Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2016
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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’ Vice President Heather Thomas 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 she found him.Read More
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’ Vice President Heather Thomas and Managing Director, Professional Services Lisa Thompson conducted a detailed organizational assessment, found candidates that were the ideal fit, then benchmarked the finalists using a customized assessment process. Learn how they did it.Read More
Pearson Partners Profile:
Frank Morogiello, Vice President
After retiring from a successful career in commercial aviation, Frank Morogiello launched a new executive search career. His first assignment was to find a new CEO for Virgin Atlantic Airlines—a James Bond-worthy adventure. But Frank treats every client and candidate like a star, because to him, every search is just as momentous. Learn why he loves helping people navigate some of the most important decisions in their careers and lives. Check out his profile.Read More
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.
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