Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2015

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                        Q1 2015

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

In serving a wireless world, business leaders have come to realize that a silo structure doesn’t work anymore—if it ever did. Nowhere is that more true than in digital technology initiatives, whose success depends on seamless collaboration between IT and marketing teams. Many companies are taking this idea to the next level, nurturing strong partnerships between the chief information officer and chief marketing officer for collaboration on everything from strategy to technology to budgeting.

Many leading think tanks like Forrester Research have been tracking a significant increase in these collaborative relationships in the last two years. Traditionally, the processes used by IT and marketing teams couldn’t be more different. But, more companies are realizing that no matter how they get there, their goal is the same: It’s all about creating a positive experience for customers, whether they’re visiting a web site, making a purchase or using mobile apps.

Our most recent Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast focused on emerging best practices employed by these CIO/CMO “dream teams.” Our panelists represented both the marketing and IT side of the issue, as well as the research that’s examining this growing movement. Don’t miss the summary of their discussion in this issue.

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In This Issue

Quarterly Spotlight Series Breakfast:
The Digital Business Dream Team: How the CIO and CMO Collaborate for Success

Together, chief information officers and chief marketing officers have been hailed as the “dream team” to lead business technology strategy. As panelists at our recent Spotlight Series breakfast discussed, companies have a lot to gain by tapping into CIO/CMO partnership potential, including a deeper understanding of how to win customers and keep them coming back. Read a summary of the discussion.

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DFW HR Roundtable:
How Effective Are Your Leaders at Crossing Borders?

In any industry, business is a world of geographic, cultural and interpersonal borders. Leaders’ skills in navigating these borders can result in strong partnerships and collaborations, which translates to success in global business. At February’s DFW HR Roundtable, Raymond McConnell, founder and director of JR Global Training/Sandler Training, examined some of the barriers to cross-border collaboration, as well as the skills needed to successfully lead in a global marketplace. Read a summary of his presentation.

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White Paper:
Internet of Things Creates New Opportunities for C-Suite Executives

From wearable medical devices to smart home technology, the Internet of Things is everywhere we look. Connected devices make our lives easier, yet they are only the tip of the iceberg—enterprise and industry application of IoT technologies has unlimited potential to drive cost savings, customer understanding, waste reduction, safety and efficiency. Read our whitepaper to learn about the risks and benefits of these groundbreaking technologies.

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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
Maximize Your Employee Referral Program

Studies show that employee referral programs are one of the most effective recruitment channels, and often lead to better qualified employees, increased morale and higher retention rates. Strengthening your company’s employee referral program is well worth the investment, and can create exciting opportunities for employees along the way. Read our tips to maximize your internal referral program.

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Featured Search

We are conducting a search for a chief financial officer for a cutting-edge, rapidly growing, specialized diagnostic testing lab. The CFO will be a critical member of the executive team and should have a background in the medical laboratory field, and deep knowledge of medical billing.

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Other News

Pearson Partners has joined IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, consisting of independently owned member firms offering flexible, tailored solutions. This partnership gives Pearson Partners unrivaled global reach, allowing us to serve our clients through 51 offices in 34 countries.

Keith Pearson has been nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year, a national title awarded to the top male fundraiser in each chapter. Candidates in the Man and Woman of the Year competitions take part in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy and Girl of the Year. Keith appreciates your support for kids fighting blood cancer.

Renee Arrington served on an executive panel discussion on “Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change” at both the HMG Strategy 2015 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit on January 15 and the Houston Summit on March 3. CIOs can catch Renee and the same panel discussion at HMG Strategy’s upcoming Dallas Summit on April 9, and in St. Louis on June 18. Renee also served as a mentor this year for the Dallas Business Journal’s mentor program, a program held at the same time by 40 other National City Business Journals across the country.

Sharing her extensive experience gained while living and working abroad, Deborah Sawyer served as a panelist on the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ March 25 BlueSteps webinar, “5 Factors to Consider Before Taking an Expat Position.”

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats: live chats on Twitter about a variety of executive-search-related topics. In our most recent TweetChat, Keith Pearson discussed “Executive Search and Your CEO Career.” In our next TweetChat on April 7, Lisa Thompson will discuss “Executive Interviewing Tips.” Check our Event Calendar for upcoming events.

Recent Placements

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Vice President, Financial Reporting, Calpian, Inc.

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Vice President, Manufacturing Operations, Fujikoki Americas

Senior Estimator, Flintco / Alberici Group


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