Practice Area: Financial Officers

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 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.

JASON D. LEÓN

Managing Director

JASON D. LEÓN

Managing Director

Jason D. León, MPA, CPA is a Managing Director at Diversified Search, based in the Washington, D.C., office and specializing in Board, CFO, and nonprofit searches.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, León was the Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Programs for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), where he was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive corporate relations strategies for increasing the representation of Hispanic executives in upper management and on corporate boards of Fortune 500 companies. His unique expertise in leadership development and nonprofit management led to the growth of both HACR’s corporate membership and leadership programs designed to provide companies a diverse set of platforms to enhance their external and internal diversity strategies in the areas of governance, procurement, employment, and philanthropy.

Prior to his role at HACR, León worked at National Urban Fellows (NUF), a premier leadership development organization and voice of authority on leadership diversity in the U.S., serving as the Alumni & Social Media Program Manager. A proud MPA alumnus of NUF, León completed his fellowship at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where his public finance expertise contributed to the success of an initiative to advance education, training and financial analysis in public health finance. He is a certified public accountant and worked five years as the Finance Director and Chief of Administration for the City of Isabela in Puerto Rico, where he made lasting contributions that restructured the cities’ financial structure, staff, and standing as one of the soundest municipalities in Puerto Rico.

León is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.296.0606

E-Mail: Jason.Leon@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION

National Urban Fellows, Alumnus

Master of Public Administration - Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management

Baruch College (CUNY) 

Bachelor of Business Administration

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY

B.A. “MACKIE” MACLEAN, JR.

Senior Advisor

B.A. “MACKIE” MACLEAN, JR.

Senior Advisor

Senior Advisor B.A. “Mackie” MacLean Jr. joined Diversified Search in 1992. His previous work includes serving as President and CEO of another Philadelphia-based executive search firm, and Partner with one of the world’s largest executive search firms, Boyden International, Inc. His 25-plus-year search career has encompassed assignments for major investment and commercial banks, national consulting and investment companies, and senior-level work in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, education, and nonprofit. He has completed numerous C-suite searches and has had extensive experience in recruiting directors for both public and private company boards.

Prior to his career in search, MacLean spent more than two decades in finance, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of New York operations of M&T Bancorp. Before that, he spent 20 years with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., an international private bank headquartered in New York City. His tenure there covered assignments in lending, operations, treasury and foreign exchange management, and consulting. In his last role, he was Manager of the firm’s International Banking Division; he previously managed the banking operations in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3554

E-Mail: BMacLean@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Finance

New York University

Bachelor of Arts - History

Yale University

PRACTICE AREAS

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

MARK A. MULVANERTY

Managing Director

MARK A. MULVANERTY

Managing Director

Mark Mulvanerty is a Managing Director in the Philadelphia office of Diversified Search, where he leads the Private Equity practice.

With over 17 years of experience in executive search, Mulvanerty has successfully conducted notable engagements in the placement of corporate leaders. Serving a broad spectrum of global clients, including Fortune 500, private equity firms and small/mid-cap public and private enterprises, his expertise spans industry sectors and functional disciplines, with special emphasis on general management and financial officer roles. Most recently, he served as a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry, where he was a member of the Financial Officers Center of Expertise and Global Industrial Market. Previously, he held leadership roles in the Financial Officers practice with Heidrick & Struggles.

Before entering the field of executive search, Mulvanerty served as a professional recruiter for Systems & Computer Technology Corporation and ExecuTrain Corporation. He also served as a secondary school administrator, teacher, and coach in New York City. He began his career with M&M/Mars, where he managed retail sales territories in New York and Connecticut, and served as an on-campus recruiter.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.568.1451

E-Mail: Mark.Mulvanerty@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Science - Counseling and Personnel Services

Fordham University

Bachelor of Science - Marketing and Management

Fordham University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION

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

MAHALIA GAULD

Vice President and Senior Associate

MAHALIA GAULD

Vice President and Senior Associate

Mahalia Gauld is a Senior Associate for Diversified Search in the Healthcare Services and Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practices. She has experience in developing and executing search strategies, sourcing and screening candidates, referencing, and facilitating the search process. She also works closely with consultants and research associates to develop search strategies and principles while utilizing resources to further candidate development.

Gauld has been with Diversified Search since 2011. Prior to becoming an Associate, she was a Senior Research Associate, specializing in the healthcare and higher education sectors.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3583

E-Mail: Mahalia.Gauld@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Administration

University of Denver

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

DEVYN E. ZACHARY, ESQ.

Vice President and Senior Associate

DEVYN E. ZACHARY, ESQ.

Vice President and Senior Associate

Devyn Zachary is a Vice President and Senior Associate in the Philadelphia office of Diversified Search, working primarily in the Human Resources Practice. She boasts deep experience in developing and executing search strategies, sourcing and interviewing candidates, referencing, and facilitating the search process. In addition, Zachary calls upon her teacher education background to train and develop the skills of the firm’s researchers and associates, and also serves as a mentor in the internship program.

Prior to joining Diversified, she spent over three years in legal search, principally with Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s largest legal search firm, in both the Washington, DC and Philadelphia offices. As a former practicing attorney and director of recruiting within the Solutions Practice Group of MLA, she provided staffing solutions to law firms and in-house legal departments. An attorney herself, Zachary also assists in General Counsel and other legal searches.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3563

E-Mail: Devyn.Zachary@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor

Widener University of Law

Bachelor of Science - Education

University of Delaware

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS HUMAN RESOURCES

JILL BOCCUTO

Vice President and Director of Research

JILL BOCCUTO

Vice President and Director of Research

Jill Boccuto is the Director of Research at Diversified Search, where she oversees all aspects of the firm’s research functions. Boccuto also serves as a multi-industry specialist for a range of clients, including those in the Life Sciences, Financial Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, and Healthcare sectors. She has vast experience utilizing sophisticated resources and participates in identifying cutting-edge primary and secondary methods in e-research. Boccuto’s participation is integral to the search process, in which she develops unique strategies that have proven to be highly effective in helping identify unknown resources for particularly complex search assignments.

In addition to her research, Boccuto is an active member on a variety of internal practice teams, keeping abreast of pertinent external information utilized in business development activities and candidate selection.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Boccuto served as a research manager at a global boutique search firm focusing on the life sciences, industrial, and chemical industries.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3577

E-Mail: Jill.Boccuto@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Environmental and Business Economics

Rutgers University

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES

NICOLE “COLBY” CASSIDY

Senior Research Associate

NICOLE “COLBY” CASSIDY

Senior Research Associate

Nicole Cassidy joined Diversified Search in January 2012. As a multi-industry Senior Research Associate, she assists both managing directors and associates who are working for a range of clients, and aids in the development of search strategies and candidate identification. She presently works mainly in searches around the financial officers’ function.

She has her certification as a research associate from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3541

E-Mail: Colby.Cassidy@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Business Administration

Gwynedd Mercy College

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS