“Since the start of the George Floyd protests last spring there has been a heightened interest in addressing diversity, equity and inclusion issues across all for-profit and non-profit organizations,” said Ted Pryor, managing director of Greenwich Harbor Partners. “There has been significant fresh interest in hiring diverse candidates for C-suite roles and board of directors. There has also been an increase in effort to create more welcoming environments for diverse employees such as creating mentorship programs. I would say one-third have been very committed to diversity for a long time, one-third have been interested and are increasing their level of activity now. And one-third are still somewhat passive and just beginning to think about what more they can do.”
Mr. Pryor said there is a shortage of diversity in the C-suite partly because of the time it takes for people to development and partly because people tend to want to hire people like themselves. “It takes extra effort to hire someone with a very different background and style of doing business,” he said. “One of the common stated objectives is the desire to hire people who fit in, but this can be a not-so-subtle screen for people who look and talk and think in different ways. If the C-suite executives all need to be golfers to fit in, then you will screen out a lot of people. However, if you focus on skills and experience, you will find a lot of diverse talent. In truth, the C-suite has become a lot more diverse in the last 30 years especially in marketing, HR and legal as people have risen through the professions,” Mr. Pryor said.
Greenwich Harbor Partners was retained to partner with Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana to help expand the Chicago Advisory Board and recruited Hilary Chidi, Executive Vice President, Head, Global Credit Risk & Chief Sustainability Officer, TransUnion.
Hilary Chidi is Executive Vice President, Head of Global Credit Risk and Chief Sustainability Officer for TransUnion. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Product Officer (Consumer) & Chief Sustainability Officer. He is based in TransUnion’s Chicago headquarters and lives in Hinsdale, IL, with his wife and two sons. Prior to joining TransUnion, Hilary was a vice-president at TIAA in New York, where he was focused on helping to drive the success of various financial products for the consumer market. Hilary is a seasoned executive, with a strong track record in overseeing high-visibility/high-impact initiatives and groups within complex organizations, including Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve Bank.
Hilary holds a master of liberal arts and a master of science from Harvard University and The London School of Economics (LSE), respectively, as well as an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Greenwich Harbor Partners was retained to partner with the Child Mind Institute to help expand its board of directors. GHP identified and recruited Gunjan Bhow, Global Chief Digital Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Megan Jones Bell, Chief Strategy and Science Officer, Headspace, Inc.
Chalkbeat is a non-profit news organization committed to reporting on education issues rooted in local American communities. Greenwich Harbor Partners was retained to partner with Chalkbeat to expand its board of directors. GHP identified and recruited Karen Wishart, EVP of Urban One, and Roberto Yañez, President & GM, Local News New York for Univision.
Hunt Scanot Media Ausgust 11, 2020, Greenwich CT - Recently, Greenwich Harbor Partners recently partnered with Teach for America to expand its board of advisors and recruited Elizabeth Thompson, chief people officer of Southeastern Grocers; Cindy Reynolds, chief philanthropy officer of Baptist Health; Riley Keys, general manager of Fanatics; and Kevin Hyde, managing partner of Jacksonville, Foley and Lardner.
“We are delighted to be working on board recruiting for Teach for America-Jacksonville,” said Ted Pryor, managing Director of Greenwich Harbor Partners. “In the current environment, Teach for America’s mission of providing highly qualified teaching interns to resource-limited rural and urban schools is more relevant than ever. Happily, in the COVID/BLM environment, highly-qualified candidates have been eager to be considered for boards of non-profit organizations.”
Greenwich Harbor Partners recruits John Josephson, Chairman and CEO of SESAC Holdings, Inc., the leading performance-rights organization in the United States, and Deborah Rosado Shaw, recently PepsiCo's SVP, Chief Global Diversity & Engagement, to the board of Teach for America New York. Click here for more information
August 22, 2019 – Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members.
Recently, Greenwich Harbor Partners placed Lisa Hook, Trisha McDermott Thompkins and Alena Brenner as new members of the board of directors at Teach for America Miami-Dade. The assignment was led by managing directors Carrie Pryor and Ted Pryor. Click here is read the entire article.
GHP has placed three new board members with Teach for America - New Jersey. Debbie Dyson, Dave Bagatelle and Judy Reinsdorf joined the board. Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in more than 50 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Click here to read the entire article.
NACD Directorship - July/August 2018
We had the pleasure of writing a Feature Article for the NACD Directorship magazine in the recent July-August Issue that describes multiple situations for both private and public companies where moving a board member to CEO has been successful. In recent news, the latest example of such a move is General Electric selecting Lawrence Culp, former President and CEO of Danaher Corporation, from the Board to become the new CEO.
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Hunt Scanlon Media - December 30, 2016
One of the most interesting trends we’ve seen in 2016 is the preponderance of boutique search firms finally getting invited in – and winning – assignments for some of the most prestigious boards in the country. This trend is happening everywhere, not just in the U.S. Two recruiting firms, in particular, stood out to us: Greenwich Harbor Partners and Harvard Group International. Coincidentally, both firms were called upon by clients not just to fill a single board seat, but six of them!
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