Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2017

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                        Q1 2017

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

In a globally interconnected world, businesses negotiate a complex web of international regulations, taxes, labor laws and diplomacy. With a new Republican administration aiming to shake up all things border-related, business leaders are eagerly awaiting news on policy changes that could affect their worldwide business interests.

Proposed changes aimed at creating jobs may have little influence on businesses that are currently profiting quite well from disruptive technology, automation and cheap foreign manufacturing. But changes to American import and export taxes could hold big promise for companies struggling to compete on the international stage. At the same time, many countries where many American businesses have a presence are sorting through their own challenges, with European elections taking place even as nations work through the issues involved in Brexit.

It all makes for some very interesting discussions, and we certainly had one this month when we hosted local business leaders at our Q1 2017 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast. Our diverse panel of global business experts provided some fascinating insight into their own global operations and what policy change might mean to them. You can read a summary of what they had to say in this newsletter.

Here at Pearson Partners, we are excited to celebrate our 15-year anniversary this May. As we move forward into continued growth and opportunity, we reflect on our proud history. It all started in a small office, where Bob Pearson and I founded Pearson Partners together. Through the years, we’ve had two office moves and expansions, and added key team members in many practice areas. Two years ago, we teamed up with our global partners IIC Partners, allowing us to further expand our reach with 54 offices in 36 countries. We know we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support and loyalty of our clients, team members and friends. We are grateful for all of you.

Speaking of IIC Partners, in March we hosted our annual IIC Partners North America meeting, with colleagues from eight U.S. IIC Partners member firms joining us for two days of strategy and team-building. Read more about our meeting in this edition.

In This Issue


Quarterly Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast:
Cross-Border Business in a Changing Global Environment

Global business expansion is moving ahead at the speed of light, and the impact of proposed policy changes is yet to be seen. To get the big picture of the current and potential future state of international business, we invited three global business leaders to share their thoughts at our Q1 2017 Spotlight Series breakfast. From trade deals to taxation, Brexit, diversity, disruption and infrastructure, this wide-ranging, future-focused conversation was an honest assessment of the very real impact of potential change on cross-border business.

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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
Building a Talent Acquisition Brand

A growing number of companies are creating roles for a new kind of executive, specializing in talent acquisition. These high-profile individuals work with executive search firms to locate top talent, provide strategic advice on overall leadership management strategy, serve as brand ambassadors to attract new talent and manage internal succession planning. Learn how companies are winning the war for talent by adding this new executive function.

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Case Study:
A Perfect Match for Match Group

After its successful initial public offering, Match Group (MTCH) sought to raise the bar by hiring a chief accounting officer with exactly the right mix of capabilities. Seeking an ideal candidate who would bring in high-level experience with complex transactions at a similar public company, the company turned to Pearson Partners International. Working on a tight timeline, Pearson Partners guided the CFO through the search process and found the right person for the job.

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Pearson Partners HR Roundtable:
Immigration in Transition

As a new administration seeks to make major changes to immigration policy, human resources executives are working to balance new Obama-era rules for visa programs with uncertainty about what might change. At our February 2017 Pearson Partners HR Roundtable, Vishal Chander, who leads the Immigration Law practice at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, discussed regulations implemented under the previous administration, as well as the potential impact of changes proposed by the new president.

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In the News:
Global Reach, North American Strength—The Power of IIC Partners

In early March 2017, Pearson Partners welcomed several of our IIC Partners colleagues to Dallas for two days of team-building, strategy and knowledge-sharing. Pearson Partners International is proud to be part of this top 10 global executive search organization, which serves clients in 36 countries through 54 offices. We were honored to host this esteemed group of top executive search professionals, who traveled to Dallas from across the United States and overseas.

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Study:
Human Capital Trends in Asset Management

In today’s competitive environment, organizations can gain a powerful advantage by making strategic human capital decisions regarding the management of their key physical assets. Because of the importance of these issues to the C-suite, we are preparing a national study of executive asset managers. The study’s objective is to identify human capital trends in a wide range of industries and uncover insight that will help organizations of all sizes to analyze, compare and evaluate strategic options.

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Featured Searches

We are conducting a search for a Chief Marketing Officer for a direct selling company that is a pioneer in the development of liquid and powder nutritional supplements. The successful candidate will be a hands-on, results-oriented CMO who will build, lead and champion the company’s strategic marketing plans to support business growth, increased brand visibility and the strategic priorities of the company.

Learn more or provide a confidential referral.

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Recent Placements

Chief Information Security Officer, Large Hospital District

President, IT Services Company

Vice President of Sales, Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturer

Vice President Supplier Management, Travel Services and Technology Provider

Vice President of Development, Not-for-Profit Organization

Vice President/Senior Project Technical Designer, Architectural and Engineering Firm

Commercial Director, Americas, Superyacht Builder

Director of Lab Operations, Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory

Other news

In March, Pearson Partners International hosted the IIC Partners North America meeting in Dallas for two days of team-building, strategy and knowledge-sharing.

Our global executive search partnership, IIC Partners, is holding its annual global meeting in Miami May 10 – 12. Our fellow international independent consultants from 54 offices in 36 countries will gather to discuss business development opportunities, collaboration and team building set against the tropical beaches, refreshing ocean air and architectural beauty of Miami—the gateway to Latin America.

Pearson Partners is excited to celebrate 15 years in business this May. We appreciate our clients, team members and friends who contributed to our success.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke on Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change in Phoenix on February 14, and Managing the Evolving Workforce in Houston on February 22. Next up, Renee will discuss Change Begins with Powerful Leadership at the CIO summits in Dallas (April 6), Washington, D.C. (April 26) and Detroit (June 1).

Tom Lamson is conducting a study of human capital trends in strategic asset management to uncover insight that will help organizations of all sizes to analyze, compare and evaluate strategic options. Read more about his upcoming publication in this issue.

Heather Thomas Johnson has joined the board of directors of the International Dyslexia Association, Dallas Chapter.

Our global executive search partnership, IIC Partners, welcomed Hofer Tan & Partners in Singapore at the end of 2016. We are thrilled to have such a high-quality firm that will further expand our reach in the Asia talent market.

Our industry association, the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants, held its annual global conference in New York March 29 – 30, “Elevate 2017: New Heights, Peak Results.” The conference featured over 160 retained search consultants from around the globe discussing trends in globalization, technology and diversity in an increasingly complex business environment.

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