Practice Area: Financial Officers

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

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director

Jim Langston is a Managing Director and leader of the Financial Officers practice at Diversified Search. 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, AND SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY TECHNOLOGY

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Office Managing Director

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Office Managing Director

Jason D. León, MPA, CPA, is Office Managing Director in Diversified Search’s Washington, D.C. office, and specializes in Nonprofit, Board, and CFO Practices. Partnering with clients aligning with Jason’s own philanthropic values has led him to successfully place leaders within organizations sharing similar values. Among those are the March of Dimes, Covenant House of Greater Washington, Martha’s Table, and International Justice Mission. He manages the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and has placed directors on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies ranging from financial services, to manufacturing, to asset management leaders.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Jason was the Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Programs for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), where he was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive corporate relations strategies for increasing the representation of Hispanic executives in upper management and on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. Jason’s unique expertise in leadership development, governance,  and nonprofit management led to the growth of HACR’s corporate membership and leadership programs designed to enhance corporations’ external and internal diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Prior to his role at HACR, Jason worked at National Urban Fellows (NUF), a premier leadership development organization and voice of authority on leadership diversity in our country, serving as a Program Manager.

A proud MPA alumnus of NUF, Jason completed his fellowship at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where his public finance expertise contributed to the success of an initiative to advance education, training, and financial analysis in public health finance. As a certified public accountant, Jason started his career serving as senior official – Finance Director and Chief of Administration – for the City of Isabela in Puerto Rico where he successfully led the city’s in overcoming a $7 million deficit and building a skilled finance department and team culture.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.296.0606

E-Mail: Jason.Leon@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

National Urban Fellows, Alumnus

Master of Public Administration - Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management

Baruch College (CUNY) 

Bachelor of Business Administration

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY

B.A. “MACKIE” MACLEAN, JR.

Senior Advisor

B.A. “MACKIE” MACLEAN, JR.

Senior Advisor

Senior Advisor B.A. “Mackie” MacLean Jr. joined Diversified Search in 1992. His previous work includes serving as President and CEO of another Philadelphia-based executive search firm, and Partner with one of the world’s largest executive search firms, Boyden International, Inc. His 25-plus-year search career has encompassed assignments for major investment and commercial banks, national consulting and investment companies, and senior-level work in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, education, and nonprofit. He has completed numerous C-suite searches and has had extensive experience in recruiting directors for both public and private company boards.

Prior to his career in search, MacLean spent more than two decades in finance, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of New York operations of M&T Bancorp. Before that, he spent 20 years with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., an international private bank headquartered in New York City. His tenure there covered assignments in lending, operations, treasury and foreign exchange management, and consulting. In his last role, he was Manager of the firm’s International Banking Division; he previously managed the banking operations in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3554

E-Mail: BMacLean@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Finance

New York University

Bachelor of Arts - History

Yale University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS EDUCATION FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES

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

MICHAEL SARNOFF

Managing Director

MICHAEL SARNOFF

Managing Director

Michael Sarnoff is the leader of Diversified Search’s Financial Services Practice, and is based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Diversified Search in 2018, he spent five years as Co-Founder and Partner at Highland Road LLC, a boutique executive search and capital advisory firm in Los Angeles, where his clients included asset and investment managers, hedge funds, private equity and private debt funds, and investment banks, among others. The roles he has filled include senior leadership (CFO, COO, General Counsel), investing and investment research, origination, capital raising, investment banking, and sales and trading.

Prior to co-founding Highland Road, Sarnoff served as a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, where he concentrated on capital markets in the financial services sector, and as a Client Partner at Korn Ferry International, where he helped build the firm’s global markets business. At Korn, he became the first senior associate under the age of 30 in the Financial Services Practice to ever be promoted to Client Partner.

Before entering the executive search industry, he was a manager of human resources for the University of Southern California, and began his career as the head of human resources at PBJ Digital, a North Hollywood web development and consulting start-up.

CONTACT

Phone: 646.270.6970

E-Mail: Michael.Sarnoff@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration - International Business and Finance

George Washington University

Bachelor of Arts - Diplomatic History

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES PRIVATE EQUITY

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

MAHALIA GAULD

Vice President and Senior Associate

MAHALIA GAULD

Vice President and Senior Associate

Mahalia Gauld is a Vice President and Senior Associate for Diversified Search in the Financial Officers Practice, serving various sectors, including healthcare and managed care, financial services, and life sciences. With responsibility for facilitating and executing the search process, Gauld works closely with both Managing Directors and Research Associates to develop unique strategies for each search, utilizing key resources and best practices to further candidate development.

Since joining Diversified Search in 2011, Gauld has led searches for senior leadership positions within Fortune 500 companies and prominent national organizations. Prior to becoming an Associate, she served as a Senior Research Associate for the firm, specializing in the healthcare and higher education sectors.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3583

E-Mail: Mahalia.Gauld@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Administration

University of Denver

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

JILL BOCCUTO

Vice President and Director of Research

JILL BOCCUTO

Vice President and Director of Research

Jill Boccuto is the Director of Research at Diversified Search, where she oversees all aspects of the firm’s research functions. Boccuto also serves as a multi-industry specialist for a range of clients, including those in the Life Sciences, Financial Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, and Healthcare sectors. She has vast experience utilizing sophisticated resources and participates in identifying cutting-edge primary and secondary methods in e-research. Boccuto’s participation is integral to the search process, in which she develops unique strategies that have proven to be highly effective in helping identify unknown resources for particularly complex search assignments.

In addition to her research, Boccuto is an active member on a variety of internal practice teams, keeping abreast of pertinent external information utilized in business development activities and candidate selection.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Boccuto served as a research manager at a global boutique search firm focusing on the life sciences, industrial, and chemical industries.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3577

E-Mail: Jill.Boccuto@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Environmental and Business Economics

Rutgers University

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES

COLBY CASSIDY

Senior Research Associate

COLBY CASSIDY

Senior Research Associate

Nicole Cassidy joined Diversified Search in January 2012. As a multi-industry Senior Research Associate, she assists both managing directors and associates who are working for a range of clients, and aids in the development of search strategies and candidate identification. She presently works mainly in searches around the financial officers’ function.

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

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3541

E-Mail: Colby.Cassidy@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Business Administration

Gwynedd Mercy College

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS