Managing partner, Ridgeway Partners
Company Info: Ridgeway Partners
Web site: www.ridgewaypartners.com
Address: 10 Post Office Sq., Suite 960, Boston, Mass. 02109
Advice: Exceed expectations in every assignment; make your boss look good and he/she will want to take you with him/her; network within and without your company/industry; aim for international experience and get to know headhunters.
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: A positive record of accomplishment and promotion, excellent communication skills, self-confidence — a “broadband” individual who is capable of connecting with many types of individuals.
Sector specialization: Financial services, investment management, general CEO/C-level, boards, energy/chemicals
Job function specialization: General management, CEOs, CFOs, board directors, senior financial services
Geographical Focus: International
Companies I often recruit for: Lehman Brothers; CalPERS; NYSE Euronext; VeraSun Energy; Arch Chemicals
Favorite historical figure: Dean Smith. A “broadband” individual and Hall of Fame basketball coach of my alma mater. He built powerhouse teams, maintained the highest standards, and was not afraid to go against conventional wisdom.
Education: Univ. of North Carolina, AB, 1971; George Washington Univ., MPA, 1973
Languages: English, French
Employment history: Ridgeway Partners, Managing Partner, 2004 to present; Pendleton James Associates/Whitehead Mann, CEO, 1992-2003; Gardiner Stone Hunter, Managing Director, 1989-92; Boyden International, Head of U.S. Financial Services, 1985-89; HM Consulting, Senior Vice-President, 1983-85; James Hunter Machine, COO, 1981-83; JPMorgan, Assistant Vice-President, 1974-81; International Management & Development Institute, Program Director, 1973-74
Other interests: Golf, skiing, helping inner-city youth (Director at Boys & Girls Club of Boston since 1992) and arts/culture (Mass Cultural Council)
Professional/Membership Affiliations: National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Experience in executive search consulting: 23 years
High Profile Placement: New York Stock Exchange, Board of Directors, placed two directors in 2007
Other paths I might have pursued: Venture capital/private equity
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Globalization and the interrelation of communication, finance, regulation, and transportation.