Office: Chicago

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Director

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Director

Alison P. Ranney is a Managing Director at Diversified Search and the Managing Partner at Koya Leadership Partners, which became a member of the Diversified Search Group in 2019. She specializes in leading CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. She is the Office Managing Director of the firms’ Chicago office.

Ranney partners with a broad range of clients, including foundations, cultural institutions, membership organizations, other nonprofits, colleges, and universities. She has successfully led searches at the CEO, President, Executive Director, Dean, COO, CFO, and VP levels. Her board practice work includes both private sector and nonprofit clients.

Ranney’s work has been featured in numerous publications over the years.  A 2017 cover story in Crain’s profiling Koya’s efforts to strengthen and diversify senior leadership at mission-driven clients in the Chicago area and nationally noted that, “Koya Leadership Partners’ Alison Ranney is remaking what leadership looks like across the country.”

Prior to joining Koya, Ranney served as an Executive Recruiter at Russell Reynolds Associates. There, she led the development of the Nonprofit practice in the Midwest and received the firm’s inaugural award for Excellence in Client Service.

Ranney began her career at Skadden, Arps as a corporate attorney with a focus on M&A. Prior, she served as a vice president of the real estate development firm responsible for Prairie Crossing, the award-winning conservation community, and as an executive with AT&T Wireless.

With a strong commitment to civic involvement, Ranney has served on numerous boards nationally and locally. Interested in public media, she has been a Director and served on the Executive Committees at Public Radio International as well as Chicago Public Media/WBEZ. She has also served on the boards of the Goodman Theatre, City Year Chicago, Ryerson Woods Conservation Area, Forefront, and World Business Chicago.

Ranney has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and the Alumni Council of Phillips Andover Academy, her alma maters. Ranney also serves on the Board of Directors of the flagship bank of Wintrust Financial Corporation, where she is active on the Compensation & Nominating, Audit and Business Development Committees.

Ranney is a member of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, and The Chicago Network. Earlier in her career, she was selected as an “Emerging Leader” by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2751

E-Mail: Alison.Ranney@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate

University of Chicago Law School

Masters of Business Administration

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Bachelor of Arts - Urban Affairs

Brown University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE

ALEXANDRA MIRSKY

Vice President and Senior Associate

ALEXANDRA MIRSKY

Vice President and Senior Associate

Alexandra Mirsky is a Vice President and Senior Associate based in the Chicago office of Diversified Search, working primarily in the Healthcare Services Practice.

Mirsky began her search career with The Continuum Group, a healthcare executive search firm based in Chicago. There, she worked as the Director of Research, where she was responsible for strategy centered around the targeting of health systems and medical centers, as well as individuals within those organizations.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Mirsky worked at DHR International as a Senior Associate, where she was responsible for full lifecycle recruitment for fully retained, executive-level searches in the firm’s Healthcare practice. There, she helped place candidates in various positions in the healthcare sector, including those of board director, CEO, COO, CFO, chief nursing officer, chief marketing officer, dean, and more.

Prior to entering the search industry, Mirsky worked as an account executive with Abelson Taylor Chicago, a health and wellness ad agency focusing on pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and nutrition. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0383

E-Mail: Alexandra.Mirsky@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Indiana University Bloomington

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

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, and Natural Resources 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

Bachelors Business Administration

University of Iowa

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL ENERGY FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

ZACK REYNOLDS

Managing Director

ZACK REYNOLDS

Managing Director

Zack Reynolds is a Managing Director in the Healthcare Services practice in the Chicago office. With more than 20 years of executive search experience in the provider and payer 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, provider sponsored and national payers, large academic medical centers, schools of medicine, small rural health systems, 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

TERRY J. SCHERCK III

Managing Director

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