Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2019


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                        Q1 2019

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

The future is fascinating, and it will be here sooner than you think. At our March 2019 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast, many audience members were astonished when John Terrell, M.B.A., vice president of commercial development for DFW International Airport, casually announced that the airport will introduce “flying car” taxi service by 2025. Yes, flying cars! And no, this isn’t the Jetsons.

DFW International Airport aims to be the first to market with this disruptive technology, which will eventually change the way people and cargo move from the airport to their destinations. By aggressively implementing a technology that once seemed impossibly futuristic, but will one day become commonplace, the airport is firmly positioning itself at the head of the pack.

Many businesses in other industries are similarly embracing disruptive technology, from “digital twinning” of facilities and logistics operations—and even people—to remote healthcare, virtual teams and blockchain transactions. Consumer demand is driving some of the shift, but increasing efficiency and security are also key influences behind these trends.

The fascinating discussion at our recent Spotlight Series breakfast covered not just the exciting developments at the airport, but also the ways that disruptors are changing the fields of financial services, transportation and logistics, healthcare and outsourcing. If you missed it, you won’t want to miss the summary in this issue.

Here at Pearson Partners, our firm and our team continue to be hard at work in our professional, philanthropic and civic endeavors. Be sure to check out our News section below for some highlights. I am particularly proud to announce Stephen Konstans’ promotion to Finance Officers Practice Leader and Renee Arrington’s award as an HMG Strategy Technology Executive to Watch. Both honors are well-deserved, and I am very proud of both Stephen and Renee and their contributions to our team.

In This Issue

Quarterly Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast:
Disruptive Business Models: Innovative Ideas Transforming Industries

From flying cars to blockchain to virtual remote teams, disruptive technology is changing our world—and the global business landscape—faster than you might expect. Much of the change that’s coming in our near future is driven by consumer demand for services that meet them where they are and fulfill today’s “instant-gratification” expectations. Businesses that accurately anticipate disruptive trends, and proactively work to stay ahead of them, will gain a competitive edge. At our recent Spotlight SeriesSM event, we invited four forward-thinking business leaders to talk about the impact of disruptors within the industries they know best: financial services, transportation, healthcare and outsourcing.

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White Paper:
Traits and Characteristics of a Successful CHRO

Today’s Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) are challenged to meet organizational talent demands within a digitally interconnected, global business landscape. In a series of candid conversations with several global HR resource leaders, Pearson Partners International and our global partnership, IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide, explored their roles and what skills are needed to succeed. The insight of these top HR executives into the world of the CHRO ranged from the background and experience required to succeed in the job to the most urgent challenges CHROs face and the characteristics necessary to meet future business challenges. We summarized the findings in a new white paper, which will serve as a helpful resource for any organization seeking to more deeply engage its HR leaders in shaping future growth.

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Case Study:
Passion and Experience Bring a Perfect Match to Renowned Dallas Nonprofit

As one of Dallas’ most highly regarded nonprofit organizations, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support is typically flooded with resumes whenever it has a job opening. But in early 2019, the organization had a new and extremely important position to fill: a senior director of major gifts. This role would be responsible for an ongoing $30 million capital campaign, demanding a unique set of skills and talents as well as a passion for ending violence against women and children. Genesis’ leader, Jan Edgar Langbein, enlisted Pearson Partners International to locate the ideal person to take on the new role, and an ideally qualified senior director was on the job less than two months later. Read our case study to learn more about this fast-turnaround, highly successful search.

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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
Invest in Your Management Skills

A good manager is worth his or her weight in gold at any organization, yet management-level employees typically aren’t the main focus of training efforts. So how can managers move up in their careers and increase their positive impact within the workplace? The answer to becoming a highly valued, high-impact manager may be as simple as a shift in attitude and intention. In this issue’s Tips from the Leadership Coach, we offer tips from human resources leader and author David Deacon for managers who want to create environments where people thrive. Read Deacon’s nine suggestions to boost your management skills.

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Pearson Partners Profile:
Scott Robson, Search Consultant

Scott Robson joined the executive search industry in 1986, when he was recruited into the business by the recruiters he met with during a job search. In the more than 30 years since, he has witnessed everything from an office visit by the FBI to a challenging executive job market in a thriving American economy. A dedicated mentor and servant in his church and community, Scott is always ready with a helping hand for those in need, and is eager to share his wealth of experience to help our clients fulfill their leadership goals. Get to know Scott by reading his Q&A in this issue.

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Featured Search

We are conducting a nationwide search for a Chief Innovation Officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). DART is one of the largest sub-regional transit agencies in the country, moving more than 220,000 passengers per day across a 700-square-mile service area. The newly created CInO role will help DART continue as a trailblazer in emerging and disruptive technologies impacting public transit by exploring and developing leading-edge ideas to improve mobility in North Texas. The CInO will be an innovation ambassador in the organization and the community, increasing access to opportunities and contributing to a multi-modal environment for transit customers across the region. The chief innovation officer will partner with the chief information/technology officer, chief marketing officer, vice president of service planning and other executives to develop a culture of innovation, professionalism and continuous improvement.

Learn more or provide a confidential referral.

View more featured searches.

Recent Placements

Chief Financial Officer, Highway Safety Technology Provider

Chief Information Officer, Financial Institution

Assistant City Manager, Metropolitan City Government

Major Gifts Officer, Not-For-Profit Social Services Organization (view our Success Story)

Senior Director, Information Technology, Highway Safety Technology Provider

Other news

Stephen Konstans has been named leader of the Pearson Partners International Financial Officers Practice. In this capacity, Stephen will lead the firm’s executive search and business development initiatives for senior-level financial executives, including CFOs and their leadership teams. Learn more about Stephen’s financial officers search expertise in his bio.

Renee Arrington has been named among the 2019 HMG Strategy Technology Executives to Watch. These annual awards recognize top-performing chief information officers (CIOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), senior technology leaders, venture capitalists and executive search professionals who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership in areas such as innovation, business transformation, courageous leadership and digital disruption. Renee was presented the award at the HMG Strategy CIO Summit in Dallas on April 2.

Keith Pearson and Renee Arrington represented Pearson Partners at the 2019 Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) annual global conference in New York City April 8–10, where they participated with fellow distinguished AESC members in discussions and panel Q&As on trends and predictions in the executive search and executive leadership development industries.

Stephen Konstans is leading a panel discussion at the Wharton and Northwestern Alumni Clubs of Dallas-Fort Worth April 18 meeting on What Executive Recruiters Look for in Top Corporate & Board Candidates. Stephen and the panel of leading executive search consultants will share tips on developing one’s career and preparing for board, executive and management roles.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke in Phoenix on February 17 and in Dallas on April 2 on Accelerating Your Career Ascent: Crafting Your Personal Brand as a Talent Magnet, a topic she will present again in Washington, D.C. on April 30. On March 27, she participated on a panel of leading executive search consultants at the IANS Dallas CISO Summit discussing Trends in Hiring and Compensation.

Stephen Konstans has been elected president of Trinity Christian Academy Alumni Association Board. (He was president-elect in 2018.)

In her role as board chair for the Foundation of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) of Fort Worth, Renee Arrington presented at the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) DFW February meeting, along with Executive Director Courtney Radcliffe, where they shared the mission and impact of the YWLA organization. In March, Renee was part of a select group that met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she visited the YWLA of Fort Worth for National Women’s History Month.

Pearson Partners welcomes Custis Hoge, Senior Managing Partner of Toppan Merrill, to our advisory board of thought leaders who contribute their business insight and industry-specific acumen as well as assistance in forging business relationships. Learn more about Custis on our advisory board page.

Pearson Partners welcomes our newest college intern, Jacob Lloyd. Jacob is a junior at Southern Methodist University, where he is double-majoring to pursue a bachelor of business administration degree and a bachelor of arts degree in biology. Jacob is helping our firm with database management and supporting our search consultants.

Global Partners News:

Pearson Partners congratulates five new practice group leaders appointed by our global executive search partnership, IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide, to lead our global life sciences & healthcare, industrial, consumer & retail, energy, technology and digital media & telecommunications practice groups. Read our press release for details.

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