resources arena, and 10 years in HR on the corporate side. He has completed hundreds of senior executive search assignments across all functional areas of human resources and across multiple industry sectors. His clients have ranged from Fortune 50 multinationals to startups.

Berger entered the executive search profession in 1999 when he was recruited into Korn/Ferry International’s Human Resources practice, and quickly became a leading member of the execution team. Several years later, he co-founded the Human Resources practice at TMP Worldwide (later Highland Partners). When TMP was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles, Berger was recruited to further develop the HR practice at CTPartners.

Berger began his career at May Department Stores, completing the company’s highly regarded Executive Training Program. He served briefly as an assistant buyer before entering human resources, where he led merchant training, corporate communications, college relations, and executive recruiting for a May division. In 1995, he was recruited by Melville/CVS Corporation, where, as HR Generalist, he recruited leadership roles before becoming Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and Staffing. Berger was briefly recruited back to the corporate side during his search career to become head of the executive recruiting for insurance giant Aetna.

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Director

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Director

The leader of the firm’s Board practice, J. Veronica Biggins  brings more than 15 years of search experience to the firm—including several years working in the White House.

Biggins served as Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Presidential Personnel under Bill Clinton, a role that tasked her with selecting and hiring all political appointees within the federal government. She worked directly with the President on appointments at all levels of the administration, including the placement of agency heads, ambassadors, and members of presidential boards and commissions.

Biggins has also served as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She also served as Chairman of the Czech Slovak American Enterprise Fund—a role that earned her a Points of Light Award from President George W. Bush for her leadership.

Biggins’ background also includes 20 years’ experience with NationsBank (now Bank of America) and its predecessor, The Citizens, and Southern National Bank. There, as Executive Vice President for Human Resources, she was one of the highest-ranking women in the banking industry.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6305

E-Mail: JVBiggins@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Advanced Leadership Fellow

Harvard University

Master of Education

Georgia State University

Master of Arts - Psychology and Sociology

Spelman College

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION LIFE SCIENCES

JUDY BOREHAM

Managing Director

JUDY BOREHAM

Managing Director

Judy Boreham is a Managing Director at Diversified Search, where she manages a broad range of clients including those in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. As co-leader of the firm’s Human Resources practice, she specializes and is engaged in placing senior executives at the local, regional, national, and global level, and has gained expansive experience covering a wide variety of human capital related roles including CHRO, compensation/total rewards, talent acquisition and development, learning and development, organizational development, workforce planning, shared services, and business partnering assignments with such clients as LabCorp, Ametek Inc., AstraZeneca, Radius Health, Barnabas Healthcare, and JM Huber.

Prior to joining Diversified Search in 1995, Boreham worked for a search firm in Central London serving the consumer market. Working with a portfolio of blue-chip international clients such as Kraft, Duracell, McKinsey, AC Nielson, Guinness, and SmithKline Beecham, she managed key business assignments across the United Kingdom.

Prior to her search career, Boreham held various business and marketing leadership positions with the largest and fastest-growing division of Baxter Healthcare, Inc., where she was responsible for launching a range of product lines that gained worldwide recognition, and more recently as Business Manager for the Critical Care division at Johnson & Johnson, where she was responsible for the development of a patient monitoring technology product in the provider healthcare space.

CONTACT

Phone: PHL - 215.656.3575 NYC - 212.542.2581

E-Mail: Judy.Boreham@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA / New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Marketing

Henley Management College, UK

Bachelor of Arts - Marketing

Henley Management College, UK

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES HEALTHCARE SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director

Jim Langston is a Managing Director and leader of the Financial Officers practice at Diversified Search. After beginning his career in public accounting, Langston spent eight years with Prudential Financial in audit, finance, and treasury operations. He later founded a consultancy providing succession and estate plans for business owners and high-net-worth individuals and families. His executive search career began in 1995 with an at-that-time boutique firm—now Kenexa—where he was instrumental in starting their retained Financial Officers practice. He was later a Managing Director with both Heidrick & Struggles and Korn/Ferry, continuing to focus on Financial Officer searches. Although his business has often focused on Fortune 1,000 clients, working at the director, VP, and C-suite levels, he also works with international early-stage and venture-backed organizations to identify and recruit world-class management talent.

Langston’s process is built on his varied and unique business experience. Using a consultative approach, insight, and intuition to understand an organization’s dynamics and operating environment, he identifies leadership that is best suited to its particular needs. Having built management teams for both domestic and international clients, he has been retained by such premier global clients as Genworth Financial, IMS Health, Sun Life Financial, Cisco, AmeriHealth Caritas, EMC, Saint Gobain, Ascension Health, Drexel University, and Cigna.

TONY LENG

Managing Director

TONY LENG

Managing Director

Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s CIO/IT practice from its San Francisco office. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Leng has conducted many C-suite-level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming and/or building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies. His clients have included Aurora Healthcare; Axalta; Catholic Health Initiatives; Blue Shield of California; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Delta Dental; Dignity Health; Esurance; Kaiser Permanente; Novant Health; PG&E; Polycom; Sutter Health; Symmetricom; TE Connectivity; and Wellmark.

Prior to joining the field of executive search, Leng was a board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million public company. Prior to that, he ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and chairman of its ISP and a board member of its two-million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary.

Leng uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, Resources for the Modern CIO, at tonyleng.com.

The core of Leng’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.

For the past 12 years, Leng has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum, a monthly venue where CIOs and CTOs discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and which affords such leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis. Participating companies in the Forum have included Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma, among others.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.354.2154

E-Mail: Tony.Leng@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Commerce (honors) - Accounting

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Certified Public Accountant

Chartered Accountant

PRACTICE AREAS

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS/ IT CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION

TRACY M. O’SUCH

Managing Partner

TRACY M. O’SUCH

Managing Partner

Tracy Murdoch O’Such is a Managing Partner in the New York office of Diversified Search. Her responsibilities include the management of the firm’s New York office and its global Digital, Media, Entertainment, and Sports practice. She has extensive experience in executive search as well as direct industry experience in large media conglomerates.

Before joining Diversified Search, O’Such opened and managed the New York office for OdgersBerndtson. Prior to Odgers, Tracy founded and served as President of, LexMedia Solutions, a retained executive recruitment firm specializing in media industries. Previously, she was with Cablevision Systems Corporation, where she built the first in-house executive recruitment department. In 1997, O’Such established the Global Entertainment, New Media & Sports practice for Norman Broadbent International, a London-based search firm. She began her career in search with Bishop Partners, a New York-based media search firm. Earlier, she worked in sales and marketing in the entertainment, cable, communications, and publishing industries.

The convergence of the media, technology, and sports industries has broadened her client base to include Comcast, ESPN, WWE, Charter Communications, IMG, and Competitor Group, among many others. Her functional areas of expertise include chief digital officers, chief revenue officers, and executives working in corporate communications, branding, and advertising.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2590

E-Mail: Tracy.OSuch@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

University of New Hampshire

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION

HARVEY W. SCHILLER, PHD

Senior Advisor

HARVEY W. SCHILLER, PHD

Senior Advisor

Dr. Harvey Schiller is Vice Chairman of the Digital Media, Entertainment, and Sports practice at Diversified Search. From 2005 to 2013, he served as Chairman and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, an international risk management and business solutions company.

His previous leadership positions include Chairman of Assante U.S., a leading provider of financial and life management products; Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, an integrated sports-based media company with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils; Vice President of Sports Programming for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; President of Turner Sports, Inc., a division of Time Warner; and President and Governor of the NHL expansion franchise the Atlanta Thrashers.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.956.3929

E-Mail: Harvey.Schiller@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy - Chemistry

University of Michigan

Master of Science - Chemistry

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry

The Citadel

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS

JEANNINE SOMMER

Vice President and Senior Associate

JEANNINE SOMMER

Vice President and Senior Associate

Jeannine Sommer is Vice President and Senior Associate in the New York office of Diversified Search, where she supports the Digital Media, Entertainment, and Sports, and Technology and Innovation practices.

Sommer began her career in executive search in 1995 as a Research Assistant with Bishop Partners. After two years she joined Norman Broadbent International as Director of Research. There she assisted senior management in launching the firm’s Entertainment and New Media practice while putting together a research team responsible for a wide variety of database projects.

More recent positions include Senior Vice President of Search Management at Carlsen Resources, where she was responsible for overseeing the search process, as well as managing Carlsen’s clients and candidates; Director of Executive Recruitment for Cablevision Systems, where her responsibilities included executive-level searches for all 26 properties owned and operated by the company; and consulting for ThinkBRQ.

CONTACT

Phone: 718.252.4390

E-Mail: Jeannine.Sommer@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Business Education

Pace University

PRACTICE AREAS

DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION