Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2016

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                        Q1 2016

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

Texas has been blessed with a thriving economy, and nowhere is that more evident than in two of its greatest metropolitan areas: Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. But business is booming all over the state, attracting new residents at a rate of about 1,000 a day. Great business opportunities plus a growing pool of fresh talent equals a strong economy all over Texas. But as our population grows, our infrastructure is stretched ever thinner.

If you’ve driven on Dallas’ Central Expressway lately, you know exactly what I am talking about. And if you’ve recently tried to get out of town by heading south on 45, chances are you’ve wasted some precious hours stuck in the gridlock.

Texas  needs innovative new ways to keep pace with its population boom, which is why we at Pearson Partners are excited about Texas Central Partners’ new high-speed rail project. This private company is doing something unprecedented: using private funding to build America’s first bullet train, giving road-weary travelers a fast, efficient way to travel between DFW and Houston.

We can’t wait to buy our first tickets when the rail line opens in 2021, but meanwhile, we asked two Texas Central leaders to attend our most recent Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast to give details about the project and why it’s a great thing for our state. Don’t miss the summary of the discussion in this issue.

Read more in this edition of Searchlight.

In This Issue

Quarterly Spotlight Series Breakfast:
Texas on the Fast Track

By 2022, Texans will travel overland between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston in just an hour and a half, speeding at 200 miles an hour in a comfortable seat while enjoying Wi-Fi. That’s not a futuristic pipe dream; it’s America’s first bullet train, and the private company behind it has plans well under way. At our Q1 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast, we asked Texas Central Partners’ Chief Executive Officer Tim Keith and Managing Director Of External Affairs Holly Reed to update us on the project and explain why Texas is the ideal market for high-speed rail. Read a summary of the discussion.

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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
Five Tips for Hiring Senior Executives in 2016

When organizations are seeking to fill a C-level position, there are often some very big shoes to fill. You need a new CEO, CFO, COO or other senior executive with the specialized skills and business savvy to effectively carry your organization into the future, but it’s also critical that he or she mesh well with your organizational culture and the rest of the leadership team. Because this make-or-break hiring decision is one you can’t afford to get wrong, our Managing Director, Professional Services, offers valuable guidance for getting it right. Read her tips.

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The Chief Financial Officer Perspective 2016

Pearson Partners has released the results of a new CFO survey, and some are surprising. Representing a diverse group of North American companies, 180 CFOs shared their thoughts on their careers, the year’s economic outlook, recruiting and employment, and the global geopolitical environment. The broad-ranging questions covered everything from presidential politics and investment trends to diversity in hiring, providing contrast with our last CFO survey from 2013. Don’t miss the survey results in this issue.

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Global Partners Insight:
Women at the Top in the Industrial Sector

Within highly industrialized sectors, such as energy and chemicals, women in leadership roles are few and far between. Our global partners at IIC Partners recently interviewed Ilham Kadri, president, Diversey Care Division of Sealed Air Corp., about global gender inequality, the advantages of diverse leadership teams and the traits that define a successful leader. Learn why she believes that the executive search firms that are getting it right are those that understand the need for more diversity in the c-suite. Read the interview.

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Case Study:
Private Equity Company Acquires New Portfolio CFO

When a marine accessory company enlisted Pearson Partners’ help to find its new CFO, it assumed that relocation would be necessary. After all, this person would need a rare combination of technical skills and leadership depth, and would work in a secondary or possibly tertiary market. But Pearson Partners found the right person for the job close to home, and he came with deep experience plus a passion for the industry. Here’s how we found him.

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Case Study:
Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind Lands New CEO

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind needed a new CEO with the right expertise and business acumen, but also a passion for its mission. Pearson Partners conducted a detailed organizational assessment, found candidates that were the ideal fit, then benchmarked the finalists using a customized assessment process. Learn how we did it.

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Featured Search

Pearson Partners is conducting a search for a vice president, logistics for a leading consumer products company. The vice president, logistics, will lead a large team including seven divisional heads of logistics, a logistics director and a total team of over 1,000 people. Learn more or provide a confidential referral.

View more featured searches

Recent Placements

Board Director, Leading Rent-to-Own Operator

Executive Vice President, Development, National Not-for-Profit Organization

Vice President, Global Sales, Direct Selling Health and Nutrition Company

Vice President, Commercial Lending, Regional Banking Institution

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Recreational Sporting Goods Manufacturer

Senior Corporate Counsel, Commercial Contractor

Director, Talent Management & Development, Investment Capital and Asset Management Company

Director, Communications, Investment Capital and Asset Management Company

Director, Human Resources, Commercial Construction Contractor

Director, Individual Giving, Global Not-for-Profit Organization

Other news

We are pleased to announce that we have elected Renee Arrington, senior vice president, to our board of directors. Renee’s 20+ years in retained executive search, along with her CIO and technology expertise, will lend considerable insight to our board.

Renee Arrington has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors North Texas Chapter.

Pearson Partners is sponsoring the monthly Executive Announcements in Direct Selling News.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently she spoke on “The CIO as CEO of Technology: The Courage to Lead in the Future Enterprise” at the Summit in Houston on March 2, 2016.

Renee Arrington moderated a panel of speakers at the National Association of Corporate Directors North Texas Chapter meeting on March 23, discussing “The CEO/Board Relationship”.

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. On February 9, Lisa Thompson discussed “Executive Interviews” and on March 22, Frank Morogiello discussed “Compensation Negotiation“. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Read more updates in our Q1 2016 Searchlight newsletter.

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