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.