Partners and principals join Heidrick & Struggles

08 April 2019

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.

Related: Heidrick & Struggles announces three new leadership appointments

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Maine Pointe promotes Mark McTigue to executive vice president

24 April 2019

Two years into his role, Maine Pointe has promoted Mark McTigue from vice president to executive vice president.

At Maine Pointe, McTigue has a specific focus on the private equity industry and has helped several of the firm’s private equity clients boost their returns on portfolio companies. “His skills and insights have proven essential in helping clients achieve unparalleled levels of competitive success,” said David Jadwin, who leads Maine Pointe’s business development activities.

McTigue joined the international supply chain and operations consultancy in early 2017, bringing more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, supply chain management, and consulting to the firm. Most recently, he served operations consultancy The Highland Group as a senior partner, and was EVP of business development in North America for Alexander Proudfoot – another operations specialist. 

During his more than 15 years in consulting, McTigue has worked with a variety of clients (Fortune 1000, mid-market companies, and start-ups) across multiple industries, spanning consumer packaged goods, industrial products, chemicals, food and beverage, automotive, oil and gas, financial services, high-tech, hospitality, and logistics.

McTigue specializes in helping executives and senior managers design and implement operational excellence programs across the end-to-end supply chain – allowing them to drive more than a billion dollars in sustainable EBITDA and cash improvements.

“Mark has been instrumental in driving supply chain optimization and surpassing clients’ targets for growth,” Jadwin said. “He has also played a key role in positioning Total Value Optimization [Maine Pointe’s approach for creating end-to-end shareholder value across the entire supply chain] as one of the most important business methodologies.”

Maine Pointe promotes Mark McTigue to Executive Vice PresidentMcTigue frequently publishes thought leadership pieces in high-profile business management publications, including The Innovation Enterprise, where his article "The effectiveness of operating resources in creating incremental value" examined the importance of value creation and how private equity firms have diversified their roles. In a recent article on, McTigue and Maine Pointe’s Michael Kirstein discussed the role analytics plays in helping private equity improve due diligence.

His appointment comes at a time when private equity firms are investing more than ever, though are simultaneously struggling to translate these investments into equity. “We often see a value gap between targets for cost reduction, cash flow, and growth and the actual value derived from an acquisition,”  McTigue said, referring to a study conducted by Maine Pointe last year among executives in the private equity industry.

“In my new role as executive vice president, I will continue to help our private equity clients achieve success in the face of their challenges.” 

Earlier this year, Maine Pointe in the US appointed Rex ClothierJanice Pinson and Mary Lyons to senior roles. Globally, the consultancy has offices in Asia and Europe.