Partners and principals join Heidrick & Struggles

08 April 2019 3 min. read
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Executive search and HR consultancy Heidrick & Struggles has added one new partner, Chris Careccia, as well as four principals: Valerie Corradini, Nancy McGee, Samantha Smith, and Mark Zorbas. Careeccia, Corradini, McGee, and Smith join the firm’s executive search business, while Zorbas joins Heidrick Consulting.

The five US appointments arrive at the same time as six other partner and principal additions across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Chicago-headquartered Heidrick & Struggles provides executive search, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and culture-shaping services to clients across the globe.

"At Heidrick & Struggles, we are focused on attracting top talent across multiples sectors, and we seek individuals who will serve as trusted leadership advisors to our clients and strong leaders to our teams," Krishnan Rajagopalan, president and CEO, said. "The depth and breadth of experience of our new partners and principals will serve to further enhance our clients' leadership teams and organizations, and we look forward to the many contributions our new consultants will make to our firm."

Chris Careccia, Valerie Corradini, Nancy McGee, Samantha Smith, and Mark Zorbas

Chris Careccia (Miami Beach/New York) joins the global technology and services practice as a partner, where he will lead strategya and ops, and next-gen digital and technology searches within the management consulting and tech sectors.

Careccia has more than 20 years of experience in consulting and talent advisory, and was previously a partner at Beecher Reagan Advisors, a search firm focused exclusively on senior professional services and the consulting talent market. Before that, he was a principal and head of executive recruiting for consulting firm Booz & Company (now PwC’s Strategy&).

Valerie Corradini (San Francisco) joins the financial services practice as a principal, where she will place and develop leaders in the fields of wealth management, banking, and fintech, among others. She has more than 25 years of experience in HR, and sales and distribution.

Corradini was a previously a global HR executive at Visa, a global financial services talent consultant at Egon Zehnder International, and a managing director and head of the private client group at BlackRock.

Nancy McGee (San Francisco) joins the healthcare and life sciences practice as a principal. She has more than 20 years of experience working with life sciences companies, and has a deep understanding of the healthcare ecosystem.

Before joining H&S, McGee was an executive vice president at healthcare consultancy Avalere Health, a senior director at health tech firm Castlight Health, and senior vice president and COO at patient support services company Lash Group (a part of AmerisourceBergen). McGee is also an adjunct associate professor in the public health leadership program at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health.

Samantha Smith (New York) rejoins the global technology and services practice as a principal. Her expertise is in executive search in consumer internet, e-commerce, payments, Internet of Things, and big data and analytics. Smith previously spent seven years at H&S, most recently as a consultant in the CEO and board, and technology practices.

Mark Zorbas (Houston), meanwhile, joins Heidrick Consulting as a principal, where he will help clients implement leadership and workplace strategies. He has more than 20 years of experience in human resources.

Zorbas was previously senior vice president of HR at global energy infrastructure firm CB&I, and a training and development leader at global resources firm BHP, HR services company The ORS Group, and motoring club RAC WA.

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