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Case Studies

Project - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Search

Client – Senior Healthcare and Assisted Living Organization
Health care

This client began planning early for the retirement of their long-time Chief Financial Officer. Tough shoes to fill, as the incumbent was mission driven and possessed a strong analytical business background. He had put the organization on the right track. It was important that any prospective candidate for this role could not only perform the duties of the position, but the right hire would also be able to manage and work well with the board of directors, many of whom have a strong financial background. The perfect candidate would be able to comfortably challenge board members when needed, assist with strategic planning, and be confident in his/her decision making when dealing with the senior leadership.

The board was undecided if they should seek candidates from within the industry – healthcare services providers, or should they hire from the healthcare consulting division of one of the Big 4 accounting firms.

We  sifted through hundreds of candidates and produced a short list to present to the organization’s President and its Board. Ultimately, the client hired their number one choice. The newly hired CFO came from a health care background and has easily onboarded to the position and the culture. A great fit for both client and candidate.

Testimonial From President:

“It was vitally important that our new CFO blended seamlessly into our culture here,” says the client organization’s President. “We have a very active and involved Board – this new hire had to be on their level and share in the overall vision and mission of our company. Ken McGovern and his team delivered. He spent the time to interview key members of our Board as well as myself – by the end of those conversations he had a keen sense of who we are culturally as a company and what our dream candidate looked like. I’m happy to say that we were able to hire our first choice from Ken’s short list. Thank you, Ken and the rest of the team for finding us the perfect candidate that met all of our criteria.”

Project - Multiple Senior Management Positions

Client – Bank
Banking Case study

Our initial search involved replacing the longtime Chief Financial Officer. The Bank was seeking candidates that were tech savvy and could bring the Bank to the next level. As this is a small yet growing Bank, it was imperative that the new CFO possess the ability to handle the culture of a smaller organization yet be forward thinking, innovative, and be able to manage up and down. After significant contacts, screenings, and interviews, Ken produced a short slate of three candidates, with the Bank ultimately choosing and hiring a candidate from Florida. Relocation was coordinated.

With a great experience from the CFO search, the Bank engaged Ken when they were looking for a SVP, Mortgage and Consumer Lending. The client really needed someone who was willing and able to expand the brand of the Bank outside of its home state. Ken produced a highly-qualified candidate who fit the organization’s culture. Unfortunately, this position changed and the hire simply didn’t work out, departing after less than a year. The client decided to change the focus of the position to a SVP, Home Loan Sales and again reached out to Ken to fill the role. The Bank was looking for a solid leader, an innovator, and someone who could hire, train, and manage multiple locations in multiple states. This time the Bank had a newly defined and clearer focus on the position they needed filled, as well as the level of talent and experience they were seeking in a candidate. By expanding the geography of the search, Ken enlarged the pool of prospective talent. Ultimately, the Bank hired an industry executive from outside of their home state.

Testimonial From President:

“Working with an executive search consultant such as Ken McGovern just makes sense. Ken and his team have the ability to really understand our culture, our business goals, and to uncover our dream candidate from a large field of potentials,” said Martin Geitz, the Bank’s President & CEO. “We worked on several search hires with Ken and each time he spent hours diving into what really mattered for us here at the bank. Anyone can read a pile of resumes, interview a myriad of potential hires – but Ken is different. He understands teams, he understands culture, and in the end he understood our organization and what we needed to grow our company. “

Project - Vice President, Sales

Client – Information Technology Consultant and Value-added Reseller
tech

The CEO and Chief Operating Officer of this client hired Ken McGovern to identify, attract, and hire a new Vice President, Sales.

Our client had already posted the position on multiple job boards, along with their own corporate career page, and they had gone through several contingent search firms with no results. They needed to work with someone who understood their culture and would invest the time to find them the right candidate for such a critical position within the client’s organization.

Testimonial From President:

“Our culture and our team here are the ingredients that make up our secret sauce,” says the company’s President & CEO. “The executive search firm that we hired had to not only understand our culture, but be able to find a critical employee that would work within that culture – Ken McGovern and his team did not disappoint. They spent the time to get to know us, and empowered us to find and hire the right team member within 4 months – exceeding our expectations.”