Practice Area: CEO

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.

KATIE BOUTON

President

KATIE BOUTON

President

Katie Bouton is the President of Diversified Search Group, a role she assumed following Diversified Search’s 2019 acquisition of Koya Partners, where she was the 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

COREY ALBRIGHT

Vice President, Business Intelligence and Insights

COREY ALBRIGHT

Vice President, Business Intelligence and Insights

Corey Albright is a Vice President, Business Intelligence and Insights with Diversified Search Group, having rejoined the firm in 2019. He works mainly in the CEO and Board Practice, supporting all aspects of the search process, including: drafting position specifications; developing search strategy; conducting market and candidate research development; creating candidate reports and assessments; and creating other custom client deliverables.

Albright originally came to Diversified Search in 2017. Most recently, he worked as a Senior Governance Research Analyst for MSCI, an investment research firm based out of New York City. There, he was responsible for researching and rating the corporate governance policies/structures of publicly-traded companies; helping institutional investors identify potential governance risks within their investment portfolios.

Previously, Albright spent several years as a corporate governance research analyst for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), based in Washington, D.C. At NACD, he conducted research on corporate governance matters; managed and led the production of NACD’s research deliverables including publications, corporate governance surveys, custom board and governance bench-marking projects for Fortune 1000 clients.

 

CONTACT

Phone: 202.263.9696

E-Mail: Corey.Albright@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

MA, International Commerce & Policy

George Mason University

BS, Economics

University of Tampa

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO

ROGER ANDERSON

Senior Advisor

ROGER ANDERSON

Senior Advisor

As co-founder and Senior Advisor at BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search Group in 2016, Roger Anderson sets the highest standards for client service for the firm. His vision and commitment to excellence along with a passion for life sciences, provide the platform for the BioQuest service model, which for over three decades has transformed the firm into one of the leading life science practice firms in the United States.

Anderson’s practice is focused exclusively on conducting searches at the Board of Director, CEO, and Vice President levels. He has successfully completed more than 90 CEO searches for both private, emerging and small-cap medical device and diagnostic companies, raising significant value for clients through the recruitment of outstanding executive leadership.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Roger.Anderson@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Zoology

University of Wisconsin

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY

DAWN BIGGINS

Senior Research Associate

DAWN BIGGINS

Senior Research Associate

Dawn Biggins is a Senior Research Associate in Diversified Search Group’s Atlanta Office, where she works in the Board of Directors and CEO practices.

Prior to joining Diversified in 2015, Biggins was a Career Advisor for the City of Atlanta’s Workforce Development Agency. She has also served as a Research Associate with the United Negro College Fund.

Dawn has her certification as a research associate from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6312

E-Mail: Dawn.Biggins@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science and Government

Fisk University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO

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

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

Molly Brennan is Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit at 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 served 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: mbrennan@koyapartners.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

HAROLD T. EPPS

Senior Advisor

HAROLD T. EPPS

Senior Advisor

Harold T. Epps is a Senior Advisor with Diversified Search Group. A significant and steady presence in the Greater Philadelphia business community for more than thirteen years, Epps focuses on business development across the firm’s 16 industry and functional practices. Epps concurrently serves as an advisor for Bellevue Strategies, a government relations firm.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Epps most recently served as the Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia in the James Kenney administration, where he was responsible for working with metropolitan business leaders across industries to enhance the city’s business environment.

Prior to his time with the City if Philadelphia, Epps served as Vice Chairman of the Board of PRWT Services, where he served as President and CEO from 2007 to 2014. One of America’s largest minority-owned firms, PRWT is a $100 million provider of high-performance business solutions, facilities management, and infrastructure support services. Some of Epps’s prior executive roles include positions with Quadrant, Menasha Corporation, Polaroid and Digital Equipment Corporation. Throughout his career, Epps has built a solid reputation for positioning organizations for sustained growth, successfully managing change and restructuring, improving efficiency, spurring innovation, and maintaining a focus and discipline of continuous process and performance improvement.

Epps’ personal commitment to workforce development and business opportunity through diversity and inclusion efforts continue to drive his civic and board activities. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Comcast National African-American Advisory Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Community College of Philadelphia. Formerly, Epps served as the Chairman of the African-American Museum of Philadelphia, and was an executive committee member of both the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and The Urban League of Philadelphia.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.568.0358

E-Mail: Harold.Epps@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Western New England University

Bachelor of Science, Business/Commerce

North Carolina Central University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL FINANCIAL SERVICES

LIZ EWING

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

LIZ EWING

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

Liz Ewing is Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers at Diversified Search Group. With deep experience recruiting C-Suite talent, her clients include both public and private companies, ranging from the Fortune 500 to small-cap and private equity firms.

Prior to joining DSG in 2020, Ewing worked as a search consultant at Heidrick & Struggles, which she joined as a Principal in 2004 before being promoted to Partner in 2007. There, she served as a member of the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences, Financial Officers, CEO and Board, Legal Risk & Compliance, and Private Equity Practices, and also as a member of the firm’s Global Quality Council.

Before entering the search field, Ewing worked in variety of financial roles, including six years at Ondeo Nalco, a $2.6 billion chemical company, where she rose through the ranks to achieve the role of Treasurer. Beginning her career at Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm, she worked as a Vice President in the Banking and Corporate Finance Group at Chemical Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) for eleven years before joining Societe Generale as Vice President and Team Leader, managing a four-person team overseeing a $1.8 billion portfolio of Fortune 500 companies across nine Midwestern states.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Ewing is also ICF-certified as an executive coach.

CONTACT

Phone: 973.713.0933

E-Mail: Liz.Ewing@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration, Finance

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

BA - Political Science and International Studies

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY

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

MARTHA C. HAUSER

Managing Director

MARTHA C. HAUSER

Managing Director

Martha C. Hauser is a Managing Director with Diversified Search Group, specializing in our Healthcare department. Her experience recruiting leadership in the healthcare and higher education spheres is both deep and functionally broad. During more than two decades in executive search, she has recruited a vast number of key leaders for integrated delivery systems, medical groups, health systems, academic medical centers, health sciences centers, and colleges and universities.

Prior to joining Diversified in 2013, Hauser opened the Atlanta office of Witt Kieffer in 1997, and during her tenure there served as Regional Director and as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Her experience also includes leading the southern region healthcare practice at Spencer Stuart, and operational responsibility for Tyler & Company’s executive search practice.

Hauser is a frequent presenter, thought leader, and panelist at health conferences, including for the American College of Healthcare Executives and the North Carolina Organization of Nursing Leaders.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6308

E-Mail: Martha.Hauser@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Georgia

Master of Education - Educational Psychology

University of Georgia

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Appalachian State University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO HEALTHCARE SERVICES

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

Nicole Kamaleson is a Managing Director for Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She has over 20 years of experience working with global mission-driven organizations advising in governance, human capital, organizational development, and a variety of C-suite leadership transitions. She has expertise across many sectors, including philanthropy, impact investing and inclusive finance, international NGOs, think tanks, research, human rights, sustainability and the environment. She has lived overseas for most of her professional career; ten years in Eastern Europe, six in Kenya and over a year in the UK.  Her work has spanned the globe in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Kamaleson’s focus is on expanding Koya’s work for organizations with a global mission whether in the US or abroad.

Kamaleson has led senior executive searches at the Board, CEO, C-suite, Vice President, and regional and country director levels internationally. Recent representative clients include Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, European Foundation Centre, Greenpeace, MCE Social Capital, Reporters Without Borders, Barça Foundation, National Audubon Society, Rise Against Hunger, Possible Health, JA Africa and Chicago Council on Global Affairs, among others.

Professionally, she has worked with boards and search committees in nearly all of her assignments. She actively participated in the Harvard Business School’s Program on Board Leadership as well as the Policy Governance training model with John & Miriam Carver. She is currently active in the Govern for Impact global network.

Kamaleson has been invited to speak at various globally-focused venues, including Maxwell School’s Transnational NGO Initiative at Syracuse University, InterAction International on Growing Your Own Talent, Ronald McDonald House’s Global Leadership Conference on the Candidate-Driven Marketplace, Global Impact Investing Network’s Investor Forum, on diversity, equity and inclusion, and Mission Investors Exchange Institute, on aligning organizational culture.

She has served in leadership capacities in organizational development, governance, board development, and senior human resources roles with globally focused organizations, and presently serves on the board of the Global Fund for Children.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.877.0830

E-Mail: nkamaleson@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

MA - Human Resources Development

Azusa Pacific University

Bachelors of Business Administration

University of Sioux Falls

PRACTICE AREAS

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

MARJORIE KEAN

Managing Director

MARJORIE KEAN

Managing Director

Marjorie Kean is a Managing Director in the Miami office of Diversified Search Group and the leader of the Consumer and Retail practice. Her practice is focused on the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets, and the majority of her clients are Fortune 1,000 multinational corporations.

Although she has experience in a vast number of industries, she has particular expertise in the areas of consumer products, telecommunications, retail, fast foods, life sciences, banking, and entertainment. Her current focus is on pan-regional searches.

Kean is formerly a Managing Director with Edward W. Kelly and Partners, which was acquired by Diversified in 2008. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of the Caracas office of Korn/Ferry before becoming head of its Miami office. Kean lived in Mexico for 10 years and Venezuela for 16 years. In the latter location, she helped open Korn/Ferry’s Colombia and Puerto Rico offices.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6225

E-Mail: Marjorie.Kean@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Communications

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL ENERGY INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

KEVIN B. KELLY

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

KEVIN B. KELLY

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

With more than 20 years in executive search, Kevin B. Kelly is a Managing Director in our Atlanta office and co-leads the firm’s Industrial practice. He conducts senior-level assignments in general management, finance, sales and marketing, operations, security, and other functions for clients in the industrial and consumer sectors. Kelly is also an active member of the firm’s Board practice, and also works with private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Diversified Search Group, Kelly was Executive Vice President & Managing Director with Slayton Search Partners, with oversight responsibility for the firm’s Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices. Earlier, he spent 13 years with Russell Reynolds Associates, where he was a Partner in the firm and managed its Atlanta office.

Before entering the executive search, Kelly pursued a career in marketing and advertising, most recently in account service with the Atlanta ad agency Cole Henderson Drake. Earlier, he spent several years in marketing with the Coca-Cola Company. He began his career in the management training program at Universal Leaf Tobacco.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6301

E-Mail: Kevin.Kelly@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts - Economics

University of Virginia

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL CEO INDUSTRIAL

HENRY MILLER

Global Managing Partner, Life Sciences

HENRY MILLER

Global Managing Partner, Life Sciences

As the leader of 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

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

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge

Alison P. Ranney is a Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge as well as Co-Leader of the CEO Practice at Diversified Search Group.  Alison was formerly Managing Partner at Koya Partners, which became a member of 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 is a Director of Wintrust Bank, where she is active on the Audit and Compensation & Nominating 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: aranney@koyapartners.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 Studies

Brown University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

KENT M. RAPP

Managing Director

KENT M. RAPP

Managing Director

With nearly 20 years in executive search, Kent Rapp is a Managing Director in the St. Louis office, where he conducts executive-level searches for clients in consumer, industrial, business and financial services, healthcare and nonprofit sectors for general management and functional leadership positions in marketing and sales, operations, manufacturing, finance and human resources. Rapp joined the firm in 2019, following  Diversified Search Group’s acquisition of Grant Cooper. He has built an extensive list of clients ranging from family-owned and private equity portfolio companies to global public corporations, and often serves as a trusted advisor in an ongoing capacity. Rapp joined the firm in 2019, following Diversified Search’s acquisition of Grant Cooper.

Prior to entering executive search, Rapp’s early career was spent in domestic and international general management, marketing, and sales leadership roles with Fortune 500 (Johnson & Johnson, Pet/Pillsbury) and privately held (Spectrum Brands) consumer product companies.

Rapp is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors at Sherwood Forest, a member agency of the United Way, where he is the immediate past Board President. He also serves as the current Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.

CONTACT

Phone: 314.449.1585

E-Mail: Kent.Rapp@divsearch.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Bachelor of Arts – Economics

Brown University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRIAL

GUY A. SAVA

Managing Partner and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

GUY A. SAVA

Managing Partner and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

Guy A. Sava is a Managing Director at Diversified Search Group and Co-Leader of the Industrial practice. He focuses on assisting the process industry, manufacturing, energy, and other industrial sector clients with executive searches for their corporate boards, as well as executive, general management, and functional leadership positions. The focus of his search experience has been global including venture capital, private equity, and public/private companies worldwide.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Guy served as President of the Industrial, Chemical, Energy, and Materials Practice for a large global executive search firms, where he was responsible for business development and executive recruiting within these sectors. He also led the Board Service Practice in North America. Previously, he spent 20 years in the industry serving in various senior leadership roles.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3571

E-Mail: Guy.Sava@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Advanced Executive Management School

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Master of Business Administration - Finance and Business Strategy

Drexel University

Master of Science - Engineering

Villanova University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO ENERGY INDUSTRIAL PRIVATE EQUITY

LAUREN E. SMITH

Managing Director

LAUREN E. SMITH

Managing Director

Lauren Smith is a Managing Director in the Miami office of Diversified Search Group. She conducts senior-level executive search assignments for clients ranging from high-growth early-stage organizations to multinational corporations, specializing in working with companies that are growing and/or transforming into new markets and businesses.

Smith is valued by clients for her ability to understand an organization’s strategic direction, her skills at assessing the cultural fit of candidates, and her dedication to quality and timeliness. She has placed executives and/or board members at clients such as Apple, Citrix, Comfort Systems, DHL, Kaplan Inc., Novell, Office Depot, Polyconcept, Ryder, Sheridan Healthcare, Tupperware, and Winn-Dixie. She has recently co-led board searches for a number of Fortune 500 boards, including Jacobs Engineering Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, and Navient Corporation.

She started her career in executive search in 2000 with Egon Zehnder. Before moving into the search field, she had 12 years of experience leading marketing and strategy at two Fortune 50 companies, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Motorola Inc. During her time at Motorola, she led marketing and customer operations for a wireless joint venture in Bogotá, Colombia.

Smith is an active member on numerous boards of directors. Some of these include the American Red Cross South Florida Chapter, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship of Nova Southeastern University, and the Women Executive Leadership. A Governance Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), she is the President of the Florida Chapter and is an active member of the Thirty Percent Coalition and Women Corporate Directors.

Smith has been quoted as an expert on executive and board recruiting a wide range of publications, including NACD Directorship, Entrepreneur magazine, American Way magazine, the Miami Herald, and South Florida CEO Magazine. She has served as a guest lecturer at Nova Southeastern University and as a speaker for the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2010, she was named a Most Influential Business Woman by the South Florida Business Journal.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6230

E-Mail: Lauren.Smith@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Thunderbird School of Management

Bachelor of Science

Pennsylvania State University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO HUMAN RESOURCES INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY