President, Wyatt & Jaffe
Company Info: Wyatt & Jaffe
Web site: www.wyattjaffe.com
Address: 4999 France Ave. S, Suite 260, Minneapolis, Minn. 55410
Advice: Distinguish yourself by doing great work (not by self-promoting). Keep your hands out of the cookie jar (and anywhere else they don’t belong).
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Relevant accomplishments; impeccable character and integrity; strong reputation within industry.
Sector specialization: Financial services, technology, consumer, retail, multimedia
Job function specialization: C-suite, private wealth managers
Geographical Focus: International
Companies I often recruit for: Bank of America; Washington Mutual; General Electric; Gateway; CB Richard Ellis
Favorite historical figure: Sigmund Freud. He enticed wealthy, neurotic women to his office, relaxing their inhibitions with hypnosis, encouraged them to describe their fantasies while lying on his chaise lounge, published these sessions…and then billed them! (Nice work if you can get it.)
Education: Some college (not much): Univ. of Wisconsin, 1971-72
Languages: English, understand (but not fluent in) French, Hebrew, German
Employment history: Wyatt & Jaffe, President, 1988 to present; Technical Search, Consultant, 1984-88; Paul F. Jaffe, CPA, Associate, 1981-84; North American Automotive, Salesman, 1977-81; Continental Business Supply, Salesman, 1975-77
Other interests: Reading, writing, and hiding from my own limitations
Professional/Membership Affiliations: AESC
Experience in executive search consulting: 24 years
High Profile Placement: Gateway CFO, 2002
Other paths I might have pursued: Psychoanalyst or humorist
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Talent acquisition, of course!