The Atlanta public schools needed a change agent. They got one in Meria Carstarphen.

When we placed Dr. Meria Carstarphen as Superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools in 2014, she inherited a school system reeling from the aftermath of a cheating scandal and gearing up for the subsequent trial. Having taken her post in Atlanta only five months prior to the start of the trial, Carstarphen was charged with spearheading a transformation and restoring organizational integrity at th...Read More

Healthcare Services

She started her career as a nurse. Today, Carolyn Wilson is helping to revolutionize a $4 billion health system.

Beaumont Health was created in 2014, when Beaumont Health System merged with two other Detroit-area systems. When John Fox, the former CEO of Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, joined the system as president and CEO in March 2015, he wanted top-notch people on his team. One of those turned out to be Carolyn Wilson, whom we...Read More

Financial Officers

James H. Sills III, the CEO of M&F Bank, is reinventing the African-American community bank for a new era.

Revitalizing and rethinking any institution to keep up with the times can prove a daunting task for even the most worldly CEO. Doing it at a community bank with more than a hundred years behind it? That’s a truly daunting task.   Not, it would appear, for James Sills, who since his placement by Diversified Search as CEO of Read More

Development and Philanthropy

At Success Academy Charter School, Jody Friedman is making sure even the most disadvantaged children are getting a chance to succeed.

The competition for donor dollars in the education space, particularly as the charter-school movement has exploded in the 21st Century, is fierce and formidable. For Jody Friedman, it’s an opportunity.   It didn’t take long for Friedman, whom we placed as Executive Vice President for Advancement at New York-based Read More

Healthcare Services

At Ranir, Rich Sorota is keeping America’s gums—and his company’s business—healthy.

Oral hygiene may not be the sexiest subject in the world, but being adept at providing it to the masses can be very good business. Privately held Ranir Global Holdings, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the global leader in private label oral healthcare products. In 2015, Diversified Search was retained by the board...Read More

Human Resources

After helping to guide a merger of two healthcare behemoths, Milton Anderson keeps things running smoothly—and efficiently—at New Jersey’s largest health system.

With $5 billion in annual revenue, 13 hospitals, and more than 33,000 team members and 9,000 affiliated physicians, RWJBarnabas Health is a sprawling, complex, and, yes, massive health system. But in 2015, when we placed Milton Anderson as the new Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, the organiza...Read More

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