Searchlight Newsletter – Q4 2017


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                        Q4 2017

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

As 2017 draws to a close and I look back on all that has happened this year, it’s treasured professional relationships that often bring up my fondest memories. Our team at Pearson Partners is honored to have served many longstanding clients this year, and we’ve been delighted to welcome new clients into the Pearson Partners family as well. We’re proud to have been named one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms by Forbes this year, and to have celebrated a milestone 15 years in business. As you can see, it has been a particularly exciting year for all of us here, and we never forget that you’re the reason why. Thank you for allowing us to do what we do best: Help your business grow.

This time last year, in the wake of an unusual election, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from 2017. We conclude each year with a Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast focused on what the new year may have in store, and I’m glad to say that this time, the picture in the crystal ball is a bit clearer.

At our most recent breakfast on December 5, we invited a panel of experts to talk about what may be in store for us in 2018 and beyond. The discussion covered the impact that tax reform and deregulation might have on businesses and how companies might decide to spend any cash that is freed up as a result. Our panelists also gave their best predictions of what we might expect from the stock market, oil and gas, and our increasingly digital economy. These are heady times, and while no prediction is ever set in stone, it’s clear that 2018 is shaping up to be something worth looking forward to.

I sincerely hope that each of you has an opportunity to pause to reflect on your own highlights from the past year and to enjoy this wonderful season with your friends and family. Best wishes from all of us at Pearson Partners for a very happy holiday season and a prosperous and joyful New Year.

In This Issue

Quarterly Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast:
A Forward Look to 2018

After a rollercoaster year of disruption and change, 2017 is now on the books. What’s in store for the new year? We asked a panel of experts to weigh in at our recent Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast. The far-ranging conversation covered the potential impact of tax reform and deregulation; trends in oil, gas and energy; the new digital economy; the stock market and much more. While nobody can truly predict the future, our panelists seem to think that 2018 is shaping up to be a good year for business.

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White Paper:
The Chief Talent Officer: Conquering The War For Talent

In today’s unprecedented war for talent, it takes insight and creativity to attract and retain tomorrow’s leaders. For a growing number of companies, that means enlisting a new type of executive to lead the charge: the Chief Talent Officer. The CTO’s job is to prepare future generations of senior leaders and help the company compete for talent in a changing world. These aren’t your grandfather’s HR practices, so read the abstract in this issue to learn what innovative companies are doing differently, then link to the full white paper for more.

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Case Study:
An Innovative VP for oneworld

When oneworld’s leadership team created a new position to lead the innovation and technology components of its new strategic vision, they wanted to fill it with the right mix of technology expertise and leadership skills. But because the global airline alliance wanted a disruptive influence to effectively drive change, the board felt an industry outsider would bring fresh perspective. Learn how Pearson Partners found a wealth of highly qualified candidates and helped place the right trailblazer into the role.

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HR Roundtable:
Mind Reading for Managers

Businesses invest money, time and training into their staff, but up to 80 percent of employees are not actively engaged. Unsatisfied employees are at higher risk of seeking new employment elsewhere, and replacing them is a costly process. At our October 17 HR Roundtable, we invited author and expert Kim Seeling Smith, founder and CEO of Ignite Global, to talk about how to overcome these challenges using her “Five FOCUSed Conversations for Greater Employee Engagement and Productivity.”

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Pearson in the Community:
A Holiday Tribute 2017

At Pearson Partners, we embrace the philosophy “it is better to give than to receive” all year long, encouraging our team to give back to causes they care about. In this issue, we recognize the many charitable and civic organizations to which our team members have lent their time, talents or financial support. We’re honored to have a team with a desire and drive to make a difference in our community. See the list of organizations that are close to our hearts.

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Featured Searches

We are conducting a search for an Executive Vice President of Administration for a leading sub-regional transit agency. The EVP will play a critical role as the highest official responsible for administrative functions, overseeing assigned departments and working closely with leadership and board members.

Learn more or provide a confidential referral.

View more featured searches.

Recent Placements

President & CEO, Commercial & Residential Property Owner’s Association

Chief Information Officer, Retail Consumer Finance Company

Chief Financial Officer, Durable Medical Equipment Company

Chief Financial Officer, Fast Casual Restaurant Operator

Chief Financial Officer, Wireless Communications Facilities Construction and Services

Vice President, Innovation & Technology, oneworld Alliance (case study)

Vice President, Sales & Marketing,
Workspace Furniture & Design Company

Vice President, Finance, Leading Trailer Manufacturer

Vice President, Banking Systems, Investment Brokerage and Advisory Services

Vice President, Marketing, Regional Law Firm

Vice President, Operations, Retail Consumer Finance Company

Director, Group & Meetings Sales Strategy, Worldwide Sales, Global Hotels Company

Director of Finance, Leading Trailer Manufacturer

Director of Lab Operations, Medical Laboratories

Other news

Pearson Partners is proud to be recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2017.

The year 2017 marks 15 years in business for Pearson Partners. We appreciate our clients, team members and friends who have contributed to our success.

Renee Arrington was interviewed in August by HMG Strategy on Landing a Coveted Board Seat: Tips For CIOs and Other Senior-Level IT Executives. Renee is a frequent speaker at HMG Strategy’s CIO Executive Leadership Summits, an industry-leading series of events across the U.S. that focus on critical trends shaping the agenda for today’s technology executives.

Frank Morogiello has been elected for another term to the board of directors of Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA), a nonprofit organization made up of businesses, organizations, associations and individuals with an interest in developing travel and tourism in Texas.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke on Beyond Leadership: What Makes a Technology Executive Successful at the CIO summits in Menlo Park on August 24 and Philadelphia on November 9, and Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age in Denver on September 26.

Pearson Partners was a sponsor of the National Association of Corporate Directors meeting in Fort Worth on October 19, discussing The Business of Being a Director. Keith Pearson opened the meeting and introduced the panelists, and Renee Arrington moderated the discussion and contributed content for the agenda.

Our team continues its passion for giving back to our community. In September, we put together sack lunches for the Dallas Salvation Army to welcome Hurricane Harvey victims who were displaced from their homes in Houston. In October, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our team put together care kits for women and children in domestic violence shelters.

Our global executive search partnership, IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide (one of the world’s top ten global executive search organizations), recently re-appointed all three Vice Chairs serving on its Board.

IIC Partners presented Paul Dinte, founder, chairman and CEO of Dinte Executive Search and former IIC Partners chair, with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at October’s Partners Global Conference.

IIC Partners recently appointed five new consultants to its global offices in Brussels, Helsinki, London and Toronto, helping us further expand our global reach across 54 offices in 36 countries.

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