MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Management Committee

JUDITH M. VON SELDENECK

Founder and Chair

JUDITH M. VON SELDENECK

Founder and Chair

Judith M. von Seldeneck is the Founder and Chair of the Diversified Search Group, 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 Citizens Financial Group; Tasty Baking Company; Teleflex, Inc.; CoreStates Financial Group; Meridian Bancorp; and AAA MidAtlantic.  She has also served as Chair for the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. 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 William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed by the business community of Greater Philadelphia; 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; and induction into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame. She is also a Global Board Member of AltoPartners.

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

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

Dale E. Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of the Diversified Search Group. 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 initiative, endowed by AOL founder Steve Case and his wife, Jean, that was dedicated to providing access to 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 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, The Special Olympics, and his alma mater, Morehouse College. He is also a Global Board Member of AltoPartners.

KATIE BOUTON

President

KATIE BOUTON

President

Katie Bouton is the President of the Diversified Search Group, a role she assumed following Diversified Search’s 2019 acquisition of Koya Leadership Partners, where she remains in the role of Founder and CEO. Bouton established Koya in 2004 to recruit talented leaders to mission-driven organizations, guided by a belief that “the right person in the right place can change the world.”

With over 20 years of experience in executive search and organizational development, Bouton has built senior leadership teams at leading national and international organizations and partnered closely with founders, boards, and donors to deepen the impact of today’s most pioneering mission-driven organizations. In addition to executive search, Katie’s areas of focus include leadership development, recruitment and retention best practices, company culture, purpose driven organizations, and diversity initiatives.

Bouton began her career in the public sector as a human resources generalist at the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. She then moved to the private sector, working as a human resources manager at Edelman Public Relations and ChildrenFirst.

A widely sought-after thought leader around issues of leadership, diversity, and inclusion, Bouton was a finalist for EY’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 New England program, and is a Boston Brava Award Winner from SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders. With a strong commitment to civic and women’s leadership, Bouton serves on numerous boards, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of IGNITE, a bipartisan initiative committed to building the next generation of female political leaders. She also sits on the boards of The Home for Little Wanderers and her alma mater, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire, and serves as a corporator of the Newburyport Bank. In addition, Bouton is a Fellow at Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors that is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a community of top women leaders from all sectors of society.

 

CONTACT

Phone: 978.465.7520

E-Mail: Katie.Bouton@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - English, Journalism & Women’s Studies

University of New Hampshire

Master of Science - Human Resource Development

Towson University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO EDUCATION

STEPHEN S. MORREALE

Chief Operating Officer

STEPHEN S. MORREALE

Chief Operating Officer

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Stephen S. Morreale oversees all financial, operational, technology, and administrative functions at the Diversified Search Group. He plays an integral role in the firm’s day-to-day operations, and in its expansion efforts within the U.S. as well as in the management of its global partnership with AltoPartners, where he serves as chief liaison to the international partners. Major firm initiatives he has led include the acquisition and staffing of four U.S. offices and the first U.S.-hosted meeting of the international members of AltoPartners.

Morreale’s prior experience in corporate finance includes serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Management Recruiters International, the permanent staffing division of CDI Corporation, a NYSE company. Earlier, he served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller for Right Management Consultants, also an NYSE company. He began his career as a Manager with the accounting firm Ernst & Young before joining Diversified as Chief Financial Officer, serving in that role from 1993 until 2003. He re-joined the firm in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer.

A CPA, Morreale is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a Global Board Member of AltoPartners. He is a former board member of the Russell Byers Charter School, and he and his wife, Gina, serve on the Parents Council of Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, his alma mater.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3592

E-Mail: Steve.Morreale@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science

Pennsylvania State University

MOLLY BRENNAN

Managing Partner

MOLLY BRENNAN

Managing Partner

Molly Brennan is a Managing Partner at the Diversified Search Group, a portfolio of wholly-owned boutique search firms serving specialized sectors. Brennan is the leader of the firm’s  Nonprofit Practice and also serves as the Founding Partner and Executive Vice President at Koya Partners, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2019.

 

As Practice Leader, Brennan works to marshal Diversified Search Group’s deep experience in the nonprofit sector to deliver exceptional results for clients.

 

Brennan joined Koya Partners in its early years and today leads a portfolio of CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. Her clients have included Amnesty International USA, Southern Poverty Law Center, Sierra Club, Women Moving Millions, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, ACLU, and Natural Resources Defense Council, among many others.

 

Molly’s particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Her thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Philanthropy News Digest, and Fast Company as well as by the Society for Human Resource Management. She recently authored The Governance Gap: Examining Diversity and Equity in Nonprofit Boards of Directorswhich explores the persistent lack of diversity on nonprofit boards and offers actionable strategies for increasing board diversity and inclusion.

 

Brennan began her career as a journalist, then moved into the online communications space. Prior to joining Koya, she served as a Senior Editor at LifeWorks, one of the nation’s leading Employee Assistance Programs, where she partnered with HR leaders to create custom content designed to improve employee engagement and satisfaction. She has served on numerous boards nationally and locally, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Our Neighbor’s Table, a hunger relief organization in Massachusetts that aims to eliminate food insecurity in the communities it serves.

 

She has also completed a program in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University, is a Certified Diversity Recruiter, and an alum of LeadBoston, a professional leadership program of the YW Boston that is focused on racial equity.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.384.1296

E-Mail: Molly.Brennan@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Writing and Publishing

Emerson College

Bachelor of Arts - History and Anthropology

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

HENRY MILLER

Managing Director

HENRY MILLER

Managing Director

As the leader of the Diversified Search Group’s Life Sciences Practice, Henry Miller specializes in executive search for life sciences and healthcare organizations. He assists in identifying impactful key executives for high-level general management, commercial, operational, financial, and technical roles. Miller has successfully led global assignments in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, China, Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, among others.

Miller’s previous work experience includes serving as Senior Vice President and Global Life Sciences Practice Leader with the Solomon Page Group; managing director at a privately held search firm; and a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice at Heidrick & Struggles International.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3596

E-Mail: Henry.Miller@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Management and Organizational Behavior

Rider University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO HEALTHCARE SERVICES LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY

SHELLY WEISS STORBECK

Executive Managing Director

SHELLY WEISS STORBECK

Executive Managing Director

Shelly Weiss Storbeck serves as the leader of the Education practice for the the Diversified Search Group, a role she assumed following Diversified Search’s 2020 acquisition of Storbeck Search & Associates, where she remains the Co-Founder and Managing Partner. She launched Storbeck Search & Associates after 12 years as co-founder and managing partner of one of the leading firms in higher education executive search. Storbeck boasts one of the most widely recognized names in the education sector, having recruited senior leaders for America’s most prestigious colleges and universities.

Recently, Storbeck has conducted presidential searches on behalf of Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin, and Haverford, Skidmore, and Swarthmore colleges. In her career she has conducted more than 500 searches for public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, independent schools, and nonprofit organizations.

Her prior positions in executive search include: Managing Director of the education practice of A.T. Kearney, an international search and consulting firm; and Senior Associate and Administrative Officer of the education practice at Korn/Ferry International.

Storbeck has served as chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Executive Search Roundtable, and is a member of the ACE National Identification Program. She has contributed to a series of seminars and ultimately a book about the liberal arts, Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. She currently serves on multiple advisory groups focused on developing leadership in education.

Prior to entering the search industry, Storbeck served as Assistant to the President for Educational Affairs at Haverford College. In that post, she gained experience in all senior administrative searches and chaired Haverford’s Middle States Accreditation Process. She also taught English at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA and English and religion at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

CONTACT

Phone: 610.565.2910 x201

E-Mail: Shelly.Storbeck@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - English

Bryn Mawr College

Bachelor of Arts - English and Religion

Dickinson College

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

ED STOUT

Executive Managing Director

ED STOUT

Executive Managing Director

Ed Stout is an Executive Managing Director and Practice Leader in the Healthcare Services Practice of the Diversified Search Group. He assumed this role in 2019, following Diversified Search’s acquisition of Grant Cooper.

Stout’s experience in healthcare client service spans more than a decade. As a consultant at McKinsey & Company, he led teams that served nationally recognized integrated delivery systems, as well as large for-profit and not-for-profit providers, advising on issues of strategy, revenue growth, operational efficiency, and physician alignment. He has helped architect and implement large-scale operational transformations at some of the largest hospital systems in the United States, and has provided subject matter expertise to hospital leaders in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany.

In 2008, Stout co-founded the McKinsey Hospital Institute (now Objective Health), a technology-enabled consulting solution for hospitals within McKinsey. There, he grew the team to nearly 40 employees and led all product development and client service. Stout joined Grant Cooper in 2012, where his searches have been national in scope, including clinical and non-clinical leaders for providers and other healthcare entities.

Prior to his work in executive search and leadership development, Stout spent five years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving on the attack submarines Sunfish and Jefferson City.

CONTACT

Phone: 314.449.1576

E-Mail: Ed.Stout@divsearch.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Duke University

Bachelor of Science - Systems Engineering

United States Naval Academy

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

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