Practice Area: Digital, Media, Entertainment, & Sports

JUDITH M. VON SELDENECK

Founder and Chair

JUDITH M. VON SELDENECK

Founder and Chair

Judith M. von Seldeneck is the Founder and Chair of 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 formerly served on the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council and as 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 Drexel LeBow Business Leader of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the Greater Philadelphia region; 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, & SPORTS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

Dale E. Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of 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.

AILEEN ALEXANDER

Vice Chair

AILEEN ALEXANDER

Vice Chair

Aileen Alexander is the Vice Chair of Diversified Search Group, the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world.   She leads the firm’s Global Corporate practice which advises clients across the Consumer, Financial Services, Industrial, Life Sciences, and Technology industries, including Private Equity.  Aileen is a member of DSG’s Management Committee and a Global Board Member of AltoPartners, the firm’s international alliance.

Based in Philadelphia, Alexander is a recognized leader in the executive search and talent management industry, having led C-Suite and Board level searches from large, global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies.  She leverages her expertise in technology, cybersecurity, risk management, leadership, and succession planning to enable clients to achieve their purpose and strategic priorities.  Alexander is committed to ensuring client service that is creative, nimble, responsive, and centered on people first and building diverse teams that drive innovation, growth, and inclusive cultures.

Prior to joining DSG, Alexander was a Managing Partner at Korn Ferry where she co-Launched and co-led the firm’s Global Cybersecurity Practice.  She had leadership responsibilities for Philadelphia and was also a member of the Technology Officers and Aerospace and Defense practices. She entered the industry with Heidrick & Struggles, in their Washington, DC office.

Before embarking on her career in executive search, Alexander worked in international security and defense policy at the Department of Defense and U.S. House of Representatives.  She is also a military veteran, having served as a Captain in the U.S. Army.

CONTACT

E-Mail: Aileen.Alexander@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Masters of Public Policy

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Bachelor of Arts

The Johns Hopkins University

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES ENERGY TECHNOLOGY FINANCIAL SERVICES PRIVATE EQUITY CONSUMER AND RETAIL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Board of Directors

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Board of Directors

The leader of Diversified Search Group’s Board Practice, J. Veronica Biggins  brings more than 15 years of search experience to the firm—including several years working in the White House.

Biggins served as Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Presidential Personnel under Bill Clinton, a role that tasked her with selecting and hiring all political appointees within the federal government. She worked directly with the President on appointments at all levels of the administration, including the placement of agency heads, ambassadors, and members of presidential boards and commissions.

Biggins has also served as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She also served as Chairman of the Czech Slovak American Enterprise Fund—a role that earned her a Points of Light Award from President George W. Bush for her leadership.

Biggins’ background also includes 20 years’ experience with NationsBank (now Bank of America) and its predecessor, The Citizens, and Southern National Bank. There, as Executive Vice President for Human Resources, she was one of the highest-ranking women in the banking industry.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6305

E-Mail: JVBiggins@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Advanced Leadership Fellow

Harvard University

Master of Education

Georgia State University

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and Sociology

Spelman College

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY LIFE SCIENCES

JUDY BOREHAM

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources

JUDY BOREHAM

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources

Judy Boreham is a Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources at Diversified Search Group, where she manages a broad range of clients including those in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. As co-leader of the firm’s Human Resources practice, she specializes and is engaged in placing senior executives at the local, regional, national, and global level, and has gained expansive experience covering a wide variety of human capital related roles including CHRO, compensation/total rewards, talent acquisition and development, learning and development, organizational development, workforce planning, shared services, and business partnering assignments with such clients as LabCorp, Ametek Inc., AstraZeneca, Radius Health, Barnabas Healthcare, and Lidl.

Prior to joining Diversified Search in 1995, Boreham worked for a search firm in Central London serving the consumer market. Working with a portfolio of blue-chip international clients such as Kraft, Duracell, McKinsey, AC Nielson, Guinness, and SmithKline Beecham, she managed key business assignments across the United Kingdom.

Prior to her search career, Boreham held various business and marketing leadership positions with the largest and fastest-growing division of Baxter Healthcare, Inc., where she was responsible for launching a range of product lines that gained worldwide recognition, and more recently as Business Manager for the Critical Care division at Johnson & Johnson, where she was responsible for the development of a patient monitoring technology product in the provider healthcare space.

CONTACT

Phone: PHL 215.656.3575 | NYC 212.542.2581

E-Mail: Judy.Boreham@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA / New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Marketing

Henley Management College, UK

Bachelor of Arts - Marketing

Henley Management College, UK

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY HEALTHCARE SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES

MACLEAN CRAIG

Managing Associate

MACLEAN CRAIG

Managing Associate

MacLean “Mac” Craig is a Managing Associate based in the New York office of Diversified Search Group, working primarily in the technology sector.

Craig’s career in search began at Coleman Research Group in New York, where he worked as a Research Associate and Recruiting Associate in the firm’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice. There, he performed primary research services for various institutional clients, including over 200 hedge funds, private equity firms, and management consulting firms.

Prior to joining Diversified Search in 2019, Craig worked as a Consultant in the technology practice at Marlin Hawk. There, he managed full life-cycle recruitment and market intelligence projects for a variety of Fortune 500 clients in all industries, with a focus on the information technology function.

Prior to his time at Marlin Hawk, Craig worked as a Senior Analyst and Global Knowledge Manager in the technology practice at Korn Ferry, where he supported a team of 93 senior associates, senior client partners, principals, and managing directors on various strategic initiatives, research needs, and business development efforts.

CONTACT

Phone: 646.329.7426

E-Mail: Maclean.Craig@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

City University of New York – Hunter College

PRACTICE AREAS

DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) TECHNOLOGY

ROBIN GOOLSBEE

Managing Director

ROBIN GOOLSBEE

Managing Director

Robin Goolsbee is a Managing Director in the Corporate and Life Sciences Practices of Diversified Search Group. She is based in Chicago. As a trusted advisor and consultant to her clients, Robin identifies and recruits leaders to C-suite and other senior-level roles across all functional areas. In addition to corporate and life science clients, Robin also focuses on professional services. Her experience in this realm spans nearly two decades.

Robin began her career in management consulting at Boston Consulting Group in their Boston and London offices where she served consumer goods and industrial firms. Later, at McKinsey & Company in Chicago, she served retail, consumer goods and media and education clients as an Engagement Manager.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, she served as a Senior Principal at Business Talent Group. Now, a Heidrick & Struggles subsidiary, Business Talent Group is the leading provider of on-demand consultants and experts. While at BTG, she scoped and sold consulting projects and curated consulting talent from BTG’s network of 15,000 independent consultants. Her clients were Fortune 500 firms, leading professional services firms, and Private Equity portfolio companies. Her work included placing C-level executives in interim roles as well.

Robin is also a skilled business development executive. Earlier in her career, Robin served as Director of Business Development at MTV International. She then worked as an Assistant VP of Business Development at UNext, a corporate training and MBA-education provider offering courses in partnership with Stanford Business School, Columbia Business School, The London School of Economics, University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business and Carnegie Mellon.

Robin has served on a number of civic boards including the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital and spends her time with her husband and three children.

CONTACT

Phone: 773-412-8201

E-Mail: robin.goolsbee@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Harvard Business School

Yale University

Bachelor of Arts - History

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES LIFE SCIENCES HEALTHCARE SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES PRIVATE EQUITY SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

Jim Langston is Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers at Diversified Search Group. 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.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3594

E-Mail: Jim.Langston@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance and Accounting

Drexel University

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY TECHNOLOGY

TONY LENG

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Digital Transformation and CIO/IT Officers

TONY LENG

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Digital Transformation and CIO/IT Officers

Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search Group and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO/IT Officers practices from the San Francisco office. Previously a Managing Partner of Hodge Partners, Leng has conducted C-Suite-level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming and/or building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies. His clients have included Axalta; CommonSpirit Health; Blue Shield of California; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Delta Dental; Esurance; Herbalife Nutrition; GI Partners; Kaiser Permanente; Novant Health; PG&E; Polycom; Sutter; Symmetricom; TE Connectivity; Trive Capital and Wellmark.

Prior to joining the executive search field, Leng served as a board member of three public companies and was the CEO of a $600 million public company. Prior to that, he ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users. While there, he was founder and chairman of its ISP and a board member of its two-million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary.

Leng leverages his operating experience from being a CEO, his financial background as a CPA and CA, and his technical knowledge from work done for tech companies to drill down and understand, at a nuanced level, what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog at tonyleng.com.
For the past 17 years, Leng has also facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum, a monthly venue where CDO’s, CIOs and CTOs discuss topics of strategic relevance, learn, network, and seek peer group input on a confidential basis. Participating companies in the Forum have included Ancestry, Blue Shield, Bank of the West, Blackrock, CitiGroup, Clifbar, Clorox, Cost Plus, Databricks, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Dolby, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Juul, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, Lumentum, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Recology, Red Hat, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, SFO, Uber, VMWare, Williams-Sonoma, Workday and Zendesk, among others.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.354.2154

E-Mail: Tony.Leng@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Commerce (honors) - Accounting

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Certified Public Accountant

Chartered Accountant

PRACTICE AREAS

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES TECHNOLOGY

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer

Denielle Pemberton-Heard is the Chief Legal Officer for Diversified Search Group, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. As CLO and a shareholding Managing Director with Diversified Search Group, Denielle Pemberton-Heard partners with corporations, boards of directors, and not for profit leaders to identify executive level talent for corporate boards and c-suite roles across multiple sectors. She recently served as CEO of STEMconnector, the largest professional services firm committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool and under her leadership STEMconnecter merged with POD, an innovative technology platform that powers STEMconnector and its Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative. She now serves as a Board Advisor to POD and is a member of the Board of Directors of Skout, a P/E backed cybersecurity firm.

Pemberton-Heard previously spent fifteen years as Group Counsel, Programming and Business Affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the nation’s largest non-commercial media enterprise where she directed work on behalf of PBS and its 300 plus member stations, and led negotiations between and among PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of Education, The Kennedy Center, National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation and others while collaborating with on-air talent, arts and cultural institutions and funders. Before joining PBS, she served as Group Counsel for Thales, Inc. and as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at Time Life (TWX), and as a Legal and Business affairs leader at Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA) where she supported the production teams as well as corporate philanthropy and community affairs.

Pemberton-Heard began her law career in private practice as a commercial real estate attorney with Wiggin and Dana and was subsequently associated with the New York firm of Cowan Liebowitz and Latman, where she focused on intellectual property litigation and portfolio management. She has published scholarly works in the area of Copyright and Trademark Law and has experience in compliance and Board Governance matters. Pemberton-Heard has a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University, a Law Degree for Case Western Reserve University, and is an alumna of Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

A past Regional Judge for President Obama’s Presidential Commission on White House Fellowships, Pemberton-Heard is committed to emerging leaders, talent pipeline development, community service and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She was a Founder of Level 8- a committed group of women focused on leveling the playing field and providing equal access for Washington, DC youth. She has also served as a Trustee of the Toy Industry of America Foundation; on the Advisory Committee of DCVLP (DC Volunteer Lawyers Program to end domestic violence) and on the Board of Governors of the Case Western School of Law. Pemberton-Heard has lectured on business law as a member of the professional faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and has served on panels as a career coach to students at American University.

Pemberton-Heard, who was recently featured as a guest on the Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify, serves on the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Diversity Leadership Group and on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Business Collaborative (WBC). With a commitment to service, she is a member of The Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority. She is the proud mother of two college aged students and enjoys travel, classic films and dancing.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.567.6971

E-Mail: dpembertonheard@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA / Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Tufts University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION

HARVEY W. SCHILLER, PHD

Senior Advisor

HARVEY W. SCHILLER, PHD

Senior Advisor

Dr. Harvey Schiller is a Senior Advisor at Diversified Search Group. From 2005 to 2013, he served as Chairman and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, an international risk management and business solutions company.

His previous leadership positions include Chairman of Assante U.S., a leading provider of financial and life management products; Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, an integrated sports-based media company with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils; Vice President of Sports Programming for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; President of Turner Sports, Inc., a division of Time Warner; and President and Governor of the NHL expansion franchise the Atlanta Thrashers.

Schiller served as a command pilot in the US Air Force, retiring with the grade of Brigadier General.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.956.3929

E-Mail: Harvey.Schiller@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy - Chemistry

University of Michigan

Master of Science - Chemistry

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry

The Citadel

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS

JEANNINE SOMMER

Managing Associate & VP Search Operations & Quality

JEANNINE SOMMER

Managing Associate & VP Search Operations & Quality

Jeannine Sommer is Managing Associate and Vice President, Search Operations & Quality for the Global Corporate practice.

Sommer began her career in executive search in 1995 as a Research Assistant with Bishop Partners. After two years she joined Norman Broadbent International as Director of Research. There she assisted senior management in launching the firm’s Entertainment and New Media practice while putting together a research team responsible for a wide variety of database projects.

More recent positions include Senior Vice President of Search Management at Carlsen Resources, where she was responsible for overseeing the search process, as well as managing Carlsen’s clients and candidates; Director of Executive Recruitment for Cablevision Systems, where her responsibilities included executive-level searches for all 26 properties owned and operated by the company; and consulting for ThinkBRQ.

CONTACT

Phone: 718.252.4390

E-Mail: Jeannine.Sommer@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Business Education

Pace University

PRACTICE AREAS

DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS TECHNOLOGY